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The best novelty and hobby shops in Singapore

From art-inspired knick-knacks to a cool bike shop, these are the boutiques that satisfy all your quirky needs

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By Time Out Singapore editors |
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We've all got hobbies and quirky interests on the side that we'd love to spend more time on. Lucky for us, there are plenty of stores in Singapore for us to invest on our interests. You can find skate shops that also hold lessons, vinyl stores that have nightly listening parties and more. They say we should do what we love, now there's plenty of reason to!

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Shopping, Bags and luggage

Kapok

icon-location-pin Rochor

Founded in 2006 by Frenchman Arnault Castel in Hong Kong, Kapok curates fashion and design brands in its Singapore outlet, their largest flagship store in the world. Patrons can expect sneakers by cult brands like Cariuma, Common Projects and Stepney Workers Club, bags and accessories from Freitag and Rains, cool clothes from Maison Kitsune and Future Classics, and loads of other good stuff. 

Shopping

Inlinex Henderson

icon-location-pin Bukit Merah

Whether you're picking up rollerblading or looking to change the wheels of your skateboard, Inlinex are happy to help you with anything and everything to do with roller sports in Singapore. The store is well-stocked with decks, longboards, rollerblades, scooters, helmets – and all things to do with roller sports. On top of that the store also hold classes and beginner lessons for kids and those starting out in the sport. 

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Shopping, Music and entertainment

White Label Records

icon-location-pin Tanjong Pagar

Settling into the swish neighbourhood of Ann Siang Hill just fine, White Label Records is a hip record store by day and bar by night. The stylish space is also the perfect hangout for music enthusiasts to kick back and relax over some food and drinks, browse through an endless list of records, catch DJs and live acts.

Shopping, Boutiques

Supermama

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This minimalist husband-and-wife co-owned souvenir shop is the perfect place to pick up thoughtful, one-of-a-kind gifts for that special someone (or yourself).Think asymmetrical bowls, dimpled cups and painstakingly handpainted plates inspired by modern Singapore culture. Because most items are available in limited quantities, your best bet’s to pop in and find out what’s in stock.

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Shopping, Boutiques

Cat Socrates

icon-location-pin City Hall

Dim lighting and a crowded display space lend this independent retail shop a cosy feel. Cat Socrates carries a variety of knick-knacks such as terrariums (and planters for making your own), tote bags, clothes, homeware, fabric, books by homegrown writers, postcards, Singapore-themed products like local music albums, and, of course, a section of cat-related merchandise. Bonus points if you manage to lure resident cat Chestnut out from his favourite spot under a red table. Cat Socrates’ second branch, in Katong, also has a store kitty: Zoo-Zoo.

Restaurants

Gallery and Co

icon-location-pin City Hall

Not your average museum store, Gallery and Co brings together retail and activity spaces with two eateries: a cafeteria and the Gallery Cafe. Curated by Loh Lik Peng, Foreign Policy Design Group and Alwyn Chong of Luxasia – collectively known as ‘& Co’ – the retail section stocks products from local and international brands, including General Object, Supermama and Smile Q&Q, whose solar-powered watches can be found in a huge vending machine. And since it’s housed in a temple to art after all, it also carries merchandise, like tees and bar soaps (seriously), inspired by the artworks in the National Gallery.

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Art

K+ Gallery

icon-location-pin Orchard

Here’s a three-fer for ya. K+, set up by creative agency Kinetic, comprises a trio of spaces: a retail outlet, art gallery and floral store. The retail arm, dubbed the K+ Workshop, stocks quirky artworks and home decor pieces by local artists and brands – Cheok Keng Lye, Supermama and BooksActually among them – as well as international names like Donna Wilson and Mondo, the Japanese wunderkind. K+ Floral Obsession is pretty much what it says on the tin: it’s home to stunning bouquets of every shape and colour.

Shopping

Decathlon

icon-location-pin Bedok

Spread over 35,000 square feet, Decathlon’s largest store in the region offers over 95,000 affordable products for more than 50 different sports from 20 in-house brands, and features indoor testing zones, an outdoor playground and a basketball court. You get to try out gear for sports like table tennis, mini golf and cycling (or get your two-wheeler fixed at the bicycle repair workshop). Even our self-professed, non-athletic, inertia-driven selves are psyched.

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Sport and fitness

Coast Cycles

icon-location-pin Bedok

Minimally decked out and flooded with natural light, Coast Cycles is located above the Coast and Company café, accessible via a flight of stairs with a message that reads, ‘Everybody needs some time to coast’ (true dat). This space doubles as a workshop area – you can bring your wheels in for a tune-up – as well as a shop for Coast Cycles' own models. These include the sleek Coastliner, the off-road-friendly Atom, and the new Quinn cargo bicycle, which is designed with a space to accommodate bags or other personal items to ensure a hassle-free ride.

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