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Five hobby malls in Singapore

Whether you're a tech geek, audiophile or craft hobbyist, here's a range of malls to get your gear and supplies to add to your growing collection

By Iliyas Ong |
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For audiophiles

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The Adelphi

Don’t roll your eyes too far up when you visit this medium-sized mall and find audio cables going for a few thousand bucks. The Adelphi specialises in high-end hi-fi equipment, from standing speakers to turntables to the more arcane stuff like digital-to-analogue converters and phono pre-amps. There are also a clutch of second-hand record shops. Be prepared to be given the snooty nose at a few of the boutiques, though – these guys are hardcore audio nuts.
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For tech geeks

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Sim Lim Tower

No, not Sim Lim Square. This grungey, Jover Chew-less mall is a Mecca for in-the-know geeks who love tinkering with their gear. Across its 17 retail floors (they don’t have a fourth floor, but there’s a basement level), you’ll find all the nuts and bolts: circuit boards, resistors, fuses, all manners of digital and analogue cables… the list goes on. And you’ll wanna pop by early – most of the shops close at 5pm and don’t open on Sundays.
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For horologists

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Far East Plaza

Cheap tween fashion first pops to mind when we mention this shopping centre, but you’ll also find a bunch of vintage luxury watch shops here: Monster Time Gallery (#02-22), HJ Luxury (#02-35), Three Crowns (#03-97B), Sheen Gallery (#04-114) and Lu-Ann (#05-107) among them. They all stock second-hand timepieces – at very reasonable prices, too – from your usual Omegas to your unattainable Patek Philippes.

Bras Basah Complex
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For arts and crafts hobbyists

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Bras Basah Complex

If Art Friend (#03-33) doesn’t already have what you need, the many other tiny stationery and craft stores will. For inspiration, there’s Cat Socrates (#03-39) and its wealth of twee tchotchkes, as well as the design tomes at Basheer Graphic Books (#04-19).

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For musicians

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Peninsula Shopping Centre

Go straight down to the basement, where dozens of musical instrument stores sit. You’ve got your guitars (Fenders, Gibsons, Ibanezes – they’re all here), pedals, amplifiers, drum kits, synths, accessories and basically anything you’ll need to rock out. Davis Guitar (#B1-40/41) has been a mainstay for decades, while Sound Alchemy (#B1-19) stocks the hyped-up Fender Japan models.

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