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The most unique multi-concept stores in Singapore

When pure retail therapy just doesn't cut it anymore

By Megan Sim and Time Out Singapore editors

We all have shops that we love to frequent but sometimes even our go-to boutiques can be a bore. With everything from in-house cafes to bespoke jewellery bars, these cleverly curated multi-concept stores are the perfect way to mix things up. So have your wallets (and cameras) on standby before heading to these one-of-a-kind (and not to mention, Instagrammable) spaces. Browse items you've always wanted alongside plenty you never knew you did or simply kick back with a cuppa in hand.

Our Second Home

Shopping Showrooms Bukit Timah

Most of us are well acquainted with homegrown online label, Our Second Nature, but the brand's brick-and-mortar store remains a hidden gem (for now, at least). Tucked away in Chip Bee Gardens, the novel boutique is stocked with a wide variety of the Our Second Nature's distinctive pieces. If retail therapy alone doesn't cut it for you, pop by the in-house cafe where you'll find flat whites and cold brews alongside sweet treats like banana walnut bread and lemon drizzle cake. We can't think of a better name for this cosy and intimate space. 

Swee Lee (The Star Vista)

Shopping Musical instruments Buona Vista

Beyond a wide range of musical instruments and accessories, the store offers repair services and by-appointment-only sessions for music aficionados who’d like to have consultations with pros on limited edition guitars. Budding guitarists and drummers can also jam to their heart's content at one of the five teaching rooms. What's more, fashion and music come together at this stylish space with merchandise from labels like Converse, Kanken and Happy Feet. Be sure to grab a cuppa at the Swee Lee Social Club – a casual hangout space for music lovers to chat over coffee by Common Man Coffee Roasters and desserts. 


Gallery and Co

Restaurants City Hall

Gallery and Co brings together retail and F&B into one stylish package – it’s a far cry from your average museum store. Curated by heavyweights of the local creative industry, the shop stocks a suitably artsy range of childrenswear and accessories. There are also hard-to-find books, quirky kinckknacks and so much more (you'll just have to see for yourself). To fuel up, hop over to the restaurant and bar, most of whose dishes are inspired by the artworks on display.

Choo Yilin Atelier

Shopping Jewellery Geylang

The luxe atelier's Joo Chiat outlet is a two-storey shophouse that features everything from a private boudoir where guests are fittingly served Nonya Kueh and tea to a jade bar that allows patrons to customise their own jade bangles. A purveyor of modern jade jewellery, Choo Yilin pays homage to Asian culture and heritage with its contemporary interpretations of si dian jin (four-piece gold jewellery set) and heritage inspired personalised wedding bands. In its ready-to-wear collections, the brand weaves intricate metalwork detailing with handpicked Burmese jadeite and vibrant, semi-precious gemstones.  


In Good Company

Shopping Fashion Orchard

This quietly confident brand steers clear of trends and releases three capsule collections each year – pieces lean towards timeless silhouettes that’ll withstand the test of time. The brand also puts out a range of bold and geometric-inspired necklaces with interesting fabrications. The best part? In Good Company's flagship store houses a cafe – Plain Vanilla Bakery – that serves up aromatic coffee, cupcakes and salads.


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