The famous shopping belt in Singapore is known for its extravagant malls, buzzy eateries and fashionable stores – but all that glitters is not gold. Forget about following the crowds and explore the more unconventional shops in Orchard. Check out these stores selling upcycled bags, crystals and even moss. Get in reader, we’re going shopping.
In a world of fast fashion and following trends, avant-garde and edgy boutique Super Freak is a definite stand out with its range of clothing, shoes and accessories that is unusual and bold. The store and its collection is a celebration of everything maximalist – there are platform shoes with a rainbow unicorn horn as the heel, the pair of Gangsta socks that Beyonce donned in her Pretty Hurts music video, retro-coloured windbreakers and more eye-catching things. On top of the repertoire of cult brands and local designers, Super Freak also has a corner for pre-loved clothes. Let your freak flag fly high.
ION Orchard doesn’t just have fashion boutiques and a crowded food hall. Head to Das Erzgebirge-Haus where its curious assortment of exquisite wood crafts, miniatures, figurines and collectibles will keep you fascinated for hours. The store is not hard to find – it’s the one that looks like an old Bavarian cottage. Most of its toys come from the Erzgebirge region of Germany but some of them are also sourced across Europe. If you’re ever looking for a nutcracker, dollhouse miniatures, a guardian angel, painted ceramic houses or a musical box in the middle of Orchard, this is the place to check out.
In need of rose quartz for love and compassion, or labradorite to ward off negative energy? Plunge into the world of crystals at Full Circle. Located in the more obscure Far East Shopping Centre next to Wheelock, it stocks healing crystals, tools and gadgets plus conducts workshops and healing services as well. Full Circle also has a vast collection of tumbled stones – these are pocket-friendly crystals you can bring everywhere. Prices for tumbled stones start from $5, so start building your collection.
Take a break from the concrete jungle and step inside this concept store dedicated to all things mossy. Taking over the space previously occupied by Hermès, Mosscape is an experiential store where you can browse mossariums and moss ‘green wall’ art. The vast store also holds workshops so customers can get hands-on with creating their own terrariums. There is even an area where people can experience a curated farm-to-fork takeaway menu made with locally grown produce.
Far East Plaza may be better known for mani-pedi and hair salons, knock-off shoe stores and tattoo parlours but there are some cool gems to be discovered too. On the first floor, there’s a small but bright store with adaptations of the famous blue Ikea Frakta bag on display. At the corner of the store lies an industrial-standard sewing machine where these creations are made. Klone reuses old materials and upcycles them into new things like bags, pouches and purses. While the team mostly work with plastics and the iconic Ikea material, you can also give them suggestions and bring your own fabrics for them to transform into something new.
Loosely translated from Chinese to “the convenience store”, this shop in Far East Plaza stocks almost everything. Except for snacks. Here’s where to go for cool streetwear with a hint of nostalgia in Orchard. There are graphic tees, canvas jackets, bowling shirts, pieces with horseshoe prints and more. Browse around and you might even find retro gadgets, old-school trinkets and vinyl records. So why would you ever go to another high-street fashion chain again?