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The best upcoming pop-up stores and flea markets in Singapore

Flea markets and pop-up shops are aplenty – check these ones out for designer clothes and locally-made knick-knacks

Beams Japan
Photo: Beams Japan
By Time Out Singapore editors |
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Forget about battling the crowds at the mainstream shopping malls. There are plenty of cool indie stores in Singapore for unique gifts for either yourself or someone special. Else, check out these pop-up stores and flea markets to pick up some fresh threads, quirky trinkets, preloved clothes, handmade crafts, vinyl and more by local and international sellers. Shopping will never be the same again – who needs to go to the mall anyway!

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Beams Japan
Photo: Beams Japan
Shopping, Fashion

Beams x Colony Clothing

icon-location-pin Colony Clothing, Raffles Place
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Local clothing store, Colony Clothing teams up with Japanese fashion and lifestyle boutique Beams for an exclusive pop-up event. From October 15, 2019 to mid-January 2020, the Japanese retailer will be taking over the space, bringing in limited edition pieces from all over the world and cross-brand collaboration items best suited for our tropical weather.  In the same vein of its stores around the world where the space changes with newcollaborations being showcased regularly, the pop-up will similarly be undergoing multipletimes during its residency creating a wholly different and interesting experience each time,inspired by the unique pieces of clothing bought in. Through the three month experience,one can expect to find fresh, sportswear and high-performance clothing, and also covetable and brilliant gifts for the holidays.

Things to do, Food and drink events

Pretty Sweet 45

icon-location-pin Plaza Singapura, City Hall
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There’s a new eye candy in town. Plaza Singapura is celebrating its 45th anniversary with a sweet, sweet surprise – a birthday bash complete with dessert-themed activities, sweet deals, and exciting giveaways, as well as the first overseas pop-up of the Philippines' The Dessert Museum. From October 4 to 27, the immersive and interactive pop-up is a sugary combo of art and play. There are five mouth-watering rooms jazzed up with sugar-laced desserts waiting for you. Live out your childhood imagination and explore a pastel-hued room filled with a sea of doughnuts, or strike a pose with larger-than-life gummy bears and get in a tub filled with mini bears. Other rooms feature a candy cane playground, an ice cream-inspired hot air balloon, and giant cake pop swings. And what's a party without some fun games? Give yourself a friendly challenge at The Dessert Carnival where familiar games like ring toss and basketball are given a sugary twist. Then browse a selection of sweet treats at The Dessert Marketplace or partake in family-friendly activities like baking and candy-making at Sweet Treats. Sweet dreams are certainly made of these. To take part in the sugary fun, spend a minimum of $45 at the mall in a single receipt to redeem one of the following: a pair of entry tickets to The Dessert Museum, a $5 game voucher at The Dessert Carnival, or one pass to The Dessert Workshop. 

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Artbox Singapore
Photo: Artbox Singapore
Shopping, Pop-up shops

Artbox Singapore

icon-location-pin Singapore Turf Club, Sungei Kadut
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With pastel-hued shipping containers prettied up with dreamy fairy lights, Artbox has made a name for itself as one of Singapore's most Instagrammable pop-up markets. Over two weekends, Bangkok's contemporary market makes its big return on new grounds – The Grounds@Kranji. Get ready to step into the paradisiacal Garden of Eden (this year's theme) as it's the most thematic and interactive one yet. Expect over 300 food, fashion and lifestyle brands from Singapore and beyond setting up shop in creative retrofitted containers. Several artists and music acts from Malaysia and Thailand are also heading down to flex their creative chops at this luxe pasar malam. Enjoy the live performances under a canopy of stars – and fairy lights – on the available hammocks. Otherwise, create your very own Artbox memorabilia at the Garden of Creation. This year's urban art container event is said to be even bigger and more exciting than the last. And last year’s edition was packed – so don’t expect this year’s to be any different too.

Bayfront Pop-up Market
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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Bayfront Pop-up Market

icon-location-pin Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay
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Come and support local businesses and social enterprises at this pop-up weekly marketplace at Bayfront Plaza (next to Bayfront MRT), and splash some cash on a wide variety of unique wares, artisanal products and handmade knick-knacks.

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Things to do, pop-ups

NAO (Night At Orchard) Pop-up

icon-location-pin Ngee Ann City, Orchard
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Enliven your Orchard experience with an all-new roving pop-up concept, NAO (Night at Orchard). Happening every first weekend of the month along the stretch between ION Orchard and Ngee Ann City, expect a showcase of talents across fashion, arts, dining, and music. Highlights include culinary offerings by popular brands like Old Chang Kee and Michelin-starred restaurant Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro, shopping options with the likes of up-and-coming brands such as oasis:skin and Indigo Culture, and busking performances from NoonTalk artiste Gavin Teo, One Moment of Glory winner Jill-Marie Thomas, and popular indie acts like Codie Loh, Raphael Leong and Yeo Ming Jun.   

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