The best shops in Far East Plaza
Far East Plaza certainly isn’t as glamorous as its glitzy Orchard Road counterparts, but stylists have sworn by this place for years! Lest you’re overwhelmed by the bargains that abound at every corner, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite shops – each promising to be 100 percent wallet-friendly and guilt-free.
Don’t let the bright lights and thumping music coming from Talisman’s (#01-101/#03-132) scare you off. Venture inside and you will a mind-boggling array of cheerful accessories like sunglasses, necklaces, belts, bags, and even feathered fascinators at such irresistibly low prices.
How to stop at just one pair of shoes when shopping at Covet (#01-42)? You don’t have to! Nothing there costs over $40 so you can stock up on as many flip-flops, sandals, sneakers, and ballet pumps as you want, without the buyer’s remorse afterwards.
Although small and unassuming from the outside, Fabrick (#01-30) is no slouch in the menswear department. The shop sells a sizeable collection of reasonably-priced preppy shirts and smart blazers.
Mohan’s Custom Tailors (#02-73) is an institution as old as Far East Plaza itself. Clients keep coming back to the 40-year old family business, thanks to its impeccable bespoke tailoring, attentive service, and the large variety of fabrics choices (over 1000!).
The recently-opened Babies (#03-135) has got us excited for one simple reason – bandage dresses. An original Hervé Léger bandage dress can set you back over $900 (ouch!) but luckily, Babies will let you have your very own designer-inspired piece at just $75 a pop.
Toilette Boutique (#04-18/19) is a stylist’s fave and its unmissable hot pink doors stand testament to its bold, eclectic collections. From frou-frou dresses to graphic shirts and embellished sandals, this store has it all.
E Beauty (#03-142) is a beauty junkie’s dream come true. Lest you get overwhelmed by the makeup, false eyelashes, and nail supplies galore, there’s always a helpful sales assistant to recommend a wacky Korean thingamajig you never knew you needed.
Now that cult Korean cosmetics brand Too Cool For School (#03-53) has finally reached our shores and set up shop at Far East Plaza, the urge to buy everything in sight is overwhelming! Every product has a quirky and tongue-in-cheek packaging but we especially love the Too Cool Art Class Blusher (shaped like a paint tube, $18) and the extendable Dinoplatz Escalator Mascara ($38).
exhibit (#04-115) is our personal fave and a must-visit for those who want a great deal but don’t have the time to look through racks of clothing. The selection here is extremely well-curated, but make no mistake – it’s the well-made separates that will keep you coming back for more. They also stock a small selection of accessories.
Angel (#03-143) might look no different from all the other surrounding clothes shops, but rest assured there are gems to be found inside. We found ourselves coveting so many sophisticated and well-made pieces, especially the Chanel-inspired two-piece tweed suit on display.
The blackground (#04-117) is so painfully hip, but we couldn’t help cooing over the shop’s selection of printed canvas tote bags (over 20 designs to choose from) and other various quirky curios such as notebooks, sunglasses and mobile phone accessories.
Image: (left) Indiesin x The Blackground, everything else c/o exhibit