Skip mainstream shopping malls and thrift shop at these awesome flea markets and alternative pop-ups around town
Clearly, Singapore is a shopping paradise. But we can’t give all the credits to world-class malls and cool indie boutiques. The city also has heaps of rad flea markets, pop-up markets and bazaars for those looking for one-of-a-kind furniture, locally-produced food, handmade goodies, vintage wares and all sorts of wonderful steals. To make retail therapy a little easier, we’ve done the treasure hunting for you…
MAAD at the Marina Bay
All month from now until 1 April
We’re so glad that the Red Dot Design Museum is back, and in some cool new digs now, located along the Marina Bay Waterfront. And with the return of the museum, the crowd favourite MAAD Market will be a weekend fixture till April! Good news for those who are looking to indulge in some of your own retail therapy, and #supportlocal makers. Hit up this cool market for equally cool treasures!
MAAD at the Marina Bay, Red Dot Design Museum, 11 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018940
China Square Central Flea Market
Put your bargaining skills to the test at this weekly flea market. Two floors of over 60 vendors, you can anything from antiques and collectables to vinyls and vintage posters. Expand your collection and head to level 2 for more comics and toys. Some are these items are no longer around anymore, so best grab the chance while you can!
China Square Central Flea Market, Level 1 and 2, 18 Cross Street, Singapore 048423
All month from now until 28 February
Spotted a flea market near you recently? There’s a high chance that it’s organised by Fleawhere: Singapore’s largest and most frequent flea market organiser. Whether you’re a craft-hunting hipster or a vintage hunter, Fleawhere’s got something for everyone. These guys are the ones behind the wildly successful Artbox, a buzzy, creative market originating from Bangkok as well as the popular Flea Party, happening at Lucky Plaza’s sixth floor.
Flea Party, #06-48B (Beside Jollibee), Lucky Plaza, 304 Orchard Rd Singapore 238863
The Local People x Singapore Art Museum
Without a doubt, these folks organise one of the best fleas in Singapore. Starting out as a platform to help young brands and designers carve a name for themselves in Singapore’s market scene, The Local People have labelled themselves to be the antithesis of low-quality mass production goods. They also have an online store featuring products from various vendors, for those who prefer shopping in bed (or can’t wait for their next flea!). Teaming up with Singapore Art Museum, catch plenty of art, food and live performances while you shop at the retail booths at this event!
The Local People x Singapore Art Museum, SAM at 8Q, 8 Queen Street, Singapore 188535
Twilight: Flea & Feast
After the success of last year’s bash, Twilight: Flea & Feast returns this February with more food and drink vendors, and over a hundred retail booths! Inspired by the popular hawkers’ market in Australia, the event is loaded with global street food, retailers selling unique wares and live music performances. This year it welcomes new features such as giant game pieces of beloved childhood games Jenga, Tic Tac Toe and Connect Four, craft workshops in watercolour calligraphy, clay and wood making, as well as love-themed installations for your next Instagram snap. Can this flea market get any bigger?
Twilight: Flea & Feast, Halls 401 and 402, Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City, Singapore 039593
Expect to find quirky handphone covers, vintage clothing, stylish beauty products and blogshop goodies at this flea market. *SCAPE Marketplace usually attracts a younger crowd who are real bargain hunters, so get ready to rummage along with them.
*SCAPE Marketplace, *SCAPE Mall, 2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978
Togetherly x Spring Delights
Get together at Tanjong Pagar Centre for more flea market goodies! Plenty of shopping to go around, there will also be music performances to keep you company. Togetherly is known for their on-the-move all-inclusive markets for everyone who is keen to learn and explore unique lifestyle pursuits. One of their unique features is also the Togetherly Book Exchange, a bookswap social movement that has gained a following in Singapore since its inception — get involved!
Togetherly x Spring Delights, 5-14 February, Urban Park Level 1, Tanjong Pagar Centre, 1 Wallich Street, Singapore 078881
Singapore Really Really Free Market
Believe us when we say that everything here is completely free. Following the Really, Really Free Market movement, Singapore Really Free Market promotes community sharing. If you’re up for sharing your items (or skills even!), you’re more than welcome to peddle them — no registration or fees necessary! But be gracious and show some restraint; don’t go hogging everything, now!
Singapore Really Really Free Market, Block 293, Yishun Street 22, Singapore 760293
With a whopping variety of designers and independent businesses offering a good mix of quality goodies, this fabulous shopping extravaganza is where you can get your hands on eclectic furniture, quirky wallpapers, eye-catching stationery and women’s and men’s fashion. It’s also the best way to discover under-the-radar, independent brands and shop responsibly – the line-up always features socially conscious brands. The three day fair will feature over 200 labels with a focus on shopping for your loved ones. But more than shopping, you can even look forward to workshops by brands like MATTER and Ask A French Flowers, as well demonstrations by jewellery and leather good makers.
Boutiques Fair, The Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975
Besides hosting workshops for crafty, creative types, Public Garden hosts an uber cool flea that’s expanded to Consumer Trade Shows that are all about supporting local and regional talent. We’ve picked up amazing independent fashion, our favourite leather sandals and some really special pieces by local jewellers at this carefully curated market and it just gets better and better. Go early, go with cash, and prepare to buy more than you expected.
Public Garden Consumer Trade Show, dates to be confirmed. Follow Public Garden for details on upcoming events.
Zouk Flea & Easy
The biggest club in Singapore isn’t always about partying! Aside from music therapy, the Zouk Flea & Easy and ZouKiDisco series also dish out retail therapy with the pop-up bazaar concept. We last saw the event’s return last year at Zouk’s new address at The Cannery along with the indie pop-up flea market, Sunset Pasar. Expect a well-curated market where you can be sure to dig up something awesome from the selection of emerging brands and designers — here’s hoping it’ll come soon!
Zouk Flea & Easy, dates to be confirmed, 3C River Valley Road, The Cannery, Singapore 109722
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