Bring home a piece of Singapore with these hip local souvenirs
Forget the Merlion keychains or the tacky “Singapore is a fine city” t-shirts. These awesome mementos and collectibles will help you only remember Singapore’s flavours, culture, and overall uniqueness when you leave town. We’ll be adding more fab goods from time to time, so watch this space!
Nom & Co‘s curry puff cushion is a cuddly version of one of Singapore’s favourite bite-sized snacks ($29.90), available at The Farm Store (#04-20, 261 Waterloo Street).
Paying homage to the Peranakan culture, this cherry blossom jade ring by heritage jeweller, Choo Yilin, could inspire squeals and thrills from bling aficionados ($458), available at Choo Yilin at Mandarin Gallery.
Learn the recipe for Singapore’s iconic seafood dish, chilli crab, through these interesting infographics on a plate by Souvenirs From Singapore ($16.90), available at NAIISE, various locations.
Spruce up your living spaces with this attractive Peranakan tile square cushion by Onlewo ($58), available at NAIISE, various locations.
Add gold to your outfit with a beautiful Singapore island bracelet in yellow gold with white crystal by multi-label fashion jewellery line, Pinwheels Jewels ($128), available at The Farm Store (#04-20, 261 Waterloo Street).
Typically used as a guide for local rituals and auspicious dates, this jazzed-up version of a traditional lunar calendar by Stuckshop also provides Singlish phrases each day for a good chuckle ($19.90), available at The Farm Store (#04-20, 261 Waterloo Street).
Ladies, take on a bold and dramatic makeup look with the Fauxlash Mascara Duo by Faux Fayc, a hip, local makeup brand ($39), available at Faux Fayc’s flagship at Plaza Singapura.
Bid adieu to bad hair days with Hero Pomades from men’s grooming salon, We Need A Hero ($28 for sheen; $40 for matte), available at We Need A Hero (#01-86, 57 Eng Hoon Street).
Fellas, complete your look with a collarless shirt, cropped pants and a pair of sneakers from a new menswear capsule line by In Good Company (from $89), available at In Good Company at ION Orchard.
Style up with Equilibriu, an exclusive 10-piece womenswear collection by homegrown designer, SABRINAGOH, that melds a minimalist aesthetic with the Star Wars universe (from $149.90), available at SABRINAGOH at Capitol Piazza.
Spice up your daily munch with one of the city’s meal-transformers – Mekhala Living‘s wide array of organic salad dressings (from $6.90), available at Isetan Scotts Supermarket (#B1-00, Shaw House).
Straits Preserves Spice Island adds a local twist to your typical breakfast spread ($15.50), available at Huber’s Butchery @ Dempsey (22 Dempsey Road).
Looking for a statement-making everyday accessory? Grab this quirky Good Morning Clutch, made from a good-quality cotton towel, by Indie Mama ($35), available at NAIISE, various locations.
This limited edition SmileSolar for National Gallery watch adds a pop of colour to your outfit ($79.90), available at Gallery & Co. at National Gallery Singapore.
Foreign Policy’s handy tote bag is inspired by the design elements of National Gallery Singapore ($24.90), available at Gallery & Co. at National Gallery Singapore.
What better way to pay homage to renowned local artists like Liu Kang than with this adorable kids’ tee ($23.90)? Available at Gallery & Co. at National Gallery Singapore.
Unleash your creativity with Singapore-themed colouring cards by The Kapok Tree ($25), available at Tango Mango (Tanglin Mall).
Inspired by the classic childhood snack, these pins by Wheniwasfour are cute, quirky, and oh-so delectable ($15.90 each), available at NAIISE (orchardgateway).
Show your love for the King of Fruits with this silkscreen tote bag by Wheniwasfour that doesn’t smell ($24.90), available at NAIISE (orchardgateway).
Get a chuckle out of The Diary of Amos Lee: I Sit, I Write, I Flush!, the national best selling children’s book by local author Adeline Foo (Epigram Books) [$13.80], available at Kinokuniya.
Every girl needs a chic pair of comfy shoes – like these stylish ballet flats by homegrown label Arete Goods ($215), available online.
Want a taste of Singapore’s rich heritage? Pin Tea offers 100% natural teas inspired by local flavours and neighbourhoods such as Amoy Street and Kampong Glam (from $18), available at Jones the Grocer (Dempsey).
Paying homage to the Peranakan culture, this elegant jade bangle by heritage jeweller Choo Yilin is the ultimate arm candy (from $1,400), available at Choo Yilin (331 Joo Chiat Road).
Need a statement-making everyday accessory? Pick up this charming hand-printed pouch by local textile studio Fictive Fingers ($75), available at Fictive Fingers (317A Geylang Road).
Spatula & Whisk’s Gula Melaka (palm sugar) – Coconut cookies are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth ($9.90), available at SABRINAGOH boutique (Capitol Piazza).
With its oriental print and modern style, this silk bomber jacket by CHI CHI VON TANG is the perfect embodiment of East meets West ($475), available at CHI CHI VON TANG (Scotts Square).
Bring home a custom-blended set of your own apothecary-style spa and body products from Spa Esprit (from $37.45), available at Spa Esprit Dempsey and Paragon.
Commemorate Singapore’s independence with Temasek Clothings’ Party Like It’s 1965 t-shirt ($34.90), available at NAIISE (orchardgateway).
Beat the heat – and look stylish doing it – with authentic Panama hats from homegrown retailer Hat of Cain (from $135), available at Hat of Cain (18 Joo Chiat Terrace).
Create a spa-like ambience at home with handcrafted aromatic candles from A Dose of Something Good. $68, available at TANGS Orchard
Inspired by heritage prints and handmade by independent artisans from all over the world, Matter scarves are truly one of a kind. $99, available at kapok (National Design Centre)
Unconventional jewellery with a twist? These quirky necklaces from homegrown label Carrie K. fit the bill perfectly. $298, available Carrie K. Atelier (#02-03, National Design Centre)
Breakfast in Singapore isn’t complete without the delicious combination of toast and kaya (a traditional spread made from coconut milk, eggs, and sugar). $4.80, available at Ya Kun Kaya Toast stores island-wide
Cuddle up to this plush cushion from Meykrs that’s inspired by a popular local snack beloved by children. $29.90, available at NAIISE (orchardgateway)
Inspired by traditional Peranakan motifs, this vibrant iPhone case by Kala Pata will add a pop of colour to your outfit. $22, available at NAIISE (orchardgateway)
Get this notebook by The Farm Store, lah. It’s a helpful gift for visitors to get acquainted with Singlish, the local lingo. $32, available at NAIISE (orchardgateway)
For the perfect pair of shoes, Singapore’s most successful fashion label, Charles & Keith (aka shoe heaven) has you covered. Available at Charles & Keith stores island-wide
Say goodbye to your skin woes and hello to a flawless face with the help of custom blended serums by Skin Inc. $158 each, available at #B3-43 ION Orchard
This must-have decorative plate captures the sophistication and beauty of traditional Peranakan art. $70, available at True Blue Shoppe (Peranakan Museum)
After a drink at the iconic Long Bar, take home this mini Singapore Sling cocktail set. $53.90, available at Raffles Hotel
Always anxious that you’re running late? Then this sleek and stylish timepiece by The Farm Store is the perfect accessory to quell your kan cheong spider (anxious) tendencies. $36, available at thelittledrömstore (School of the Arts)/ Museum Shop by Supermama
Gentlemen, time to up your style game with The Shirt Bar’s selection of dapper bowties and shirts. $59 and $99, available at The Shirt Bar (Suntec City)
Singapore Insider is published quarterly, in partnership with Singapore Tourism Board. Pick up the printed edition for free at Singapore Visitor Centres island-wide, including Orchard (junction of Cairnhill Road and Orchard Road), orchardgateway, ION Orchard (Level 1 Concierge), and Chinatown Visitor Centre (2 Banda Street), or download the digital version.