Singapore’s original hipster neighbourhood brings you everything from hot restaurants and specialty cafes to cool bars and nightlife. But where are the best places to shop for vintage printed dresses, gemstone jewellery and other quirky finds? We hunt the best hole-in-the-wall boutiques in Haji Lane and Arab Street.
Bugis is one of Singapore’s gems – it does, after all, boast an artsy vibe, cool local culture and fun buys. It’s also home to the city’s most notable museums, art schools, religious sites, hipster restaurants, swanky malls and bustling street markets. But when it comes to fashion and Instagram-worthy spots for stylish #ootds, we much prefer hitting the narrow streets of Haji Lane and Arab Street for a great mix of hole-in-the wall boutiques such as Modparade for trendy, printed dresses, Mondays Off for quirky, Scandinavian-inspired crafts, and SSFW for unique, gemstone jewellery.
It’s perpetual summer on our sunny island, which means it’s practically swimsuit season all year-round, so it’s high-time you look the part! Pay a visit to Bellakini and check out their vast collection of beach dresses, swimsuits, bikinis, as well as active wear and stylish trunks for men – where there’s always something for every body type.
Bella Kini, 69 Haji Lane, Singapore 189262. p. 6291 6128. Open 12-8pm daily.
Adding a dose of Scandi-chic to the colourful Haji Lane stretch is a multi label boutique that’s sure to appeal to design aficionados and domestic goddesses alike. Brimming with all kinds of crafty goodness, Mondays Off is a veritable Aladdin’s cave where you can find home accents, tote bags, art prints, stationery, indie magazines, and even jams from GSH Conserves in one beautifully appointed shop space.
Mondays Off, 76 Haji Lane, Singapore 189269. Open Tue-Sun 12am-8pm. Closed on Mon.
Chances are, you’ll be able to spot this shop from a mile away. It’s telltale sign is its blue subaru at the display window and a big television screen hanging from the ceiling screaming ‘Chic Fever’, but you’re gonna have to head upstairs to find their actual retail space that stocks vintage clothes, playful accessories, and quirky knick-knacks.
Chic Fever, 56A Haji Lane, Singapore 189249.
To be the hippest boutique on Haji Lane is a feat, but this fashion boutique may just take the top-tier spot in our books. Browse through their carefully curated range of accessories, free-spirited, playful dresses, tops and bottoms, as well as minimalist fashion that won’t break the bank.
Modparade, 68 Haji Lane, Singapore 189261. p. 6296 4166. Open Sun-Thurs 12-8pm, Fri & Sat 12-9pm.
Owner of Moodswings Vintage, Rachel, started her fashion label based on her globetrotting adventures, as well as the vintage treasures she managed to take back home. Moodswings Vintage carries high quality vintage dresses, tops, bottoms and even one-pieces that look like they’ve jumped out of a time machine! Expect styles from the different eras across Europe, America and Asia.
Moodswings Vintage, 14 Haji Lane, Singapore 189207, p. 6810 8696. Open Mon 12pm-6pm, Tue-Fri 12pm-8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-8pm.
Call it Spring Summer Fall Winter – or simply SSFW – this sophisticated boutique specialises in handmade jewellery for stylish peeps. Its neatly decorated window will have stepping into the store and browse through its collections of one-of-a-kind accessories like gemstone rings, tassel embellished necklaces, chunky boho-chic bracelets, and even home décor.
SSFW, 75 Haji Lane, Singapore 189268. p. 6293 3068. Open Sun-Thurs 12-8pm, Fri-Sat & Eve of PH 12-9pm.
Can’t seem to get enough of K-fashion? Make Tangers your new favourite fashion store now. The multi-label store offers contemporary, fashion-forward pieces from Korea, Japan, France, and of course, Singapore. Besides the usual basic shirts and dresses, there are also collections of ready-to-wear apparels jam-packed with laces, floral designs and denim that are fab for the office and after-work drinks.
Tangers, 73 Haji Lane, Singapore 189266.
Take your style up a notch with VainGloriousYou’s (VGY) collection of bold yet minimal dresses, tops, bottoms, shoes and accessories. These fashion pieces are great if you prefer staying low-key yet fab when out and about. Despite lacking in loud prints and vibrant colours, these affordable clothes are great for the modern women. A flat rate of $4.50 for local courier shipping, and free for orders above $130.
VainGloriousYou, 42 Haji Lane, Singapore 189235, p. 6396 5859. Open Mon-Sat 12pm-8pm, Sun 12pm-7pm.
Sounds like a children’s store? Plot twist: it’s another fashion boutique for women to splash out on trendy, chic dresses and tops with modern cuts. Browse through a variety of gorgeous printed fabrics in snakeskin, floral and bohemian designs, as well as Crayon’s very own unique collection of fashion accessories. Trust us, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Crayon, 80 Haji Lane, Singapore 189271, p. 6299 0824. Open 12pm-9pm daily.
If you’re looking to spice up your wardrobe, look no further than Kolombiana. This bright, colourful boutique houses traditional handwoven tribal bags decorated in beautiful patterns and bold hues such as the Colombian Wayuu bags. Keep the tradition of indigenous Colombian communities alive by loading up on the handmade bags, hammocks and accessories!
Kolombiana, 82 Haji Lane, Singapore 189272, p. 9620 6039. Open 12pm-8pm daily.
Dark Horse Vintage
Handpicked from all over the world, the quirky collection of vintage pieces at Dark Horse is carefully curated to include 1960’s sundresses, elegant silk scarfs, and retro skirts that are easy on the eyes and on the wallet. To add to its exclusivity, Dark House organises personal shopping sessions and make its appearance at pop-up events. For first dibs knowledge on Dark Horse Vintage’s pop-ups, follow on Facebook and Instagram.
Dark Horse Vintage, 31 Arab Street, Singapore 199730, p. 6291 0118.
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