Singapore Roundup: Art, Books, Crafts & Coffee

Hello!

Picking up where I left off at my recent trip to Singapore last June, here’s a roundup of my favourites and new discoveries from one of my go-to countries. Most of you have requested this post so here it is, summarized in Art, Books, Crafts, and Coffee. Enjoy! 🙂

Art Materials & Books

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Art Friend

Bras Basah Complex

A staple amongst art students & professionals, Art Friend carries almost all types of materials for specific mediums – from paper, paint, pens, to other DIY tools. (Website)

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Straits Art Co Pte Ltd

North Bridge Road

A small shop along North Bridge Road, Straits Art carries a good quantity of painting materials (e.g. I get my Holbein paints here as it is not available in Art Friend) as well as paper and other drawing tools. (Facebook page)


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Basheer Graphic Books

Bras Basah Complex

Located at the top floor of Bras Basah, Basheer has the best selection of art books and magazines in Singapore. (Facebook Page)

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Other bookstores to check out:

  • BooksActually (Yong Siak Street)
  • Wood in the Books (Yong Siak Street)
  • Littered with Books (Duxton Rd)
  • Kinokuniya (Orchard Rd)

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Library @ Orchard

Orchard Gateway

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This library houses a good selection of books from various categories. I was surprised to see a big shelf of type books at the 4th floor – something I rarely encounter at libraries. Architecture is beautiful, as well as the interior design layout of the place, making it a conducive reading spot. (Directory)


Stationery & Lifestyle Goods

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BYND Artisan

Holland Village

Specialising in custom notebooks, binding, and leather goods, BYND Artisan store has been running for quite a long time now, with conserving the art of handmade goods at the forefront of their vision. (Website)
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Monocle Shop

Holland Village

A homage to all things Monocle – their magazines, books, march and apparel. Oh, and they serve coffee too!

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Cat Socrates

Bras Basah Complex

Quaint Zakka-Style shop you shouldn’t miss in Bras Basah Complex. (Facebook Page)

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Gallery & Co

National Gallery of SG

Beautifully curated books, clothing & stationery items inside the National Gallery of Singapore. They also have a cafeteria (which looks like a lovely work-friendly area) and cafe run by Plain Vanilla.

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Craft Assembly

Haji Lane

Inside Craft Assembly you’ll be able to check out SG finds made by local indie shops. Got a local-designed washi tape here! (Instagram)

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Tokyu Hands

Orchard Central

Japanese goods from art materials, notebooks, stationery, to home and lifestyle goods and beauty needs. Always a must-visit both in SG and Japan. (Website)

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Supermama

Bali Lane

Handmade goods and selected SG-themed souvenirs are in this little shop brimming with beautiful designs along Bali Lane. (Website)

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Orchard Central

A selection of curated brands, SG souvenirs, clothing, and other lifestyle goods inside Orchard Central. There’s a separate one containing homeware, children’s toys, and a selection of delicacies. (Website)

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IKEA

Alexandra Rd

The mothership! I always go here to buy boxes or organising tools, apart from having their meatballs and checking out their showrooms. (Website)


Craft Tools & Materials

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Made With Love

313@somerset

A must-visit for craft lovers, this store houses a multitude of scrapbooking products, art tools, ephemera and itsy bitsy craft tools. I get most of my scrapbook paper here. (Website)

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Paper Market

Plaza Singapura

Another scrapbook store containing stationery, tapes, and a wide selection of craft materials for scrapbooking and memory-keeping. (Website)

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Other craft shops to visit:

  • Kikki.K (ION Orchard)
  • Monoyono (Plaza Singapura)
  • Typo (313@somerset or Wisma Atria)
  • Spotlight (Plaza Singapura)

Coffee & Desserts

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Sunday Folks

Holland Village

Known for its long lines on peak hours, this coffee and ice cream establishment serves one of the best waffles + ice cream desserts in Singapore. (Facebook page)

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Chye Seng Huat Hardware

Tyrwhitt Road

A hidden gem a few meters from Lavender station, this is one of the meccas of coffee lovers in SG. Must-try: earl grey cheesecake & mocha. (Website)

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Oriole Coffee

Somerset

Best cold brew I’ve tried so far! I got the Taisho White – although my friend Mikka says the Taisho M.A.D. Milk is the best. I have yet to try that. (Website)

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Stateland

Bali Lane

A small cafe along Bali Lane, Stateland serves quality coffee paired with a really conducive space for meeting and catching up with friends. Plus: their truffle fries are really good. (Facebook page)

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Other cafes to check out:

  • Shop Wonderland (Haji Lane)
  • Forty Hands (Yong Sick St)
  • Tiong Bahru Bakery (Tiong Bahru)
  • Group Therapy (Duxton Rd)

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I hope these helped in case you’ll be visiting Singapore anytime soon. I got a request to do a Manila version (ironic because I’m from the Philippines), so that’s probably up on my sleeve for my future roundup posts!

Always be creating,

Abbey 🙂

9 Comments
  • Pearl Aton
    Posted at 19:13h, 11 September Reply

    This is a great list! I literally just took notes of all the places because I want to visit them all when I travel to Singapore next year 😀

    • abbey
      Posted at 20:35h, 13 September Reply

      Yay, glad to be of help! 🙂

  • Rime
    Posted at 19:00h, 05 October Reply

    Hello Ms. Abbey! Such beautiful photos. May I ask what camera you used to take these?

    • abbey
      Posted at 13:12h, 06 October Reply

      Hi Rime, Thanks! I used a Canon EOS M3 🙂

  • Denise
    Posted at 11:25h, 17 October Reply

    Thank you so much for this Abbey! I’ll be going in Singapore again next year. I was able to visit Bras Basah Complex and Books Actually but I want to add more on my plate this time. This is a big help! 😀

    • abbey
      Posted at 14:55h, 17 October Reply

      Hi Denise, Great to know! Hope you enjoy your Singapore trip 🙂 You’re welcome!

  • marie
    Posted at 19:06h, 06 March Reply

    Hi Abbey 🙂 I’ll be going to Singapore to study for a few weeks and I was just wondering would the highlighters, pens, or notebook be cheaper than the ones here in Manila (like National) or compared to HK? heheh thank you!

    And what do u think is the best souvenir in sg! 🙂

    • abbey
      Posted at 18:13h, 10 March Reply

      Hi Marie,

      They’re actually more expensive. So if you want to get highlighters etc you can get in National Book Store. What’s nice about the ones in SG and HK is the fact that the brands are different and the pen types are more diverse compared to the PH 🙂

  • marie
    Posted at 19:06h, 06 March Reply

    and would u recommend tokyo hands hehe

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