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Chinatown’s Offbeat Shopping Oasis

Time machines, porcelain wonders, fashion revolutions - Chinatown's offbeat shopping scene.




Gather round, thrifters, antique aficionados, and sustainability seekers! We're diving headfirst into an oasis of offbeat wonders. From ancient relics with a modern twist to a fashion revolution, this is a shopping adventure that's more magical than finding a unicorn wearing vintage shades. 🦄✨


Wing Antiques & Collection: A Symphony of the Vintage

2 Havelock Rd, #03-27/28, Singapore 059763

Opens: Mon - Fri 11:00am - 7:00pm | Sat 1:00pm - 7:00pm | Sun 11:00am - 6:00pm


Wing Antiques & Collection is like entering a time machine. Antique clocks, dusty postcards, random knick-knacks—it's a literal treasure trove! The wooden shelves groan under the weight of history, each item whispering secrets from a bygone era. But don't snap a pic; this place is camera-shy. It's all about the experience, the thrill of discovery, and the chance to touch a piece of the past.



“A blast from the past with everything you could think of...” muses @x3rai. It's as if a passionate collector or perhaps even a whimsical hoarder decided to display their fascinating array of finds. Old toys, weathered books, curious trinkets—it's a jungle of memories, all waiting to be rediscovered.


You might even find yourself chatting with a local, pondering how this museum-like maze makes money. But don't be fooled; these aren't just random odds and ends. There's a method to the madness, a story behind every piece, turning what might seem like a mishmash into one of the “more photogenic” spots in Singapore, according to Fodor'sTravel.



So grab your treasure map, and let's hunt for some gems! 💎 From forgotten letters to vintage jewellery, Wing Antiques & Collection is an explorer's dream. It's like a giant jigsaw puzzle where each piece tells a story. Even if you're not buying, the friendly shop owner welcomes browsers. As @yolanda puts it, “He was really friendly and didn’t mind us looking around... amazing antiques!”


East Inspirations Shop: Porcelain Dreams and Cultural Wonders

256 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058805

Opens: Mon - Sun 10:30am -6:30pm


East Inspirations Shop is a haven for lovers of Chinese arts, antiques, and cultural wonders. Step inside, and you're transported to a world of porcelain dreams. Delicate tea sets, intricate vases, and breathtaking sculptures adorn the shelves, each piece a testament to Chinese craftsmanship.



At the helm is Mr. PK Cheong, a man whose passion for antiquities blossomed into a thriving trade. From falling in love with Chinese arts at 20 to selling his first antique at 27, his journey is as fascinating as the collection he curates. It's not just a shop; it's a gallery where art meets history. And if you're lucky, you might just be invited to a traditional Chinese tea session with the master himself.



“I recently had the pleasure of visiting this charming antique shop... Mr Cheong is not only a great host but also has a genuine love for traditional tea culture,” shares @Jasmine Ang Yap. It's a sentiment echoed by many who find solace in this air-conditioned oasis, escaping the Singapore sun. Whether you're a serious collector or a curious wanderer, there's something to love in this shop.




East Inspirations Shop has a magnetic pull for tourists, its windows beckoning with the allure of Chinese artistry. It's a place where culture becomes accessible, where even those unfamiliar with Chinese antiques can find delight in the vibrant colours and elegant designs. The shop doesn't discriminate between the seasoned collector and the curious traveller; it opens its doors to all, offering a taste of Chinese heritage that's both sophisticated and approachable.


The Fashion Pulpit: Sustainable Swapping of Fashion

6A Shenton Way, OUE Downton Gallery, #02-08, The Fashion Pulpit, 068815

Opens: Tues - Sun 11:00am - 7:00pm


The Fashion Pulpit isn't just a store; it's a movement. Located a 10-minutes walk from Chinatown, this unique space is challenging the way we think about fashion. Gone are the days of mindless consumption; welcome to the world of swapping, upcycling, and conscious consumerism. From swapping pre-loved fashion pieces to learning fashion tricks, The Fashion Pulpit is a platform open to all who wish to contribute to a purpose-driven economy around sustainable fashion.



When @xavsharky visited The Fashion Pulpit, they found something quite different from a regular thrift store. “Went to The Fashion Pulpit thinking that it was another thrift store but it's actually quite different. Its more of a you swap your own clothes for theirs sort of system there. If you came without knowing that, you can still opt for normal payment as well!” It's a testament to the unique and flexible system that sets The Fashion Pulpit apart.


People are talking, and they're loving what The Fashion Pulpit is doing. “TFP is a pioneer and what a great value-add to the already bustling shopping scene in the country... Swapping is slowly becoming mainstream in Singapore,” raves @O G. It's a sentiment echoed by many, who praise the shop's accessibility, convenience, and dedication to sustainability.





The Fashion Pulpit is a trailblazer, a fashion space with a heart and a mission. But like any pioneer, it's navigating uncharted territory, and there might be some missteps along the way. What stands out, though, is its unwavering commitment to creating a new narrative for fashion in Singapore—a narrative of awareness, empowerment, and environmental responsibility.


Chinatown's offbeat shopping oasis is more than a destination; it's an experience, a journey into the extraordinary. From the vintage charm of Wing Antiques & Collection to the cultural elegance of East Inspirations Shop and the sustainable innovation of The Fashion Pulpit, each store offers a glimpse into a world where shopping transcends the ordinary.


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