Singapore is well-known for shopping, especially when it comes to the big brands. However, if you’ve had enough of the mainstream styles at Zara, Massimo Dutti, Banana Republic & Co., there are plenty of independent shops off the beaten tracks where you can find unique pieces. Let me introduce you to Haji Lane.
Start walking down Haji Lane and you will find Soon Lee to your side.
Their apparel selection is geared towards Korean and Japanese style in my opinion but their jewellery is really pretty, especially the gemstone earrings. The whole shop is lovely decorated, I really liked the mix of fashion books, travel accessories and clothing. (73 Haji Lane)
Along your way you will discover a lot of decorated stairways leading to stores on the second floor. Be careful about the ones with very bold advertisement in front of the building. Some of them are tourist scams.
Modparade is a two-storey shop with a cool selection of bags and jewellery. Their apparel would look really cool, however, for girls bigger than a size 0 it is not really our store… (68 Haji Lane)
If you are looking for statement necklaces or bracelets, Time After Time is the place to go. (62 Haji Lane)
My favourite shop is SSFW, not only is their interior design really nice – bags hanging on the racks and a biiiiig wall full of jewellery. But also you can spend ages going through their vast and beautiful range of apparel, bags and jewellery. (35 Haji Lane)
Stop by Salad Shop and check out their Scandinavian-style homewares and creative gift cards. (27 Haji Lane)
And for all those of you, who want more than just coffee and cake: at Meomi Cafe you can enjoy your coffee with the cats in residence. (668 North Bridge Road)
Have you been to Haji Lane? Please do share your insider tips with me!
Post originally written in January 2016, updated in February 2018.