Fancy a Pique-a-Nique?

I’m no Yogi Bear (although I reckon I’m well on my way, if my growing Buddha belly is anything to go by), but I love them picnics. So I wasn’t about to pass up a tasting session at Pique Nique (#B1-01 Ngee Ann City Tower A, 391A Orchard Rd., 6238-6705), despite my schedule already being jam-packed. […]

Red Point

This 2,000-sq-foot vinyl and CD specialist, Red Point, is arguably Singapore’s best kept music secret. Owner Ong Chai Koon, who works as a carpenter during the day, set up Red Point eight years ago to share his love for vinyl. His collection now stretches to a jaw-dropping 6,000 records. Spotted here are rare titles like […]

Roxy Records & Trading

Brothers Paul and Richard Lim have been in the business since the 70s, and the store is still one of the best in town if you’re looking for rare and imported titles—shipments from the US and Europe come in on a weekly basis.

Loong Record Shop

Around for more than 15 years, Loong specializes in bargain secondhand CDs (read: $3 upwards) and vinyl ($5 upwards). Look hard enough and there are plenty of out-of-print titles, though as everything is stacked randomly in boxes, you really have to persevere.

Woods in the Books

It’s no surprise that this minimalist bookstore has a loyal following amongst families—but what’s also drawing the creative crowd is its whimsical vibe and a focused collection of picture books, comics and graphic novels that will make you appreciate seemingly kiddy titles for their beautiful illustrations.


Even though it carries high-end preppy looks, this store funkifies it with key street pieces from brands like Neighbourhood, Porter and Vacant, keeping with its indie street roots.

Past Image

Owner Willy Ong nails it with his collectible toys, vinyl players, movie posters and magazines from the 70s through the 90s.

Jade Music

This blues music specialist is great if you’re looking for rare titles. Owner Ebenezer Dazar also gives beginner and advanced guitar lessons.

Granny’s Day Out

Psychedlic frocks and slinky disco gear to shoulder-padded power dresses from the 80s— this little collector’s dream-come-true has a whole range of time-tripping clotheswear lovingly sourced from across the globe. For vintage jewellery, check out their sister counter at Takashimaya, Level 3.