7 awesome markets to check out in Singapore this January

The markets in Singapore just keep getting better and better with their wide selection of vendors. If you’re looking for something cool to do this month, you can look forward to getting your hands on some quirky fashion items and handmade goods at these seven markets (or you could just head down to grab some tasty grub too).

Hip Street Market (Jan 13-15)

Get your cash ready and go on a shopping bonanza on Baghdad Street. You can look forward to seeing and buying street fashion items from a variety of vendors like slim fit batik for men by Batique, jewelry from ZenRock Accessories, handmade polymer clay from The Good Batch and Yolky Chips’ salted egg potato chips.

Farmers’ Market at Loewen Gardens (Jan 14)

Loewen Gardens’ Farmers’ Market is back again, this time with a wide variety of fresh food, coffee and wine. Expect vendors like OrganicHimalayaNepal, Papa’s Grove, Cafthos by Clarine, Perk Coffee, The Meat Club, Batu Lesung Spice Co., Salut-Lebanon, Bottles XO, Eso Tea and more. You can also have coffee at The Pantry while you’re there.

Barter Workshop Market (Jan 14)

Besides enjoying the urban artworks, music performances and the hip hop block party, you can also pick up some new skills at The Barter Workshop Market. As the name suggests, instead of using money to pay, you’re encouraged to trade items like old textbooks, books, toys, alcoholic drinks, or even a good conversation in exchange for learning skills like silkscreening, live portraits, lino cut printing, or some local farm produce (provided by Tanah).

YHFlea: Lepark Edition (Jan 14)

Head over to Singapore’s most popular rooftop at People’s Park Complex for the Lepark Edition of YHFlea. If you’re in the midst of shopping for the coming Chinese New Year, this collective flea market will see more than 100 curated local brands and indie designers such as BooksActually, oh!eaf, Visual Mass, Naked & Unbound and more, across three different segments—the Brands Only Market, Car Boot Sale and Flea Trade Zone—for you to go crazy over.

TLP x SLA Duct Tape Party (Jan 21)

We’ve always known local art market collective The Local People to organize some really hip, cool local street markets. This time round, they’re teaming up with SIngapore Land Authority for a unique Duct Tape Party; an art market taking place beneath the West Coast viaduct (so edgy!). You expect to catch live music acts, eight different movie screenings from last year’s Singapore Heritage Short Film Competition and a public art installation that uses duct tape that you can participate in. Keep yourself energized which sandwiches from the Kerbside Gourmet (you need to have a go at their philly steak sandwiches), juices lovingly made by The Juicy Way and handmade coconut chips by Loco Nosh. You can also do some good while you’re at the market by bring some food items listed on their FB event page for their donation drive for Food From the Heart.

Weekend Market (Jan 21-22)

Our favourite Weekend Market curated by Togetherly and Field Vibes is happening at Goodman Arts Center in conjunction with their open house. Make some room in your shopping bag for a bunch of cool, curated handcrafted items from Handmade Republic, barbecue nosh and refreshments to guzzle down by Cafe Melba and more. Apart from the two-day market, you can also check out in the open house’s exhibitions, installations and live music performances (courtesy of MC SWTLKR, Shellsuit, The Lost Hat and others) or take part in workshops.

Katong Square Lifestyle and Vintage Market (Jan 21-22)

Rejoice, vintage and retro lovers, because this is where you can find all of your favorite items. The revamped Joo Chiat Police Station building, now Katong Square, is holding a monthly retro market, organized by Vintage Flea Market by The Retro Factory. You can expect to see vendors selling Objets D’Art, vinyl records, gramophones, vintage jewelry and arts and crafts goods like action figures and bicycle figurines. One of the highlights are never-before-seen vintage jewelry from the 1920s to 1970s, made from 925 sterling silver, and most importantly, you are getting an exclusive peek at the never seen before collection.