As we march into March with no gimmicky holidays in sight and virtually no public holidays for laze-ins, take heart. Because at least, there are ten veritable markets where you can still spend your monies at.
Looking to treat yourself to homegrown ethical beauty brands? Or have a ton of barely-used beauty products buried at home that no longer spark joy? Then you’re invited to the one-day only Ethical Beauty Market come March 2 to shop and to swap. Expect to find quality hair oils, brightening serums and more. Some are all-vegan, many handmade from botanical oils without synthetic ingredients; and most are against animal-testing. Feel free to also swing by the workshops where you can learn about skincare regimes, make your own scrubs and customised lip balm and lotions!
Visual Arts Centre, 10 Penang Rd., #01-02.
Purveyors of all things vintage, and toys enthusiasts with a taste for the nostalgic—Old Habits, vintage shop and cafe is back once again with a mini flea. The fleas rotate around different themes where you can browse, buy and trade retro trinkets. This particular one is vintage toys and will feature iconic collectibles like transformers, Ninja Turtles, Ultraman, Bootleg Toys, Tin Toys, even Cultural Revolution toys and more. Between 10am and 2pm, swing by to scour for treasures.
38 Telok Blangah Rise, #01-315.
For both vintage aficionados and flea-goers, this monthly market falling on every second weekend of the month. and is something to look forward to. Expect to find a suite of booths at Katong Square proffering all things vintage. Think home decor, vinyl records, jewellery, keepsakes and even haute couture. In March, entertainment includes street magic and live music, with nine DJs manning the decks.
Katong Square; daily 1pm -10pm.
Keen to put into your practice your waste not, want not resolution? Try some eco eating and drinking with Ground-Up Initiative (GUI)’s inaugural market. An easy amble from Khatib MRT, this market will see one of Singapore’s first almost zero-waste dining experiences. The said three-course mystery lunch is based on excess and “ugly” food, complemented with organic herbs from GUI’s own gardens. Or do your part for the earth by trying out worm composting. Aside, conscious consumers can go to town with the wide range of products like low-GI brown rice, fruit-infused beverages, essential oils, fresh pet foods and handcrafted items.
Kampung Kampus, 91 Lor. Chencharu.
Frank Food Market located near Dempsey looks to be a monthly affair—weight watchers and waist watchers and those who enjoy high-end deli grub will be pleased come March 16. Make your way there to shop glorious finds include small batch produce, organic honey, vegan bars. If anything, markets like this one can be an inspiration hub for you budding health freaks who have no idea just where to start. P.S, add in craft beers and baked pies—like the ones they occasionally have— and this sounds like more than a food market.
75E Loewen Rd, Dempsey.
For serious foodies—a poshed-up food fair return to Singapore EXPO for its 16th and is also the largest edition. This one sees over 200 exhibitors celebrating international and local delights. Put on a loose-fitted shirt or a baggy A-line dress and hit the fair for delicacies like mentaiko beef cubes (halal); Vietnamese rolls, mala flavoured braised duck and the newly launched Salted Fish Crisp, made from tau sar and completely flourless.
Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hall 5.
Sunday Social is returning; and you horde of diehard fans know the deets—solid grub, delish craft beers, good ol’ house and homegrown brands. Old timers should also be familiar with the lineup and there will be artisanal bakers, interior deco, fashion accessories, local handcrafted skincare brands. If anything, swoop in for Camp Kilo’s own hearty roast and great vibes. Sunday fun day guaranteed.
Camp Kilo, 66 Kampong Bugis.
This new in, Boutique Fairs is back again. We’ve been watching them for awhile now, and it seems like the they constantly outdo their lineups each time. This one’s a bit of a beast, spread over two floors with a grand total of 6000 sq m of over 300 stalls, and even a dedicated vintage corner. Shop lifestyle products, women’s and men’s fashion, and even toys for your children. Speaking of the tots, drop them off at children-friendly activities. If all that shopping tires you out, grab some food at the various pop-ups.
F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Blvd.
Come March 30, the tranquil and AC-ed surrounds of BW Monastery will see a bustle of foodies, artisan vendors, local creative makers and homegrown artistes busting out some moves. That’s right, Feast Up! a pop-up culinary fair is back. Conceptualised as a platform for upcoming entrepreneurial youngsters, come and discover local brands, eats and endeavours. Aside, look forward to a sampling of complimentary vegetarian dishes. Some clean eating will do you some good, if not for the karma points.
BW Monastery Hall of Jewels,1 Woodlands Drive 16, Level Four.
Ambitious, Wheeler’s, despite it’s far-flung locale, is determined to be a one-stop lifestyle destination for food, music and shopping and so far, suffice to say the car rides to Seletar Aerospace Park have been well worth it. Over 20 specially-curated stalls will set up shop, and they rock up with goods that you will actually want to spend your money on. Think quality, unique accessories pieces, premium nut butter and hand-drawn cards with adorable tag lines. All great for gifting. In case you were wondering, there will be food and music for entertainment too.
Wheeler’s Estate, Seletar Aerospace Park 2 Park Ln.