Here comes May and soon before we know it, it’ll be another half a year that has passed. As always, always a pleasure to be providing deets on where to shop, for health, good grub, great vibes and—heck, when did we need to come up with excuses to spend money?
On labour day itself, Nylon Coffee Roasters will have its 7th year anniversary celebrations. This joint is a stalwart at the Everton Park neighbourhood, a brimming hood of cafes. Join Nylon in their revelry and you get to taste tasty bakes, other little bites and a sampling of products from those around in the Everton Park. Whilst spending, you get to play your part as a socially-conscious consumer in the form of a contribution towards water projects around the world as part of Nylon’s ongoing campaign. A bit of mindfulness in the world is a great way to kick off May.
4 Everton Park; 9am – 6pm.
I’d recommend doing this one as as mother-daughter bonding sesh. The Fair, well-loved by expats and chic ladies alike, is back again and this time with more than fifty international brands from over six countries. There, you also get a sampling of local and indie brands that will guarantee non-ubiquitous new office clothes that you won’t be seeing on someone else down Shenton Way. Browse hand-made designer jewellery, floaty apparel you see on magazines and art pieces.
Orchard Rendezvous Hotel, 1 Tanglin Rd.; 10.30am – 6pm.
Purveyors and bazaar go-ers should be well-acquainted by TGIF Bazaars by now. You’d be well pleased to find that this one has the most central and scenic locale. And yes, that will be Bayfront, after TGIF’s opening edition at last month. A sort of grassroots-type initiative, TGIF has also partnered up with social organisations to raise funds at this pop-up. If this version is anything like the ones in the past, expect snacks, trinkets and stationery. This affair runs all Fridays to Sundays of May
Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr.
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. it’s an ongoing thing since the 90s, and it’s got its own horde of loyalists. 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 May, entertainment includes street magic and live music, with six DJs manning the decks and the usual food booths.
Katong Square; daily 1pm -10pm.
Love a hyperlocal sustainable market? Agree that eating organic produce at affordable prices shouldn’t be a distant dream? Head over to Sprout come May 11-12, where you can stock up your weekly groceries, learn more about artisanal food or sustainable living. Sprout as an initiative is as much food for the soul as it is for the body—proving that even in an expensive city like Singapore, the common man does have a couple opportunities here and there for healthy eating. So, show up, support local, and perhaps even consider doing the whole farm-to-fork lifestyle?
Suntec City, 1 Raffles Bvld; 10am – 8pm.
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.
Frank Food Market located near Dempsey is most definitely a monthly affair. So for weight watchers and waist watchers and those who enjoy high-end deli grub, don’t fret if you’ve missed out on all the previous markets. Just remember to hit this one up come May 18. 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.
Let’s face it, Singapore lacks proper, proper shopping, but every once in awhile I enjoy walking through Ochard, particularly 313 Somerset, with its tray-lined small kiosks with kitschy, cutesy things. It just feels a lot more personal, and occasionally when you find gems, its a plus. In any case, May 24 sees TGIF and Somerset Market collaborating, to offer a host of carefully curated products, including will fashion, decor and accessories. Expect one-off finds, including jewellery, leather bags and whimsical dresses and even custom-made clothes from Italy.
2 Ochard Link.