For those of you who’ve emerged unscathed from CNY festivities, with ang pow money to boot; and also for the rest of you who have escaped nightmarish gatherings and return well-rested from your island-hopping, here are eight places for you to spend your monies at.
Bust out ’em angpows. The #savings2019 resolution can commence after.
Love a hyperlocal sustainable market? Agree that eating organic produce at affordable prices shouldn’t be a distant dream? Head over to OnHand’s Agrarian farmer’s market this weekend, where you can stock up your weekly groceries and plastic-free re-usables. Bless, this market starts at 5pm (!) and they’ve pulled out all the stops too with the solar-powered AC. Veritable partners include artisanal plant-based Kroodi and Seafood market, Seafood Element.
Shaw Tower, 100 Beach Rd.
You might want to round up your overly-chatty relatives for this one, because there’ll be loads to do at GBTB which won’t require small talk. Kicking off CNY the right way, the gardens will see curated performances of leaping carps, orchestra performances, local lion dance troupe. For mementos, swing by the marketplace to shop CNY souvenirs and crafts, located just within the Flower Dome (entry charges apply).
Gardens by the Bay.
A grassroots platform of sorts, TGIF routinely does pop-ups and bazaars all over Singapore. They have scaled up considerably for this market, which will see stalls spread across Vivocity, Harbourfront Centre, the Cruise Centre and RWS. Shop customised merchandise, handmade nut butter, wines, locally-produced fish crackers; or simply swing by to get a haircut with a million-dollar view. Yes, you read right, a haircut.
We love a good crafts market and SAM never disappoints. If you’ve ran out of gift ideas, this horde of creators, designers and inventors will do you a solid. Discover new talents, shop bespoke bits and bobs and lovingly handmade merch with the picturesque SAM as backdrop.
SAM at 8 Queen St.
Wework’s Maker’s Market is a haven of delicate fingers and creative juices. Expect plush finds from the likes of homegrown HUSH candles, accessories from The Bare Collective, or simply have a customised olfactory experience with scent mixology Oo La Labs. Rest assured that there will be food, because Park Bench Deli, Haritts Donuts, Bushwick Kombucha, Beriwell of East Coast and more will be rocking up with eats.
If you’re more tactile than gluttony, mix your own perfume or create your own bouquets at the workshops.
WeWork, 71 Robinson Rd.
New year new me new detoxing plans, and all that jazz right? Right. So then no excuses, just make your way to the slightly out-of-the-way Dempsey. It won’t be a wasted trip because glorious finds include small batch produce, organic honey, vegan bars. If you’re lucky, you may score some sake at this market, like at previous ones. If anything, markets like this one can be an inspiration hub for you budding health freaks who have no idea just where to start.
75E Loewen Rd, Dempsey.
At two-day only pop-up, join BooksActually in their (somewhat) novel efforts at offsetting their carbon footprints. All plants grown by them, none harmed in the process. This has got to count for something in the realm of karma points, if not in the offseting of carbon emissions. Commendable, yes; value-for-money? Let us know.
9 Yong Siak St., 11am – 4pm.
Scrape the 14 hour flight to France because we’ve got our own little French market in Singapore come Feb 23. Apparently a thriving tradition imported from France, traditional fruit and veg stalls still occupy permanent locales in Europe and are the go-to for groceries shopping. PS: we have all of that in the form of our very own wet markets, but nothing specifically Mediterranean/ French-focused. For a ($1) entry’s fee, you get access to shop French cheeses, meat, baguette and other gourmet delicacies for a day. Time to break out them your red packets.
365 Tanglin Rd.