In Chinatown there are many small shops and by change I’ve stumbled The TinTin Shop. Although the price is not cheap. I bought TinTin tee shirt and Comics. As a child growing up in Australia I used to love reading TinTin comics book, you’ll never grow too old reading TinTin.
The TinTin shop is open daily. Chinatown MRT Exit A.
This shop is supposed to be a Kung Fu shop and indeed the front of the shop is selling Kung Fu related items, but as you move in a bit more. You find items like Super Mario, Dragonball, Vase, 3D pictures and even Globes.
But I would say the experience was fulfilling enough. The service from the staff was good and they were willing to spend time and explain things to you although I felt the shop was a bit under staff.
The goods they have are mostly collectibles and somehow they are going for a very low price. Unbelievable but true. Definitely worth a visit if you are looking for souvenirs for yourself and your friends.
What to buy: Collectibles and good quality items. Things related to Chinese culture.
What to pay: A hundred bucks can get you at least 3 good souvenirs. Cheaper items are a waste of time unless they are for your friends. Haha.
The store was located near the MRT china-town's exit. It was a small stand like in the traditional market, the seller were girls in short pants and they could speak english fluently [so we could get information about its products easily].
The stand itself has some sack filled with peanuts, they differentiate its kind with different sack. We are allowed to tried 'em, the peanuts. So it could convince us to choose before buying 'em.
It was located in China Town Traditional Market so don't expect it would be like buying things in mall. Sometime we had to deal with some small truck or car that go pass in front of the stand, and we had to deal with other buyers. It could be so crowd, but that's the fun.
What to buy: They sell peanuts, any kind of peanuts.
What to pay: You can spend from $10 till you satisfied ^^
Although the streets of Chinatown were crowded due to a national holiday, I found very nice the Chinatown Complex. I accessed from Banda St. after visiting the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. I wandered around finding local shops (mostly of women's fashion) and in one of the turns I found a small shop dedicated to children clothing where I found nice clothes for my childs. They have silk, satin dresses for the girls and some light clothing for the boys.
A mannequin with a traditional japanese black robe for samurais stands in the middle of the shop, and the girl in charge was really helpful and attentive.
What to buy: Silk, satin dresses for the girls and pajamas por the boys. Clothing style is a wide range from korean to japanese or chinese style.
What to pay: Around 20SGD per piece of children about 2-6 years old.
After a while in Singapore it's easy to feel that there are billions of super huge shopping malls, and that it might even be a bit too much.
I'll write more about those later, but it's also nice to find these small streets with local shops with either souvenirs or hand made local craft.
Right next to the Buddhist temple "Buddha tooth relic" is Trengganu street with all these different small shops. I bought some postcards here, but I'm still pissed that I didn't get this fantastic t-shirt! :)
Well, maybe I've grown up a bit at least...?
What to buy: Local craft, souvenirs, postcards. Or the t-shirt on the photo!
Yue Hwa Building is an historic building located at the corner of Eu Tong Sen Street and Upper Cross Street in Chinatown.
It was originally known as the Nam Tin Building and it currently houses the Yue Hwa Chinese Products department store.
Besides agricultural produce from various provinces of China, the store also sell jade carvings, handicrafts, antiques and medical products such as tea, ginseng and even some Chinese wines.
What to buy: so many things on sale here!! I did however get a lovely scroll made here with our names on them with symbols in great colours made while I waited!!
had some henna tattoo done on my hand and arm which was cool as well while there!!
Have been to China town three times two of the three it was raining!!
Ear Candling My husband was feeling off balance so we got some ear candling done he found that it helped a bit for him...was a weird sensation but he was happy as he wasn't getting as much vertigo afterwards!!
The Majestic is an historic building on Eu Tong Sen Street in Chinatown and it was previously a Cantonese opera house. The façade of the theatre is decorated with tiles depicting Cantonese opera scenes.
Shortly after the turn of this century, the Majestic Theatre was renovated and developed into a three-story shopping mall. The building was then renamed The Majestic and was opened on early 2003.
You will find many places here on the main couple streets of Chinatown to buy postcards and other small gifts. As long as it's not pouring rain or too late at night there are several blocks where you will find a street market. This is where you want to buy your cheap souveniers.
This shopping plaza is right at Chinatown MRT exit. It has a "New York City Guggenheim Museum" feel as the shops are laid out in a counter-clockwise spiral seamlessly from one level to the next.
There are of course, elevators and escalators if you prefer to get straight to your shop of choice. There are many antique shops too. Adjoining is another antique section that sells A-Z of Chinese and Asian antiques. art and craft collectors items.
Fon-Man-Ji is local historical external medicine manufacturer. Fon is famous for its Red-Flower Oil which is made by old approach and tools. Its function is to heal musle sore, stomachache etc. Each small bottle costs only 2 SG$ (=40 NTD). It's economical and also the best gifts for your friends.
What to buy: Red-Flower-Oil
A great place to shop for those souvenir gifts you want to take home. Beautiful chinese handbags, slippers, hair pieces, clothing, etc 3 for $10 - what a bargain. Also, look out for the store where you can buy little glass globes and bottles, painted with your name on them.
What to buy: Souvenirs
What to pay: Depends how long you spend shopping!!
Music for meditation?
Yoga classes and wellness seminars?
That’s what Whatever is all about.
The have a large selection of books from
Deepak Chopra to Eating Right for your blood type.
There menu serves breakfast, snacks,
soups, organic salads, fresh juices, teas, etc.
Yoga classes, along with seminars on wellness
are programmed into their weekly schedule.
If you don’t have the yoga cloths, don’t worry,
they have that too!
This tip does not refer to any particular shop at all. I just want to share a few of my favourite things that I picked up while browsing around some of the many, many shops that you can find blindfolded all over Singapore.
I really like the wooden shoe horn with mother of pearl inlays. It cost me about S$20 from a small shop not too far from the NE4 exit in Chinatown. I don't have to bend down as far to get my shoes on with the extra long handle on this shoe horn.
The pot of Chiao-She-Hao (Jasmine Tea) I found at Hue Hwa on the corner of Eu Tong Sen Road and Cross Street in Chinatown. There you will find lots of interesting Chinese food, artifacts and other curio's.
Wherever I may go I always seem to add to my ever growing fridge magnet collection. And the more magnets that I collect the more stuff ends up being stuck on my fridge door.
The Chinese Iron Balls were a very thoughtful present from my kids who saw me admiring them sitting in their beautiful silk cloth covered box at one of the many 3-for-S$10 shops in Chinatown. It was not too far from the NE4 exit in Chinatown.
And the surf T-shirts I found at the Pasar Malam in Toa Payoh... I never seem to have enough of them.
As I've stated in my China Town tip before, this is a great place to do some unusual shopping. Whether you're looking for supertouristy things (they're there) or some great traditional handicrafts, you're sure to find something to your liking! Take the time to stroll the busy, narrow streets and take in the sights and smells. Relax on the terrace of a hawker and have nice cold drink . Chinatown can be very hot due to its narrow streets, so make sure you drink plenty of water.
What to buy: Anything you set your heart on.. from touristy stuff, to food and handicrafts.
What to pay: Little. Chinatown is quite cheap. Haggle for a better price, people expect you to!