My trip two weeks back to Singapore was an attempt to explore a new city alone - and with that, I was able to discover lots of nice art places, bookstores and coffee shops along the way. :-)
1. BooksActually - a quaint bookshop in Yong Siak Street selling a wide range of titles and vintage trinkets. This is the ultimate destination for bibliophiles.
2. Red Dot Design Museum - for a taste of modern design in different fields, visit this museum along Chinatown. It’s a pretty small space but there are a lot of inspiring things to see in various art fields - Typography, Graphic Design, Advertising, Product Design etc.
3. Duxton Hill - this place houses a lot of restaurants, cafes and pubs. The buildings are brightly colored and beautifully displayed on every corner as well, and there is a small bookstore along the area (Littered with Books) and some street art.
4.Chinatown - a bustling place full of Singapore’s culture. Don’t miss this when you take the bus or MRT - there are a lot of hawker food stalls (visit Maxwell Hawker Center!) and souvenir shops with quirky finds (got my postcards and brushes here).
5.Forty Hands - located in front of BooksActually, this cafe is not to be missed. Super A+ coffee (like, probably the best I’ve tasted in my life), good service and really yummy cakes. I’ve yet to try the breakfast food but I suppose it would be delicious as well.
6.Art Friend - situated inside Bras Basah Complex (aka art heaven, and I’ll do a separate post on this), this huge art stores houses various brands of art materials and I can’t help but go crazy over which to purchase (I have issues with expensive materials lol). That aside, it’s really a great place to look for hard to find materials (especially if you’re in Manila).
I’m still sorting out photos and stories to share, but hope this helps for reference! If you’re traveling to Singapore sometime soon, do give these places a visit. :-)