Modern Singaporean hippies frequent places that exude a youthful vibe that opposes the status quo. Here are some of the common places where they spend their money on:
Hipsters habituate shopping centers that offer minimalist products and online labels. Three of my favorite trendy malls are Orchard Gateway, 313@Somerset, and *Scape.
a. Orchard Gateway gives a modern vibe as its futuristic glass bridge joins the orchardgateway@emerald and the remainder of the Orchard Gateway. Always have your camera with you so you can stop and snap some selfies while you are walking along.
b. Minimalist, hip, and chic are three words that perfectly encapsulates the charm of The Editor’s Market. It is a fashion forward shop that houses clothing ranging from S$20-50. Whenever I am at their 313@Somerset’s outlet, it is impossible to not find something I like.
c. *Scape Underground is filled with online shops that sell items at affordable prices. Unique accessories for as low as S$5 can be found here. If you are lucky, you can chance upon ELF or NYX cosmetics that retails for as low as S$3. Nonetheless, inexpensive yet cool phone cases will always be available there.
Hippies create their own slice of heaven by frequenting independent bookstores such as BooksActually and Littered with Books. Probably the most popular of the bunch is “BooksActually”. BooksActually is the go-to place for local literature, enigmatic titles, and creative stationary. Even its website is crisp, simple, and neat. See for yourself: http://www.booksactuallyshop.com.
Another gem for the spunky bookworms is “Littered with Books”. It is situated in a restored shophouse at Ann Siang Hill. Get lost in a shop filled with classic novels, children’s literature, contemporary local literature, and more!
It comes as no surprise that you will find this ecentric sub-culture at cool cafés. Three neighborhoods that have an abundance of bespoke products are Tiong Bahru, Haji Lane, and Bedok. Tiong Bahru is a historic staple of the Singapore’s hip culture. When you are here, do not skip on the bespoke coffee offered by Forty Hands or Flock Café.
Haji Lane has a myriad of vintage shophouses that sell contemporary and quirky items such as accessories and clothing. Among its packed list of cafés, CAD Cafe is my favorite.
Located in the Bedok area is a humble cafe called Percolate. The place is plain, cozy, and beautifully decorated that is why it brings a relaxing ambiance to its hip customers. According to HungryGoWhere, the average plate costs S$10.
Good prices offering delectable dishes…who am I to complain?