You’ve got to love a good multi-concept store where you can shop your heart out for all sorts of goods and then drop right into a comfy chair for a much-neededcoffeeand bite. Lucky for us, Singapore has more than a few of these all-in-one spots in happeninghoodsacross the island. Grab your wallet and get ready to work up a hunger because these lifestyle destinations have everything you could ask for all in one spot from fashion to housewares, gourmet artisan products, and delectablefoodanddrinks.
The Assembly Ground
Founded by the folks behind Benjamin Barker, The Assembly Ground is a laid-back cafe just off the Assembly Store, a chic boutique where you can pad out your wardrobe with international labels. Fuel up before you go shopping with coffee by local roasters Jewel and Nylon Coffee and tasty brunch dishes. Later on they offer local twists on comfort food classics like rendang mac n’ cheese and pizza with tea-smoked duck breast.
The Assembly Ground, 2 Handy Road, The Cathay #01-21, Singapore 229233. p. +65 6733 3375. Open Mon – Fri 11am – 10pm, Sat – Sun 10am – 10pm
Benjamin Barker Cafe
Homegrown brand Benjamin Barker is renowned for their dapper menswear collections that include suits, shoes, and handcrafted accessories. The newest lifestyle store is located in Orchard Cineleisure and includes a stylish cafe where you can take a break from spiffying up your wardrobe and grab an eclectic array of eats. Popular menu items include the laksa pizza with squid, clams, and quail eggs and the salted egg yolk calamari rings.
Benjamin Barker Cafe,8 Grange Road, Cathay Cineleisure Orchard #01-01/02, Singapore 239695. p. +65 6732 2123. Open Mon – Thurs 11am – 10pm, Fri 11am – 10:30am, Sat 10am – 10:30pm, Sun – 10am – 10pm
The COMO lifestyle complex offers not one, but two different markets and four different restaurants. Pick up some seriously cool T-shirts and kicks at Dover Street Market, then head over to COMO Marketplace for gourmet Asian products like sauces and teas. Afterwards you have your choice of Japanese at Ippoh Tempura Bar, modern Asian fusion at Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar, Peranakan at Candlenut, or healthy fare at COMO Cuisine.
COMO Dempsey, 17 & 18 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676. p. +65 1 800 304 2288
Gallery & Co
After getting your arts and culture fix at The National Gallery Singapore, pop into Gallery & Co for a caffeine fix and delectable bites like fresh salads, hearty burgers, and tacos. The shop is also stocked with tons of cool stuff like T-Shirts and scarves printed with artworks on display in the museum, beautiful coffee table books, and funky tote bags.
Gallery & Co, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, National Gallery Singapore #01-17, City Hall Wing, Singapore 178957. p. +65 6385 6683. Open Sat – Thurs 10am – 7pm, Fri 10am – 9pm
In Good Company
Conveniently located in ION on Orchard Road, In Good Company offers classic pieces with modern twists for both men and women. Think knitwear dresses, linen jackets, and tailored shorts, plus funky jewellery and accessories like leather wallets. This is also home to Plain Vanilla Bakery, one of our favourite places to go when we’re craving cupcakes.
In Good Company,2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard #B1-06, Singapore 238801. p. +65 6509 4786,Open daily 10am – 9:30pm
Coming to us by way of Tokyo, Lumine offers up over 20 fashion labels from Japan, France, and beyond, many of which you won’t find anywhere else in Singapore. Peruse the racks for gorgeous women’s ensembles from the likes of established and up-and-coming brands like Lily Brown, Tomorrowland, and Spick & Span. They also have a bright and cheerful cafe where you can grab goodies like fruit parfaits, lattes, and fresh juices.
Lumine, #02-20 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Clarke Quay Central, Singapore 059817. p. +65 6224 0919. Open daily 11am – 10pm
This groovy spot on Duxton Hill is your one-stop spot to grab men’s clothing, homewares, and more. Inside you’ll find everything from board shorts to blue jeans, pomade, and pineapple shot glasses. After you’re done stocking up on cool stuff, head over to the chill cafe for brews made with Ritual Coffee Roasters beans, craft beers, and light bites like avo toast and granola cups.
Monument Lifestyle,75 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089534. p. +65 6304 8077. Open Mon-Fri 8am – 7pm, Sat 10am – 6pm
Our Second Nature
Step inside Our Second Nature and you’ll find yourself in a world of flowing fabrics, vibrant prints, and easy-going, everyday wear that features minimal Scandinavian design. The fashion boutique sits on one side of the elegant space, and on the other there is a cosy cafe where you can relax with a coffee and slice of cake. Take note of the cute coffee mugs custom made for the cafe by School of Clay Arts.
Our Second Nature, 43 Jalan Merah Saga, Chip Bee Gardens #01-66, Singapore 278115. Open Mon – Thurs 10am – 6pm, Fri – Sun 10am – 9pm
The Social Space
Just like the name suggests, The Social Space is a spot where you can catch up with friends over a cup of coffee or tea. However, the name also alludes to a focus on socially conscious products like fair trade sarongs, eco-friendly household cleaners, and more. On site there is also a florist and nail salon, plus they occasionally do workshops with guest speakers from socially conscious business owners and artisans.
The Social Space, 333 Kreta Ayer Road #01-14, Singapore 080333. p. +65 6655 0221. Open Mon – Fri 9am – 7pm, Sat 9am – 7pm, Sun 9am – 6pm