Hip Haji Haunts

Monday, 16 Aug 2010

Sometimes you just need to get out of the malls. You need a hit of creative smack. You need to find uber-cool with a capital U. Hot foot it to Haji Lane, here’s what you will find…

With a crisp white backdrop, Salad Shop is a funky fashion and homewares space. We dig their home accessories like vases, cushion covers and their dresses, earrings and leather bags. If you are petite and have an eye for fabrics pop next door to the petite boutique Vijitka, don’t miss their floral tailored shorts (best to be below size 8!).

Across the road with you find Living Icon which is an interior design specialist, who has a vintage range of dresses that are worth the trawl. Next door is Mosi Café, the first Moroccan café in Singapore perfect for a mint tea break or chicken shawarma if you need a wedge.

Cross Haji again to hit Pluck, which has vintage furniture, fabrics, dresses and knick-knacks. Don’t miss their café and icecream display where you can indulge in a scoop of Lychee Martini Icecream or a Malt Teaser Sunday. Just a few doors down you will find The Blog Shop, which is a tardis style consignment shop that rents out space to fashion designers to showcase their creations.

Finding funky threads for men is a bit of a challenge in Singapore, but in Haji you have ample to choose from. Don’t miss Know It Nothing which focuses on cool, wearable basics and White Room where you can find cropped tuxedos along with vintage Raybans, Hermes cuffs and seersucker suits. Oh-so-cool.

If you are a Melissa fan, pop into the colourful Dulcefig boutique who have 30% off these comfortable all weather shoes right now. Make sure scamper upstairs to see the cleverly curated collection at threadbare & squirrel.

Need to reward your shopping prowess? Kick back in a vintage armchair and soak up a Basil Cooler, Strawberry Ginger Martini, or Amy on the Peaches at Bar Stories the uber-cool boutique bar above the inspiring furniture and design space A Thousand Tales.

Before leaving Haji, pop into Straits Records for a browse of their vinyl, CDs, books and cassette collection. And if you are needing to nurture your curious mind, head back down the lane to Sanctum where you can find intuitive readings, energy healings to body therapies. If you would like a permanent souvenir, cross the road to Visual Orgasm where they promise an ‘almost painless’ tattoo experience. Ommm to that.

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