If you ask me what is my favorite thing in the world, I would answer that clearly and loudly with S-T-A-T-I-O-N-E-R-Y (food comes right after that, though). There is no denying that I have an obsession with things called stationery. They bring me so much joy. Call me weirdo, but to me there’s nothing quite as exciting as surrounding my space with cute stationeries here and there. I love me some new pens, pencils, highlighters, stickers, notebook, and everything else. I keep buying everything although I don’t really use them. For instance, notebook. This is a major problem for every notebooks hoarder out there like me. We constantly buying cute notebooks without knowing what it will be used for. To be really honest, we just can’t get enough of them, am I right? Guilty pleasures alert ;)
So, as you guys can read through the title, in this post I’m going to share with you my fun time strolling around Singapore with a mission to find and explore the stationery stores there. Just about two weeks ago, I went to Singapore with my sister for a short 4-day trip. The day before the departure, I did some research and made our own itinerary. Aside from the touristy spots and where to eat, I made a separate list of stationery stores that we could visit while we’re there. I did ask some of my Singaporean friends, too which was really a great bonus to add to the list.
I was beyond excited picturing myself walking into the store and gazing through shelves upon shelves of all different types of pretty looking paper, pens, pencils, washi tapes, and other knick knacks. Of course I couldn’t visit the stores without picking up a few things to add to my collection back at home. Besides the list of the stores, I also featured some photos to show you some of the goodies that I got.
(9 Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru, Tues-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun & Mon 10am-6pm, nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru Station, exit A)
This hands down my favorite store! It’s not actually a stationery store, but it’s a bookstore, a very interesting one. They do sell stationery though, but not that many including journal, sketchbook, sealing wax, greetings cards, and notebooks. BooksActually is an independent bookstore specializing in fiction and literature. This includes poetry, essays, literary journals, alongside obscure, critical works and antique/rare editions. I love how they arrange all the shelves and books inside a small space. They even have a book vending machine in front of the entrance door. You just simply pay for SG$19 and pick yourself a mystery book.
(Biggest store located in Plaza Singapura, Orchard Rd #01-10 to 17 or go to Orchard Paragon, 290 Orchard Road #04-36)
Well, we have MUJI in Indonesia, but not the MUJI Cafe and Meal one. While going crazy with all their aesthetically pleasing stuff, you can pause a little and satisfy your tummy with their various meals, cakes and drinks. Try their Pork Katsu Donburi and Cheese Baked Butter Curry Rice! Almost forgot, they also have one corner where you can buy packed snacks (biscuits, candies, chocolates, etc.) and ready-to-drink drinks (the milk tea was bomb!!).
(Many stores located in 313 Somerset, VivoCity, Wisma Atria Orchard Road, Bugis Junction, etc.)
This Australian brand operated by Cotton On group, Typo is best known for their homeware, craft, stationery and gifting stuff. I’m a huge fan of their calendar so I went ahead and buy the new one for the 2018. Sadly, they don’t produce the big square calendar anymore which was my favorite thing throughout 2017, but they still do have the smaller one and I guess it’ll work the same.
(Available at Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard, West Wing 2nd floor, open 11am or Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road #B1-07)
Firstly opened in Shibuya, Tokyo, now Tokyu Hands has more than 30 stores across Japan, Taiwan and Singapore. Tokyu Hands focuses on hobby, home improvement and lifestyle products. I got my gold paper clip there for only SG$2 for 4 pieces.
(Available at 89 Short Street B1-08 Golden Wall Centre open 9am, nearest MRT: Rochor Station, exit A)
If you know where is Lasalle College of The Arts Singapore at, you’ll find this store easily. I would say that Overjoyed is one of the best craft supplies store I have ever been, too. From cork boards, painting necessities, to wooden boards, they have it all!
(Available at Bugis Junction #03-05A, Raffles City #B1-22, Jurong Jem #04-52/53, etc.)
A really nice stationery store that carries a great range of Japanese stationery, gifts, craft materials and other lifestyle products. I bought my Zebra Mildliner double-sided highlighters here! You can also find Midori along with Sanrio products. Fun fact, NBC was born 54 years ago in Japan! Wow!
(Available at Bugis Junction #03-13, Bedok Mall #B2-03, etc.)
Here, you can find a lot of chic and colorful design of notebooks, notepads, planners, along with cheerful-looking pens and pencils. They are also selling other bits and bobs such as pencil case, clips, stickers, sharpener, eraser, ruler, you name it.
(Available at ION orchard B2-35 2 Orchard Turn or Raffles City B1-22, 252 North Bridge Road)
The famous Australian/Swedish stationery brand! When I walked into the one at ION, I felt like standing in my dream stationery store (at least how I like to picture if I have my own). The store was really bright, full of pastel colors, filled with well-made planners and other stationeries. Surprisingly, I didn’t get myself anything at all. To be honest, the price was a little over the top.
(Available at Raffles City B1-27, 252 North Bridge or Plaza Singapura B1-12, 68 Orchard Road)
One of Singapore’s main scrapbooking and crafts store. It reminds me a lot of Made with Love store. Since we have Made with Love store in Indonesia, I didn’t pay a visit to the original store in Singapore. Instead, I stopped by the Paper Market store. They offer scrapbook and craft supplies mainly imported from the US. Surprisingly, they do have many cute stationeries and lifestyle products also. Spot my yellow Hokkian-Mee and Tosca Nasi Lemak plate! I bought it at Paper Market, hahaha!
(Available at Plaza Singapura #B1-06, VivoCity #01-92, Raffles City B1-24)
You shall find a range of well-designed and inspiring gifts, stationery, home goods, greetings cards from the UK and the US here. I do love all their vintage cards, notebooks and wall art!
(Available at 313 Somerset, Bugis Junction, Wisma Atria, Plaza Singapura, Vivo City, etc.)
Y’all know Smiggle, right? Smiggle is the place to go if you’re really into cute and super colorful stationery. They have a plenty selection of stickers, pens, pencils, eraser, notebooks along with other products like backpack, pouches, water bottle, etc. There are a handful of shops around Singapore for you to visit.
(Changi Airport Terminal 2 near Gate E)
Not enough yet? Don’t you worry, go straight to Relay at Changi T2 and find something for yourself. Maybe the latest Bawse book by Lily Singh to read when flying? Pens and pencils? Or the cool Singaporean souvenirs? They have it all!
In addition, I also visited various places like China Town, Bugis Street, and museums in Singapore to buy post stamps and postcards.
There you have it my stationery devotee friends! Arguably my favourite things from this haul is the yellow Hokkian-Mee plate from Paper Market, hehe… So, if you have another recommendation where I should be visiting next, don’t hesitate to comment down below your favorite stationery store to go to. I’m always excited to visit new places and see what goodies they have on offer to add up to my collection.
Above all, wishing you guys a Merry Christmas and Happy (almost) New Year! See you very soon!