Singapore’s hip factor got a firm boost when Monocle founder Tyler Brûlé gave it his stamp of approval and set up an outpost of the magazine's bureau, store and cafe here. Not surprisingly, it’s a hipster haven – the space is hidden amongst a row of residential terraces on a street adjacent to the busy stretch of bars and restaurants the décor is sparse and minimalist, and the goods are limited but well curated. Fans will fawn over the first issue of Monocle signed by Brûlé and collaborations with brands like Tod’s, Delfonics and Porter, while those who love clean and utilitarian design in general will find luxurious additions to their office and wardrobe.
The Holland Village area is a popular social enclave for expatriates. The Circle Line on the MRT will take you straight to Holland Village station. Take Exit B to get to the bustling stretch of restaurants and bars, Lorong Mambong. If you’re looking for something quieter, take Exit A to the stretch of restaurants and gourmet food shops at Chip Bee Gardens instead.
The Monocle Shop Singapore | 74 Jalan Kelabu Asap, Singapore | +65 6475 1791