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SHOP AT: Cluny Court

(Updated January 2016)

Just outside the Botanic Gardens MRT Station is one of Bukit Timah’s best-kept secrets — Cluny Court. A quaint stretch of niche boutiques are peppered through the mini-mall, where an easy stroll will unveil a spectrum of brands to entice your wallet. 

Among the fashion and beauty stores, here are three notable home decor boutiques that caught our eye:

BUNGALOW 55
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Bungalow 55 is an adorable little nook full of accessories to accent your house. The homely space displays a variety of decor items sourced internationally by owner, Nina Beale. From rustic cash-and-carry ornaments like woven wicker baskets, and ceramic pottery, to larger-scale tables and lights, this place has much to offer. A majority of the items come from Belgian homeware brand, Flamant, so you might just be able to take home a little piece of Europe. Read more on Bungalow 55 in our blog entry here.
 

LEMONGRASS & AUBERGINE
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(Photo: Lemongrass & Aubergine)

This trendy store’s interior is a burst of colour and quirk. Lemongrass and Aubergine’s products mostly consist of beautiful, yet practical home accessories. Aside from being exclusive retailers of the versatile Pappelina PVC rugs, the store also sells a variety of porcelain tableware, steel cutlery from the French brand, Sabre, and even fashion accessories. Look out for their best-selling product, the locally themed range of kitchenware and aprons, featuring uniquely Singaporean motifs. If you’d like to cook in a Chilli Crab apron, you know where to go!


FIFTH ELEMENT
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(Photo: Fifth Element)

Taking inspiration from the five elements of feng shui, Fifth Elements carries furnishings and home accessories that reflect a fusion between Asian and Western design. The charming store may be small, but the pieces they stock are big on character and design. We love the streamlined aesthetics of their transparent lamps and candles, as well as the variety of textile prints and oriental lacquer diningware offered. If you’re a fan of vintage-inspired furniture and modern interpretations on oriental design, Fifth Element is a haven waiting to be explored. Also, read about how to incorporate vintage furniture into modern decor here.

 

BEST GIFTS
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Image: Groovy Gifts

The finds here at Groovy Gifts aren’t just great as presents for friends and family. From pretty trinkets, to vases and other homeware bits, there’s no excuse not to pamper yourself (and your home) as well. The store also carries colourful kid-oriented gifts as well!

 

Aside from the boutiques at Cluny Court, the charming area is also known for its cafes. Here are a couple that we’d recommend to satiate your tummy after a rewarding session of shopping:

GASTRONOMIA DA PAOLO
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(Photo: Gastronomia Da Paolo)

Offering a delectable array of simple Italian fare and sweet treats, Gastronomia Da Paolo exudes a laidback vibe that draws people in. If the weather permits, hang out at the al fresco area and people-watch over pastries and coffee. The place doubles as a deli, where you can shop for cold cuts, artisanal cheese, sauces, wine, and other interesting culinary gems that don’t appear on your usual supermarket shelves.
 

SIMPLY BREAD
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(Photo: Simply Bread)

Serving up a wide selection of baked goods, sandwiches and breakfast items, Simply Bread is one of those cafes with an atmosphere so serene, you won’t mind whiling away your hours there. The white interior and large windows adds to the airiness of the space, which is styled with unassuming furniture pieces that showcase the clean-cut principles of Scandinavian design. Simplicity is key, and Simply Bread does that effortlessly.

 

BAR BAR BLACK SHEEP
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You’ve probably heard of Bar Bar Black Sheep before, but if you are unfamiliar, the bar-cum-restaurant serves Thai, Western and North Indian dishes in a casual dining setting. Even local favourites like Nasi Lemak and Curry Chicken with Rice are being served at the flagship outlet in Cluny Courtyard, setting it apart from the other outlets around Singapore!

 

[Text & Coordination by Beatrice Bowers]

More shopping recommendations here:
+ SHOP AT: Tan Boon Liat Building
+ SHOP AT: The City Hall Vicinity

 

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