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Where to shop in Far East Plaza

Far East Plaza is a treasure trove for me and I’ve been shopping there regularly since the late 80s! Does Lips Enterprise ring a bell?

I had this conversation with 2 colleagues in the pantry while munching on chocolates a few days ago. Marlene liked the cord necklace I was wearing and when I told her it was from Far East Plaza, she said she loved shopping there. Samrina said her problem was that it gets rather confusing and she often doesn’t know where to start. So tah dah! I’m recommeding some shops that you should go visit!

These 3 shops have been my MUST-GO whenever I’m at Far East Plaza. Singapore isn’t so much plus-sized friendly for clothes as it is for budget accessories and shoes. More often than not, I shop online for the convenience and range. With Paypal and credit cards, the world is your mall! But I find that you can’t stop going to the shops as physically being at the brick and motar stores is a great way of finding out what else is available and getting tactile with your hands. Very often, I find that stuff look better in person than online or in photos. I also love digging into past seasons’ old stock for treasures nobody else wants.

So amongst the many many many bargain-conscious and trendy shops at Far East Plaza, here are the 3 shops I always check out first! In alphabetical order:

1. The Blackground

Far East Plaza, #04-117


This is the physical shop for the popular Singapore blogshop Indiesin. Their online store carries a wider range than the shop itself and in the time that they’ve had their shop, the space they now operate out of has doubled in size! I’ve purchased a tote bag, some statement necklaces, bangles and too many rings from them.

2. Fonda

Far East Plaza, #03-50C


This shop is like a hole in the wall compared to The Blackground, though their prices are also slightly lower than The Blackground. It can get rather messy but they’ve so far been cool with my rummaging. Buy more than a few pieces and don’t be afraid of asking for a discount. My favourite things here are necklaces and earrings!

3. Talisman’s

Far East Plaza, #03-116/132


This is by far the largest of all the shops I frequent at Far East Plaza. If you grew up in Singapore, you’d be familiar with Chameleon and Talisman’s is somewhat similar. They have a crazy number of interesting things I don’t buy but like looking at – party accessories and novelty specs (imagine the NYE countdown types or those without lenses), facinators (those little hats with the veil you see at horse races) and tons of hats (berets, pillbox hats, straw hats etc). The last time I went, they had a huge range of 3 for SGD10 statement necklaces which I loved and bought.

And there you have it – my top 3 recommendations for shopping at Far East Plaza. But there are so many new shops popping up every so often and a short wander into the backlanes usually turns up unexpected finds too. If you have time, explore! How about a challenge? What can you get for SGD50 at Far East Plaza?


I produced an indie music festival in Singapore for 7years before I moved to the US to be with my indie game dev husband Tom who made Axiom Verge and Axiom Verge 2. We live in Los Angeles, California with our son Alastair (named for Alastair Reynolds) and our dog Goliath (named for his size).

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