Guide to Kampong Gelam's Interior Stores
Art and heritage convene at Kampong Gelam, an ethnic enclave with cultural spots, historic architecture and generations-owned shops juxtaposed against hipster cafes, indie boutiques and urban street art. For those who’d like to bring a slice of Kampong Gelam into their home, here are some homeware and interior stores to get you started.
The original store that kickstarted a chain of carpet shops on Arab Street, Aria Carpets’ 3,500 sqft showroom has an impressive collection of handwoven Middle Eastern carpets and rugs. Machine-woven options are available for those looking to spice up their home on a budget.
64 Arab Street, Tel: 6396 5253
Opening hours: 10am-9pm daily
As its name suggests, this Bussorah Street mainstay is a go-to spot for authentic hand-crafted Turkish items. The store is replete with beautiful Turkish lamps, decorative ornaments, bowls and ceramics, amongst other Ottoman designs.
61 Bussorah Street, Tel: 9636 7644
Opening hours: Tue, Thu-Sun: 11am-10pm; Mon: 11am-9pm; Wed: 11am-11pm
Breathe life into your living space with exquisite scents from Nahi Oud, a local boutique that carries premier Agarwood and Agarwood oil from around the region. Pick your favourite oud aroma and musks – we recommend getting some agarwood incense for a more exotic ambience.
67 Arab Street, Tel: 6291 4934
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-7pm; Sat: 11am-7pm; Closed on Sundays
A must-visit for interior design lovers, Scene Shang’s signature flair for putting modern twists on traditional Chinese design aesthetics creates statement pieces that are as functional as they are contemporary. And shopping at the homegrown furniture and design label’s brand’s flagship store is always a treat for the senses; browse through its 1,000 sqft space, which comes complete with a mini Chinese garden and courtyard area.
263 Beach Road, Tel: 6291 9629
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 11am-8pm; Fri-Sat: 11am-9:30pm
For artisanal ceramics and homeware with a local twist, drop by Supermama’s Beach Road flagship store. The homegrown brand’s efforts in curation and creation ensure that there’s something for everyone, from porcelain plates to vases and even movie posters, all at affordable prices.
265 Beach Rd, Tel: 6291 1946
Opening hours: 11am-8pm daily
Infusing your abode with Moroccan and Middle Eastern elements begins at Sufi Trading. Located at Arab Street, the quaint store carries handmade handicrafts from Turkey, Iran, Morocco and Egypt. You’ll have fun unearthing homeware gems such as Turkish lights, colourful ceramics and woven carpets – these folks also offer free design consultations.
52 Arab Street, Tel: 6291 2123
Opening hours: 10am-9pm daily
Tucked away on Jalan Sultan, The Heritage Shop is an unassuming treasure trove of trinkets and collectables from yesteryear. Mostly from the 30s to the 80s, the store is filled with vintage gramophones, delicate paintings, ornate ceramics, old movie posters and books, signboards and more artefacts.
93 Jalan Sultan #01-01, Tel: 6223 7982
Opening hours: 1:30pm-8pm daily