12 quirky and eclectic novelty shops in Singapore with unique gifts like Mamee Noodle plushies, Kickstarter products & more

by Trinity Sun

Looking for a unique gift to surprise your friends with, or want to add more character to your home? Find your next souvenir or statement piece at these 12 quirky and eclectic novelty shops in Singapore.

1. Retro Kulture 

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If you enjoy looking at retro stuff, or have a friend who’s into souvenirs with old world charm, you have to stop by at Retro Kulture, an eclectic shop where you can find items like old McDonalds Coca Cola glasses, tin toys, and more.  

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???? 3 Coleman St, Peninsula Shopping Center #02-09 Singapore, Singapore 179804
???? 1.30pm – 9.30pm (Mon to Sun)

2. Cat Socrates 

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Who doesn’t love an adorable kitty? At Cat Socrates, there’s a wide range of cat-themed merch, and other knicknacks – think travel-themed stationery, party games, and even map prints you can display at home. Sometimes the store cat does make an appearance, so keep a lookout for it!

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???? 78 Yong Siak St, 01-14, Singapore 163078 Singapore, Singapore 163078
???? Varied opening hours

3. Hygge 

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A quaint shop tucked away in Haji Lane, Hygge, has plenty of hidden treasures. From adorable plant-themed prints to tote bags, the variety of goods for sale, as well as the minimalist aesthetic, makes for a great shopping experience.  

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???? 672 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 188803
???? 11.30am – 7.30pm (Wed to Sun), 11.30am – 5pm (Mon to Tue)

4. Klosh 

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Wondering where you can find Harry Potter merch, or Disney tumblers? Klosh sells almost anything you can imagine. Keep a lookout for fun corporate-themed merch perfect for your office Secret Santa gift exchange, and a DIY station where you can pick out scented candle wax chips to go with a candle warmer. 

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???? Jewel & Compass One
???? 10am – 10pm (Mon to Sun)

5. The Green Collective

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Tired of only seeing metal straws, and reusable cups everywhere? You won’t just be limited to these eco-friendly essentials at the Green Collective. It’s time to spruce up your daily essentials and save the earth at the same time – think compost kits, organic facial mists, sustainably made yoga mats and other practical items. 

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???? 02-18, Funan Mall, 107 North Bridge Rd, 179105
???? 11am – 9pm (Mon to Sun)

6. Illa Nocte

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For those who embrace the gothic aesthetic and enjoy skulls and ravens (major Wednesday vibes here), Illa Nocte is a macabre crystal shop selling skull-shaped crystals, essential oils, and jewellery. So, if you’ve got a friend who enjoys all things edgy (or is obsessed with the hit Netflix series), this is the place to sort out all your shopping. 

???? 157a Jalan Besar, Singapore 208874
???? 1pm – 8pm (Wed to Sun, closed on Mon & Tue)

7. 8storeytree

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Now that film photography has made a comeback, aspiring shutterbugs can head to 8storeytree for disposable cameras, photography-themed socks, and other memorabilia that’ll tickle their every whim and fancy. Be it old film cameras to film-themed keychains, you’re bound to find something at one of the most unique novelty shops in Singapore.

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???? 311A Geylang Rd, Singapore 389350
???? 11am – 9pm (Mon to Sun)

8. The Planet Traveller

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Globetrotting aficionados, you’re going to love The Planet Traveller, where you can shop travel-themed merchandise and handy gadgets for your next holiday. Otherwise, simply soak in the atmosphere — the huge Terminal 3 store is enough to get you in that vacation mood.

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???? 65 Airport Boulevard Terminal 3, #41 #03-34, 819663
???? 11am – 9pm (Mon to Sun)

9. NBC Stationery

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Looking for cute stationery or plushies? NBC Stationery is a stationery shop selling pens, novelty items, and other lifestyle products. You’ll find merch from the iconic Studio Ghibli (who doesn’t love an adorable Totoro cat bus plushie?) and other Japanese franchises, as well as unique souvenirs. 

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???? Various outlets islandwide
???? 11am – 9pm (Mon to Sun)

10. When I was Four 

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Quirky local vintage shop, When I was Four, will take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Be it a pair of Haw Flakes socks, or a Mamee Noodle plushie, you can simply think of any vintage (and uniquely) Singaporean souvenir and you’ll likely find it here!

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???? 231 Bain Street #04-41, Singapore 180231
???? 12pm – 7pm (Mon to Sat), 12pm – 6.30pm (Sun)

11. The Tintin Shop 

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For those who grew up with the detective series, you’re in for a treat as Southeast Asia’s only Tintin shop is right here in Singapore! Shop from an extensive selection of comics and limited edition collectibles that are perfect for collectors, or if you just like cool stuff.

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???? 28 Pagoda St, Singapore 059188
???? 11am – 7pm (Sun to Thu), 12pm – 6.30pm (Sun)

12. The Novus Lab 

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The phrase “anything but ordinary” rings true at The Novus Lab, which carries a wide range of unique Kickstarter products. From reusable notebooks to magnetic organising kits, you can browse household, kitchen, and travel products that might just make life so, so much easier. 

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???? 114 Lavender Street 02-54, #2 CT Hub, 338729
???? 9.30am – 6pm (Mon to Fri)

So, if you’re looking for a gift idea that’s unlike any other, it’s time to get shopping at these 12 novelty shops in Singapore!

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