Tintin in Chinatown

When I first glanced at the store from a metre away I wondered if it was a store selling fake Tintin stuff. As I came closer, I was delighted to see how authentic it was.

The first time I saw a Tintin comic book was in the primary school library, but it was a bit too difficult for me to understand, although I found the pictures brilliant. I would love to get these one day and transport myself into that magical world. Somehow to me the actual comic books would give me more pleasure than seeing the stories in cartoon form. I look at these books as the combined genius of artist and writer.

At the store, Snowy was irresistible. Here are some photos from trip there. The person behind the counter, who I assumed was the owner, is the type of store owner I liked (remained at a distance allowing people to browse, didn’t hover over anyone, and didn’t stop anyone from taking photos). Not only does it build good will it also leads to free marketing when someone writes about the store on their blog. The reason why I mention this is because there are places that are snooty about the photo taking and will stop you loudly to embarrass you.

Here are the photos of the store that left me awe-struck, because you could tell the owner loves everything in the store. I hope they don’t take too long to load, because I realize that can be annoying. Being a total nerd, I get excited over things like this. Oh yes, there was also a little cafe in the front where you could have authentic belgian beer or just chilled coconut while watching Tintin on TV. A bit too hot for that though. The sun was scorching the skin off today.

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I tried to google and find out information about who started this store and this is what I found here posted by Kiki mummy:

“THE TINTIN SHOP”, a novelty shop selling Tintin books, apparel, stationery, watches & collectibles.This is the first in Singapore, with original stock from Belgium.

Address: 56 Pagoda Street Singapore 059215 (MRT station: Chinatown)
Monday to Sunday, 11am to 9pm
Tel 6472429 info.tintin@gmail.com

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18 Responses to Tintin in Chinatown

  1. J says:

    This was my favourite comic when I was a kid. Thanks! I am bringing C there! She doesn’t know who is TinTin *rolled eye* 😀

  2. Katie says:

    I want to go to there…I love Tintin! If you ever visit New York, there is a Belgian restaurant called Petite Abeille near Union Square that has a kind of Tintin theme with several racks of the original books: http://www.yelp.com/biz/petite-abeille-new-york-3

  3. lynnette-net says:

    i went there too! yesterday!

  4. jlovesm says:

    Hi , I was there today, agreed with you this Tintin shop is very interesting. I wanted the Tee Shirt with Tintin and Snowy, but my size medium is out of stock….., i will be back again, hope next round i can have that t shirt .

  5. Had never seen Tintin..thanks for enlightening me! He’s adorable!

    • bookjunkie says:

      After coming across this store I just want to get a whole stack of Tintin comic books to read. I wonder if I can find them in the library. Probably in the kid’s section even though these have pretty mature themes and language.

  6. d says:

    Hi everybody, thanks for the support! Please note that our contact number is actually 81832210. We are located at 56 Pagoda St (Exit A – Chinatown MRT). We are opened 11am to 9pm daily (even on public holidays!). Cheers!
    The Tintin Shop Singapore.

  7. whatsaysyou says:

    Thundering typhoons, a Tintin shop! That is awesome 🙂 I like Tintin as a kid and still do. Overall, Tintin rocks!

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  9. jlovesm says:

    I was at Tintin Shop on the eve of CNY, it was very crowded,
    Enjoyed the Belgium Peach beer sold at TINTIN shop.
    The whole chinatown streets were lively , bright , filled with songs and goodies really gave us the festive moods.

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