Decided to do a little post about what I saw, walking down Haji Lane. The shops were closed as it was a sleepy Sunday, but I got a chance to take close-up shots without any curious stares.
Here’s the Skyroom. I thought it was a clothing store at first, but it turns out to be a store selling flowers. It’s at 84A Haji Lane. The store may have switched to selling clothes as well, going by the window display.
The next store that caught my eye was Plum Ideas at 71 Haji Lane. I loved the old architecture of these refurbished old shophouses. This is an advertising and marketing company as it’s name suggests.
A ladies’ fashion store with a cool name – Wicked Laundry. The clothes are hand-made and have a edgy vintage vibe. I am sure some fashionable young girls frequent this store on the weekdays. This one’s at 76 Haji Lane and they have a facebook page where you can view their dresses.
Going Om caught B’s attention with the huge heart and lush foilage. This Cafe Bar with a difference, has yoga and meditation classes plus Tarrot card readings and is at 63 Haji Lane. It’s inspired by the Nepali mountains according to it’s website. Make me think that there’s a whole sub-culture in Singapore that I am not aware of and maybe we’re not so boring after all.
Love the optimism of facades painted bright sunny yellow.
This shop house’s juicy shocking pink windows stood out against the black. Wish i knew what they sold, but it seems that shops at Haji Lane either make it or don’t. That’s the case for most shops in Singapore. Usually it’s harder for the little imaginative boutiques to compete with the big chains that are duplicated at every mall.
The Blogshop at 35 Haji Lane is one of the shops that has thrived. It’s a consignment shop where fashion designers can rent a space to sell their one of a kind creations.
I absolutely adore the name of this shop. It’s so Singaporean. Vainpot. It’s how we teased each other if we caught someone checking themselves out or gazing into the mirror for too long. This boutique is at Level 2 of 34 Haji Lane.
On level 1 is Sup Clothing a fashion store for the guys as well with punk and hip hop flare. My cousin G will love this place.
I was attracted by the old fashioned lamp out front. I wonder if this is Reis Turkish Cafe which is supposed to be at 20 Haji Lane.
Back to what Arab Street is famous for – fabrics. But when I did a search Narmai Fabrics at 14 Haji Lane, seems to be more of a Cafe than a cloth shop. I guess the shops here just keep evolving.
Another bright yellow shop at 12 Haji Lane with a very old Singapore feature – accordian like iron grill gates. We used to have this at home too. I would always struggle to lock and open the gate but it’s a strong defense against burglers.
What a long street. Only now we near the end of it and spot a travel agency called Travel Alliances at 8 Haji Lane. I love the store that’s fronted with pretty bamboo.
And finally I see the famed Cafe Le Caire.
At the end of Haji Lane is the shop that resembles a colourful bird. Piedra Negra – a mexican restaurant at 241 Haji Lane (wonder how come the number suddenly went up).
When I did a google search I was excited to find that one of my blog buddies Renes has dined here. The place must come alive at night. There are gorgeous photos of the interior by blogger Singapore Sling.
Looking back on beautiful Haji Lane.
And the last shop I went back to snap, with the awesome name, Visual Orgasm. It’s where you can get inked with art. Looking at the website I must say I am pretty impressed with the work although the red skins makes the whole process seem so painful.
I hope I have provided enough of a walking directory of Haji Lane. For what I missed out you can read Eddie Tee’s article and his pick of the best shops at Haji Lane, at CNN Go.
Here are my all my Haji Lane Posts:
Why I Love Haji Lane written on 29 June 2011
Another Stroll down Haji Lane written on 23 June 2011
Exploring Quaint Little Haji Lane written on 3 April 2011
Haji Lane Graffiti & Strict Singapore written on 9 March 2011
I Finally Made it to Haji Lane written on 8 March 2011