Now this is one collaboration I’m excited about. I’ve teamed up with Yanaka-founded bicycle company Tokyobike and award-winning boutique-hotel booking service Mr and Mrs Smith to come up with a one-day city guide that I think you would love!
What makes this collaboration even more exciting is, Tokyobike is offering a full-day complimentary bike hire to anyone for the month of April to encourage “me-time”: enjoy your city your way, while enjoying the journey (and the functionality of Tokyobike’s bikes) as well.
All you need to do if you want a free one-day bike hire, is email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a bike (includes lights, lock and helmet), arrange a date for pickup, and head to their Haji Lane store (opening hours: 1-8pm) to collect your bike for the day!
This partnership is extended to Tokyobike stores overseas as well: Tokyo, London, New York and Melbourne. I’m actually heading to Tokyo and London for the month of April, and I am pretty excited to try and fit this biking city tour in my itinerary if I can!
Two weeks ago, I rented a Tokyobike for a couple of hours, and compiled a list of things that I would like to do, shop and eat at. All the suggestions below are within a 2-kilometre radius from Tokyobike’s Haji Lane store, so you can explore as much as you can within the day’s rental duration. Read on to find out more!
If you love Fika on Arab Street, you will be excited over their new bakery. Think: the aroma of handmade Swedish breads will be, if you’re a bread lover, you’ll be back for more.
Address: 257 Beach Road , Singapore 199539
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm
There is nothing conventional about their halal Western meets European fare. In keeping with its “experimental-lab” theme, drinks come delivered with a syrup filled syringe, looking as if they were churned out from a lab. Also worth checking out: their pretty and photogenic Galaxy Donuts!
Address: 1 Jalan Pisang, #01-01, Singapore 199069
Opening hours: 12pm – 10pm
This airline-themed restaurant delivers in concept, service and quality. Seats are filled up fast at this popular eatery, so do make a reservation ahead of visiting.
Address: 20a Baghdad St, Singapore 199659
Opening hours: 12pm – 2:30pm, 6pm – 9:30pm
A.R.C Cafe, 270m
Helmed by two of Singapore’s top baristas, Andrea Tan and Ryan Ting, this multi-concept cafe also doubles as an academy, offering coffee appreciation and coffee making workshops.
Address: 29 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198477
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm
With the aim of giving up-and-coming local designers a platform to sell their creations, some of the articles in this vintage supply store come with a “Made in Singapore” tag.
Address: 61 Haji Lane, Singapore 189254
Opening hours: 12pm – 8pm
This store offers an extensive catalogue of whimsical and nostalgic vintage apparel and toys. Shopping isn’t just limited to the girls here, be on the lookout for good finds for guys!
Address: 66 Haji Lane
Opening hours: 12pm – 8pm
The Salad Shop
The Salad Shop, 20m
The globetrotting owner curates and constantly updates the selection of homeware in this double storey establishment. Additionally, the clean and laid-back vibes make for a relaxing shopping experience.
Address: 27 Haji Lane, Singapore 189218
Opening hours: Mon to Sun : 12pm – 8pm, Sat: 12pm – 9pm
This 30-year-old store stocks an extensive collection of art, graphic, creativity books and magazines. Thanks to Basheer’s book fair ventures, you’ll uncover exclusive and niche titles.
Address: Bras Basah Complex, #04-19, 231 Bain St, Singapore 180231
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm
Sifr Aromatics, 96m
Ever wanted to concoct your own perfume or combine your favourite fragrances ? Then the owner and third-generation perfumer Johari Kazura is just the person to look for. With his expertise and experience, he’ll draw inspiration from your preferences to formulate the right perfume for you.
Address: 42 Arab Street, Singapore 199741
Opening hours: Mon- Sat 11am – 8pm , Sun 11 – 5pm
At this gallery shop, an immaculate and minimalist interior sets the stage its exquisite pieces. Combining “art” and “heritage” produced from Japanese craftsmen and local designers, they make for good display-pieces or gifts!
Address: 265 Beach Rd, Singapore 199544
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm
Although this museum does not exhibit a toy collection as extensive as the one at Mint Museum of Toys, it possesses a personal and affable charm – some of the playthings and childhood photographs showcased were preserved from the owner’s childhood.
Address: 42 Bussorah St, Singapore 199460
Opening hours: Not available
The Projector, 650m
For cinephiles out there, the revamped Golden Theatre is the cineplex to be for an alternative and entertaining cinema experience. Operated by film buffs, the movies screened at The Projector are selected with care and thought.
Address: 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower, 199589
Opening hours: Closed on Mondays. Tues – Fri 6:00pm – 8:30pm, Sat/Sun/Public Holidays 1:00pm – 8:30pm.
Looksee Looksee, 190m
Decked in pastel tones and lush verdure, this shared communal tips-only space looks like something from the set of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Address: 267 Beach Road, Level 1, Singapore 199545
Opening hours: 9:30am – 6pm
Malay Heritage Centre, 350m
The historical and cultural facets of the Malay community is showcased and celebrated in this heritage institution. Fun fact: The establishment, also known as Istana Kampong Glam, was once home to Malay royalty.
Address: 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501
Opening hours: Tues- Sun 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
This educational and archival space houses artifacts, videos and memorabilia; tracking the history of our local music scene, back when vinyl and cassette tapes were the only way to tune in to music.
Address: 1B Aliwal St, Singapore 199894 (Level 3)
Opening hours: Closed on Mondays, 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Children Little Museum
Let us know what are some of the places we’ve missed or other districts that are worth exploring in the comments!