Singapore may have thrived with modernity as time goes by. But despite the ever-changing landscape, antique shops still prevail in the island city-state. Yesteryear items dated from the earlier to the mid-century era, covering vintage furniture as well as porcelains, ceramics and other old-school collectables are often found in these shops. So, if you are planning to own one (or maybe some of them), we have gathered our Top 10 Antique Shops in Singapore worth visiting.
1) East Inspirations
The family-run East Inspirations houses fine antique collections, covering vases from the 19th century to vintage wooden furniture. PK Cheong, the founder of East Inspirations, personally sourced every item around the region as well as from the Far East sides. Feel free to browse around as you may find something worth collecting. Apart from the aforementioned collections, East Inspirations also includes the likes of ceramic teawares, hand-carved figurines, hand-painted bowls and other curios.
2) Treasure At Home
Take a step into Treasure At Home, where every corner immerses you with its well-curated display of antique items such as vintage furniture & clocks and old-school teaware. You will also find traditional Peranakan items from floral-themed tingkats (tiered containers) to Nyonya basket sets. As you navigate around the shop, you may come across a treasure trove of figurines and assorted nostalgic, decor pieces. Owners Wak and Yana are avid collectors and they are known for their amiable personalities.
3) Prakalyam Gallery
Prakalyam Gallery is where you can find antique collections from colonial-era India. Spending time inside the gallery requires you to book an appointment beforehand. The gallery stocked every authentic piece from vintage furniture to teapots, paintings and hand-carved artefacts. Not only Veshali Visvanaath is the founder and curator of Prakalyam Gallery but she is also an interior designer.
4) The Past Perfect Collection
Operating since 2007, The Past Perfect Collection carries colonial-era furniture not only from the British but also Dutch and Portuguese era in India. Co-owners Pieter and Marie-Hélène van Houten are passionate about their collections, going as far as sourcing them directly from India. All pieces are handpicked and here, they have collections from antique maps to furniture, dinnerware and luxury cushions.
5) Just Anthony
Just Anthony made its mark as one of the largest showrooms in Singapore that covers Chinese antique furniture and accessories. They have a team dedicated to sourcing the items directly from China regularly. Inside the approximately 15,000 square feet of space, prepare to be amazed at some of its extensive collections. This includes everything from tables & chairs, cabinets, ceramic table lamps and decorative door panels.
6) Shang Antique
The 6,000 square feet store of Shang Antique houses a large collection of authentic South East Asian antiques and other items from handicrafts to furniture and vintage art pieces from the 7th to 19th centuries era. They sourced them from different parts of countries such as Thailand, India, Vietnam and Cambodia, just to name a few. Shang Antique, which has been around since 1984, has won numerous accolades including Singapore Tatler’s Best Antique Store award.
7) Chan Ngee 燦藝
Located in Chinatown Point, Chan Ngee has been around since the 1950s, making it among the oldest shops in Singapore. They display a curated collection of antiques, vases, paintings and porcelains among others. Owner Mr Goh is both friendly and knowledgeable about every collection he has in the shop. If you are interested in selling your vintage collection, Chan Ngee also provides trade and complimentary valuation services.
8) Lorgan’s The Retro Store
Entering Lorgan’s The Retro Store, you will discover the eponymous owner’s (Lorgan Wong) huge collections of vintage furniture, specifically coming from the mid-century era. Chairs, tables, desks and cabinets of different designs (e.g. art deco) and materials are among them on display. The shop also stocked other vintage items like floor lamps, advertising posters, radios and homeware. Lorgan sourced most of them from abroad, covering countries like Denmark and Germany.
9) Hock Siong & Co.
At Hock Siong & Co., the shop is filled with second-hand furniture of the yesteryears. Items like twin French chairs, Burmese Teak cabinets, Chesterfield sofa beds as well as wooden desks and tables dominate the interior space. Not to mention decorations, curios and tableware that are sourced from Singapore. They regularly bring in the products and update them on their Facebook and Instagram pages. So, be sure to keep an eye on them if you are looking to score some vintage goods.
10) Tong Mern Sern
Passing Craig Road, there lies an old shophouse called Tong Mern Sern. The shop sells all things antique from old paintings to porcelain plates, Chinese vases, kitchenware and other vintage pieces that occupy the entire floors. There’s something for everyone here and more so if you are an avid collector. Tong Mern Sern covers a three-storey shophouse, where each floor (and wall) awaits you with treasures vying for your attention.
That’s not all! More Top 10s in Singapore are waiting to be discovered!