One of the expat community’s favourite places to browse through is the Tanglin Shopping Centre, a neat looking, well air-conditioned complex located just around the corner from the Orchard Parade Hotel. With a series of shops that house some of the finest antiques, art and jewelry in the region the Tanglin Shopping Centre is a welcome respite after a long, smoldering walk down Orchard. From rare maps to exotic regional artifacts to classic Cary Grant movies, the Tanglin Shopping Centre is one of the most enjoyable and interesting places to spend a few hours in, in the Lion City .

  • Antiques of the Orient
    What began originally as a basement shop selling Chinese porcelain and furniture in 1981 Antiques of the Orient has developed into an internationally renowned purveyor of antiquarian maps and prints. With a focus on Southeast Asia , Antiques of the Orient, now stocks among it’s items rare antiquarian books, 19 th century photographs, postcards, Japanese woodblock prints and Qing porcelain. It is a fascinating shop nestled in the corner of Tanglin Shopping Centre’s second floor.

          Add : #02-40
          Tel : 65-67349351

  • D & O Film & Video Pte Ltd
    This legendary video store houses perhaps the largest vhs film collection in the region. From historical film classics to documentaries to rare cult tv shows ,D&O Film & Video has it. Looking for an obscure late ‘60’s European flick? It may be here. Looking for great PBS and BBC mini-series from the 70’s & 80’s? They’re here. Mind you, you will have to dust off the video cassette player to watch, but it is worth it. Tip: record the tape to dvd and save for your home library.

          Add : #03-34 62381648
          Opening Hrs : Mon to Sat 2-7pm Sun 2:30-6pm

    One of the best sources for books on the Southeast Asian region SELECT BOOKS is a classy, little book shop that has been operating for some 30 years now. Touted as Singapore 's most unique independent bookshop, SELECT BOOKS stocks a first-rate collection of books on Asia including art, literature, cooking, travel and children's books.

          Add : 03-15 to 17 & 03-56
          Tel : 6732 1515

  • Carvette Fashion
    For the past 27 years, Carvette Fashion has been serving the expatriate and local customers with their tailoring needs. Carvette Fashion specialises in ladies tailorings, ready-made linen and silk clothings, and provides a well regarded alteration service. Working well with linen, woolen, silk and cotton materials from gowns to cheongsams to office wears to smart casual wears, Carvette Fashion will have you covered in fashion quickly and beautifull.

         Add : 03-49
         Tel : 6734 6229
         Business Hrs : Mon-Sat ( 11am - 6pm ) & Sun & PH (by appt).

There is much, much more to see and do at Tanglin Shopping Centre, one of the more unique shopping places in the city. If you have any comment or remarks about this column please drop me a line at the SD Expatriates Forum

Written by:
Stephen O’ Rourke