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8 exciting markets to spend your ang bao at this February

Exquisite terrarium plants, handcrafted artsy items and other cute trinklets to look forward to.

By Tay Shi Ting | Jan 27, 2017

  • 8 exciting markets to spend your ang bao at this February
    Public Garden Market at NMS. Photo credit: Flickr user (smuconlaw)

Don't have a date to shower you with gifts this coming Valentine's Day? That's fine, be the strong independent person that you are and treat yourself. Street markets are the perfect places to start with, featuring an abundance of locally handmade goods, delicious food and drinks and more. Here are eight you should check out.

Makers' Parade @ SOTA (Feb 10-11)

Makers’ Parade is back again this February at School of the Arts (SOTA), bringing you lots of artisanal items. Load up on crafts like well-designed terrarium platns in transparent containers, handwoven bags, classy wooden kitchenwares and more from labels like Fayy Terrarium & Gifts, Aiorimono and Wooderful.

Where: School of the Arts

LalooLalangBazaar: Singapura Classic Revival (Feb 10-12)

The National Museum of Singapore's popular market series LalooLalang is adopting an old-school theme for their upcoming market this February, which is inspired by the nation during 1960s-1980s. Although the details on the lineup have yet to be released, you can expect over 40 stalls selling nostalgic snacks you enjoyed as a kid, vintage fashion items and many other food and beverage vendors.

Where: National Museum of Singapore

Valentine’s Gift Market (Feb 10-12)

Stray away from the usual flowers and chocolates and head down to this hip street market organized by Fri-nally Fete Street Art Market, in collab with One Kampong Glam. There'll be more than 20 vendors that selling a whole myriad of things that are ideal as gifts. Here, you can find t-shirts decked out in black and white litterings designed by husband-and-wife duo, Raisa and Hafiz; halal Korean cosmetics products from The Min List; and a range of makeup products by Theliprouge.

Where: Baghdad St.

Farmer’s Market at Loewen Gardens (Feb 11)

Loewen Gardens' Farmers' Market is back again this month, promising a range of organic wine, vegetables and coffee. As of now, they do not have a lineup confirmed but if you have ever been to their previous editions, you would know that there is a huge range of good quality goods featured there. While you're there, try the coffee at The Pantry.

Where: 75E Loewen Rd.

Singapore Really Really Free Market 47 (Feb 12)

Part of EarthFest, the Really Really Free Market is back for its 47th edition at Marina Barrage. You know the drill; come with stuff you don't want to give to people in need. Apart from the usual books, CDs and goods, there will be people cutting hair, doing tarot card reading and writing poetry. You can also give back at this market, too. 

Where: Marina Barrage

Swapaholic Day! (Feb 12)

If you want a switch from the usual street markets, check out this alternative solution to shopping: local online fashion swapping platform Swagalls is organizing a clothes swapping event as part of Earth Fest Singapore, where you can bring up to 12 clothing items on any of the four collection dates to get them checked, and then pick them up later on the event day itself (the organizers will be bringing everybody's bag of clothes to the venue). All you need to do now is browse to refresh your wardrobe with some pre-loved clothes, in exchange for yours.

Where: Marina Barrage

Majestic Market (Feb 17-19)

Part of the New Majestic Hotel's 10th year anniversary celebrations, the market is a three-day bonanza where you can learn how to build terrariums and make accessories at the various workshops. But if you're out to spend, you can find local vendors like Chainless Brain selling fine jewelry and accessories made of 18K gold and 925 silver; Weekend Sundries putting out clean cut ladieswear with a focus on detailing and Euphoramics, who make functional and pretty ceramic items like pots, mugs, and bowls. A couple of restaurants under Loh Lik Peng's Unlisted Collection will be on board to provide you wish some fancy noshery to help you reenergize after all that shopping.

Where: New Majestic Hotel

Wanderlust Market (Feb 24-26)

Travel deals and cute trinkets by local and international makers come together at Fleawhere’s three-day Wanderlust Market at Marina Bay Sands. You can munch on some Hungarian chimney cake by Bill & Bell; buy some artsy items from Blue Stone, who are selling DIY music boxes and metal boxes; or Singapore themed crafts by Olivian. Some other things that you can expect are handcrafted jewelry from Amado and macaron shaped keychains pouches.

Where: Marina Bay Sands Expo Halls A and B

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