Our definitive guide to the best markets and fleas in Singapore

There’s even a market where you can get anything for free

Gets hands-on with calligraphy at Public Garden’s workshops. Credit: Public Garden

If you are looking at eclectic alternatives to shopping malls, then it’s time you explored these markets and fleas. They run the gamut from handmade crafts, baked goods and organic produce to even workshops. Best of all, you’ll always be in for a surprise as the vendors tend to be change frequently.

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Public Garden

As Singapore’s leading retail market, Public Garden started in 2011 and now hosts up to 100 indie businesses and creatives showcasing their wares. Be spoilt for choice as the market tends to feature top design, art, fashion, vintage, publishing and even gourmet food vendors. Most of all, we love Public Garden for the workshops it holds, ranging from calligraphy to cake décor.

When: Dates vary. Click here for more details.

Pasarbella

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Be sure to order a plate of delicious seafood paella (or two) when you’re at Pasarbella. Credit: Pasarbella

Situated at a permanent location in Turf City, Pasarbella makes for a great weekend family hangout. Do come with an empty stomach as the premium grocery market offers dine-in for certain stalls. We recommend trying some fresh seafood, seafood paella and cheese platters alongside their craft beers.

When: Daily. Click here for more details.

The Local People

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Happy crowds at one of The Local People’s pop-up market. Credit: The Local People

Positioning themselves as a platform for young brands, The Local People consists of an online shop that curates a selection of products from local designers and artists, and organises regular markets as well. We like how their markets tend to be held at hip and unusual locations such as the People’s Park Complex Rooftop Carpark and Deck, a unique art space housed inside shipping containers.

When: Dates vary. Click here for more details.

MAAD

As the largest and longest-running monthly creative market in Singapore, MAAD, which stands for Market of Artists and Designers, is your best bet for seeking out unique and creative gifts. Shop to your hearts’ content while enjoying live music by homegrown musicians. Don’t forget to also get your portraits drawn by the artistic community at the Organisation of Illustrators Council’s #PortraitsAfterDark booth.

When: Every first Friday of the month. Click here for more details.

Zouk Flea & Easy

This one should appeal to party-goers. Flea market by day and party haven by night, Zouk’s Flea & Easy market is a great place to bag a bargain. You can expect to get your hands on pre-loved vintage clothing, quirky finds like old vinyls or polaroid cameras, and even branded labels at a steal! Shop to the sickest beats as guest DJs sometimes spin during the flea markets as well.

When: Quarterly. Click here for more details.

Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market

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Get in with the family fun at Kranji Countryside Farmer’s Market! Credit: Kranji Countryside Farmer’s Market

If you’re looking for something fresh yet rustic for a change, head down to Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market (also pictured in main story image). Held in one of Singapore’s last farming patches, this market is chock full of artisan goodies, fresh local produce, fruits, fish, herbs and more. This family-friendly market also has educational booths and craft sessions for both the young and old to learn and experience together.

When: Quarterly. Click here for more details.

Boutique Fairs

Featuring handpicked local independent businesses, Boutiques, a favourite among both locals and expats, has an eclectic mix of designer products and bespoke quality goodies. Fashionistas and homemakers ought to make a trip down, as the fair is rift with accessories ranging from fine jewellery and leather handbags to a gorgeous lineup of whimsical dresses and swimwear.

When: Twice a year. Click here for more details.

Singapore Really Really Free Market

Freebie hunters alert! At the Singapore Really Really Free Market (SRRFM), everything from goods to services is free. Individuals with items to sell or skills to share can set up a booth, and visitors are welcome to bring home what they please. So far, we’ve seen plenty of used books, clothing and home accessories, among services such as hair cutting, tarot card reading and even calligraphy writing.

When: Dates vary. Click here for more details.

By Samantha Francis

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