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Stephie Tan: My Singapore


Freelance writer Stephie Tan, co-founder of Fashion Nation, Singapore’s leading fashion blog, tells SHOP about the coolest hangouts in her native city

Where were you born?
Mount Alvernia, Singapore.

Where do you live?
Simei, a lovely, quiet neighbourhood in the east. It’s very small, self-contained and doesn’t have crowds or traffic jams during peak hours.

If money was no object, where would you live?
Frankel Avenue, near the eastern shores of Singapore, close to the beach and East Coast Park.

Which are your favourite Singapore stores?
I love bookstores like Kinokuniya at Liang Court or Borders on Wheelock Place. I’m also a frequent visitor at Soon Lee, on Haji Lane, the owners are my friends. I like Know It Nothing for their understated quality. Vintage stores like Granny's Day Out  and Dustbunny Vintage  are very dear to my heart, as there aren’t many vintage stores in Singapore.

And your favourite restaurants?
The Wine Company is easily my favourite place to spend time with close friends, pasta and a bottle of wine, I favour the branch on Evans Road. A favourite hobby of mine is to try ramen joints around Singapore and the best so far has been Marutama Ramen, on Level 3 at the Central. For drinks on a special occasion, I would definitely recommend Klee at 5B Portsdown Road, as they use only fresh juices for their cocktails.

Do you have a favourite local café?
A run-down coffee shop on Clive Street that has been there for 50 years, for the nostalgic atmosphere it creates. It’s my favourite place to sit on a Saturday and just unwind.

Any food recommendations?
328 Katong Laksa, located at 216 East Coast Road. Katong laksa is vermicelli in a spicy soup, it’s only found in Singapore and is a local favourite. Hainanese chicken rice is also a must-try; Lucky Chicken Rice is the best, it can be found at Unit 02-110 Lucky Plaza. Pandan cake from Bengawan Solo is a good souvenir pastry for friends and family back home.

Where do you take out-of-town friends?
Haji Lane for shopping and around the east for food. I like to think the food in the eastern region of Singapore is the best, especially around the Katong area.

What can’t you live without?
Being a freelance writer, as well as running a business that is 100% online, I definitely need my iPhone with me all the time.

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