• Uncover local designers and emerging brands
• On Sundays, DJ’s spin the soundtrack for the release of limited edition collections
• At Singapore’s nexus for all things design, explore five floors of exhibitions

If you’re looking for an unusual souvenir, head beyond the usual suspects to Kapok, a destination for design and the hippest shop near the Conrad. Frenchman Arnault Castel founded the company in Hong Kong in order to shine a spotlight on local designers; he expanded to Singapore with the same goal. Castel regularly uncovers the best emerging brands and this is the place to find a well-curated selection of clothing, bags, books, magazines, and home accessories from local and international (Carven, Sandqvist) talents that you won’t find anywhere else. During the day you’ll catch twentysomethings tapping out creative manifestos on their MacBooks in the lounge-like café; on weekends, come for one of the weekly Sunday X Kapok events, complete with DJs, workshops like furoshiki stamping, and limited-edition capsule collections. The light-filled, sprawling shop is located in the National Design Centre, so dip into the exhibitions in the adjacent design galleries for free—including “Fifty Years of Singapore Design,” which celebrates the evolution of Singapore design from packaging to environmental design. It’s a quick five-minute cab ride from the hotel—or if you’re up for the heat, you can walk there in 15.

The National Design Centre is within walking distance from Bugis and Bras Basah stations. You can find the centre right where Middle Road intersects with Victoria Street. Kapok is located inside of the National Design Center. So once you’re in, take your time and explore all five levels of Singapore design.

​KAPOK: 111 Middle Rd., #01-05; +65-6339-7987;

​​NATIONAL DESIGN CENTRE: 111 Middle Rd.; +65-6333-3737;