Tiong Bahru adventure continues: Introducing Bhutan!

Do you ever feel like you want to go to the magical Bhutan on your next holiday, but cannot be bothered to apply for the visa and plane ride? Now you can hop on a cab, bus, car, or walk to Bhutan – located on Yong Siak Street in Tiong Bahru!

We discovered this fantastic little shop after our visit to Nana & Bird and thought that it would be a crime not to blog about this gorgeous quaint shop. The store started out selling Bhutan-made goods such as textiles, traditional clothing and jewellery but has now diversified to include quirky homewares, paintings, fashion jewellery from Monaco to Japan, soap (the store smells amazing – we think it’s lemongrass!), and even plants… all under one roof!

There are plants everywhere…and we mean everywhere! From outside the shop to indoors… they even sell terraniums which are sooo cool! Haven’t seen these sold anywhere else in Singapore! And they’re all for sale!

We have no idea whether the jumbo scrabble letters below are random or if “IDYSS” means something (if so, please feel free to enlighten us by posting a comment below!). Either way, we love the decor in Bhutan – it is quirky, eccentric and actually quite calming – no hustle and bustle here!

Some of the jewellery in the shop centres around philanthropy, with the designs below contributing to a Vietnamese charity to improve the lives of the so-called boat people of Hue. To learn more about this click here.

These bags below are actually created out of swimming caps (well that’s our theory anyway – we could almost smell chlorine which instantly took us back to our childhood!)

This necklace below is made out of SAFETY PINS! Who would have thought? Natasha wanted to go home and immediately raid her sewing kit to make this herself, we think this would definitely create conversations!

This shop makes you happy. How could you possibly remain depressed with so much vibrant colour throwing itself at you everywhere you look! We love the children’s paintings on the wall in the background – they are magical!

Beatles t-shirts in Singapore – at SGD25 each!

And in case you were wondering where the traditional Bhutanese products were (or even what they look like) – here are a few pics!

The details…

Bhutan

Address: 1D Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru (just opposite Nana and Bird!)
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 6pm; Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 4pm. Closed on Monday and public holidays.

Carmen & Natasha tip: note Nana and Bird is also closed on Mondays (and Tuesdays), so we recommend visiting on any other day but these ones… and if you want to eat/ drink coffee, we can highly recommend Open Door Policy just down the road (19 Yong Siak Street).

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