Singapore’s best flea markets

Singapore’s best flea markets

The best shopping in Singapore isn't found in air-conditioned malls. Head out to these five flea markets and unearth some treasures

Whether you’re looking for the latest fashion trends, electronics or one-of-a-kind handicraft, here are Singapore's best flea markets to satisfy your cheap thrills.

Zouk Flea & Easy

Zouk Flea & Easy

The only time when it’s physically possible to see the interior of Singapore's mother of all clubs, Zouk’s Flea & Easy is a common meeting place for the blog-shopping, stall-hopping, fashion-forward types. It's certainly one of the most eclectic of Singapore's best flea markets

Ballot for a space to earn a quick buck from your trendy hand-me-downs, pre-loved vintage threads, or just swing by to pick up the latest hipster rags at bargain prices.

When: Once every three months, check for updates.

Where: Zouk Club, 17 Jiak Kim St.

Price range: S$10-S$40

Flea Fly Flo Fun

Flea Fly Flo Fun

Deserving of a gold star for its lexical dexterity, this self-proclaimed “indie-eclec-tric” flea market at Home Club is another popular location for some rad threads and kooky miscellaneous items.

Attracting the nu-indie, punkish Home clubber crowd happy to bop to the tunes of the in-house DJ that will be spinning while you shop. A much smaller space than its big sister at Jiak Kim, but nonetheless a treasure cove for the eclec-tric dresser, and certainly one of Singapore's best flea markets.

When: Twice a month. Check for updates.

Where: Home Club, B1-01/06, The Riverwalk, 20 Upper Circular Road

Price range: S$5-S$30

Thieves’ Market

Sungei Road Thieves’ Market

Probably one of the dingier stretches still existing in Singapore, the Thieves’ Market along Sungei Road might come across as a step back into the 1950s for the wandering tourist, but it's still one of Singapore's best flea markets.

Here an assortment of goods are laid out on plastic mats and under cheap tents, everything from dial telephones, cassette tapes, cooking pots, and broken-but-somehow-still-functioning electronic gadgets up for sale.

When the stall holders are not trying to become your best friend or fob off their stuff, it’s fascinating to browse through some vanishing gems from a time past.

Dodgy, you say? We like it.

When: Open daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Where: Along Jalan Besar near Sungei Road, between Kelantan Road and Weld Road

Price range: S$0.50-S$20

MAAD Market (Market of Artists and Designers)

MAAD Market (Market of Artists and Designers)

More than just an excuse to plough through silly frivolous fashion pieces or buckets of the so-arty-it's-unfashionable items, the family-friendly, pet-friendly and budget-friendly MAAD market is a booming platform for indepedent creatives to exhibit, perform, sell, shop and experiment. As far as innovation goes, this is one of Singapore's best flea markets.

A gathering spot for budding local artists and designers who want to market their talent and products to the masses, here you'll find a whole spectrum of crafts, from plush toys, paintings to hand-made jewelery.

When: First weekend of every month, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Check MAAD for more information.

Where: Red Dot Museum, 28 Maxwell Road

Price range: S$10-S$50

China Square Central

China Square Central

The China Square Central weekend flea market has a mishmash of DVDs, souvenirs and electronics for the plucking.

For comic junkies, Level 2 is home to a couple of comic book stores that stock the latest issues and action figure collectibles. Ask any comic book fan if this is one of Singapore's best flea markets and they'll answer in the affirmative.

When: Every Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: China Square Central, Levels 1 & 2, 18 Cross Street

Price range: S$5-S$30