2020 Chinese New Year Bazaar at Chinatown. chanqy/Instagram
Preparing for every Chinese New Year is definitely no joke. Apart from the back-breaking spring cleaning, decorating your homes and stocking up on delicious chinese new year snacks are also musts. Yet this year proves to be a challenge for the latter due to the cancellation of the annual Chinese New Year bazaar in Chinatown along with the never ending closure of Malaysia’s border.
Now if you’re like one of us clueless and stranded on where to buy your goodies and decorations this year, you’re on the right page!
Takashimaya e-commerce store.
Fortunately, the annual Takashimaya Chinese New Year fair is ongoing till 10 February 2021. However, don’t be shocked if you don’t see it at the atrium this year as the fair has downsized and will be held at B1, Talking Hall and B2, Food Hall instead. Due to Covid-19, samplings are also banned this year and hence we strongly suggest you shop via their website instead.
And if you can't find what you’re looking for, don’t forget to check out the popup fair at Tangs which is just around the corner, or OG which is just streets away.
OG Singapore Facebook Page
For those who prefer soaking in the festive atmosphere, you can still visit Chinatown to shop for your festive goods.
Though the annual Chinese New Year bazaar may have been cancelled, that shouldn’t stop you from visiting Chinatown. Afterall, this is still your best bet to purchase the long list of items you need for Chinese New Year - wall decorations, fortune plants, traditional snacks, red packets and even dried goods used for preparing reunion dinners.
Come Chinese New Year, stretches of souvenir stores located along Pagoda Street and Smith Street are often decorated with festive ornaments and decorations such as lanterns, paper cutouts and spring couplets available in the lucky colours of red and gold.
While in Chinatown, don’t forget to also visit other areas like Chinatown Complex that resides a great number of stalls selling dried goods, red packets and the usual decoratives too! Not to forget, lots of Bak Kwa stores including popular ones like Lim Chee Yuan, Bee Cheng Hiang are also available in Chinatown.
And if the rainy seasons are keeping you indoors deterring you from visiting Chinatown, those living in the east you're in luck!
Chin Giap Soon’s storefront with Chinese New Year decorations.
Chin Giap Soon (also known as CGS Party) is your typical wholesale party store located in KINEX along Tanjong Katong road. During festive occasions, you will often see their storefront being transformed and cladded with distinctively bright and colour decorations.
As for those who seriously prefer to do their shopping around the neighbourhood. Here are some options for you.
SKP Tampines | shopsinsg.com
Despite being known for selling our dabao (takeout) plastic boxes, SKP does sell a good variety of decorations and ornaments for Chinese New Year. They have stores scattered around Singapore, so it’s really convenient for anyone who’s just looking for convenient shopping. Click here for a list of SKP locations or access to their e-store here.
NTUC Fairprice Xtra @ Serangoon Nex
Alternatively, if you’re staying somewhere really inaccessible to anywhere, just visit your local community plazas/malls and or supermarkets like NTUC and Giant.
Lastly, for those who prefer shopping online, we strongly recommend that this is the year to #supportlocal.
Baker's Brew Instagram Post
Famous for their Ondeh Ondeh cakes, Baker’s Brew is a local bakery that sells a wide range of flavours across their bakes. As part of their CNY specials this 2021, they created a new cookie line featuring Peranakan inspired cookies - Ondeh Ondeh, Pineapple Bak Kwa and Muah Chee Peanut. So be sure to check them out in their retail bakeries or get it delivered to your house with a delivery fee from S$15.
Ding Bakery Facebook Page
Check out this award winning pineapple tarts that has won the hearts of our locals. Freshly baked and delivered daily, other products like your love letters and almond cookies are also available for purchase. So submit your orders fast as they are already starting to sell out.
With COVID-19 leading the digital transformation in Singapore’s landscape, the majority of our local businesses have taken a step forward to open up their sales channels across multiple platforms - local e-malls like Shopee and Lazada, or delivery platforms like GrabMart and PandaMart. So be sure to check out these platforms as they do offer lots of chinese new year worthy discounts!
Now get going with your CNY shopping spree! We wish you the best of luck for 2021!