Candice Phang, illustrator and founder of Puffingmuffin, recommends some of her go-to spots around Chinatown.
In need of a cheer-me-up? Just take a look at Candice Phang’s adorable artwork! Going by the moniker of Puffingmuffin, Candice’s imagined whimsical world of cheerful albeit slightly twisted characters come to life through her colourful illustrations that promise to turn your frown upside down. (Check out Candice’s work, here!)
When Candice isn’t creating art, she enjoys taking photos using her analogue camera, hunting for desserts, and indulging in the occasional mug of iced cold beer. And where better to experience them all than in bustling Chinatown? Candice brings Go Away to some of her favourite spots.
1. Golden Dragon Store
“They have a huge supply of craft materials! Even though they offer mainly needlework supplies, walking around the store gives me lots of inspiration for my own illustrations.”
Golden Dragon Store is at #02-51 People’s Park Centre.
2. Lomography Shop
“If you own an analogue camera, you will fall in love with this store. It’s got a wide range of cameras, films, lenses, and even collectible items like the Konstruktor Transparent Collector’s Edition! Plus, this is the official store so you know everything you find here is legit.”
Lomography Shop is at 295 South Bridge Road.
3. Mei Hong Yuen Dessert
“I’ve tried mango sago pomelo – only my all-time favourite dessert – at many different dessert eateries, but the one keeps me going back for more is at Mei Heong Yuen Dessert. It has a perfect balance of sweet and tangy, and I love the strong aroma and flavour of the mango puree! A must-eat on hot, sunny days.”
Mei Hong Yuen Dessert is at 63-67 Temple Street.
4. The Loft Cafe
“Quiet, unpretentious, and with lots of natural light streaming in, this cafe is one of my favourite places to work on my illustrations and get my caffeine fix. Their traditional homemade pancakes are amazing, too!”
The Loft Cafe is at 268A South Bridge Road.
5. Smith Street Taps
“I’m not a regular beer drinker, but when I am in the mood for booze, Smith Street Taps never disappoints. They offer an ever-changing selection of craft beer on tap and, more importantly, you can pair your beer with char kway teow since Smith Street Taps is located at a hawker centre.”
Smith Street Taps is at #02-062 Chinatown Complex.
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