With rising trends like bullet journaling and scrapbooking, stationery shops are getting increasingly popular amongst not just the aspiring artists, but plain ol’ students and office workers as well.
Despite not being that artistically-inclined myself, scrolling through Instagram has got even me itching to shop for cool stationery.
As such, whether it’s art supplies or just scrapbooking materials that you’re looking for, here are the top stationery shops in Singapore to check out.
14 popular stationery shops in Singapore
|Stationery Shop||What to get||Price|
|Popular Bookstore||Pens and markers, stickers and notebooks||$|
|Typo Singapore||Notebooks, power bank, mugs and Airpods case||$|
|Krafers Paradise||Pens and markers||$|
|Tokyu Hands Singapore||Brush pens and stickers||$|
|NBC Stationery & Gifts||Pens, stickers and washi tapes||$|
|Muji Singapore||Notebooks, pens, acrylic storage and backpacks||$$|
|Klosh||Planners, scrapbook kits, washi tapes and calendars||$$|
|Overjoyed Singapore||Markers, notebooks and fountain pens||$$|
|Paper Market||Craft kits and scrapbooking paper||$$|
|CityLuxe||Brush pens, pountain pens and stickers||$$|
|Art Friend||Calligraphy pens, glue guns and cutting mats||$$|
|Smiggle||Pens, backpacks, pencil case and alarm clocks||$$|
|Kikki. K||Stationery sets, planners and calendars||$$$|
|Rifle Paper Co||Planners, phone cases, sticker sheets, address books and Airpods cases||$$$|
Popular Bookstore ($) — for affordable supplies
Popular Bookstore has got to be one of the most popular (pun intended) stationery shops in Singapore. They’re known for carrying school-related supplies like assessment books and etc, but in the recent years, Popular has actually become — dare I say — quite trendy.
Popular has become the ultimate go-to store for not just those who require a quick stationery fix, but also for the avid stationery collectors. Other than just stationery, UrbanWrite (a brand by Popular), offers a collection of cute stickers, notebooks and even scrapbooking paper.
One of Popular’s main strengths is that it’s also very affordable. Popular members get 10 per cent off at all stores for a membership fee of $12 a year for adults and $8 for students.
If you are looking to continue patronising popular bookstores in the long run, you might want to consider getting a three year subscription for $30 (adults) and $20 (students).
What to get from Popular bookstore:
- Pens and markers
Popular bookstore address:
Multiple locations including NEX (#04-59/60), Tampines Mall (#03-17), Northpoint (#03-12) and more. Refer to Popular Bookstore’s website for the latest addresses and hours.
Typo Singapore ($) — for cheap novelty notebooks and mugs
Under global brand Cotton On, Typo Singapore is a hit especially amongst the teens. They’re known for selling trendy, hipster designs at a very competitive price point.
Typo’s wide selection of notebooks, bags and tumblers can often be found coupled with designs curated from collaborations with well-loved brands (e.g. Disney, Harry Potter).
Besides the usual stationery items like notebooks (from $2.99), you will also be able to find tech accessories and products such as Airpods cases ($11.99), as well as headphones and power banks ($49.99).
What to get from Typo Singapore:
- Airpod Case
- Arcade Game Power Bank
- Anytime Mug
Typo Singapore address:
Multiple locations including Bugis Junction (#01-53), NEX (#01-10), Ang Mo Kio (#B1-20) and more. Refer to Typo Singapore’s website for the latest addresses and hours.
NBC Stationery & Gifts ($) — for Japan-imported stationery like washi tapes
NBC Singapore has been around for a pretty long time, starting out as a stationery corner within Kinokuniya Book Store. Since then, it has expanded into 7 outlets country-wide, with a range of stylish, chic and cute stationery and craft materials specially imported from Japan.
Speaking of Japanese stationery… If you’re into washi tapes, NBC carries a wide range of them so you can shop to your heart’s content.
What to get from NBC Stationery & Gifts:
- Washi tape
NBC Stationery & Gifts address:
Multiple locations including Jem (#04-52), Bugis Junction (#03-05A), Raffles City (#03-10) and more. Refer to NBC’s website for the latest addresses and hours.
Krafers Paradise ($) — for fancy pens and kitschy craft kits
Stocked with an extensive supply of art materials such as paint, canvases and craft kits, Krafers Paradise is a literal paradise for all artists.
Prices are competitive, and you can get pens and markers from $1.50 and $2 respectively.
If you are a fan of hand lettering, you might want to consider coming down to get some of the highly sought after Marvy Uchida markers for your works.
What to get from Krafer’s Paradise:
Krafer’s Paradise address:
180 Kitchener Road, City Square Mall #04-19 S208539
Tokyu Hands Singapore ($) — for Japan-inspired stationery
Offering a wide variety of Japanese stationery and home products, Tokyu Hands has really made quite a name for itself in Singapore. Most of their stationery such as the pens and stickers can often be found with Japan-inspired cartoon designs, perfect for fans of such styles.
Some affordable yet popular items from Tokyu Hands include the brush pens (from $2) and stickers (from $2).
Besides stationery, this one-stop shop is a good place for lifestyle goods like kitchenware, cosmetics and travel accessories.
What to get from Tokyu Hands:
- Brush pens (from $2)
- Stickers (from $2)
Tokyu Hands address:
Multiple locations including Orchard Central (#B1-07), Westgate (#01-36), Jewel Changi (#02-203) and more. Refer to Tokyu Hands website for the latest addresses and hours.
Muji Singapore ($$) — for minimalist suppliesMinimalism, the lifestyle trend that has taken the world by storm, is exactly what this stationery store embodies. The brand has a loyal fan base of ‘Mujirers’ (myself included) who love the brand’s simple yet functional designs.
Because it is more a lifestyle concept than a specialty store for stationery, Muji’s stationery range is more basic. You’ll be able to find pens, markers, notebooks and storage solutions, but not the more sophisticated arts supplies like paints, canvases and similar materials.
Price-wise, it’s not super cheap. The pens (from $1.40) and notebooks (from $1.60) are alright, but the popular acrylic stationery holders can get pretty pricey. The small ones already cost over $20.
What to get from Muji Singapore:
- Acrylic storage
Muji Singapore address:
Multiple locations including Jem (#04-33), Bugis Junction (#03-10F), Tampines Central (#03-06) and more. Refer to Muji’s website for the latest addresses and hours.
Klosh ($$) — for planners and calendars
Klosh offers a ton of beginner-friendly products, such as their cheap scrapbooking kits (from $9.90) that are suitable for starters. Their bestselling washi tapes (from $4.90) and planners (from $9.90) are also very popular, but they are more expensive than other basic stationery shops.
Their calendars are also a crowd favourite, and those start from $27.70.
What to get from Klosh:
- Scrapbook kits
- Washi tapes
Multiple locations including Jewel Changi (#04-230), Junction 8 (#04-3C), Compass One (#03-06) and more. Refer to Klosh’s website for the latest addresses and hours.
Overjoyed Singapore ($$) — for cheap fountain pens
Overjoyed Singapore mainly provides craft supplies with a range of stationery like their affordable fountain pens (from $2.78). You can also pick up the usual suspects, such as markers (from $2.90) and notebooks (from $2).
Suited for all ages, this store also has a dedicated section for kids’ crafting, and holds frequent workshops for painting and sketching at $145. They even have an online Youtube channel that’s useful for learning or just as artsy inspiration.
What to get from Overjoyed Singapore:
- Fountain pens
Overjoyed Singapore address:
2 Handy Road, The Cathay #B1-11 S229233
Paper Market ($$) — for craft kits and scrapbooking materials
This fancy shop is a haven for all crafters. Paper Market sells affordable scrapbooking paper (from $1.90) as well as an impressive range of delightful craft kits (from $19.95). The store also offers interesting workshops that teach you how to make a bunch of simple crafts like mini albums and photo frames.
What to get from Paper Market:
- Craft kits
- Scrapbooking paper
Paper Market address:
252 North Bridge Road, Raffles City Shopping Centre #B1-27 S179103
CityLuxe ($$) — for brush pens and bespoke gifts
As its name suggests, CityLuxe is slightly more upmarket than the previous contenders on this list. They carry fancy brush pens (from $2.05), fountain pens (from $2.90) and stickers (from $1.50) for those trying pimp up their stationery collection. Something note-worthy is that CityLuxe also offers a personalised touch for your notebooks with name engravings for $15, so if you are looking for a special gift for your friend or maybe even yourself, this will be a great option.
What to get from CityLuxe:
- Brush Pens
- Fountain Pens
12 Little Road #05-02 S536986
Art Friend ($$) — for the more serious artists
When it comes to art supplies, Art Friend should never be left out of the list. The stationery supply store is huge, and I often find myself leaving the store with a basket much heavier than I had intended.
Art Friend carries just about everything for all types of artists. For instance, I would be able to find stuff like calligraphy pens ($3), while those working on bigger projects can find supplies like glue guns (from $10.70) and cutting mats (from $3.85).
Art Friend’s membership offers 10 per cent off for every purchase, and comes at a membership fee of $10.70 for 2 years that can be waived with a min. spend of $100 in single receipt when applying.
What to get from Art Friend:
- Calligraphy pens
- Glue gun
- Cutting mats
Art Friend address:
Multiple locations including Plaza Singapura (#B1-10), Bras Basah (#03-33) and more. Refer to Art Friend’s website for the latest addresses and hours.
Smiggle ($$) — for colourful cartoon stationery
Featuring bright colours, bold glitters and cute cartoons, Smiggle is the opposite of Muji. While some may find this brand too kiddy and garish for their liking, Smiggle is incredibly popular amongst the younger crowd.
They also have a few main colour collections, which is great for those who like to match their supplies. For example, if you want, you could get a pencil case (from $7.95), backpack (from $36.95), and alarm clock (from $35) in the exact same shade of pink.
What to get from Smiggle:
- Pencil case
- Alarm clock
Multiple locations including Ion Orchard (#B2-55), Bugis Junction (#01-27), Vivo City (#02-17) and more. Refer to Smiggle’s website for the latest addresses and hours.
Kikki. K ($$$) — for pretty planners and diaries
Kikki.K is Swedish brand that sells quality stationery products that are as pretty as they are functional. Unlike Popular or Typo, Kikki.K is somewhere you’d go to splurge on luxe stationery, so don’t expect it to be cheap.
For example, most of their planners are made from real leather, which explains the relatively hefty price tag (from $25). Their daily diaries (from $39.99) are also very popular.
One way to score discounts is to become a member. The perks are quite attractive, with new membership and birthday vouchers as well as exclusive discounts for many of their items.
What to get from Kikki. K:
- Stationery sets
- Weekly diary
Kikki. K address:
1 Harbourfront Walk, Vivocity #01-K32 S98585
Rifle Paper Co ($$$) — for planners and stickers
Like Kikki.K, Rifle Paper Co is one of the high end stationery shops in Singapore. Their products feature iconic floral prints and soft, pastel hues.
The only drawback would be the prices of their products, but the saving grace is that they do hold regular sales events, so you if you’re lucky, you might just be able to cop a good deal.
Popular items include their planners (from $22), phone cases (from $54), sticker sheets (from $7) and Airpods cases (from $35).
What to get from Rifle Paper Co:
- Phone case
- Sticker sheets
- Address book
- Airpods case
Rifle Paper Co address:
This article was first published in MoneySmart.