East Inspirations
Speciality & Gift Shops • Antique Shops
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11:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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If you love Asian art and culture, East Inspirations is the perfect destination. Every piece of vintage and antique is specially curated by the owner Mr Cheong, and there is always a story behind every item. Start your treasure hunting now at East Inspirations!
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Neighbourhood: Outram
How to get there
  • Telok Ayer • 5 min walk
  • Raffles Place • 10 min walk
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Susan
2 contributions
Oct 2022
So happy to visit once again ! Always enjoy browsing and finding treasures in this lovely shop, Elaine is so good to talk with and I hope to be back soon. Susan.
Written 27 November 2022
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Dear Susan, Thank you for your continued support! Appreciate your laughter and joyful energy as always! Many Thanks, PK and Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 2 December 2022
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Olivea L
7 contributions
Sep 2022
We stumbled upon this cute shop during our visit to Chinatown. Elaine was so knowledgable and showed us so many amazing handcrafted and antique products. We ended up spending nearly an hour there and bought all our souvenirs for our family and friends back in Australia. Would definitely recommend this amazing shop and must speak to Elaine!
Written 7 November 2022
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Dear Olivea, Thank you for taking the time to write this amazing review, more importantly we are very happy to know you have enjoyed your time in Singapore and in our boutique. We hope your family and friends will love the treasures you picked out for them. Looking forward to seeing you again =) Elaine will be elated to read this! Many Thanks, PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 11 November 2022
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Sue B
Geelong, Australia24 contributions
Sep 2022
I discovered the Yesteryear Tea Time Workshop at East Inspirations quite by accident and I’m very glad I did! As I have a love of all things tea, I was interested in expanding my knowledge with regards to varieties of tea I was unfamiliar with and Jacob Cheong was exactly the person to help me do that. Jacob’s knowledge of teas is amazing and he is an extremely engaging teacher, easy to talk to and he went out of his way to make the experience educational and entertaining. There was no feeling of having to keep to a particular ‘script’, if I wanted to try another tea that wasn’t ‘on the menu’, there was no problem and the addition of some mooncake to try with the Oolong teas (my visit was on the last day of the Mid Autumn Festival) was a lovely touch. I would heartily recommend East Inspirations, Yesteryear Tea Time, Jacob and Beth (who runs the shop) as a great way to spend time, and soend time with, on your next visit to Singapore.
Written 14 September 2022
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Dear Sue B, Thank you for your kind words and recommendation on TripAdvisor, the pleasure has been ours for hosting you. Glad to have been given the opportunity to introduce you to some Chinese teas you have always wanted to try. Definitely looking forward to seeing you again in the future! Best, PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 15 September 2022
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Julian
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Solo
Beautiful store with a wide variety of unique products. Staff is extremely helpful and knowledgeable
Written 9 August 2022
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Dear Julian, Thank you for recommending us on TripAdvisor, happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to our boutique. We look forward to seeing you again in our shop in the future! Best, PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 14 August 2022
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jan z
2 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Very friendly and helpful people, really charming items, great place for presents. And we have also learnt a lot about tea and tea culture 👍
Written 7 August 2022
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Dear Jan Z, Thank you for leaving us with this wonderful review on Tripadvisor, we are very happy to hear that you brought home happy memories from our boutique! Looking forward to hosting you again! Best regards, PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 8 August 2022
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Lucy Rose
London, UK2 contributions
Jul 2022
We went into the store looking for some gift ideas and Elaine was incredibly helpful with explaining many of the items and the history. We found some perfect gifts and it was a pleasure to meet Elaine.
Written 3 August 2022
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Dear Lucy, Thank you for taking the time to recommend us on TripAdvisor, very happy and proud to hear you have enjoyed your visit to our store. Elaine will be very happy read this =) Best, PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 6 August 2022
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Jennifer L
Santa Cruz, United States15 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
This place is a special find in Chinatown! It’s a 2 minute walk from the Buddha Tooth Temple and it’s full of amazing ASIAN ARTIFACTS. Elaine, the shopkeeper, was wonderful about explaining the purpose behind many of the non-obvious items. We bought a LOT of SOUVENIRS for friends and family.

We left all of our purchases behind for pick up later. While we were shopping in Chinatown, ELAINE was meticulously bubble wrapping our packages. Everything was packaged so well to avoid breakages and it all arrived through our checked luggage (16 hours later) and safely home in perfect condition.

If you are looking for a place to fine very unique gifts and souvenirs, I HIGHLY recommend you see this shop and ask for Elaine.

They also have a secret tea shop in the inner recesses where you can sing up to learn about the etiquette behind a TRADITIONAL CHINESE TEA CEREMONY. I wish we had time to sign up for this…maybe next time :-)
Written 15 July 2022
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Dear Jennifer, Really happy to hear you have enjoyed your visit thoroughly and we really appreciate your support for small local businesses like us. It is just great receiving and hosting visitors and friends from all over the world again. Looking forward to having tea with you all next time! Many Thanks! PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 15 July 2022
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Pominoz74
Wollongong, Australia8 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Had a lovely time in this shop. Elaine was a wonderful lady who took the time to tell us the history of the pieces in her shop. She had some beautiful items and very reasonably priced. Please pay her a visit when in Chinatown 😃
Written 13 July 2022
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Dear Pominoz74, Thank you for the kind words and recommendation on TripAdvisor! Elaine will be very happy to see this =) Looking forward to hosting you and your family again in the furture! Cheers! PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 15 July 2022
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Rachel M
Chester, UK15 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Meeting Ong Elaine and listening to the history and story behind some of the items in store. Was a lovely part of our day to meet you.
Written 10 June 2022
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Dear Rachel, Very happy to read about your happy experience with Elaine at our boutique and thank you for taking the time to recommend us on TripAdvisor. Looking forward to seeing you both the next time you visit Singapore! Cheers, PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 10 June 2022
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NinaSaraD
Bad Homburg, Germany7 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
What an inspirational visit! Thank you Elaine for helping me choose my singing bowl. It was so wonderful talking to you! I will come back as soon as possible.
Written 1 June 2022
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Dear NinaSaraD, Thank you for your kind word and appreciation for what we do in our boutique, glad to hear you have found a special singing bowl to bring home with you! Looking forward to hosting you in Chinatown again =) Many Thanks, PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 1 June 2022
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East Inspirations is open:
  • Sun - Sat 11:00 AM - 6:30 PM