East Inspirations
East Inspirations
5
Speciality & Gift ShopsAntique Shops
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
About
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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  • mr
    Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
    Little Chinese lions, great antiques, friendly staff.
    We purchased some beautiful little porcelain lions to protect our house! Great experience. Loved shopping here. High quality goods and very friendly staff. Great selection of antiques mixed with newer items. We’ll definitely be going back to shop at Eastern Inspirations when we are back in Singapore.
    Dear mr, Thank you for the support and recommendation on Tripadvisor. Happy to hear you appreciate the concept and experience at our boutique, looking forward to hosting you again soon! Many Thanks! PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
    Written 23 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 March 2023
  • Heather F
    4 contributions
    Special treasures
    Loved this shop for special treasures. Elaine was a treasure as well with her recommendations and graciousness. We loved the stories she shared about our items. So glad we found East Inspirations for special items to remind us of Singapore.
    Dear Heather, Very happy to hear you enjoyed the experience and collection in our humble boutique. Hope the treasures you bring back will bring you lots of joy and happiness, looking forward to hosting you again in Chinatown Singapore! Many Thanks! PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
    Written 31 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 29 March 2023
  • Alicja
    Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
    Best place to experience Eastern culture and history!
    This place is just magical. It is not an antique shop it is a place where you can learn real past stories! I bought some very beautifull items there, and did a tea ceremony, which is such a unique experience of many senses, plus all those stories that stand behind tea culture! Highly reccomend to visit this place to anybody that value real cultural experience. Regards to Elaine - my favourite person in East Inspirations!
    Dear Alicja, Thank you for taking the time to write this review and for spending 2 precious afternoons in our boutique. Very happy to hear you enjoyed both the shop and the tea session, looking forward to hosting you again in the near future! Elaine will be super happy to read this =) Many Thanks! PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
    Written 8 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 May 2023
  • Kim Baumgartner
    1 contribution
    Tea-Dreams come true
    A perfect place for any tea-lover! We had a wonderful time with Jacob, who guided us expertly through the tea-world and through the shop. A charming little store for finding that special gift for a loved one and for yourself. We will surely visit again the next time we are in Singapore!
    Dear Kim Baumgartner, Very happy to have the opportunity to share what we know about Chinese tea you a fellow tea lover. Had a great company! Hope to see you again when you visit Singapore or when I visit the Alps =) Cheers, PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
    Written 13 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 June 2023
  • Emily
    Brisbane, Australia1 contribution
    Fantastic experience
    Elaine was lovely and gave fantastic service. She is very knowledgeable and informative about Chinese/Singapore culture and the different meanings of everything around the store. Highly recommend to anyone looking for antiques, art or traditional decor.
    Dear Emily, Thank you for taking the time to recommend us on Tripadvisor, glad to see that you have enjoyed your experience at our store. Elaine will be trilled to see this review! Many Thanks! PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
    Written 20 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 June 2023
  • Jessica N
    Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
    Excellent Experience at East Inspirations
    If you are in search of Singapore antiquities or nice souvenirs East Inspirations is a must!! I came here specifically for Peranakan porcelain and was pleasantly surprised by their selection! Upon entry, I was greeted by Elaine who took the time to explain the symbolism of each piece I was interested in. After I made my purchases, Elaine took me on a tour of the store and showed me all of the rare antiques! She was such a kind soul and her positive energy stuck with me for the rest of the day! I will definitely be back before I return home!! Like I said, this place is a must see for antique lovers!!
    Dear Jessica, Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to write this wonderful review. Very happy to hear you've enjoyed yourself at our boutique, we look forward to hosting you again. Elaine will be thrilled to read this. Many Thanks! PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
    Written 1 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 June 2023
  • Lily C
    3 contributions
    Lifelong gifts for myself and friends
    Got an incredible life long tea set as well as a lot of gifts for my friends. Such a beautiful little shop and definitely worth the trip. Elaine was so kind and definitely brightened our day.
    Dear Lily, Thank you for the kinds words and recommendation on TripAdvisor. Looking forward to seeing you again when you visit Singapore =) Many Thanks PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
    Written 12 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Sarah V
    1 contribution
    This shop is a real find!
    Elaine was incredibly helpful in translating the meaning of the authentic items we purchased, even suggesting we record her explanation in case we forgot! There are lots of traditional, high quality items in this shop, which make excellent gifts or keepsakes. We will definitely visit again given the chance. Well worth a visit!
    Dear Sarah, Really appreciate you taking the time to recommend us on TripAdvisor, very happy to read about your happy experience in our boutique. Elaine will be very happy to see this review as well! Looking forward to hosting you again! Many Thanks! PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
    Written 20 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Ally
    1 contribution
    An educational and fun trip!
    We visited the shop twice and Elaine couldn’t be more than helpful with questions about history of the items. She was very knowledgeable and welcoming! She took her time to show us around the shop and we bought some amazing gifts from her! Will definitely go back!
    Dear Ally, Thank you for your support and recommendation on TripAdvisor! Happy to hear you enjoyed our collection and service. Looking forward to welcoming you again when you visit Singapore! Many Thanks! PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
    Written 20 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Alex D.
    Zurich, Switzerland1 contribution
    Wonderful place to help you get closer to asian culture and heritage
    Just walking down the street and looking at the items exposed outside will make you stop and want to peek in. Once inside, the staff will welcome you and if you so require, help you with your treasure hunt. The store is packed with authentic and fairly priced items, for which there is always a nice story. You can learn a bit about chinese culture and the tea ceremony and a very nice warmful feeling will engulf you. This is definitely a place to visit while venturing through the streets of Chinatown in Singapore.
    Dear Alex D, Thank you for taking the time to recommend us on Tripadvisor! Very happy to read your positive experience at our boutique, looking forward to welcome you again when you visit Singapore next time =) Many Thanks! PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
    Written 4 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
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Leube O
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is one of the rarest shops in Singapore. You will find something for your home, office, family, friends and for yourself. Elaine is amazing. Her knowledge of the history and the creations of her wares is worth the trip. I would highly recommend the shop for the carefully curated items and the hospitality of Elaine. We will be back.
Written 20 February 2024
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Danielle B
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Friends
What an amazingly fascinating shop. This shop is an Aladdin's cave of treasures. My daughter and I visited 3 times we loved it so much. Service was so warm and welcoming highly recommend.
Written 3 February 2024
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Dear Danielle, Thank you for recommending us on TripAdvisor! We are humbled and thankful for you many visits and support during your stay in Singapore! Looking forward to hosting you again in our treasure cave =) Best, PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 14 February 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Caroline G
5 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is the perfect shop to buy gifts for family and friends, as it has everything! The lady in the shop was so warm and welcoming without being in any way pushy. We loved walking through this aladdin's cave, seeing all the different objects - and I'm someone who doesn't normally enjoy shopping! We would definitely recommend this gem of a shop as must see.
Written 19 November 2023
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Dear Caroline, Thank you for the kind words and recommendation on Tripadvisor! Very happy to read about your positive experience in our boutique, looking forward to hosting you again in the future! Many Thanks, PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 14 December 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

andrea v
switzerland37 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
I can only echo all the other very positive reviews. I looked up this shop online prior to my visit and it was a really great experience, such nice antiques and most importantly my favourites - old prints, maps and postcards, both originals but also cheaper reproductions. I was so happy to find what I was looking for, an amazing original miniature map of Asia, and am grateful to Mrs Elaine for a great professional advice and her delightful manner. I also purchased one new item, a very nice and practical pouch bag with a design by Beth Cheong, after Elaine explained that this was the owner's daughter's own art. Thank you again and I will have great memories, hope you visit you again in my lifetime:)

Written 4 November 2023
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Dear Andrea, Thank you for taking the time to write this beautiful review for us on TripAdvisor. Very proud and happy to read about your happy and joyful experience in our humble boutique. I hope the pieces will always remind you of the positive memories you have about Singapore and Chinatown =) Looking forward to welcoming you again when you visit! Many Thanks! PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 8 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Alex D.
Zurich, Switzerland1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Couples
Just walking down the street and looking at the items exposed outside will make you stop and want to peek in.
Once inside, the staff will welcome you and if you so require, help you with your treasure hunt.
The store is packed with authentic and fairly priced items, for which there is always a nice story. You can learn a bit about chinese culture and the tea ceremony and a very nice warmful feeling will engulf you.
This is definitely a place to visit while venturing through the streets of Chinatown in Singapore.
Written 2 October 2023
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Dear Alex D, Thank you for taking the time to recommend us on Tripadvisor! Very happy to read your positive experience at our boutique, looking forward to welcome you again when you visit Singapore next time =) Many Thanks! PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 5 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ally
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Couples
We visited the shop twice and Elaine couldn’t be more than helpful with questions about history of the items. She was very knowledgeable and welcoming! She took her time to show us around the shop and we bought some amazing gifts from her! Will definitely go back!
Written 16 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear Ally, Thank you for your support and recommendation on TripAdvisor! Happy to hear you enjoyed our collection and service. Looking forward to welcoming you again when you visit Singapore! Many Thanks! PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 20 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sarah V
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Family
Elaine was incredibly helpful in translating the meaning of the authentic items we purchased, even suggesting we record her explanation in case we forgot! There are lots of traditional, high quality items in this shop, which make excellent gifts or keepsakes. We will definitely visit again given the chance. Well worth a visit!
Written 13 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear Sarah, Really appreciate you taking the time to recommend us on TripAdvisor, very happy to read about your happy experience in our boutique. Elaine will be very happy to see this review as well! Looking forward to hosting you again! Many Thanks! PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 20 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Annie N
1 contribution
Jul 2023 • Solo
Such an amazing find in Chinatown! The shop is an Aladdin’s Cave full of beautiful items - for me it was the porcelain items that drew me in (my weakness in life!!) I was met by Elaine and she was super kind, knowledgeable and helpful, but also gave you space to shop / wonder. Honestly it was an amazing experience looking around the shop, learning about the bowls and other items I was interested in (and purchased). I really recommend you visit ☺️
Written 28 July 2023
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Dear Annie, Thank you for the kind words and recommendation on TripAdvisor. Very proud and happy to read about your happy experience in our boutique. Looking forward to seeing you for your next visit! Many Thanks, PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 29 July 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lily C
3 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
Got an incredible life long tea set as well as a lot of gifts for my friends. Such a beautiful little shop and definitely worth the trip. Elaine was so kind and definitely brightened our day.
Written 12 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear Lily, Thank you for the kinds words and recommendation on TripAdvisor. Looking forward to seeing you again when you visit Singapore =) Many Thanks PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 12 July 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jessica N
Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
If you are in search of Singapore antiquities or nice souvenirs East Inspirations is a must!! I came here specifically for Peranakan porcelain and was pleasantly surprised by their selection! Upon entry, I was greeted by Elaine who took the time to explain the symbolism of each piece I was interested in. After I made my purchases, Elaine took me on a tour of the store and showed me all of the rare antiques! She was such a kind soul and her positive energy stuck with me for the rest of the day! I will definitely be back before I return home!! Like I said, this place is a must see for antique lovers!!
Written 30 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear Jessica, Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to write this wonderful review. Very happy to hear you've enjoyed yourself at our boutique, we look forward to hosting you again. Elaine will be thrilled to read this. Many Thanks! PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 1 July 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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East Inspirations is open:
  • Sun - Sat 11:00 AM - 6:30 PM