East Inspirations
East Inspirations
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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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  • Emily
    Brisbane, Australia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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, Singapore5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • andrea v
    33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing find
    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:)
    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 7 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 November 2023
  • Caroline G
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chinatown Gem
    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.
    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.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Leube O
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Treasures for your home and for your heart.
    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.
    Dear Leube O, Thank you for taking the time to write us such a great recommendation in TripAdvisor. Very happy to read about your delightful experience in our boutique, looking forward to hosting you again when you visit! Many Thanks, PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
    Written 2 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 February 2024
  • kirstine2013
    Albuquerque, New Mexico780 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing treasure trove of authentic gifts
    This is the best place to shop for rare, authentic, well made and reasonably priced treasures to remind you of your trip to Singapore. The owner and staff are terrific and very knowledgeable about their products. The Cinnabar Vase, we eventually chose, was carefully wrapped for transport back home.
    Dear Kirstine, It has been our pleasure to host you in our boutique and thank you so much for supporting small local business like us! Very glad that you managed to find a treasure to bring home that we are sure will spark joy everytime you see it =) Looking forward to your next visit! Many Thanks! PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
    Written 2 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 February 2024
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Lyn A
Honolulu, HI1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
East Inspirations is a MUST-SEE for anyone that loves treasure hunting, antiques or vintage pieces. The store is extraordinary in so many ways from palm-sized porcelain artifacts to collectible Asian wardrobe and full-size wall tapestry art. I found several chinoiserie collectibles and thrilled to be able to bring them home to Colorado.

Elaine is knowledgeable in the history of the pieces and made my purchase so much more interesting and educational! Great and friendly staff.

Art for art’s sake this place is a haven for anyone that is looking for something unique or may not know what they are looking for, but will leave intrigued and fascinated with something for themselves or a gift.
Written 27 May 2024
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Dear Lyna! Very happy to host a fellow art and culture lover! Thank you so much for supporting our humble boutique and for taking the time to recommend us on Tripadvisor. Looking forward to hosting you again when you visit! Best, PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 1 June 2024
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Sarah R
Brisbane3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Happened upon this delightful store, attracted by some beautiful little blue tea bowls on the display outside. As we went in to pay we realised that this little shop was full of treasures! Talk to Elaine Ong, because she will tell you about some of the interesting coins, Cambodian silver, and opium pipes, as well as some of the blue ceramics no longer made, as the particular shade of blue is no longer produced. Beautiful items, not plastic tat, and interesting antique items to browse through. Well worth a visit.
Written 25 May 2024
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Dear Sarah, Very happy to read about your delightful experience in our boutique and with Elaine =) Glad you found us during this trip and managed to bring some treasure home to add to your collection. Looking forward to seeing you again in the future! Many Thanks! PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 1 June 2024
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Talia L
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We've looked for antique stores, and this is a must-visit.
Elaine showed us the store and explained on everything, she's an incredible professional and a delight of a person to meet.
Written 20 April 2024
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Dear Talia, Thank you for taking the time to recommend us on Tripadvisor! Very happy to read about your delightful experience with Elaine and at our boutique. Looking forward to hosting you again the next time you visit Singapore =) Many Thanks! PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 12 May 2024
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sibel
Istanbul, Türkiye4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
During my recent trip to Singapore, I entered to a delightful souvenir shop in the heart of Chinatown just very close to Sri Mariamman Temple. Owned by the incredibly hospitable Mrs. Ong, this shop turned out to be one of the highlights of my visit.

The shop itself is a hidden wonderland of unique souvenirs that would be hard to find elsewhere in China Town. After finding out that my younger son and Ms. Ong were both born in the year of the horse, we had a very warm, enjoyable and informative chat on Chinese culture. Ms. Ong was so kind to both of my sons. She has also given great hacker food tips to taste Laksa soup and Hainanese Chicken and Rice.

Ms Ong takes the time to explain the significance and the story behind each item, making every purchase feel personal and meaningful.

A must-visit!
Written 8 April 2024
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Dear Sibel, Thank you for taking the time to pen this beautiful review for our humble establishment. Very happy to read about your happy experience at East Inspirations with Elaine! Looking forward to hosting you again in the future! Many Thanks! PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 10 April 2024
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Jojo G
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
One of the best reasons to travel is to learn about other cultures. I love bringing an authentic piece of local art home as a permanent reminder of a lovely trip. We stopped by and found Elaine very friendly and knowledgeable. We bought several items which will complement other travel treasures. If you want a lovely long lasting reminder of your time in Singapore, stop by and say hello to Elaine.
Written 1 March 2024
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Dear Jojo, Thank you for stopping by and we really appreciate you taking the time to recommend us on TripAdvisor! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your cultural shopping experience in our humble boutique, looking forward to seeing you again in your next treasure hunting trip! Many Thanks! PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 3 March 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

kirstine2013
Albuquerque, NM780 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is the best place to shop for rare, authentic, well made and reasonably priced treasures to remind you of your trip to Singapore. The owner and staff are terrific and very knowledgeable about their products. The Cinnabar Vase, we eventually chose, was carefully wrapped for transport back home.
Written 27 February 2024
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Dear Kirstine, It has been our pleasure to host you in our boutique and thank you so much for supporting small local business like us! Very glad that you managed to find a treasure to bring home that we are sure will spark joy everytime you see it =) Looking forward to your next visit! Many Thanks! PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 3 March 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Leube O
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Dear Leube O, Thank you for taking the time to write us such a great recommendation in TripAdvisor. Very happy to read about your delightful experience in our boutique, looking forward to hosting you again when you visit! Many Thanks, PK & Jacob Cheong East Inspirations
Written 3 March 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Danielle B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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Caroline G
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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 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
switzerland33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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 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.

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