Exploring Tiong Bahru: Cupcakes at Plain Vanilla, Strangelets, Books Actually

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Plain Vanilla.

I’m quite new to cupcakes, you know. I remember tasting my first – at Guerlain’s launch of their La Petite Robe Noir and that was just a few years ago. I was amazed by how awesome and searched for cupcakes – and the one that I fell so super, duper deeply in love with… Plain Vanilla.

I never thought I could love anything other than Red Velvet till I tried their White Chocolate Strawberry, with a cream + dried strawberry centre. PERFECTION.

Some found it too sweet (I have to admit, it is quite sweet at times) but the best way to down this is with a cup of tea and you balance out the sweetness! May I suggest Earl Grey too? Haha.

Ever since they opened this outlet in Tiong Bahru I’ve been meaning to visit but was thrown off by the limited parking lots in TB area, till I realized that PV is located in a very convenient location actually, it’s pretty near an exit of the carpark, where Nana & Bird is located.

Prior to visiting I didn't even so much as take a peek of how their store looked like on their facebook page, so I was really swept away by the sweet decor! Bicycles outside. Check. Bunches of dried something (Lavender ah?) hanging over the front of the shop.. and the inside.. oooh.

Prior to visiting I didn’t even so much as take a peek of how their store looked like on their facebook page, so I was really swept away by the sweet decor! Bicycles outside. Check. Bunches of dried something (Lavender ah?) hanging over the front of the shop.. and the inside.. oooh.

So, Plain Vanilla at Tiong Bahru doesn’t just sell cupcakes – there’s also other bakes, refreshing drinks, party decor (mason jars, striped straws and even greeting cards), cookware and seasoning!

Outdoor bench - no indoor seating at the moment, unfortunately!

Outdoor bench – no indoor seating at the moment, unfortunately!

It's a nice place to sit down, have a cupcake and just chill!

It’s a nice place to sit down, have a cupcake and just chill!

And best of all, there’s a huge square table for you to sit down at and just do your thing or chill with your friends. There’s even a little play area for children, which is just beside a comfy bench!

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Notebooks, books & greeting cards too!

Notebooks, books & greeting cards too!

Teas available <3

Teas available <3

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Wooden cookware

Wooden cookware

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If you ever drop by PV, don’t forget to pick up the White Chocolate Strawberry! Introduced it to Trisha and Yina and they LOVE it. I like it more than their red velvet even! ; )

PV’s cupcakes are $3.50 for one, or $19 for 6. They also do customizing and deliveries, all information can be found on their website here: www.plainvanillabakery.com. They are closed on Mondays.

Exploring Tiong Bahru, Part 2

Strangelets is a quirky store along Yong Siak, and they sell fashion accessories, stationery, children’s gifts and even candles & tea sets!

On display, curious figures around broken porcelain pieces

On display, curious figures around broken porcelain pieces

Gazel the sunny mor-dahl

Gazel the sunny mor-dahl

The shop features quite a number of items by local designers and the HDB plates are something I've been dying to get and keep! 家里没有位子 ; (

The shop features quite a number of items by local designers and the HDB plates are something I’ve been dying to get and keep! 家里没有位子 ; (

A shelf full of prettily patterned chinaware!

A shelf full of prettily patterned chinaware!

These notepads.. If only i were working in an office, I would totally get them!

These notepads.. If only i were working in an office, I would totally get them!

All the way from Paris - I sniffed all the candles and was disappointed that I couldn't find a scent I liked or I would have carted one home cos of how pretty the label looks!

All the way from Paris – I sniffed all the candles and was disappointed that I couldn’t find a scent I liked or I would have carted one home cos of how pretty the label looks!

More random knick-knacks, including some childrens' toys...

More random knick-knacks, including some childrens’ toys…

Like these "alphabet" blocks! I really like them.

Like these “alphabet” blocks! I really like them.

Very nice leather woven bracelets!

Very nice leather woven bracelets!

Fabric tape with glitter!

Fabric tape with glitter!

Hehehe I can totally see my hairstylists using this

Hehehe I can totally see my hairstylists using this

Could get this for my husband lol

Could get this for my husband lol

Strangelets is located at 7 Yong Siak Street, and they’re opened daily till 8 pm (sometimes they open at 10am, some days at 11). Visit their website here!

Beside Strangelets, there’s also Books Actually, one of the more prominent shops along Yong Siak street, thanks to the beautifully hand drawn decor.

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They actually don’t just sell books – once you wander in-store and delve deep, you’ll find plenty of vintage items, ranging from records, rattan baskets, to glasses and even old photographs! They have the largest selection of vintage glasses I have EVER seen. When I have my own home I’ll need a few of them, man.

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Did I mention that they have a house, no... shop-cat? Haha. Such pretty blue eyes!

Did I mention that they have a house, no… shop-cat? Haha. Such pretty blue eyes!

Them bookcases look like they could have hidden treasures somewhere - makes me wanna dig for books and special finds.

Them bookcases look like they could have treasures hidden somewhere – makes me wanna dig for books and special finds.

How cute?! They carry plenty of local works.

How cute?! They carry plenty of local works.

 

See the little entrace, jus tunder "Gift Ideas?" Btw, it's a step down - I almost fell down and crashed into the crates of glasses, so be careful!

See the little entrace, jus tunder “Gift Ideas?”
Btw, it’s a step down – I almost fell down and crashed into the crates of glasses, so be careful!

Wine crates used as shelves, full of vintage glasses! By the way, it seems like the entire row of Yong Siak shops makes use of Wine crates heavily - from PV to Strangelets to Woods in the Books to Books Actually! Are they all getting some kind of good deal somewhere?!

Wine crates used as shelves, full of vintage glasses! By the way, it seems like the entire row of Yong Siak shops makes use of Wine crates heavily – from PV to Strangelets to Woods in the Books to Books Actually! Are they all getting some kind of good deal somewhere?!

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飘呀飘呀~ 飘向云天

飘呀飘呀~ 飘向云天

You can find Books Actually’s flagship store at 9 Yong Siak St – They’re open daily, mostly till 9pm except for Mon & Sunday, when they shut their doors at 6pm. Website here!

This concludes the end of my TB exploration for now, till I head back again for more makan! ; ) Please drop me a note if you know of any nice places for brunch or sweet treats!

6 Comments

  • jaytjk says:

    Great review, thanks for sharing. Makes me want to visit the place too. There is this map called CafeSG that lets you find all the local cafes in Singapore! Super useful for cafe hopping and to discover new cafes near home and workplace.

    http://cafesg.bigspoon.sg/

    Hope to see more reviews from you

  • Laura says:

    Hi Evonn! This may seem sudden and it’s irrelevant to the post but I’m kind of desperate to seek help for a good skin doctor. I have been a reader for a long while now I and I remember reading that u went to an aesthetic doctor that u trust for facial and also prescribed u antibiotics to clear up your skin? My wedding is in a month’s time so I’m ultra panicky to clear my skin up. ): And my I know where to get endocare gel cream too?
    Thanks a heap in advance!
    xxx

    • ling says:

      Hi Laura,

      Don’t worry, it’s not random at all! 1 month a very short time OMG! Quickly call n make an appt like now!!!

      My doctor is Ivan Tan from Nu Reflections. He’s located at:

      Nu.Reflections Medical Aesthetics
      123 Penang Road, Office tower
      #05-12 Regency House (next to old Cockpit Hotel)
      Singapore 238465

      Email: enquiry@nu-reflections.com
      Tel: (65) 6235 5333
      Fax: (65) 6235 0330

      Opening hours:
      Mon-Fri 10am – 8pm
      Sat 10am – 5pm

  • Laura says:

    Thanks so so much for sharing!!!
    Will keep u posted as to how it goes for me!
    Does the clinic sell endocare? Heard it can’t be bought over the counters.

  • silver_crv says:

    nice write up!!

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