Far East Plaza is teeming with affordable restaurants, hair and nail salons, thrift shops and more. It can be a bit of a maze though so here’s our guide to Far East Plaza food, shops, and salons (plus Far East Plaza parking).
Nondescript and certainly not as glamorous as the likes of shopping malls ION or 313@Somerset, Far East Plaza still stands as one of our go-to malls because of the hidden gem shops and crazy cheap salons. Far East Plaza is just around the corner from the iconic Orchard Road, and comprises six floors filled with some 800 fashion-forward, purse-friendly shops! Yes, there are a number of Far East Plaza shops touting knock-off ‘designer’ labels and other questionable items; but in a city that can feel like one big shopping mall, Far East Plaza is the place to check out to avoid the ‘same-same’ fashion. You can even bargain at many of the shops at Far East Plaza! With so many stores though, it’s impossible to cover them all in one go (we ain’t no Far East Plaza directory) so we’ve listed out a couple that stand out, plus our fave places in Far East Plaza for food and all you need to know about Far East Plaza parking.
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Guide to Far East Plaza
Far East Plaza Food
1. Kra Pow Thai Street Food: Far East Plaza’s Best Thai
Craving authentic Thai food? Kra Pow Thai Street Food in Far East Plaza is where it’s at! Eating here is like being transported to the bustling streets of Bangkok, with dishes like Pad Thai, Tom Yum Soup, Green Curry and Som Tum (Papaya Salad) which all come highly recommended and are very reasonably priced.
Kra Pow Thai Street Food, #03-26/27, Far East Plaza
2. Piccolo By Hei Kim: Fab Coffee in Far East Plaza
Start your shopping trip in Far East Plaza with a coffee from Piccolo By Hei Kim, a relative newcomer on the cafe scene but serving up pretty stellar caffeine. Unlike many spots within Far East Plaza this cafe opens nice and early at 8:30am!
Piccolo By Hei Kim #03-22, Far East Plaza
3. The Community Coffee
Been to Far East Plaza but never stumbled on The Community Coffee? This cafe is all about coffee beans that are sourced sustainably from farms in Colombia, Rwanda, El Salvador and Indonesia. The beans are roasted in-house taste super fragrant and prices are decent (as is most stuff in Far East Plaza) starting from $4 for a cup of white coffee.
The Community Coffee, #02-94, Far East Plaza
4. Sushi Bar
Craving fresh sushi but want to spend your cash on hair and clothes? We feel you! Luckily at Far East Plaza there’s a sushi spot where you won’t have to dig too deep for great quality sushi and sashimi. The Sushi Bar is where you’ll find Salmon Aburi Rolls, prettily plated sushi, yakitori and more.
Sushi Bar #04-28, Far East Plaza
5. Cahaya Restaurant: Halal food in Far East Plaza
Come here for the fried wantons – so crispy and best eaten when they’re hot hot hot! Just about everything on the menu here slaps, making this one of our favourite spots for halal food in Far East Plaza. Plus points: prices are easy on the pocket!
Cahaya Restaurant, #05-91/92, Far East Plaza
6. New Station Snack Bar
Those looking for affordable Tze Char food in Far East Plaza can head to New Station Snack Bar, which offers an extensive menu of yummy dishes to suit any craving. Try the Salted Egg Pork Ribs, Hot Plate Black Pepper Beef or Butter Prawns – or round up your friends and order multiple dishes so you can try a bit of everything.
New Station Snack Bar, #05-95, Far East Plaza
7. Wasabi Tei: Budget Japanese Food in Far East Plaza
This unassuming restaurant on level 5 of Far East Plaza does Japanese food on a budget. Think authentic bar seating omakase-style complete with chefs preparing food right in front of you. On the menu you’ll find fresh sashimi, rice bowls, affordable lunch sets and more.
Wasabi Tei, #05-68, Far East Plaza
8. Puncak Best Noodles: Halal food, Far East Plaza
Specialising in halal Tze Char, Puncak Best Noodles is another halal restaurant in Far East Plaza that’s great for a spot of Chinese food, especially its fried wantons! One of their most popular dishes is the Honeydew Chicken Noodles – sounds weird when you first hear about it, but don’t knock it till you try it!
Puncak Best Noodles, #05-94, Far East Plaza
9. Budget-friendly Modern Fashion Shops
Far East Plaza has so many independent shops that you could spend a day visiting and still not have ticked them all off your list! If you are short on time and looking for affordable fun fashion, start on the third floor and pop into Angel (#03-143A, Far East Plaza), Queen Square (#03-143B, Far East Plaza) and Vogue in Style (#03-112, Far East Plaza).
Cocktails stocks high-end fashion-forward ladies’ apparel from Korea while The Queens Closet (#03-103, Far East Plaza) has lots of different designer brands, you may find a little gem if you look hard enough!
Cocktails, #04-118, Far East Plaza
10. Gown Rental at Far East Plaza: Floral Boutique
Have a gala to go to? Far East Plaza is the place to head to if you need evening formal wear or long gowns for rental or to buy! Floral Boutique is one of the go-to gown rental shops for brides-to-be, performers, pageant queens, drag queens and anyone looking to rent a beautiful dress for a special event! Their collection includes glitzy ball gowns, slinky evening dresses and even summery day dresses for fancy daytime occasions. Didn’t find what you need? Continue on to C&C Luxe Design (#03-102, Far East Plaza).
Floral Boutique, #03-47, Far East Plaza
11. Secondhand Luxury Bag Shops in Far East Plaza
Bag It (#03-117, Far East Plaza) is a consignment store in Far East Plaza that has its shelves fully stocked with drool-worthy secondhand designer bags and accessories in amazing condition. You’ll even find some vintage designer bags here. See something you like? Make sure you grab it quickly, because items get snapped up like *that* thanks to their quick postings on social media.
Madam Milan (#04-52, Far East Plaza) carries a great range of secondhand luxury bags and accessories from brands like Chanel, Dior, Prada and Celine. Prices here are pretty competitive, but don’t be put off by the high prices of the more popular designer brands. Sift through their collection and you may just find slightly more affordable luxury brands (think Celine, Miu Miu or Bottega Veneta) with lower price tags, all often in fab condition.
12. Thrift Shops & Preloved
Have a teen who loves thrift shopping at flea markets? Cappo’s Garage(#01-72, Far East Plaza) is a fairly new thrift store in Far East Plaza that carries secondhand clothes and authentic vintage pieces.
Rehearsal (#01-76, Far East Plaza) offers a great range of preloved and vintage threads including sweaters, denim, hats and more from brands like Carhartt, Levi’s, Nike and more.
13. Far East Plaza Watch Shops
Far East Plaza has a range of watch shops to cater to the watch enthusiasts. From luxury timepieces to pre-loved vintage watches, just name the brand, and you’ll find it here. Some of the watch shops to check out are Goldman Luxury (#02-112, Far East Plaza), Watch Link (#03-79, Far East Plaza), and HJ Luxury (#04-134, Far East Plaza).
14. Automodels Singapore
Have vehicle-obsessed peeps in the family? This hobby store in Far East Plaza is worth a visit to ogle at the cool cars on display and for sale, from toy cars to collectable figurines, model planes and more.
Automodels Singapore, #02-91, Far East Plaza
There are nail, brow and hair salons in Far East Plaza on all levels and pretty much all of them are budget-friendly!
Autumn Nail Spa: Nail Salon
Head to Autumn Nail Spa for manicures, pedicures, semi-permanent beauty treatments and eyelash extensions. Besides gel manis and pedis, this salon in Far East Plaza also does lash fixes and ‘lip colour correction’.
Autumn Nail Spa, #05-21/05-28, Far East Plaza
Nail Queen by Michelle Tran: Nail & Beauty Salon
You can get your manicure, pedicure or eyelash extensions done at Nail Queen in Far East Plaza. They can do a whole variety of nail art styles, whether you’re after something simple and timeless or want to let the nail technician’s creativity run wild with graphic strokes, flowers or glitter!
Nail Queen, #04-88, Far East Plaza
Wei Wei Beauty: Beauty Salon
Wei Wei Beauty at Far East Plaza is an all-in-one beauty salon offering services for nails, eyelashes, eyebrows and facials! You can even try hair removal services here, but many customers go for the semi-permanent brow and lash treatments.
Wei Wei Beauty, #03-75, Far East Plaza
86 Blanc Hair Studio: Far East Plaza Hair Salon
Whether you’re looking for a scalp treatment, K-Gloss, OLAPLEX or just a simple blowout, 86 Blanc Hair Studio can help you out. They have experience working on most hair types, and you’ll be hard pressed not to be tempted by their beautiful before-and-after hair treatment posts on social media!
86 Blanc Hair Studio, #02-26, Far East Plaza
The Loook Salon: Hair Salon
Arguably the place to go for blonde and pastel hair colours, The Loook Salon at Far East Plaza is a popular choice among the ‘adventurous hairdo’ crowd! They’ve got some of the best rates in town for services by a Lead Stylist, so you know you’ll always be in good hands.
The Loook Salon, #02-69, Far East Plaza
16. Tattoo Studios in Far East Plaza
There are a few tattoo studios within Far East Plaza – largely on level four of this mall. Other tattoo spots include Primitive Art Piercing & Tattoo (#04-101/102, Far East Plaza), Johnny Two Thumb Tattoo Studio (#04-15, Far East Plaza), Ghurkka Tattoo Family (#04-103B, Far East Plaza) and Think Tattoo (#02-65, Far East Plaza).
Rise Above Tattoo & Piercing
Tattoo and piercing studio Rise Above can perform expert piercing services for all ages. We hear they take great care in every session and make sure to follow up with you to check on the healing progress.
Rise Above Tattoo & Piercing, #04-70, Far East Plaza
17. Tailors, Alterations & Cobblers in Far East Plaza
There are many tailors in Far East Plaza including Mohan’s Custom Tailors (#02-73 Far East Plaza) which has been around since 1958 and has very decent pricing and Picadilly Tailors (#02-85 Far East Plaza) which has been offering custom tailoring since 1930.
Meng Yee Express Alteration
While there are quite a few alteration and tailoring shops located throughout Far East Plaza, in terms of price and workmanship, the best has to be Meng Yee. Very efficient, the team here really do get it spot on (unlike some other more fancy looking outlets who will remain unnamed!); plus it’s always reasonably priced too! If you need something in a hurry, give the ‘uncle’ the heads-up and a big smile and normally they’re pretty accommodating – within reason of course!
Meng Yee Express Alteration, #04-104, Far East Plaza
One of the most efficient cobblers we have ever come across, the shop is run by two brothers who also repair leather items and cut keys. Their workmanship is top-notch and the service, friendly and knowledgeable.
Shukey, #04-18, Far East Plaza
Because of Far East Plaza’s location on Orchard Road, parking is always a thought. Here are the Far East Plaza parking rates so you can plan your trip:
- Monday – Saturday: 8am – 5pm: $1.62 for the first hour Far East Plaza parking; $1.62 for every subsequent ½ hour of Far East Plaza parking. After 5pm: $3.56 per entry.
- Sundays & Public Holidays: $4.10 for first 3 hours or part thereof; $1.62 for subsequent ½ hour or part thereof.
We could go on and on because there are so many finds in Far East Plaza and we’ve barely scratched the surface here. Hope you enjoy your day at this mall filled with heaps of hidden gems!