Kampong Glam Neighborhood Guide

  • Munch on gluttonous brunch fare while checking out local artworks.

    Munch on gluttonous brunch fare while checking out local artworks.

  • Prashant Somosundram.

    Prashant Somosundram.

  • Owner Jamie Koh brings a taste of bourbon to Singapore.

    Owner Jamie Koh brings a taste of bourbon to Singapore.

  • The bourbon tasting flight.

    The bourbon tasting flight.

  • The exterior of heritage-inspired Hotel Clover.

    The exterior of heritage-inspired Hotel Clover.

  • The 45-square-meter Hotel Clover Lavish Suite.

    The 45-square-meter Hotel Clover Lavish Suite.

  • Owners Ben Lim & June Huang.

    Owners Ben Lim & June Huang.

  • The Symmetry Short Ribs 2.0 feature charred scallion and dehydrated blackcurrants.

    The Symmetry Short Ribs 2.0 feature charred scallion and dehydrated blackcurrants.

  • Chef-owner Abby Lim's personal items are scattered throughout the restaurant.

    Chef-owner Abby Lim's personal items are scattered throughout the restaurant.

  • The well-curated racks of et-i-kit on Kandahar Street.

    The well-curated racks of et-i-kit on Kandahar Street.

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Standard of Living / et-i-kit

The well-curated racks of et-i-kit on Kandahar Street.

The well-curated racks of et-i-kit on Kandahar Street.

Owners Ben Lim & June Huang.

Owners Ben Lim & June Huang.

While most Singaporeans may know Kandahar Street for the Swiss rolls of Good & Rich Cake Shop, they may also associate it with the advent of Maison Ikkoku in 2011. Ben Lim also recalls the reinvention of the street and recent flurry of boutiques—he set up his architecture firm Liv Arc on Kandahar the same year as Ikkoku. Since then his mark on the street has expanded to include the lifestyle store Standard of Living just below his studio. Lim opened the store with his sweetheart, June Huang, in 2012 combining his expertise in architecture with her passion for interior design. The duo creates Thai-teak sofas and high-back chairs in mid-century modern shapes suited for the tiny constraints of Singaporean housing. Accent pieces from painted rantang lunch pails to eco-friendly Izola candles share the space. Upstairs, Huang’s newly opened fashion boutique, et-i-kit, fills a small but well-curated shop with upmarket Australian labels from body-conscious Cameo dresses to modern printed separates from Finders Keepers. Hard-to-find gold detail jewelry from Italian label Vita Fede and bedazzled clutches are also on offer. Huang and Lim try to keep their work separate from their personal life but admit, “it is part of the consciousness.”

34 Kandahar Street; 65/6298-2349; Standard of Living
36A Kandahar Street; 65/6298-2334; et-i-kit

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