- Ethan Rakin
An offshoot of the popular Bangkok hipster market, the first Singapore edition took place in 2017 and attracted quite the crowd… plus a host of issues.
I went for a preview of Artbox last Friday (May 25) and this is what I managed to see and do.
Firstly, the venue is huge. 400 stalls are spread out over 140,000 square feet. There are multiple seating areas as well if you need to rest.
The walkways are much wider so even as the crowd grew, I was able to weave my way through people easily.
Entry is free and there are cashless alternatives to make transactions more convenient.
Shopping-wise, expect everything from clothes, jewellery, plants, to cute knick-knacks.
Try your luck at a ‘sure-win’ vending machine where you can bag anything from a pair of earphones to a gaming console. I manged to snag the former on my first try.
Of course, no hipster market would be complete without Instagram-able spots and Artbox 2018 has plenty of them.
This kombi was even converted into a photo booth.
A pink container also turned out to a particularly popular photo-taking spot.
There are multiple areas to sit, each comfy and unique in their own ways. It provided me with a nice opportunity to catch my breath after walking up and down Artbox.
There are also old school arcade games which you can play with your friends.
Spend S$20 or more using the cashless methods for a special treat: you get to enter Artbox’s very own foam pit, where another photo opportunity awaits.
As the evening winds down, there are also ‘live’ performances.
What would a market be without the food? Artbox boasts 160 food stalls selling everything from macaroons, smores, milk tea buckets, chicken skewers, beef bowls to even gold-flaked durian ice cream!
Prices start from S$5 but some food vendors might change during the second weekend.
This store did not only sell Thailand’s favorite mango sticky rice, but it also had traditional Thai iced tea.
There were different cuisines too – from Swedish to Japanese.
Artbox 2018 is definitely a full-day affair and some might say the ‘problem’ is there seems to be too much to do.
Perhaps that’s why it takes place over two weekends because it feels impossible to cover everything in just one visit.
Artbox operates again from June 1 to 3 (3pm – 11pm) at Bayfront Event Space (next to Marina Bay Sands).