Cat Socrates: Charming Indie Store In Singapore's Katong With An Adorable Cat Shopkeeper


Faruq Senin •  Aug 23, 2020

The Katong/Joo Chiat area in Singapore might be known for its Peranakan culture, colourful shophouses and of course, Katong Laksa. But beyond that, you can also find interesting shops here and one of them is Cat Socrates!

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Located along Joo Chiat Rd, you'd immediately be captivated by the charming vibe of this independent retail store. If you're a fan of collectibles by independent designers, Cat Socrates will be perfect for you!

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Here, you can find a wide variety of items from home decor, kitchenware, bags & fashion accessories, paper paraphernalia, pots & plants, vintage items and more! Not to mention that they have a selection of books and magazines from local publishing houses like Math Paper Press, Epigram Books and those that are self-published by local and Asian writers.

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Cat Socrates aims to be a platform for local designers to showcase their works to the public and they also source for new brands and designers from around the world. So, whether you're just browsing or looking for something to decorate your house, you'll be able to find something you'll like! What's interesting is that Cat Socrates also sells Singapore-themed souvenirs.

The best part about shopping at Cat Socrates is that you'll be able to meet its cat shopkeeper, Zoo-zoo! Zoo-zoo was rescued and lived in the Cat Museum before becoming Cat Socrates' resident feline. According to their website, he is a very hardworking cat and will wait by the door to greet customers when they come into the shop!

You can also expect him to follow you around as you shop and even stay with you as you browse through the shop's items. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, you won't be able to pet Zoo-zoo but nonetheless, he's still a joy to be around ? When he's not with customers, you'd probably find him taking a nap in his window-hanging bed!

Halal food nearby:

Penny University

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Cuisine: Western (brunch, cafe food)

Opening hours: Daily, 8AM-8.30PM

Address: 402 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428997

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Old Bibik's Peranakan Kitchen

Halal status: Halal-certified

Cuisine: Peranakan

Opening hours: Daily, 11.30AM-9.30PM

Address: 328 Joo Chiat Rd, #01-02, Singapore 427585

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So, if you're looking to uncover new shops or just want to get something unique and interesting, head over to Cat Socrates in Katong. Cat Socrates also has another branch in Tiong Bahru and yes, there's a cat shopkeeper there too.

Address: 448 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427661

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