Coolest vending machines in Singapore
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As a kid in school, there was no greater satisfaction than plonking my coins into a vending machine, and seeing my favourite snacks unwind themselves from their slots before falling into the collection pit.
But vending machines these days have certainly leveled-up from their humble ancestors. From bouquets, to books, and even chili crab, you can get almost anything by simply pushing a few buttons on these automated machines.
Here are some of the most unique and, dare I say, life-changing vending machines in Singapore that go above and beyond their calling:
1. Books - Books Actually
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For those bookworms who spend hours getting carried away in bookstores, head to one of these Books Actually vending machines to purchase your book without the distraction of temptation being all around you.
Some of these vending machines even sport mysterious coverless books at $19 each, so if you can’t decide on a title, leave it up to this vending machine to surprise you with a new read!
93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Singapore Visitor Center
216 Orchard Road, orchardgateway@emerald, Singapore 238898
9 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168645
2. Army supplies - Lifestyle Mart Express
Here’s some good news for our army homies: the realisation that you’re missing that extra pair of socks doesn’t have to send you into a frenzy anymore.
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You’ll now find a LifestyleMart Express vending machine right outside Pasir Ris’ White Sands Shopping Mall where you can purchase army necessities, from singlets, to socks, to its bestselling ziplock bags.
With this strategically-placed machine, you can grab your last-minute supplies just before booking in to Tekong and save yourself that trip to Beach Road, or from running into your encik on a weekend off.
Address: 1 Pasir Ris Central Street 3, Singapore 518457
3. Chili crab - House Of Seafood
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At some point in our lives, most of us food-loving Singaporeans have had to repress our craving for chilli crab just because we don’t have the time to prepare it, or simply have no idea how to go about doing it.
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But here’s some great news: we can now enjoy instant, award-winning chili crab straight from House of Seafood’s Chilli Crab vending machine! Select either a frozen or cooked crab and choose from chili, black pepper, or salted egg yolk flavours to drench that crustacean in.
Click here to read Eatbook's review on these vending machine crabs.
Address: 3 Punggol Point Road, #01-01/02, The Punggol Settlement, Singapore 828694
4. Plush toys and jewellery - Kalms
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If you were one of those people who mourned the unfortunate shuttering of Kalms outlets in Singapore, not all hope is lost. In place of Kalms stores, you’ll now find these futuristic vending machines dispensing Kalms’ iconic teddy bears that some of us once coveted during our childhoods.
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Other than plush toys, there are also charm bracelets and other little trinkets that you can quickly grab for your loved ones at these machines.
Check out their list of locations here
5. Household products - The Ma2 Shop and UrStore.sg
The Ma2 Shop vending machines are pretty much mama shops operating 24/7 - with all kinds of household products including rice, detergent, and even power banks lined up in rows.
Another similar set of vending machines are the OurStore.sg machines, which stock up on household necessities like soya sauce, canned mushrooms, and dental floss.
The Ma2 Shop
Block 143 Tampines Street 12, Singapore 520143
Block 8 Holland Drive, Singapore 270008
Block 7 Lorong Lew Lian, Singapore 531007
Click here for their full list of outlets
6. Gold bars - Smart Gold ATM
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Fittingly located in the atas RWS and MBS, these gold-painted vending machines dispense 24K pure gold bars, gold coins, and gold memorabilia produced by PAMP - one of the world’s top Swiss fine gold producers.
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This high-tech, touch-screen vending machine allows you to examine your hefty purchase in full 360-degree, 3D glory before buying it. You can even get customized gold coins and a 1-gram Merlion gold ingot, or let this smart machine make recommendations for your lavish souvenir based on your tastes and preferences!
Resorts World Sentosa
8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269, between Crockfords Tower and Hotel Michael, outside the Galleria
Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
7. Salads and granola - Shake Salad
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For those of us living that sedentary office life, the “I gotta start eating healthy” sentiment is mutual. But packing a salad for lunch before leaving the house isn’t the best choice because 1) those greens will get soggy by lunchtime and 2) ain’t nobody got time for that.
Which is why Shake Salad’s vending machine is the holy grail for those who want a quick and fuss-free solution to our salad problems.
With their fresh and refrigerated veggies and individually-packed condiments and toppings, you won’t have to worry about soggy salad. Besides salad bowls, these vending machines also offer fruit and granola, perfect for a quick pick-me-up in the morning.
Click here for their list of locations
8. Car fresheners - Yankee Candle
Everyone loves a good scent, especially if it’s from a fancy candle company like Yankee Candle. If you’ve always wanted your car to smell like your favourite Yankee scent but know better than to light a candle in your vehicle, there is another way!
From vent clips to car jars, these Yankee Candle car fresheners will not only drive the staleness of a sun-baked car away, but also make your ride smell like a Yankee store on wheels.
Address: Great World City #B2-K1,1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994
9. Games and toys - Play ATM
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From Tsum Tsum stackables to toy miniatures and card games, Playnation’s vending machine - or “Play ATM” - dispenses toys both the young and young at heart.
With 20 items to score, and even a “surprise” option in which you’ll receive a random item for $9, this vending machine offers double the excitement you’ll get at regular vending machines.
Address: Festive Mall @ Our Tampines Hub, 51 Tampines Ave 4, #B1-17/18/19, Singapore 529684
10. Dried bouquets - Windflower Florist
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If you ever need some impromptu flowers for a last-minute date, fret not - you can get a bouquet of these gorgeous and inexpensive dried flowers (from $25) instantly from vending machines conveniently located around town.
A more practical alternative to short-lived fresh flowers, these beautiful hand-crafted dried bouquets will make lovely, unwilting gifts for your significant other - and earn you those extra brownie points.
Raffles City Shopping Centre B1, 252 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 179103
10 Anson Road, Singapore 079903 (outside International Plaza)
11. Luxury cars - Autobahn Motors
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This tower may look like it’s housing a bunch of neatly stacked toy cars from afar, but plot twist: it’s actually a building filled with really expensive cars.
Designed to combat the lack of space in our dense urban jungle, this 15-storey vertical showroom can fit up to 60 cars, and even works like a regular vending machine, delivering cars to the first floor to allow potential customers to view them.
Address: 20 Jalan Kilang, #02-00, Singapore 159418
Unconventional vending machines in Singapore
Whether you need last-minute flowers, cooking ingredients, or army supplies, these vending machines located all across our little red dot will be your knights in shining armour. So pop those coins in, and order away!