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Cat Socrates

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03-39 Bras Basah Complex 231 Bain Street Singapore 180231
 
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Books | Music | Homeware | Tintoy | Fashion | Cafe + We collect beautiful things, mix and match fun stuffs.

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Opening Hours:
Mon - Sat: 12:00 - 20:00 Sun: 13:00 - 19:00
Average Price Range:
  • < $20
  • < $50
  • < $100


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Delightful

Cat Socrates is a cosy and endearing little indie store. I love pretty much everything about it, from the fine array of books, independent magazines, unique accessories and apparel and so much more. The items here all have that warm, artisanal feel. Every time I go in, I discover new things and just get immersed in the comforting atmosphere of the place.

Their items are by no means cheap. The memo pads average $4 to $5 and the accessories can go up to above $20. But then again, these are the kind of things you would feel proud to own and maybe, feel compelled to look after better. Cat Socrates also supports local artists and entrepreneurs, often stocking their products and displaying them prominently.

Also, did I mention that Cat Socrates has a resident cat? It’s name is Chestnut and it’s the sweetest little kitty. It has a coat of super soft fur and does not mind being petted gently by curious customers. When it’s not sleeping in its cardboard box, it sometimes takes a stroll around the shop, much to the delight of animal-loving customers.

Overall, I really love this place. It’s one of the shops I always try to go to when I stop by Bras Basah Complex.

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10
Best Part:
Shop Atmosphere
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Yes
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Unorthodox

During my walk around Bras Basah Complex a few weeks back seeking my book of the day, I chanced upon an unorthodox shop in the midst of all the book stores. In fact, the name itself was alluring, as one would associate Socrates, being a philosopher with the owl, a symbol of wisdom. Hence, it was quirky to see the association between philosopher and a creature of the night.

The collection of items i saw on sale were unorthodox and quirky. One rarely sees books, musical instruments and clothes being sold together in the store. I was even more astonished to find a cafe embedded within the premises. The arrangement of items in the shop, meanwhile, is highly randomised and assorted. An order in all the messiness which can be defined as 'Quirky'. In fact, I had a feeling of trepidation as I stood in the centre of the shop, half expecting the discovery of my lifetime to hop out like a bunny in front of me any second. Such was the feeling the shop inspired.

In terms of price, I find that they are reasonable. The main challenge would encompass finding the item, as they sell literally everything there. The homely, warm atmosphere in the place, created by the combinations of lighting, scent and design of the place, makes it not feel like a supermarket when it essentially is reaching the level.

Amazing!

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Epitome of Vintage and Quirky

It was only when I chanced upon Cat Socrates that I found THE store that is the epitome of Vintage and Quirky. Everything about the store itself and the goods it sells exhibit uniqueness. I did get crazy with excitement just by being in the store and looking at everything it has to offer.

Being a crazy cat lady, the name of the store calls out to me like a banana to a monkey. Now a frequent shopper there, I get to buy gifts for my friends and family that are rarely available anywhere else.

I highly recommend Cat Socrates to anyone who would like to walk into their store and be transported to the classic times.

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A nice surprise: Cosy, warm, charming Shop

I had thought this place was selling cats - if not just things that had cat prints on it. Unfortunately, I had judged a book by its cover and was proven wrong. Finding this shop in the midst of Bras Basah complex and other dusty, empty looking shops, it was a stunning surprise.

I was greeted by vintage looking items that were neatly stacked on the table and some positioned nicely on the wall. While there were some items that contained cat prints (possibly a favourite of the shop's owner), most of the items were items that were uncommonly seen in a normal stationary shop or bookstore. The store was lit by orange lights which added on to the warm feel and charm of the shop. While cosy and tempting, the items were a little bit more pricey than I imagined it to be (coming from a tiny shop in the midst of closed grates and empty shops).

But hey, vintage looking things are always priced at a higher price to increase their value. After all, the monetary price is a direct reflection of the value of a product.

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sweet serendipity

I identify as a crazy cat lady, and whenever I've got some cash on hand, I like to head to Cat Socrates. Filled with carefully curated trinkets, Cat Socrates is one of the few places that stocks Singaporean poetry and literature, and a relatively wide selection of eclectic, alternative music from Singapore, Japan, and all around the world.

What I love about Cat Socrates is how friendly the place is. Small and dimly lit, with indie/alternative music playing, it's wonderful to just stroll and browse the store. I especially like how they support local talent and stock their albums and books. Products stocked are adorably vintage, or charmingly rough-around-the-edges, and there is obviously an abundance of cat paraphernalia. There's also a really cute in-house kitty! I also love coming across books, albums and little trinkets that I can't find elsewhere.

Prices vary though, and while some items are reasonably priced, others can be quite pricey. This could be attributed to the fact that goods have been carefully sourced, and have usually only been produced in small quantities, or are imported. I also find I have to be very careful when carrying a backpack, as it's quite easy to knock things down in this small, cluttered shop!

As a whole, it's a lovely place to spend a quiet afternoon, or to pick up a gift for a friend.

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Average Spent:
18
Best Part:
browsing quietly
Branch Location:
Bras Basah
Recommend to a friend:
Yes
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There's a cat on the table. That is awesome.

I came here after visiting Popular and Fook Hing in the same complex to get my stationery fix, and then I chanced upon this store. From the outside, it intrigued me to no end. The glass display had plenty of trinkets, and it seemed messy and dark. I love such places that seem rustic and quaint, and it also helped that the name of the store was so interesting.

Upon entering, I felt no rustic atmosphere and was rather shocked at the number of people inside. The store holds a large selection of various trinkets and paper products. They even have fabric and sell a few clothes. Their music catalogue was unfamiliar to me. They have a selection of notebooks with different covers and designs, and the more discerning among us would wonder if the paper would offer no showthrough or bleedthrough when used with fountain pen ink.

As I was browsing for gifts for my crazy cat lady friend, I walked past a counter and noticed out of the corner of my eye the prettiest fluffy thing I've seen up close! There was a sleeping cat in the basket on the counter! I asked, but it was not for sale. Pity.

There were various gift cards and tiny cards with pictures of cats on them. It is a pity that the designers went with Papyrus as a font to look all artsy, and that was the sole reason it turned me away.

This store is definitely interesting enough to warrant a trip here to visit on its own.
Did I mention they sell drinks?

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Average Spent:
15
Best Part:
browsing
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Yes
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vintage heaven

I first heard of Cat Socrates when I received a gift from my boyfriend. Not only was the gift adorable and full of my favourite animal, the cat, it also made me want to check out this wonderful store as it sounded interesting. I was not wrong. The facade of the store looked vintage and cute, holding an eclectic mix of items which catered exactly to my taste. From vintage tin robots to lovely wallets/card holders... all the products were uniquely designed and of reasonable price. Everything was simply tempting to a vintage lover and fan of pretty paper related products like me!

Thankfully I got my boyfriend to bring me to the store, if not I think it would be quite a tough time trying to locate this place! Do ask someone knowledgeable with the area first to bring you here, and enjoy the wonderful products. (:

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Great vintage store

I simply love the vintage store! I like Cat Socrates for its store layout and the endless surprises you get, just from walking around in the shop. Every corner is just filled with so much fun and love! I've always had a thing for notebooks, and handmade or hand-drawn art. I love the fact that the shop sells hand-drawn art and handmade jewellery by local artists.

Vintage notebooks, earrings, necklaces, mugs, tumblers, clothes, bags and lots more. Old school teapots and what have you? Even small potted plants! This little shop in Bras Basah Complex just amazes me.

The place's great for festive shopping or even for a lazy weekend shopping!

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Eyecandy

Cat Socrates has a very vintage, cosy, rustic ambience that makes me feel right at home. I really liked the fact that every single corner of the store was done up with love and immaculate taste. There were books, craft materials, Singapore guide books, magazines, stationery and even a rack of first-hand Vintage clothes sourced from the factories.

The place is a little difficult to locate however, I actually went to Bras Basah with Cat Socrates in mind and still it took me more than fifteen minutes to actually find the store. Also, the prices of simple souvenirs like postcards or photos or bookmarks are a little overpriced. I do not mind the prices for the vintage boutique rack, but I feel that the prices of the smaller trinkets could be lowered. Still, it is a fun place to chill and explore in.

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Rustic Vintage

Cat Socrates has a very classic concept and is a very interesting shop indeed. What I like about it is the atmosphere which has a very rustic western, old library kind of feel to it. I have only been to the place once because the location is rather out of the way but in that one visit I already made a purchase!

The shop sells really cute trinkets and paper products such as old school prints on recycled brown paper, tiny letter writing packages with envelops and brown twine, cute classic realistic animal prints on paper and many other stationary muses. I was especially drawn to their packs of cards printed with cute animals! There was a kitten pack, which my friend showed to me before recommending this shop to me and a bunny pack as well. As I have a bunny myself, I was so tempted to get the bunny pack, but it $7 for a tiny pack of cards which I didn’t know what to use for so I didn’t get that. Instead, I headed for their vintage rubber stamps and got a pack of those for less than $5 for a set of 3.

The most interesting part of the shop is the corner at the back where you can sit and enjoy an old classic or two.

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