Shopping In Singapore
Don’t let the small landscape in Singapore fool you that there’s only a handful of shopping malls to satisfy your shopping spree. Do you know that Singapore is also a shopping hub and a country that carries as many internationally renowned brands you can find in their European counterparts. For instance, Louis Vuittton, Prada and Estee Lauder. If Paris is the king of luxuries in Europe, Singapore reigns over the market in Southeast Asia. Singaporeans here are also major shopaholics and can spend long hours on the street merely for window shopping.
The most renowned and recommended shopping district you would hear from both locals and your foreign friends alike is the Orchard Road. Don’t be surprised or afraid that this place might be a tourist trap. Almost all locals come here for their shopping spree. Spanning 2.2km long, Orchard Road is like Manhattan New York. It is densely populated with not only 1 but several megamalls in the streets and each different mall has its own unique specialties as well as targeted demographics. It is also such a convenience to shop here due to its connectivity, every mall has its own passage or bridge to another mall, so you would feel like you’re shopping endlessly.
Most of Orchard Road is sheltered and you can almost find whatever brands you have in mind. From budget fashion to high end ones, this is the place for you to suit your needs. Aside from the good shopping experiences, you can wait till night time where Orchard Road truly comes alive! Shopping malls would be brightly lit with colourful light displays and along the sidewalks, you will realise a crowd gathering sometimes! That’s Singapore’s very own street musicians playing familiar tunes such as English Pops and some Mandopops. You can also snap many instagramable pictures with the iconic statues by renowned artists in front of the malls!
Best Shopping Malls in Orchard Road:
A signature glass exterior and the mega giant screen – that is the description of Orchard Road’s famous ION Orchard shopping mall. A new kid in the town, only recently built on 21 July 2009. This 9000 square feet shopping mall is 6 storey high and houses the flagship stores of several high profile international brands such as Gucci, Cartier, Vacheron Constantin, Prada and Louis Vuitton. What’s so special about ION Orchard is its own art and exhibition galley. With the aim of merging art and commerce, ION Art Gallery brings in new and multimedia art to enhance its mall experience as well as promote Asian modern and contemporary art and design from both established and emerging artists and designers alike.
ION Orchard also has an observation deck – ION Sky which is located on the 55th and 56th floor of the building. Around 218 above ground, the observation deck allows visitors to have a bird eye’s view of the whole Orchard Road. You can also visit the garden located on the 9th floor with 2 club facilities on 9th and 30th floors respectively.
Paragon Shopping Centre
Paragon, located just opposite of Ngee Ann City is Singapore’s most famous shopping and tourist spot. Paragon shopping mall is a luxurious upscale shopping centre that offers luxury consumer goods and high profile sought after brands across the world. Do you know that Paragon also houses the luxury goods store, Gucci’s flagship store in Singapore? Not only that they also have brands such as Prada, Coach, Burberry and Miu Miu, brands that are well liked amongst teenagers and females. You too can shop Marks & Spencer, a British departmental store specialising in clothing and food products as well as Toys ‘R’ Us to choose your children’s favourite toys.
Far East Plaza
Far East Plaza is deemed as the most budget shopping mall in Singapore. Famed to be a wonder paradise for Philippines foreign workers in Singapore due to its growing number of remittances services. There are also many Philippines owned restaurants and fast food chains such as Jollibee that offer delicious fried chicken that are popular to both tourists and locals. At the top floor of this shopping mall, you would find 3 mega thrift stores selling pre owned clothes as low as SGD 1 per piece. If you’re lucky, you can also grab brand new ones retailing at incredible low prices! The items there are very pristine and sometimes you can haggard with sellers if you’re planning to buy many pieces!
Ngee Ann City
Ngee Ann city is such an enormous shopping mall and office tower that it is categorised into Tower A and Tower B. This shopping mall is also one of the oldest in Orchard Road, having first opened its doors in 1993. It is also the largest mall in Orchard Road. It is the preferred location for many international brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Burberry, Loewe and Chanel. Concurrently, it also has the only Japanese department store, Takashimaya in Singapore. The shopping mall also has Southeast Asia’s second largest Japanese bookstore, Books Kinokuniya.
You might not notice this mall as it is always a popular linkage to Ngee Ann city, but this mall has one of the best stores in Orchard Road. Built in 1986, it has a 900 seat food court and is very conveniently located near the Orchard MRT station. Wisma Atria has a total of 5 levels including the basement and 4 levels of retail space another 3 levels of car parking space. The shopping mall offers over 100 specialty stores. It is also resided by Japanese department store Isetan, fashion brands Tory Burch, Coach and local food court Food Republic.
Marina Bay is Singapore’s top attraction and one of the most visited places. In Marina Bay, you would find yourself close to nature as the area is surrounded by lush greenery. Other than that, Marina Bay also has 2 of the most reputable shopping malls in town – Raffles City and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. All the stores in these shopping malls range from budget to high end fashion labels.
Best Shopping Malls in Marina Bay:
Raffles City is a shopping mall built in 1986 and located in the Civic District within the Downtown Core of Singapore. It is a 3 min walk from City Hall MRT station. The architecture of this mall is designed by world renowned architect I M Pei with the concept of “the city within a city”.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is a one of a kind shopping mall in Singapore. This mall is integrated with a casino, museum and has a list of premium stores of up to 170 luxury and premium brands. The architecture is extremely iconic, especially its glass facade and water feature that are aligned with the whole shopping mall. The shopping mall is also designed like a river where shopping guests can pay a sum and enjoy rowing a boat in the middle of a fully air conditioned shopping mall. You can take one of the longest escalators up to the 57th storey for a stunning view of the bay. For your convenience, you can also walk to the link bridge towards the Garden by the Bay. Prominent brands such as Alexander McQueen, Armani and Dior as well as a range of top quality jeweller and watch brands, from Bvlgari to Chopard.
Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 11 pm daily
Phone: 6688 8868
One of the busiest, bustling and colourful streets in Singapore. Little India is located along Serangoon Road where you would find the best Indian food such as Roti Prata and Indian curry in the country. Not only that you can also find the best deals in town from the many different textile stores nearby. To find the most affordable Indian fabric and dress stores, you can simply make your way to any store! For tourists, you can even find souvenirs at 3 for SGD10!
Best Shopping Malls in Little India:
Mustafa Centre is a shopping mall that has everything you need, from household items to jewellery. It is one and only a 24 hour market style shopping mall in Singapore. You can purchase groceries like fish and vegetables, bakery goods like cakes and breads and jewellery like gold and silver. To the locals, always check products prices at Mustafa before you purchase anything from elsewhere. Despite that, the main spotlight of Mustafa Centre has to be its jewellery section. In the jewellery sections, you can purchase inexpensive gold that usually has gold prices lower than your usual jeweller.
Address: 145 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207704
Opening Hours: 9.30am – 11.30 pm daily
Phone: 6295 5855
Used to be where the royal family that governs Singapore resides, Kampong Glam has now become the top tourist attraction. A renowned Malay community, Kampong Glam is a village located on the busy Arab Street where there are many rows of shophouses that are still preserved until now and considered as Singapore’s very valuable historical monument. Now many of the 19th-century shophouses have been turned into commercial stores retailing textiles and restaurants serving spicy Malay and Turkish cuisines. The notable landmarks in Kampong Glam include the golden domed Sultan Mosque and the Malay Heritage Centre, where there are exhibitions on local history.
Chinatown is where the China immigrants first settled here in Singapore. With a long history and strong Chinese culture due to its roots, Singapore’s Chinatown Street Market is the city’s most popular spots to visit. The full stretch of Chinatown includes the Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street, Sago Lane, Smith Street and Temple Street. Once you step into Chinatown, you will have a sense of familiarity with the sights and sounds of the street market. There are close to a 100 stalls selling everything from clothing, hardware, electronics to handicrafts. Stall owners are very experienced and have a long history here in Chinatown. Since this is an old town in Singapore, you would find more elderly around too. Do chat with them if you’re interested to know about their life in Chinatown. They’re incredibly friendly and hospitable to tourists!
Best Shopping Malls in Chinatown:
Ann Siang Road
Like many landmarks in Singapore which are named after one who contributed greatly to the country. Ann Siang Hill is also named after a wealthy businessman, Chia Ann Siang. Ann Siang Hill is a small hill and a colourful street with old shop houses. Instead of housing stores in a mega complex mall, what you would find in Ann Siang Hill are all standalone boutiques owned by independent proprietors. These boutiques are very special as their goods range from clothing to custom tailored suits that are designed by Singapore’s very own designers. If you would like to support local business, you should definitely shop here! For fitness lovers, you can head to Lorna Jane to pick up some sportswear.
Address: Ann Siang Road and Club Street, Chinatown, Singapore
Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm daily
An independent bookstore near Chinatown, Tiong Bahru estate to be exact. BooksActually is a bookstore that specialises in selling Fiction and Literature books which includes Poetry, Essays, Literary Journals as well as critical works and rare editions. If you’re looking for a cozy bookstore where you can sit down and read a nice book before you make a purchase, BooksActually is a good choice. This is an extremely popular place among avid readers and literature students to spend their afternoon. In the midst of your reading session, you can even head out to have a lovely lunch or grab some food from the nearby cafes or restaurants.
Address: 9 Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru Estate, Singapore 168645, Singapore
Sunday – Monday: 9am – 6pm
Tuesday – Saturday: 9am – 7pm
Chinatown Point is an iconic shopping mall built during 1993, located in Chinatown, just next to Chinatown MRT station at the junction of New Bridge Road and Upper Cross Street, making it exceptionally convenient for you to reach the shopping mall. For better shopping experience, you can avoid the lunch and dinner hours from the workers working in the office tower above the mall.
Address: 133 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059413, Singapore
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm daily
Singapore Handicraft Center
To preserve and promote the neighbouring regions’ culture as well as to ensure the livelihood of skilled craftsmen, the Singapore government officially started a Singapore Handicraft Centre in 1976. The centre has a history of housing as many as 26 stores selling mainly arts and crafts from 16 over countries such as Asia, Middle East and West Africa. The place includes facilities such as a beer garden, large hall and an internal plaza for art exhibitions.
Address: 133 New Bridge Rd, Singapore 059413, Singapore
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm daily
If you ask any Singaporeans for cheap, trendy and fashionable clothes, they will surely recommend Bugis Street Market. It is the most budget friendly and biggest market to shop in Singapore. In Bugis Street Market, you will find all kinds of clothes from formal wear to casual shopping clothes. Under SGD10, you would be able to grab at least 2 outfits from any stores. Some of the items that are highly recommended are 3 for SGD10 jeans or shirts as well as floral dress retailing at SGD20. There are also numerous souvenir shops under SGD10 that sell watches that feature landmarks in Singapore and Singapore themed shirts. You can easily find the location as it is right next to the malls near Bugis MRT Station. With over 800 stalls there, you would probably be able to spend hours browsing and satisfy your shopping needs.
If you’re looking for a hipster shopping place, you will have to visit the Haji Lane. Haji Lane is where the youths gather and shop for clothings. The unique and vintage stores and boutiques are what makes Haji Lane so popular. Other than non mainstream clothes available in the stores, shoppers can take instagramable pictures at the murals and graffiti just beside the sideways painted by local graffiti artists. Here are the list of stores that you should visit at Haji Lane:
Mondays Off is a multi label boutique, just 2 min walk from the Masjid Sultan. It is a clothing store that has all kinds of handcrafted products such as tote bags, art prints, stationery and clothing. In Mondays Off, shoppers can appreciate the beauty of these crafted items that you can’t find the same elsewhere.
Address: 76 Haji Lane, Singapore 189234
Opening Hours: 12pm – 8pm (Closed on Monday)
Phone: 6396 5648
Dulcet Fig is a boutique in Haji Lane that puts independent labels products for sale. These are independently created brands created by both local and overseas entrepreneur artists. Dulcet Fig’s owner also sources their items such as apparels and accessories from personal trips. Dulcet Fig is a supporter of social causes and eco friendly products, hence you will also find some fair trade and eco friendly brands in the store.
Address: 41 Haji Lane, Singapore 189234
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm daily
Phone: 6396 5648
Started in 2009, Tangers is a multi label store that brings in contemporary style clothings from Korea, Japan, France and Singapore. Tangers has both a physical store in Singapore and an online presence. Their clothing collections and styles include ready to wear apparels with laces, floral designs and denim suitable for office and after work hang out outfits.
Address: 73 Haji Lane, Singapore 189234
Opening Hours: 11am – 6pm daily
Phone: 6298 0023
VivoCity is the largest shopping complex in Asia. Located near the waterfront district, southern of Singapore at HarbourFront. It also houses Singapore’s largest cinema, toy store, an amphitheatre, a wade pool, and 4 food courts. VivoCity is also the linkage between the city to the Sentosa island via the monorail at the top floor of the shopping complex. Not only that, you can view Sentosa’s attractions and the cable car from the outdoor amenities. You can bring your kids to this shopping complex as there are many kid friendly facilities such as the water features. They even have a Giant hypermart inside that has a cool mini arcade!
Address: 1 HarbourFront Walk, Singapore 09858
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm daily
IMM Outlet Mall
The International Merchandising Mart Mall (IMM) is Singapore’s only outlet store. Located in the west region of Singapore, Jurong East since 1991 The outlet mall is 5 storey high, spanning 961,281 square feet. It must go for shopaholics or shoppers that want to get the best discount in Singapore. With around 80 outlet stores, from local brands such as Charles and Keith which sells shoes and bags to international ones such as Coach, DKNY, Michael Kors, Nike and Adidas. Don’t miss the opportunity as bargains are up to 90% off sometimes!
Address: 2 Jurong East Street 21, Singapore 609601
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm daily
A newly opened shopping mall in 2010 and the first ever mall specially designed and targeted for youths. This 5 storey shopping mall – *SCAPE is the shopping haven for youths due to its wallet friendly clothing stores. In SCAPE, you can find youth friendly facilities such as a dance school and music recording studio. Head down to the Scape Underground, that’s where all the gems of this mall are. There are rows of clothing stores that sell clothings and accessories as low as SGD10. Sometimes the sellers might give you a sweet discount if you’re a student or tourist.
Address: 2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm daily