The dynamic city-state of Singapore is not just home to theme parks, integrated resorts, and diverse cuisine but also one of Asia’s shopping haven. Shopping in Singapore is a full experience. You can find everything under the sun from international designer labels to local flea markets, niche local designers and even the latest sought-after electronic gadgets. But with so many shopping malls in every corner of the city, it can get pretty overwhelming. To make sure you don’t miss out. Here is a local guide to shopping in Singapore.
Talking about shopping in Singapore is not complete without mentioning the city’s premier shopping district, Orchard Road. With 22 shopping malls lining up the entire stretch of this 2.2-km long street, you’ll literally shop til you drop
Shopper’s tip: ION offers special deals just for tourists. Just flash your passport and receive an ION Orchard Tourist Wallet and enjoy special discounts to participating merchants.
Ngee Ann City
Ngee Ann City is one of Singapore’s shopping complexes. It is the home of the Japanese department store chain, Takashimaya Shopping Centre. With 6 levels of shopping options, you’ll find everything here from houseware to toys to sports apparel. Book lovers will also be delighted to know that Ngee Ann City also houses Singapore’s largest bookstore, Kinokuniya. Find everything here from literary novels to bestsellers, graphic novels and specialized Japanese literature and manga.
Shopper’s tip: Takashimaya SC regularly holds massive sales located at the Takashimaya Square on Basement 3. Currently, a Shoes & Bags sale offering massive discounts on such brands like Guess, Lacoste, etc is on.
Another key shopping destination in the city is Bugis. If you are taking the MRT train, hop unto the Green line and stop at Bugis station. Aside from the shopping centers Bugis Junction and Bugis+. For bargain-hunters, Bugis Street offers the typical street shopping experience where smaller shops sell ladies’ and men’s apparel, accessories, and souvenirs at affordable prices. Within the same bazaar are food stalls that sell yummy street food so you won’t go hungry while hunting for the best bargains.
Shopper’s tip: Typical to street-shopping, haggling is acceptable in Bugis Street. So remember to always negotiate for the “best price”. :P.
Head to the various ethnic districts of Singapore to immerse yourself in the diversity & vibrancy of the city’s cultural melting pot. These districts also offer great shopping options.
Arab Street and Kampong Glam
Retaining its historical ties to its Arab & Malay communities, this district is the center for Muslim activities. Aside from the Sultan Mosque, the neighborhood’s most famous landmark, rows of shop houses selling various crafts, textiles, etc line up the neighborhood.
Shopper’s Tip: The neighborhood is also a favorite haunt for fashionistas (Commes des Garcon famously set up their guerilla store in the neighborhood.) and fashion fiends for it’s vibrant, indie environment. Many independent designers set up their shop in the area. Some shops to check out include lifestyle fashion and home accessories store, The Salad Shop on Haji Lane. Threadbare & Squirrel, a curated unisex boutique is set up in nearby Bali Lane.
Popular to tourists and locals alike for its great food and budget-friendly shopping, You’ll find everything here from typical Singapore souvenirs to kitschy trinkets to traditional Chinese goods and medicine.
Shopper’s Tip: Aside from Chinatown’s street shopping, the neighboring Ann Siang Hill is becoming an enclave for Singapore’s indie culture. For those who are after more than the usual mall experience, you’ll find quirky shops and cafes on the slopes of Ann Siang Hill.