Although it is no longer the bargain trove it used to be, Singapore is still one of the world's leading shopping destinations and its glittering shopping malls and colorful bazaars pull thousands and thousands of shoppers... This mini-guide will take you through the ins and outs of the Singapore shopping experience, so you can make the most of it…
Asia Pacific Guides™ Singapore Shopping Guide Click here to view all our FREE travel eBooks of Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and Bangkok Introduction Although it is no longer the bargain trove it used to be and the prices are not as attractive as they once were, Singapore is still one of the world's leading shopping destinations and its glittering shopping malls, colorful bazaars and ethnic shops pull thousands and thousands of shoppers who buy everything from world class fashion to electronic gadgets, and from flamboyant Indian saris to premium Chinese tea… This mini-guide will take you through the ins and outs of the Singapore shopping experience, so you can make the most of it… Index 1. What is worth buying in Singapore 2 2. A few good shopping tips 4 3. Singapore's shopping districts 5 Orchard Road 5 Marina Bay and Raffles City 8 Chinatown 10 Little India 10 Bugis and Arab Street (including Geylang) 12 VivoCity 13 Shopping around the Singapore River 13 Shop where the locals do 13 4. Shopping with kids 14 Copyright © 2012 Asia-Pacific Guides Ltd. All rights reserved What is worth buying in Singapore? Electronics and computer ware: There is a very good Those of you who are looking for cheap imitations range and the prices are usually lower than in Europe might find what they want in places like Bugis Village or the States (and sometimes even significantly (on the corner of Victoria St. and Rochor Rd. - lower), although they are normally higher than in Opposite Bugis Junction Shopping Mall), as there are Bangkok. shops there that sell reasonable - quality fakes. Singapore's shops stock the latest, state-of-the-art electronic products, including gadgets, smartphones, Gold and Jewelries: You can buy high-quality pieces digital cameras and what have you, and you may of jewelry in Singapore at relatively good prices. The very well find here stuff that has not yet reached the city-state's goldsmiths are reputed for their fine rest of the world. workmanship and creative designs, and quite a few of them will be more than happy to produce as per The right places to shop for this kind of goods include your order. Funan DigitalLife Mall (which is also known as Funan Centre), on North Bridge Road / Hill Street (just a few There are some things, however, you should pay minutes' stroll from City Hall MRT Station, as well as attention to: from Clarke Quay) and Sim Lim Square, which is between Little india and Bugis. If you buy expensive Jewelries, try to stick to shops that display the QJS emblem (QJS stands for Quality Mustafa Centre, on Little India's on Serangoon Road, Jewelers of Singapore). is also well worth trying. Fixed retail prices are based on weight, purity and craftsmanship. Watches: There is an unbelievable variety and the Make sure you receive an invoice that indicates the prices are relatively good. fineness, weight and price of the jewelry item you purchased. Passions Watch Exchange, in Funan Digitalife Mall If you need more information, or you are not sure (#02-20 / 21 / 22) makes a very good place to shop about something, contact the Singapore Jewelers for genuine watches at reasonable prices, and they Association on 6533 4053 deal with both brand-new and pre-owned watches. When shopping for gold jewelry, make sure the shop is participating in the GST Refund Scheme. Other recommended shops where you can look for unique, high-end new and pre-owned watches How to find the best deals in Asia ? include Watch Link in Far East Plaza (14 Scotts Road, Instantly compare the world's leading hotel-websites #03 - 79) and Visiotime, at 9 Raffles Place (#01-15 and get the BEST rates for accommodation in Macau, Republic Plaza). Monster Time, also in Far East Plaza Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok, Singapore, (#02-22, 14 Scotts Road) is also a good place to shop Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Taipei and elsewhere in Asia! for pre-owned luxury watches Little India is packed with gold jewelry shops, Watch Arena, on 290 Balestier Road, is one of the especially along Serangoon Road and near Little city's leading distributors and retailers of fine luxury India's MRT Station. Another popular place to shop timepieces for gold jewelry in Singapore is Mustafa Centre, also in Little India (Just remember that most of the Cortina Watch Espace, Asia’s largest watch boutique, jewelry shops in Little India specialize in Indian-style boasts a unique ‘shop in shop’ concept featuring stuff...). more than a dozen individual brand boutiques within it, including Piguet, Cartier, Omega, Patek Philippe, The city's most popular & respectable jewelry shops Vacheron Constantin and their likes... They have include: TianPo, Lee Hwa Jewellery, Goldheart, outlets in Marina Bay sands (The Shoppes #B2- Meyson Jewellery, Soo Kee and SK Jewellery. Each 39/39A), as well as in Millenia Walk. one of them has several outlets within the city's leading malls and shopping arcades, and the designs they sell are international, as well as Chinese. International fashion and footwear brands: There 5. JustMens Tailor is at #01-36/39 Tanglin Shopping are literally thousands of shops across the city that Centre, on 19 Tanglin Road - (+65) 6737 4800 / 6235 specialize in international brands: From the more 2303 casual brands, to the world's most notable fashion 6. CYC is at #02-12 Raffles Hotel Arcade, phone (+65) designers. 6336 3556, as well as at #B1-06 Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road (+65) 6737 5332 "Sale seasons" are a particularly good time to buy quality fashion and footwear at relatively sane prices 7. Leighton's Shop Pte Ltd can be found at #02-03 Far (and if you like brand names, you can save quite a East Shopping Centre, 545 Orchard Road, (+65) 6235 few bucks, buying in the right place at the right 2410 time). 8. Oxford Tailor can be found at 1 RAFFLES PLACE, The "Singapore Flexi Pack" allows you to save #04-12 (OUB Building), Tel: (+65) 6533 7131 over 40% on Singapore's BEST attractions and . sightseeing. And here are three other shops that are worth knowing about (and might also be slightly less Tailor-made suits: Singapore's tailors are famous for expensive): their fine workmanship and quality garments, and Max @ Mohan's, in Far East Plaza on Scotts although the prices you will pay here are not as good Road as in Bangkok (not to mention Vietnam), they are "That Shirt Shop", also in Far East Plaza (#03- much lower than in Europe or the USA, and the 76B) quality is top notch. Ehkay Corner Tailor, on 150 Orchard Road Suits, shirts, skirts and evening gowns can be created to suit the most elegant or demure of tastes, and you Fabrics: Enormous range of Chinese, Asian and can even opt for a pair of high quality tailor-made Western fabrics at relatively good prices. shoes. The most popular fabric shops can be found on Arab Two Tips: Street and its small offshoots, while Indonesian It is worthwhile to invest a bit of time in a 'Batik' cloth can be found mostly in Litlle India, as short market research, as tailor-made suits well as in Chinatown and Kampong Glam (Arab are not something you buy every other day… Street). When ordering tailor-made suits or clothes, a certain deposit might be required. Although Singapore has one of the best public- transport systems in the world, taking the And here is a list of some of Singapore's "crème de la Singapore City Hop-on Hop-off Tour is highly crème" tailors: recommended, as it takes you directly to the various attractions and saves you the time and 1. Raffles Tailor: #02-18 Delfi Orchard, 402 Orchard hassle of waiting for a bus or walking… Road, (+65) 6733 1336 Arts, Crafts and Antiques: There is a fantastic 2. Personality Menshop can be found at the selection of crafts and antiques available in Peninsula Shopping Centre, on Coleman Street (next Singapore. The city sits on one of Asia's major to Peninsula Excelsior Hotel and just around the crossroads and is home to some of the continent's corner from Funan digitaLife Mall), phone: (+65) most notable ethnic groups, so it naturally developed 6337 2459 into a huge bazaar where beautiful arts and crafts from Asia's four corners can be found, and at a 3. Pagoda Master Tailor is on 48 Smith Street in relatively good price... Personal seals engraved in Chinatown (+65) 6323 6973 / 9009 0840 / 9127 8072 stone, Miniatures, Chinese Silk rugs, Oriental carpets, Rattan furniture, colorful Indian fabrics and what 4. Eurobest - 31 Pagoda Street, Chinatown (+65) 6323 not… 4082 Herbal medicines, Spices and exotic dried foods can reasonable prices, although the small streets around be found in small traditional shops, mainly around MRT Chinatown and Tanjong Pagar accommodate a the ethnic enclaves, as well as in the city's markets few other shops that sell higher quality stuff, but are (in the case of herbal-medicines, you can also find pricier... The best ones are Yixing Xuan Teahouse at them in more than a few modern shops). Take your 30/32 Tanjong Pagar Road, Tea Chapter, on 9 & 11 time to familiarize yourself with all those exotic Neil Road (a short walk from "Buddha Tooth Relic products... Temple") and Ten Ren Tea, on 259 South Bridge Road (across the street fro the Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple). Premium Chinese Tea: In Chinatown: Yue Hwa, Singapore's famous Chinese In Orchard Road: Time for Tea in Lucky Plaza also department store, is one of the best places to shop make a good option. for quality Chinese tea and its paraphernalia, at Click here to view all our FREE travel eBooks of Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and Bangkok A few tips that are well worth knowing about 1. Avoid the "parallel product trick": A favorite 4. Always ask for a receipt: In addition to the tactic among dishonest shop owners (fortunately, ultimate certificate of warranty, it is also important there are not many of them) is to give you a good to get a receipt and to make sure that all details are price for the product syou want, and then to pretend properly written on it (should not be a problem as it is "coincidently" out of stock... The vendor will then most receipts are computer generated nowadays). In tell you that there is another product in stock, almost case of a problem, you can contact the Consumer identical to the one you wanted... Obviously, the Council or the Singapore Tourism Board, show them "identical product" is inferior, compared to the one the receipt and ask them to help you out. you wanted, and the price you'll pay for it will not be such a bargain... The "Singapore City Pass" makes a good choice In one sentence: You should know what you are for those who want to explore the city by looking for and think about an alternative or two. If themselves, with a full day of unlimited Hop On none of these can be found at a certain shop, just Hop Off Bus sightseeing, as well as well as a trip move on and keep looking for it... on an amphibious vehicle. 2. Look around: Don't rush to buy anything (especially if it is expensive) before you compare the price in a few different shops. "Sales" and special 5. Applying a surcharge on a credit card transaction discounts are published in local English newspapers is not allowed. If a certain shopkeeper tries to do it, and the folks in Singapore Tourism Board might also you can report him to either the Singapore Tourism know something about a sale that is currently on... Board (1-800-736-2000) or to the relevant credit card company The "Singapore Flexi Pack" allows you to save over 40% on Singapore's BEST attractions ! 6. Many shops offer packing and shipping of large items that are too big to be carried. It is advisable to 3. Have you got what you paid for? Make sure that ask them to commit on a date for delivery, and to the product comes in its original pack, that it has all write it down on the invoice/receipt. the components it should have, that there is a certificate of warranty (which is valid in your home 7. As a tourist, you can claim a refund of the GST you country), that there is a clear return policy in that paid on goods you take home with you. It may sound shop and, of course, that the product is adapted to negligible at first, but when it comes to expensive be used in your country. stuff, it certainly worth the little effort (it really isn't much of a hassle). How does it work? Basically, there are two central When leaving Singapore (through the airport), you refund agencies operating in Singapore, those are: should validate the vouchers by customs and take Global Refund and Premier Tax Free. When you buy them to the counters of Global Refund or Premier goods, worth not less than SG$ 100, from any Tax Free, next to customs, where you will be given participating retailer (that is any shop that displays a the refund in a form of cash, cheque, Airport Global Refund or Tax Free shopping or Premier Tax shopping vouchers or whatever... If you want to Free logo) the shopkeeper should give you a voucher know more about the Tourist Refund Scheme, visit for the GST portion of the invoice (after you showed this webpage. him your passport and proved you are a tourist...). Fantastic discount hotel rates throughout Asia! Click NOW for some of the best available rates in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo and Seoul… Where to shop Orchard Road - Singapore's Fifth Avenue Ngee Ann City, one of the largest of Orchard Road's malls, is next in line. Connected to Wisma Atria by a The largest cluster of modern shopping malls can be direct pedestrian link, this colossal mall houses more found around MRT-Orchard, and that is, probably, than 130 specialty stores that specialize in a wide the best point to start your "shopping-safari" from: array of goods... From internationally-known brands like Hugo Boss, Bossini, Christian Dior, Zara and even ION Orchard, Orchard Road's trendiest shopping Harley-Davidson Motorclothes, to fine jewelry and mall, occupies one of the city's most central spot – watch shops, gifts, toys and what not... The mall also The corner of Orchard and Scotts, next to MRT boasts an excellent food court, with more than thirty Orchard Station, and offers its visitors a choice of outlets and, above all, the mall's anchor shop is the more than 300 stylish shops, restaurants, cafés and Japanese mega department store, Takashimaya, plenty of free cultural events (Click here to see that offers more than thirty thousand square meters what's on). of floor space, packed with everything you can think of, including a fantastic food court that serves some Another attraction here is the ION Sky: An fabulous Japanese food. The mall is open daily until observation terrace on the 55th floor, from where 9:30 pm (restaurants are opened until 11 pm). you can enjoy beautiful cityscape views. The "Singapore Flexi Pack" allows you to save Click HERE to find some of the best rates for over 40% on Singapore's BEST attractions ! hostels and low-cost accommodations in Singapore and Asia ! Opposite Ngee Ann City, on the other side of Orchard Road, you can visit The Paragon, a posh shopping Wisma Atria is the first mall you are likely to enter, mall with some 200 specialty stores that cater mostly when coming from MRT Orchard (there is a direct for the well-heeled and brand-conscious link to the station, as well as to ION orchard). Well cosmopolitan shoppers. Notable shops include noted for its massive glass facade, this stylish mall is Gucci's flagship store, Marks & Spencer, BVLGARI, home to almost 100 specialty shops that cater mostly Burberry, Canali, Dunhill, Ermenegildo Zegna, Jimmy for the young and trendy female fashion shoppers, as Choo, Metro, Diesel, Escada, United colors of well as to sophisticated, modern working women. Benetton and Paragon Junior, where you can find Other than trendy fashion shops, the mall also lots of stuff for the little ones...from fashion to toys. houses one of Singapore's largest Japanese There are also some excellent restaurants and eating department stores, Isetan, where you can browse houses at the mall. through an array of international designer labels, like Agnes B, Calvin Klein, Paul Smith, Emporio Armani The Heeren Shops, next to The Paragon, on 260 and many others. The flagship stores of both Nike Orchard Road, also houses quite a few lifestyle shops and Gap in Singapore can also be found here. that specialize in pop culture and cutting edge fashion, mostly for the young and young-in-heart. Lucky Plaza, on the other side of The Paragon (304 Opposite Far East Plaza, on the other side of Scotts Orchard Rd., on the corner of Mount Elizabeth), is Road, you will find the stylish DFS Galleria, one of very popular among Singapore's foreign domestic Singapore's best duty free shops, where you can get workers and especially among the city's Filipino the whole shebang of international luxury brands like community. The mall houses numerous shops that Burberry, Cartier, Fendi, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and sell everything, from arts and crafts to fashion many others... accessories, jeweleries, gadgets and what not... It is considered as a good place to fetch bargains, Shaw House and Centre, on the corner of Orchard especially electronics and computerware, and there and Scotts (opposite Tangs), is a complex of two are also some shops here that specialize in second- connected buildings, each with its own mall. Shaw hand designer outfits and bags. As expected, it also House, on the corner itself, is best known for the Lido boasts a good food court with some authentic Cineplex, one of Singapore's best cinema complexes, eateries. as well as for Singapore's largest outlet of Isetan, the famous Japanese department store. Isetan Scotts A word of cautious: Some of the electronic shops in boasts five floors of quality goods, including a fully Lucky Plaza have a bad reputation for playing all stocked supermarket at the basement where you can sorts of dirty tricks, like the "parallel product trick" find all sorts of unique Japanese foods. Shaw Centre, (see more details under "tips" above) or "the extra on No.1 Scotts Rd., is home to some upmarket charges trick", which goes like this : After you've paid fashion boutiques, Jewelery and gem shops, and for the product, and before they actually give it to some furniture shops, worth visiting. you, the salesman might suddenly inform you there is an additional amount you have to pay... supposedly for the "software" that comes with this Although Singapore has one of the best public- product, or for God knows what... (Those of you who transport systems in the world, taking the want to buy cellphones should be particularly Singapore City Hop-on Hop-off Tour is highly cautious). recommended, as it takes you directly to the various attractions and saves you the time and Do not hesitate to speak to the Consumers Association of Singapore hassle of waiting for a bus or walking… (CASE) if you think you have been taken for a ride (phone: 6463 1811) Tangs Plaza, on 310 Orchard Road, is located next to Opposite Shaw House, on the other side of Orchard the corner of Orchard and Scotts, opposite MRT- Rd. and right next to Orchard MRT Station and ION Orchard (it is connected directly to the station with a Orchard, there are two shopping complexes that are walkway). The plaza houses the flagship store of well worth mentioning: Tangs: Singapore's oldest department store and an Well noted for the unique conical glass structure icon of the city's retail market. 15,000 square meters above its entrance, Wheelock Place spans across and five floors of retail space, loaded with an seven floors of retail space and makes home to one unbelievable choice of premium quality products... of the city's largest bookshops - Borders, which Cosmetics, housewares, fashion, fashion accessories, occupies its entire ground floor, as well as to a shoes, electrical appliances and what have you... particularly large outlet of Marks & Spencer. It also houses some high-quality shops that specialize in Discover Singapore with those who know it best! sportswear and eyewear (Connected by an Click here to view our choice of city-tours and underpass to Orchard MRT Station and ION Orchard / activities. Wisma Atria). Moving up Scotts Road, a few steps from Tangs, you Adjacent Liat Towers houses some upmarket will see Far East Plaza on your right hand side (on 14 boutiques that specialize in international luxury Scotts Road). This bustling mall houses an array of brands. shops that sell everything, from fashion and accessories to jeweleries and knick knacks... It's quite Moving further along Orchard Rd. (away from the a good place to look for cheap, no-brand clothes and MRT station), Far East Shopping Centre on 545 other bargains, as well as for authentic stuff... The Orchard Road is a pretty good place to look for some small shops at the basement are selling hip clothing reasonably priced clothing (including tailor shops), as for the young and young-in-heart. well as Chinese arts and porcelain. The Hilton Shopping Gallery, one of Singapore's Holland Village, Singapore's expatriate enclave, is a swankiest shopping arcades, boasts a selection of trendy shopping and nightlife precinct, with many well-heeled boutiques, such as Balenciaga, Donna popular hangouts for both locals and expats... Karan, Dries Van Noten, Issey Miyake, Jil Sander, Marni, Missoni, Moschino and Paul Smith... (for many Other than a good range of pleasant alfresco-cafés, of which, this is their only outlet in Singapore). The restaurants and bars, it boasts some specialty shops, Gallery is connected to the shopping arcade of the where you can find unique arts and crafts, brick-a- ultra-prestigious Four Seasons Hotel, where you can brack and so on, as well as a small market and a food find some more top-end international brands. centre. Next to the Hilton, on 583 Orchard Road, Forum the Although it's not exactly the best place to look for shopping mall features a unique mix of shops that "cheap bargains", it's certainly is a refreshing cater to both fashion-savvy shoppers and families experience and you might also be surprised at some with small kids. The massive outlet of Toys "R" Us is of the stuff you'll find in those "specialty shops"... one of the mall's major draws, alongside family- oriented shops like Twinkle Thinkers and Bookaburra, Most of the action takes place around Lorong Kids' fashion shops and swanky designers boutiques. Mambong and its offshoots, where a bunch of beautifully restored shophouses were converted to Opposite the Hilton (and the Forum) on the other shopping and entertainment venues. side of Orchard Road, stylish Palais Renaissance houses an impressive collection of swanky fashion To get there: Holland Village MRT Station (on Circle boutiques, with names like Prada, DKNY, Tyan, The Line) Lingerie Shop, Vanilla Home, Passion Hair Salon, Steinway Gallery and others... It's quite popular Another bunch of glittering, air-conditioned shopping among the city's who's who. malls can be found in the close vicinity of MRT- Somerset, which is just a few minutes' walk from Just a step away from Palais Renaissance, on the MRT-Orchard. The following are considered as the same side of the road, Delfi Orchard is a pleasant best: mid-sized mall with a fairly good choice of beauty and bodycare shops, as well as some decent Housed within the prestigious Meritus Mandarin selection of home décor and furnishings. Hotel, on 333 Orchard Road, the Mandarin Gallery houses more than a few upmarket boutiques and Moving further on Orchard Road (on the same side shops, catering mostly for well-off shoppers... From of Hilton and Forum), pass the Orchard Parade Hotel international luxury brands, to jewelries and arts. and just behind the curve, the road's name changes to Tanglin Road. Tanglin Shopping Centre, next to How to find the best deals in Asia ? the Orchard Parade Hotel, is one of the best places around this area to hunt for antiques, handcrafts, Instantly compare the world's leading hotel-websites furnishings, home décor and authentic brick-a- and get the BEST rates for accommodation in Macau, bracks... Great variety of Asian arts and crafts, from Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok, Singapore, Persia, India and Pakistan in the Southwest, to China, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Taipei and elsewhere in Asia! Mongolia and Japan in the Northeast. Further on Tanglin Road, pass the lovely Tudor Court, a row of old Tudor-style shophouses that currently On the other side of Orchard Road, right opposite accommodate some antiques and home décor shops, MRT-Somerset and Hotel Phoenix, the very popular and you will reach the art-décor building of Tanglin Centrepoint houses almost 200 shops of different Mall, which is the last shopping complex along the types and classes... from the prestigious Robinsons Orchard Shopping Belt. The mall is very popular (one of Singapore's classiest department stores) and among expatriates who live around, as well as Marks & Spencer, to Cold Storage supermarket, Singaporeans. It boasts a nice mix of shops, selling a international fashion boutiques like Esprit and Gap, wide variety of stuff... from soft furnishings and and many other shops. Open daily, 10 am - 10pm fashion accessories to foodstuffs and arts. Perankan Place, next to the Centrepoint (on 180 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is Singapore's Orchard Rd.), is a great place to chill out... This row newest and hippest shopping mall. Housed within of beautifully restored Perankan shophouses is home the grandiose tourism and entertainment complex of to some excellent restaurants, cafés and bars where Marina Bay Sands, this shopping mecca boasts you can dine or have your cold beer "alfresco", as almost one million square feet of retail and you watch life on Orchard Road pass by... restaurant space, with hundreds of world-class boutiques and shops, including Agnès b, Alfred Recently opened 313@Somerset boasts a variety of Dunhill, Anne Fontaine, Burberry, BVLGARI, Bottega mostly mid-market fashion and lifestyle shops, as Veneta, Cartier, Davidoff, FENDI, Ferrari Store and well as a good range of food outlets. Jimmy Choo, just to name a few… The mall's 177 outlets are spread across 8 levels of As expected, there are more than a few restaurants shopping & dining and include quite a few and cafés, as well as attractions, like riding a replica international names, like HMV (music), Zara, Uniqlo, of a Chinese Sampan boat on the canals that run Forever 21, New Look and Esprit, just to name a through the mall… few… There are also quite a few reputable jewellery and watch retailers here, like Lee Hwa Jewellery, Soo Click here for more information about Marina Bay Kee, Tian Po, Fossil, Moments and City Chain Sands (including how to get there) (Located right next to Somerset MRT and across the street from Peranakan Place). Marina Square houses more than 300 quality shops that sell everything from international designer On the other side of the Centrepoint (but on the labels to funky fashion, accessories, home décor, same side of Orchard Rd.), you will find the furnishings, toys, gifts, jewelries, arts and crafts and impressive department store of OG, with five floors what not.. of fully stocked retail space. The mall is a paradise for both sophisticated Next in line is Orchard Plaza, on 150 Orchard Road, shoppers, youngsters and families with kids and, as where you can order your custom made suits or expected, it also boasts an impressive choice of food shoes from the various tailors and shoemakers. and beverage outlets, as well as some entertainment and gaming options. Marina Square is located on The ever popular Plaza Singapura, on 68 Orchard Raffles Boulevard, which means it is only a few road (towards MRT- Dhoby Ghaut), is one of the minutes' walk from MRT-City Hall ((through CityLink), street's oldest malls. With dozens of lifestyle shops and even less than that from MRT Esplanade Station. and food outlets, this mall is particularly popular among families and young adults. Anchor tenants The "Singapore City Pass" makes a good choice include Carrefour hypermarket, Marks & Spencer, for those who want to explore the city by Golden Village Cinema, John Little Department store, themselves, with a full day of unlimited Hop On Best Denki electronics and Yamaha… Hop Off Bus sightseeing, as well as well as a trip on an amphibious vehicle. Discover Singapore with those who know it best! Click here to view our choice of city-tours and Suntec City Mall, one of Singapore's biggest activities. shopping complexes, is located next to Marina Square, on the other side of Raffles Boulevard, and Marina Bay and Raffles City boasts some 360 outlets that are spread over 3 floors in an L-shaped configuration. Accommodating some of the city's biggest and most glittering shopping malls, the modern shopping, To help shoppers moving around, it was divided into business and entertainment district of Marina Bay is four thematic zones: The Galleria - On the ground quickly becoming the new "city" of Singapore, and floor of the International Convention and Exhibition one of Southeast Asia's most sought after shopping Centre, is where you can find an array of swanky destinations. shops and boutiques, selling top international labels to the center's well-heeled visitors. Continue… The Tropics - Is the mall's more casual area, with 160 Next to Marina Centre, on the other side of Beach shops that sell an array of lifestyle goods to people of Road, there are two other 'shopping hot-spots' you different tastes and budgets... from fashion and should consider... home furnishings to sports, electronics and what have you... As its name denotes, The Entertainment Located within Singapore's classiest hotel, Raffles Centre houses the mall's entertainment facilities, Hotel Arcade is certainly one of Singapore's most such as the "cineplex", the fitness center, elegant and exclusive shopping destinations, housing entertainment related stores and an outlet of some of the city's finest shops... From Swarovski Carrefour hypermarket. The Fountain Terrace boasts Crystal and fine jewelry shops to top fashion a number of restaurants, food outlets and cafe's, boutiques, like CYC (one of Singapore's best known overlooking the famous Fountain of Wealth, which custom tailors), Laichan (up class evening gowns and earned itself a place in the 1998 Guinness book of cocktail dresses) and Jim Thompson Thai Silk, and records as the world's largest fountain. The from fabulous art and antique shops to the "must magnificent fountain consists of a massive bronze see" Raffles Hotel Shop where you can buy gifts and ring with a circumference of 66 meters, from which souvenirs that relate to the rich history of this the water falls down (from a height of almost 15 internationally known hotel... like a "Singapore Sling meters) to the base area of the fountain. At night, Glass", vintage advertisement posters of the hotel, there are some laser performances at the fountain, special tea blends that are used in The Raffles and so worth watching (8, 8:30 and 9 pm) on... Millenia Walk, just a few minutes' walk from there, Although Singapore has one of the best public- is not as big as Marina Square or Suntec City Mall but transport systems in the world, taking the it is still worth a visit, especially if it is fashion you are Singapore City Hop-on Hop-off Tour is highly after, as it boasts a decent choice of different shops, recommended, as it takes you directly to the including the famous Cortina Watch Escape various attractions and saves you the time and Boutique, where Asia's largest watch gallery can be hassle of waiting for a bus or walking… found. How to find the best deals in Asia ? Instantly compare the world's leading hotel-websites Raffles City, right next to MRT-City Hall Station (and and get the BEST rates for accommodation in Macau, to Raffles Hotel, on the other side) is a fairly large Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok, Singapore, shopping mall, beautifully designed with large sunlit Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Taipei and elsewhere in Asia! atriums and water features... It boasts an excellent choice of cafés, restaurants and food-court outlets, Esplanade Mall is part of the architecturally including Chippy (Singapore's famous British magnificent performing arts centre, Esplanade - takeaway), Canelé (Italian style coffee shop), Shahi Theatres on the Bay (The Durian). It's neither the Maharani (Indian) and Aerin's (A lovely fountain-side biggest nor the most impressive of Singapore's malls café, serving modern European fare), not to mention but it is worth mentioning nonetheless, as it boasts the Equinox complex on the 70th - 72nd floors of the some unique shops, selling stuff that is related to the Swissotel-Stamford Hotel, just above the mall... center's cultural activities... (Such as: "Movie Memorabilia Specialist", manufacturer of Shopping wise, there is a good mix between fashion handcrafted guitars, violins shop and others...). and lifestyle, with strong presence of semi-casual There are also some excellent cafés and restaurants brands like Billabong (Australian beachwear), Nike, here that offer lovely, waterfront alfresco dining. Adidas, Calvin Klein Jeans, Guess? and Timberland, alongside some exclusive fashion boutiques, jewelry CityLink Mall, Singapore's first underground mall, shops and large outlets of Robinsons (one of the actually connects MRT-City Hall station with Marina more classy department stores in Singapore) and Square, Suntec City Mall, Millenia Walk and The Marks & Spencer. There is also a reasonably large Esplanade, so you are likely to pass through it shop of MPH bookstores, but their choice of anyway... There's a fairly good choice of both fashion Singapore-related titles is not the biggest you can and fashion accessories here, alongside some find... restaurants and cafés. Shopping in Chinatown Opposite People's Park Centre, on the other corner of Upper Cross street, you will find a few shopping The shopping centres along New Bridge Road make a buildings, worth mentioning: The historic Yue Hwa good alternative to the glitzy malls of Orchard Road Building houses a large and well known Chinese and Marina Bay, especially if you are on the look for department store, called Yue Hwa Chinese Products, something slightly more local… where you can shop for all sorts of Chinese goods: Herbal medicines, dried foods, fashion and Chinatown Point, on the corner of New Bridge Road accessories, home furnishings, house hold items, and Cross Street, just a stone's throw from Pagoda Jade sculptures, porcelain, traditional Chinese Street (directly accessed from Chinatown MRT furniture and more... station), houses a unique mix of both traditional and The shop is open daily, 11 am - 9 pm (till 10pm on modern shops, and is probably the first modern Saturday). complex you should visit when shopping around Chinatown. At Podium B of Chinatown Point you will Next to Yue Hwa Building, facing Upper Cross Street, find Singapore Handicraft Centre: A range of you will find the impressive department store of OG, specialized shops selling Chinese arts and with five floors of fully stocked retail space. OG handicrafts, Chinese furniture, and even Chinese Seal stocks a good selection of both regional and Cravings. international brand names, so the price range is vast enough to suit different people with different A few steps from Chinatown Point, on 18 Cross budgets. Street, China Square Central is a nice and modern mall that beautifully combines Chinese Further on New Bridge Road (or, more accurately, on contemporary architecture with colonial-era the parallel Eu Tong Sen St.), on the other side of Yue shophouses. Most of the shops here are somewhat Hwa Building, People's Park Complex is a big upmarket, with a good mix between fashion and Chinese-style mall, dwarfed by an old (and rather accessories, lifestyle products, beauty and bodycare ugly) mustard-colored monolith with huge red and so on... Not really the kind of place where you Chinese letters on its side wall. are likely to find cheap bargains, although they do have a Sunday Flea Market, where you can get some The mall boasts a good range of shops selling interesting stuff at a good price... everything from Chinese arts and crafts to fashion and accessories, electronics and what have you... It's Far East Square, next to China Square Central, is a quite a good place to fetch bargains and there is also good place to chill out and have a bite and a drink (or a pretty good food-court here. even a "real lunch")... The "Singapore Flexi Pack" allows you to save over 40% on Singapore's BEST attractions and The "Singapore City Pass" makes a good choice sightseeing. for those who want to explore the city by themselves, with a full day of unlimited Hop On Hop Off Bus sightseeing, as well as well as a trip Little India Shopping on an amphibious vehicle. Serangoon Road is Little India's main thoroughfare and most of the shops can be found along it, as well as on its smaller offshoots. Back to the corner of Cross Street and New Bridge Road: People's Park Centre, opposite Chinatown Little India boasts an enormous variety of shopping Point (on the other side of New Bridge) is a fairly big options... From colorful sari boutiques, spice shops, shopping centre, topped by a soulless, giant white emporiums and dazzling goldsmith shops, to modern building. The mall has a reasonable range of shops shopping malls and inexpensive electronics and that sell various inexpensive goods, including Chinese computer shops. You really should try to take your arts and crafts, fashion and accessories, electronics, time when visiting the area, as there is so much to luggage and suitcases... You name it. There are also see and do here, even long after the sun goes down. some cafés, eateries and food stalls in the building. Sim Lim Square, just across the street from Little Just around the corner, on the corner of Serangoon India, is Singapore's mecca of electronics, computers Road and Campbell Lane (opposite the corner of and photo gears. Serangoon and Buffalo Rd., for those of you who come from MRT-Little India), Little India Arcade is Located on the corner of Bencoolen Street and housed in a cluster of restored shophouses that were Rochor Canal Road (few minutes' walk from MRT turned into a bustling, colorful and authentic Indian- Bugis, as well as from MRT Little India), this style shopping complex. The shops here sell enormous glass-clad building is home to a beehive of everything Indian... From bangles, cheap jewels and tiny shops that sell every possible gadget at very other trinkets to saris, spices, incenses and Indian competitive prices, so you really need to gear sweets... Alongside the exotic shops, there are some yourself with plenty of patience before coming here excellent (and inexpensive) eating houses, selling (The thumb-rule is that the further you get from the various Indian delicacies. entrance, the better prices you are likely to get...). Opposite Little India Arcade, on the other side of Unfortunately, Sim Lim Square is infamous for its Serangoon (along Buffalo Road), the light green relatively high number of dishonest shop owners, building complex of Tekka Centre houses a wet and although the situation is far better than it was, market, a food centre and some shops. The hawker you should still be cautious when dealing with the centre has a good selection of vegetarian food stalls traders here… that serve different Indian cuisines, as well as vegetarian Malay and Chinese delicacies, while the The information desk near the entrance might be shops are selling a wide range of stuff, from Indian able to give you viable information about errant fashion and inexpensive casual clothes to Taoist and retailers. Buddhist paraphernalia and from tailor shops to henna salons. The Centre is just next to MRT-Little [STARetailers is a voluntary programme, recently India (for those of you who do not come from Sim launched by Sim Lim Square Traders' Association. Lim Square). Under the programme, the participants (who are allowed to display the STARetailers logo at their store) guarantee full refund for any product that was Click HERE to find some of the best rates for purchased from their shop at above its hostels and low-cost accommodations in Recommended Retail Price (RRP). Participants also Singapore and Asia ! promise to provide proper after-sale service and so on...] Serangoon Road and its offshoots are packed with Sim Lim Tower, just across the street, on the other traditional Indian shops selling all sorts of treasures... side of the canal (10 Jalan Besar) is also packed with Great variety of textiles and fabrics, silk saris, soft shops that sell electronics, and although it is not as furnishings and bedspreads, brassware, silverware known as Sim Lim Square, it is well worth visiting... and brick-a-brack, cheap Jewellery and trinkets, colorful bangles, incenses and spices, Henna and On the other side of Rochor Canal, between Sim Lim Indian cosmetics... and gold, gold, gold... Buffalo Rd., Square and MRT-Little India, there are a few Dunlop St. and Cuff Rd. are particularly shopping centres that are worth mentioning: The recommended but the other small streets around are Verge (better known by its previous name - Tekka also very good. Mall), near the corner of Sungei Road and Serangoon Road, is Little India's first and only modern shopping Mustafa Centre, near the corner of Serangoon and mall. It actually has two buildings: The main building Syed Alwi Road, is Singapore's legendary 24 hours (which, ironically enough, is much smaller than the super shop. This huge department store sells an second building...) is where you can find a variety of enormous range of goods at some of the lowest fixed thrift shops, including Jewelers and boutiques, while prices in Singapore and actually comprises two main the second building (now named Chill @ The Verge) sections: Mustafa Centre itself is located on 145 Syed is where you can find a huge outlet of the discount Alwi Road, while the neighboring Serangoon Plaza is Sheng Siong Hypermarket. just behind the corner, on 320 Serangoon Rd. (they are linked to each other). The immense variety includes household items, A few minutes' walk from MRT-Bugis (on Victoria fashion, footwear, books and magazines, CDs and Street - away from the city), Kampong Glam, more DVDs, electronics and photo gears, watches and commonly known by the name of its main jewellery... You name it. thoroughfare, Arab Street, was where Singapore's Mustafa is also where you can normally get the best Arab traders settled in the early days of the colony… forex rates in Singapore. Arab Street and the small offshoots around it are packed with old-style shops where you can get a Mustafa Centre is within a short walking distance whole lot of exotic and oriental stuff: Great variety of from MRT-Farrer Park. textiles and fabrics at reasonable prices seems to be the area's main drawing point... Then there are How to find the best deals in Asia ? Basketry and other products of rattan, cane and Instantly compare the world's leading hotel-websites straw, as well as carpets, spices, and a wide range of and get the BEST rates for accommodation in Macau, authentic ornaments and bric-a-brac... Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Taipei and elsewhere in Asia! Hajji Lane and Bali Lane, next to Arab Street, are dominated by a few cool and hip shops, selling all sorts of funky stuff like second hand records and Bugis and Arab Street designer clothes. Bugis Junction is the first shopping mall in Singapore There are also some very nice and easygoing cafés that was actually built within an old street, covered around Arab Street, Bali Lane and Bussorah Street, by a colossal glass canopy. Colonial shophouses are which make them a good place to chill out... lined along what used to be Singapore's 'sin street' in a (not-so-successful) attempt to bring back some of The "Singapore City Pass" makes a good choice the special atmosphere that this area enjoyed during for those who want to explore the city by its heydays... The mall is easily accessed through themselves, with a full day of unlimited Hop On MRT-Bugis Station and, other than the usual shebang Hop Off Bus sightseeing, as well as well as a trip of international brand names and lifestyle shops, on an amphibious vehicle. there is a youth themed area, a "cineplex" and a very good choice of restaurants, cafés and food-court- stalls… Discover Singapore with those who know it best! Click here to view our choice of city-tours and A stone's throw from Bugis Junction and just around activities. the area where drunken sailors and all sorts of lowlifes used to market their smuggled goods, New Bugis Street (which is presently known as 'Bugis Geylang, the hub of Singapore's Muslim community, Street') is another attempt to bring back some of the is not one of the city's most prominent shopping ambience that characterized the original Bugis Street areas, but if you do visit the area (and there's a lot to see there), you should just as well see the market… Hundreds of street stalls along the covered walkway sell almost everything... from trendy street wear and 40 years old Geylang Serai Market, one of the area's watches to knick-knacks, and from cheap cosmetics most prominent landmarks, has recently reopened and fashion accessories to fruits and vegetables... in its historical location, on the corner of Changi You name it...It's a pretty good place to fetch Road and Geylang Serai, after the old building gave bargains and enjoy some authentic snacks, and if you way to a new edifice, architecturally designed like a are after some reasonable quality stuff that is a step Malaysian village, or 'kampong'. above the usual chintzy garbage (but you still want to pay a good price), then Bugis Street and neighboring Being the main market of Singapore's Malay-Muslim Bugis Village might be the right places for you to community, it boasts many shops that sell spices, as browse...These two places are also acting as a "night well as ethnic jewellery and clothes, alongside a market" and although it is not the authentic night plethora of stalls that serve traditional Muslim market you can see in cities across "third world Asia", specialties from the cuisines of Malaysia and it is still worth a visit. Indonesia VivoCity - Singapore's largest shopping mall The Central is a modern five-story riverfront shopping mall, located right on top of MRT-Clarke VivoCity, Singapore's largest shopping mall, is really quay (next to Coleman Bridge). Boasting almost 300 the kind of place where you can spend a whole day shops and F&B outlets, the mall is strongly Japanese- easily... Other than hundreds of shops that sell themed, which means that many of the tenants are everything, from international fashion brands to toys businesses from the country of the rising sun and books, it also boasts a whole shebang of great (although there is a good mix of both Japanese and dining and entertainment facilities... Western-style fashion boutiques). Fashion and fashion-accessories are the big thing here, alongside Singapore's largest multiplex, with 15 cinemas and a relatively good choice of gift shops, home décor, one of Asia's widest screens is the right place for jewellery shops and... of course... some very nice movie lovers, and then there is a 300 m long seafront restaurants and cafés. promenade with 'alfresco' cafés and restaurants, excellent food courts, and a rooftop park with water Clarke Quay, on the other side of Singapore River, features, shallow pool for the kids and an outdoor across Read Bridge, is one of Singapore's most amphitheater... popular Wine & Dine precincts. There is not so much in the way of shopping here, other than the popular Recommended wine & dine venues include Imperial Sunday Flea Market which is held here regularly, Herbal Restaurant (cooking with medicinal herbs), once a month... Brotzeit (German resto-bar), Garuda Padang Cuisine (one of Indonesia's most popular restaurants) and St Although Singapore has one of the best public- James Power Station (One of Singapore's best night transport systems in the world, taking the spots - Not exactly in VivoCity) Singapore City Hop-on Hop-off Tour is highly recommended, as it takes you directly to the Getting to VivoCity is very easy: The mall is right next various attractions and saves you the time and to MRT-HarbourFront Station (direct passage for hassle of waiting for a bus or walking… pedestrians), which means that you can easily continue from here to Sentosa Island, if you still got Next to Clarke Quay and to the Novotel, Liang Court enough time and energy... is a mall for both families and adults, with some well- known Japanese outlets and other shops. Kinokuniya How to find the best deals in Asia ? is a large Japanese bookshop, selling a wide range of Instantly compare the world's leading hotel-websites both Japanese and international titles, as well as and get the BEST rates for accommodation in Macau, magazines, comics, CDs, greeting cards and so on... Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok, Singapore, Meidi-Ya is a high quality Japanese supermarket, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Taipei and elsewhere in Asia! where you can fetch some unique Japanese products and foodstuffs that can't be found anywhere else. Shopping around the Singapore River There is also a counter of Singapore Tourism Board in the mall. OUB Centre, on No. 1 Raffles Place (adjacent to MRT Raffles Place Station) has five floors of retail space, Shop where the locals do with a good mix of prestige boutiques, businessmen oriented shops and other shops that specialize in a If you are tired of all those glitzy and glittering malls variety of goods, from jewelry and gifts to toys, of Orchard Road and Marina Bay, and you feel like lifestyle products and office supplies. Open daily shopping where the locals do, than HDBs public (except Sundays), 10 am - 8 pm. housing towns are probably your best bet, although there are some other options... Funan DigitalLife Mall (also known as Funan Centre), on North Bridge Road / Hill Street, just a short stroll Toa Payoh, one of Singapore's first and largest public from the Singapore River, is a true heaven for lovers housing towns, is a good place to browse for of IT technology and electronic gadgets... It might not reasonable quality stuff at wallet-easy prices and to be as cheap as places like Sim-Lim and Mustafa, but enjoy some nice food at the numerous food stalls it certainly is the place to look for the newest and and at the kopitiams (local coffee shops)... most innovative stuff. The Town Centre comprises a fairly big open-air If you plan to visit Singapore Zoo or the Night Safari, pedestrian mall, right next to the MRT station, which you might pass through Ang mo Kio, another large means that getting there is as easy as pie, and you public housing town along the red marked North- can combine it with a visit to the nearby Siong Lim South(NS) MRT line. Just like in Toa Payoh, Ang mo Temple, or to other places of interest around this Kio's "Town Centre" comprises a few open-air part of Singapore... pedestrian malls near the MRT station, so you wouldn't have to challenge your navigation skills to MRT-Toa Payoh is located along the red marked North- South(NS) MRT line find the shops and the eating places... The See Singapore Attraction Pass can save a lot of money for those of you who wish to make the most of their precious holiday time… You can take a Singapore River Cruise, or ride the world’s largest observation wheel, visit one (or more) of Singapore's fantastic museums, see the world's largest collection of tropical orchids at the National Orchid Garden, visit Jurong's BirdPark and Singapore Zoo, join a guided walking tour and much more… Shopping with kids – Not necessarily a nightmare As any parent with young children knows, shopping Forum The Shopping Mall, on 583 Orchard Road with kids is not one of life's most pleasant (just a few minutes' walk from MRT Orchard Station / experiences (to put it mildly) and that is why quite a ION Orchard) is a very family-oriented mall and few of Singapore's large and glitzy malls offer organizes performances for children every now and playgrounds and fun activities for children. Here are again... some that are well worth knowing about… The toddler-playground at 313@Somerset (Orchard The "Singapore Flexi Pack" allows you to save Road, next to MRT Somerset Station) is located at over 40% on Singapore's BEST attractions ! the Sky Terrace, which means you can enjoy the nice views while they play (It is right next to the large Food Republic food court, where you can fetch fairly Suntec City Mall, one of Singapore's most sought nice food at a good price)... after shopping complexes, boasts plenty of attractions for kids, teenagers and their families… Paragon Shopping Centre, on 290 Orchard Road From the Fountain of Wealth, which earned itself a (almost opposite 313@Somerset), has a small indoor place in the 1998 Guinness book of records as the playground on level 5, with a mini climbing wall, world's largest fountain, to "Virtual Land" (the virtual slides and tunnels. games arcade), and from the outdoor children's playground and the "Sky Garden" on the 3rd level of VivoCity, Singapore's largest shopping mall, has both Tropics Zone, to the Japanese-landscaped Koi Pond, wet and dry playgrounds that can be found in the where you can feed the fish… open-air courtyard on the second floor, as well as a spacious rooftop skypark, which features a wading Marina Square, between Suntec City and the pool (great choice for those of you who wants to do Singapore Flyer, has a medium-sized indoor some shopping on their way back from Sentosa and playground on the 3rd level (in the atrium near Universal Studios). 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