With the high density of shopping malls and the wide range of product offerings from both local and international retailers, Singapore is heaven on earth for shopaholics. Get your shopping fix at these shopping places that are popular with both locals and tourists!
TOP 1 Orchard Road
The famous Orchard Road shopping belt is lined by almost 30 shopping malls, with an unparalleled variety of goods from low end to high end. Most of the malls are connected by an extensive underground system which allows you to go from one mall to another seamlessly. The rows of shops offering clothes, accessories, electronics and all sorts of other goods seem to be endless, and there are always things that catch your eye. The saying “shop till you drop” can definitely be applied here.
TOP 2 Bugis
Bugis is another shopping hot spot in Singapore. Its central location coupled with the copious offerings of goods in the 3 major malls – Bugis Junction, Bugis + and Bugis Street – justified the perpetual high human traffic in the area. Bugis Junction and Bugis + houses several fast fashion retailers as well as boutiques, while Bugis Street which houses a collection of small retailers is known for being one of the cheapest places to buy souvenirs, accessories and clothes. With over 600 stalls here, be prepared to spend hours browsing through the clothing, accessories, goods and souvenirs offered by the different shops.
TOP 3 Chinatown
The heritage district of Chinatown offers a different kind of shopping experience with rows of shophouses offering traditional Chinese products, such as Chinese medicated oil, Chinese herbs and herbal tea and barbecued sliced meat (bak kwa). The roadside stalls lining the streets carry souvenirs such as keychains, t-shirts, scarfs and bags. You can also feast on the extensive range of local cuisine and China cuisine here, available in the hawker centres and Chinese restaurants.
TOP 4 City Hall
Just one MRT stop away from Bugis, City Hall welcomes you with a cluster of shopping malls once you exit the MRT station. Be greeted by the sights of Raffles City, Capitol Piazza and the newly refurbished Funan Mall, all of which have their own theme and offer a wide range of merchandise. Raffles City and Capitol Piazza caters more to the high end shoppers, while Funan Mall adopts a refreshing concept that integrates technology and shopping, with shops such as Love, Bonito’s Instagram-friendly store, Courts’ first Internet of Things (IoT) store and KOPItech – Kopitiam’s new outlet which allows diners to order at 17 self-service kiosks or through Facebook Messenger, and pay using cashless payment options including cryptocurrency.
These aside, there are also shopping malls with more affordable options such as Peninsula Plaza and Peninsula Shopping Centre.
TOP 5 Farrer Park and Little India
For more wallet-friendly options, head to the Farrer Park and Little India vicinity. City Square Mall which is directly connected to Farrer Park MRT Station is a bustling shopping complex with about 200 tenants spread over seven levels that caters to the needs to mid-income families with offerings ranging from food to education, leisure and household. Japanese retailer Don Don Donki also has a store in City Square Mall which is complete with stalls offering authentic Japanese cuisine and a dining area. Just a stone’s throw away from City Square Mall, Mustafa Centre is a one-stop shopping complex with a huge range of products. With departments for different categories of goods such as groceries, pharmaceutical and beauty products, textiles, electronics, household goods and even luxury goods, the astounding range of products will meet all your needs.
TOP 6 Harbourfront
Two big malls line the southern tip of mainland Singapore – VivoCity and Harbourfront Centre. Located opposite the shores of Sentosa Island is VivoCity, one of the largest shopping malls in Singapore. It’s many retail stores and restaurants are spread out over more than 1 million square feet of lettable floor space spanning 5 storeys. It also houses a cinema, local supermarket giant Fairprice’s largest store, library@harbourfront and direct connectivity to Sentosa and the cruise centre. Shoppers who tired from shopping can take a break at the sky park and amphitheatre at the top floor which offers astounding views of the sea and Sentosa Island.
Harbourfront Centre which is located right next to VivoCity is a treasure trove on its own with a selection of local brands and cuisine. There are also several money changers there.
TOP 7 Haji Lane
A walk down Haji Lane is a different experience from the shopping malls altogether. Haji Lane is lined with traditional shophouses which makes you feel as though you are on a heritage trail. Put on your exploration gear and uncover the hidden gems in the shophouses such as the independent fashion boutiques, unique cafes and Middle Eastern restaurants. The colourful shophouses and wall murals also make it the perfect Instagram spot.
TOP 8 Jurong East
Gearing up towards becoming Singapore’s second Central Business District, Jurong East is not lacklustre when it comes to shopping. You will be greeted with 3 shopping malls upon exiting the MRT Station – JEM, West Gate and J Cube. IMM, Singapore’s largest outlet mall which houses over 90 individual stores and presents a wide range of premium fashion brands and popular labels, is located a short distance away from the MRT station.
TOP 9 Tampines
A cluster of 4 malls are at the doorstep of Tampines MRT Station – Tampines Mall, Tampines 1, Century Square Mall and Tampines Hub. It would not be a bold claim to say that almost all retail shops and eateries common in shopping malls can be found here.
TOP 10 Changi Airport
There are copious shops in Changi Airport’s terminals for travellers to shop to their heart’s content. With the recent opening of Jewel Changi Airport, the shopping game at Changi Airport has just levelled up. With unique shops such as the Pokemon Centre, Anello, Shake Shack and A&W, along with many fashion retailers, it is a shopping destination that you must not miss.
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