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Shopping in Singapore

Singapore is well-regarded all over the world as a shopping paradise.
This island-city clinched the 3rd spot in Shopping on the Future Country Brand Index, right after the United States and UAE.
From designer labels to haute couture, vintage dresses to quirky homeware, and tech gadgets to homegrown fashion, there is certainly something for everyone whatever your tastes, needs and budgets are. And not only is the range of products on offer dazzling, the sheer number of options for shopping locales is just as thrilling.
Orchard Road—”A Great Street” is lined with massive modern malls hiding bountiful treasures in their air-conditioned walkways, while the bazaars on Bugis or Pagoda streets offer a more “local” shopping experience.
Either way, you truly can have the shopping experience of your dreams here … Mall Fever Shopping in Singapore is never complete without visiting its malls.


Chinatown / Outram Park

Nestled near Singapore’s bustling business district is the cultural hub of our early Chinese migrants. Here, Chinese merchants and craftsmen still hawk their wares in quaint pre-war shophouses, from delicate bales of silk and gold jewellery to traditional crafts.
One place worth visiting is the large Chinese emporium Yue Hwa which is conveniently located at the junction of Eu Tong Sen Street and Upper Cross Street.
The store offers a wide variety of authentic Chinese products, including tea, herbs, medicines, foodstuffs, silks, cheongsams, handicrafts, household items and even antiques.
Also don’t miss Chinatown Street Market where a dazzling array of stalls selling traditional Chinese goods like calligraphy, opera masks and food (as well as contemporary fashion) open by late morning on Pagoda, Trengganu, Smith and Sago Streets.
The shopping malls here, such as Chinatown Point, People’s Park Complex and Chinatown Complex, are not only good sources of Chinese products but also offer affordable electrical and electronic goods, luggage and textiles in addition to discounted clothes and cosmetics.
A wide selection of local crafts is available at the Singapore Handicraft Centre in Chinatown Point.
For something more hip and contemporary, head towards Club Street and Ann Siang Road, where chic boutiques like Asylum, Style Nordic and Front Row boast a cool array of independent labels like Surface 2 Air, Woods & Woods and Nudie Jeans. Here, you can also find eclectic wine bars and speciality bookshops.

Little India

Little India / Farrer Park

Home to Singapore’s Indian community, this is definitely one of the more vibrant and colourful ethnic enclaves in Singapore.
Punctuated by a cacophony of car horns, bicycle bells and the staccato chatter of its residents as well as the pungent aroma of spices and flowers, the sights, smells and sounds of Little India are indeed distinctive.
A short walk from Little India MRT Station, amid the dazzling array of sari shops, street corner stalls and jasmine garland shops is Tekka Market.
Tekka boasts a plethora of stalls selling Malay, Indian and Chinese food that regularly draws crowds.
It also has a bustling wet market full of fresh vegetables, fish, meat, spices and flowers. For souvenir items, check out the brassware shops or some of the other small stores.
Explore Serangoon Road and its inner lanes like Campbell Lane, Dunlop Street and Hindoo Road and discover wonderful secrets and stories in all of its nooks. Look out for shops selling ayurvedic oils, fabrics, gold and incense among other treasures.
A trip to Little India is not complete without visiting Mustafa Centre at the corner of Serangoon and Syed Alwi roads.
This 24-hour emporium-cum-departmentstore is a veritable warehouse of wonder indeed.
Don’t be fooled by its inconspicuous exterior, you’ll find every conceivable item here at some of the lowest fixed prices in Singapore.

ION Orchard

2 Orchard Turn, H (65) 6238- 8228. Orchard

With a whopping 640,000 square feet of space, 300 stores and restaurants over eight floors, ION Orchard is an impressive shopping and dining haven. Other than the debut of stores from luxury streetwear brand DSquared2, IWC and Seven For All Mankind among others, shoppers can also look forward to familiar favourites like Fred Perry and the Body Shop. This colossal mall also houses duplex flagship stores from luxury labels Cartier, Dior, Giorgio Armani and Louis Vuitton as well as several art galleries that are perfect to visit when your credit card needs a break. Special exclusive buys from the various brands are available nearly everywhere you turn.

Orchard Central

181 Orchard Road, H (65) 6238- 1051.

Somerset Orchard Central—Singapore’s first vertical mall—offers some charming diversions for shoppers including notable art pieces strategically scattered throughout the mall and a five-storey Via Ferrata Wall. Food lovers can dine alfresco on the rooftop or descend to the basement for the ultimate Mediterranean experience.

Suntec City Mall

3 Temasek Boulevard, H (65) 6825-2667. sg. City Hall

Located in the Marina Bay district is one of Singapore’s largest malls, Suntec City. Shoppers and bargain hunters can go wild inside its cavernous walls which boast over 300 shops and restaurants. It also houses Carrefour, the largest hypermarket in Singapore, as well as entertainment facilities like a five-theatre cineplex, a fitness centre and a gaming arcade. However, the mall is not only famous for its shopping but for its magnificent Fountain of Wealth. Located in the Fountain Terrace zone, it has held the record of being the world’s largest fountain since 1998, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Ngee Ann City

391 Orchard Road, H (65) 6506-0460. Orchard

Home to more than 160 shops on seven levels, Ngee Ann City has a rich mix of tenants. The massive book store Kinokuniya and department store Takashimaya are among anchor tenants, as are a wide array of international fashion brands like Hermes, Versace, Cartier, Shanghai Tang and La Perla. Even true blue Tiffany & Co. has a split-level boutique here.

Raffles City Shopping Centre

252 North Bridge Road, H (65) 6318-0238. sg. City Hall

Conveniently located above City Hall MRT Station is Raffles City Shopping Centre. This fashion-forward mall boasts four levels of cool boutiques and restaurants. High-end watch brands such as Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin and Omega take pride of place on the ground floor, which also houses hot Spanish fashion brands Cortefiel, Pedro del Hierro and Springfield. As for high fashion, one can indulge in Bally, Agnés b, Kate Spade and Coach. Fashionistas flock to the second floor for its range of high-street brands like River Island and Top Shop, while Level 3 is dedicated to the home as well as the little ones.


1 HarbourFront Walk, H (65) 6377-6860. HarbourFront

VivoCity offers almost everything under one roof in its one-million-square-foot space. From great fashion shops like Diesel, Esprit, Ted Baker, ZARA and Loang & Noi, to no less than 50 more affordable boutiques, VivoCity is a dream for shoppers. It’s also a short train ride from resort island Sentosa for those looking for a brief respite from shopping.

Kampong Glam

The alleys of Kampong Glam are full of shops selling antiques, batik, jewellery, vintage clothing, Persian carpets and Malay and Middle Eastern food. Kampong Glam has been a Malay-Muslim quarter since the early 1880s.
Stock up on luscious textiles like silk and chiffon, and haberdashery on Arab Street.
While many shops still reflect the Muslim influence—selling prayer rugs, skull caps and anything needed by the faithful making the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca—a slew of modern cafes have also sprouted up over the years offering Middle Eastern cuisine.
Come at night and chill out on the sprawling carpets along the five-foot ways with an icecool mint tea amid the fragrant aroma of scented smoke from shisha pipes. Bussorah Street is where you can get your hands on some traditional Malay arts and crafts, and vials of fragrant attar—a natural perfume made from flowers— and herbs. Troop down to Haji Lane for some quirky shopping.
Here, enterprising youths have invaded this once sleepy lane and injected new life and vibrancy to the area. Expect to find vintage designer wear, exclusive fashion and eclectic homeware. Just a five-minute walk from Arab Street is Bugis Street—a popular bazaar with an even more colourful history.
Explore its many lanes and nooks to discover wonderful bargains on clothes, souvenirs and crafts.

Holland Village

Commonwealth / Buona Vista

A favourite haunt for the expatriate community here, Holland Village exudes laid-back charm and is just the place to chill out on lazy afternoons and weekends—especially along Lorong Mambong, where all the action takes place.
A curious mix of wine bars, live music joints and ritzy restaurants stands alongside traditional coffee shops, antique stores and a wet market (stalls selling fresh meats and fish).
Holland Road Shopping Centre is where you can find an array of Asian and ethnic-inspired arts and crafts, fashion and home décor items.
Lim’s Arts & Living is a mammoth store that stocks everything from Moroccan dinnerware and birdcages, to African figurines and shisha pipes.
Right across from Holland Road Shopping Centre is Chip Bee Gardens where you’ll find some of the finest Italian eateries, gourmet grocery stores and art galleries around.