Relieve all that stress with some much-deserved retail therapy … across the Causeway!
Singapore has long been known as a shopping haven. The rise in popularity of online shopping may have affected retail outlets but the crowd is still there especially during festive seasons. But where does the savvy shopper go to find the right things at the right price? Read on and we’ll tell you more.
Orchard Road shopping district
The main shopping strip in Singapore is Orchard Road where you can find almost everything you want within the upmarket malls along a 2.2km stretch—from luxury brands, designer outfits and cosmetics to electronic gadgets, home appliances and books. Every year around Christmas, Orchard Road will be decked out with lights to create a magical ambience. Children will be even more thrilled as the light-up this year takes on a Disney-theme. A good start would be at TANGS, a family-owned mall that has been around since 1958. Other malls to satisfy your craving for luxury brands would be the re-designed ION Orchard and Takashimaya at Ngee Ann City, among many others. Apple has a huge flagship store along the stretch if you’re looking for iPhones, iPads and more.
Central shopping district
If you’re done with Orchard Road, you can explore the malls at the central district that includes Raffles City and Suntec City. Within the area is the iconic Marina Bay Sands where you can find even more luxury brands at The Shoppes, one of the island nation’s largest luxury shopping malls with over 800,000 square feet of high-end retail shops. If you love books, both old and new, Bras Basah Complex is within walking distance. The old building, a remnant of the past, does not have air-conditioning but the bargain basement prices make up for the inconvenience. Walk a bit further and you will reach Bugis Junction, a mall that is favoured by the young and trendy. The fashionable clothes and accessories here are cheaper than those at Orchard Road. And don’t forget the rows of shops outside the mall along Bugis Street.
Still within the central area, you can explore Little India which has rows of shophouses selling exotic items from textiles and prayer beads to spices and incense. Within Little India is the famous Mustafa Centre, a mecca for bargain hunters. The mall is open 24 hours a day and sells a staggering variety of goods on six floors—from toys, sports apparels and sarees to perfumes, jewelleries and electronic gadgets.
Other shopping haunts
If you’re looking for a specific item other than the generic brands, you can check out the haunts that locals flock to.
Scape Marketplace along Orchard Road has a flea market every Friday through Sunday, and public holidays, from noon to 10pm. Expect to see young vendors selling a range of fashion and beauty accessories here. Another air-conditioned flea market can be found at China Square Central which opens every Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Wallet-friendly second-hand items can also be found at City Plaza.
Fitness junkies looking for sports apparels, shoes and gym accessories can find all their needs at Queensway Shopping Centre.
For cameras and photographic equipment, there are a few good shops at Plaza Singapura along Orchard Road like TK Foto Technic and Bally Photo Electronics. Cathay Photo Store at Peninsula Plaza is also worth a visit for photographic gears. Those looking for computers, electronic and IT gadgets can visit Sim Lim Square.
VivoCity, located at the southern end, would take up at least half, if not your whole day, as it is the largest mall in the city with products that appeal to a younger crowd.
IMM Building and the nearby Big Box at Jurong on the west side of the island are places to find branded apparels at factory prices. IMM has over 80 outlet stores with a mix of local and international brands like Charles & Keith, Coach, DKNY and Sacoor, among others. There’s also quite a number of home furnishing shops for your interior needs.
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