Renowned as a shopping paradise, Singapore boasts an unrivalled selection of shopping options. From the famous Orchard Road lined with endless numbers of high-end boutiques and major department stores, to ethnic precincts like Geylang Serai, you’ll find lots to choose from at the various shopping areas in Singapore.
For cultural gifts, step right into some of Singapore’s artsy spots. Nestled in areas such as Holland Village, Chinatown, Little India and Tanglin Shopping Centre are quaint stores offering a wide array of Asian-themed antiques, paintings, souvenirs and curios.
Excellent Shopping malls
Among Singapore’s many malls, VivoCity is the largest. Just a 5-minute jaunt from Sentosa (take the Sentosa Express light rail system), it boasts of more than 300 retailers, an outdoor amphitheatre, a 20,000 sq.ft. open plaza and a 300m harbour front promenade - making it Singapore’s largest retail, entertainment and lifestyle destination.
For more focused shopping, be sure to check out Singapore’s IT shopping scene that’s jam-packed along the aisles of Funan Digitalife Mall and Sim Lim Square. A wide range of computer-related goods and accessories are scattered across different levels of both buildings.
Gadget geeks will find the area around Funan Digitalife Mall worth further exploration. Across the road at The Adelphi, audiophiles can find a rich number of shops dealing in respected hi-fi brands, while Peninsula Plaza is home to established camera shops such as Cathay Photo Store.
Opt for a more casual shopping experience and head over to Bugis. Parco Bugis Junction is Singapore's first glass-covered, air-conditioned shopping complex, set in a nostalgic architectural surrounding. It houses a Cineplex and various affordable fashion outlets, jewelry stores, and even electrical appliances shops.
Alternatively, cross over to the Bugis Street Market for more streetwear and eclectic fashion options. This bazaar is especially popular with youth for its wide and relatively cheap range of apparel, shoes, accessories and touristy knick knacks. Prepare to jostle your way through the crowd as it gets especially busy during the weekends.
Don't miss Singapore's own shopping haven, Orchard Road. Unleash your inner shopaholic as you lose yourself in this popular shopping belt, both outdoors and underground. Flanked by endless malls, you can find everything from high-end designer buys boutiques to departmental stores, outdoor cafes, restaurants and cineplexes. The area is also especially breathtaking during Christmas season, with colorful and dazzling light displays along the roads.
Open 24 hours, along Syed Alwi road in Little India, you will reach the Mustafa center, where you can browse almost anything from over 75,000 items displayed on four levels covering an area of 70,000 square feet within the six-storey building.
View the comprehensive list of Singapore’s shopping centres.
Great Singapore Sale
When is a good time to shop? Every day is a good day to shop in Singapore. But if you had to pick a time, the highly anticipated Great Singapore Sale, would be the annual event on every shopaholic’s calendar. Imagine a month-long stream of bargains at all major retailers and even heartland malls. You can even enjoy late-night shopping at major stores on the Central Shopping Belt from Orchard Road to Marina Square, which stay open till 11pm during the Sale. For round-the-clock shopping, try Mustafa Centre, a mall in Little India known for its wide range and affordable prices.
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