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Shopping Guide for Singapore

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Singaporeans love shopping as much as they love food, so it's no surprise to find that The Little Red Dot (as the locals like to call Singapore) is a shopaholic's heaven. It's full of great bargains, quirky presents and an excess of shopping centres – bring an extra suitcase with you and get ready to shop to your heart's content!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

8 Places

6 City Tips

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8 Places

Orchard Road

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Little India

Neighbourhoods

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Shopping Malls

Joo Chiat/Katong

Neighbourhoods

Kampong Glam

Neighbourhoods

Vivo City

Shopping Malls

Tiong Bahru Estate

Architectural Buildings

Changi Airport

Denisa H's City Tips

  • Singapore is super easy to get around by MRT (metro). Buy a Singapore Tourist Card or an EZ Link card, which you can top up with credit and use to tap in and out of stations.
  • Do eat a lot. Do shop a lot. Don't litter anywhere – especially chewing gum (that's if you've managed to sneak it into the country) – as it's banned throughout the city.
  • Always take the opportunity to see what's on offer while you're there – due to Singapore's high-speed development, there's a good chance it might not be around for much longer.
  • For areas not covered by public transport, taxis are fairly cheap and easy to hail (green light on means available). The city is also dotted with taxi stands.
  • It is always a good idea to carry an umbrella, as the showers come down thick and often. However, there are also many places you can shelter while the shower passes.
  • Tipping is not customary, but always appreciated if offered. A service charge is usually included in your bill.
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    Orchard Road
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Denisa H Says:

    While this destination is pretty obvious, you can't escape the lure of this leafy yet busy stretch of a thoroughfare that is heaven for some, nightmare for others. Sprawling and buzzing, it is home to some of the glitziest shopping malls Singapore has to offer. There are upmarket places like ION, Paragon or Tangs (homegrown department store dating back to the 1930s) to explore, giants like Ngee Ann City to get lost in, and shopping malls like the Far East Plaza, particularly popular with bargain hunters and 2nd hand bookshop enthusiasts. Then there are the newest additions like 313@Somerset or the super high-tech Orchard Central, which offers additional quirks like super speedy escalators, rooftop garden, gallery and even a climbing wall.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Why not take a bus (double-decker) down the road and window shop at arm's length. There are so many shopping centres, you might want to take your pick before "tucking in."
    • You have a choice of 3 MRT stops – Dhoby Ghaut at the southern end, Somerset in the middle and Orchard at the northern end.
    • Orchard Road is also home to many upmarket hotels – Four Seasons, Marriot, Grand Hyatt and the historic Goodwood Hotel.
    • When you feel like you've had enough of the hustle and bustle, Emerald Hill opposite Orchard Central offers a haven of calm among traditional Straits houses.
    • Every year the boulevard is decked out in elaborate festive Christmas lights, bringing the Christmas spirit to Singaporeans as early as at the end of October.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 837 things to do in Singapore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Weekend shopping and dining 18/11/2017
    • Long road, no Orchards 18/11/2017
    • Orchard Road
    Phone:
    +65 6733 1700
    Other:
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    Little India
    Neighbourhoods
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    Denisa H Says:

    Little India is one of the most heaving neighbourhoods in Singapore, and one that adds a bit of a different colour to the island state. Of all the shopping centres in Singapore, none is open 24-7 like the Mustafa Centre, the grand old dame of non-stop shopping located in the middle of Little India. The beauty of this place is that you can get almost anything here around the clock: clothes, shoes, cosmetics, gold, sportswear and equipment, artificial flowers, home appliances, perfumes, DVDs and music, electronics – the list goes on. It is almost always buzzing and whilst here, you can also take a well-deserved shopping break at one of the many Indian or boutique eateries. Plus, don't forget to visit the 'wet market' Tekka centre with its very popular hawker centre downstairs (think fresh coconuts, thosai breakfast, local cakes, noodle soups, etc.) and clothes and accessories shops upstairs, where you can buy some colourful Indian clothing and jewellery or embellishments.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • "Banana leaf dining" is a must when in this vicinity – it is very popular and gives you a chance to sample a lot of different Indian dishes on one plate – a banana leaf.
    • Stalls selling fresh coconuts can be found along the streets – coconut water is isotonic and considered to be the best thirst-quencher in this hot and humid part of the world.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #67 of 837 things to do in Singapore
    • Close to the real thing 18/11/2017
    • Colourful, Amazing 12/11/2017
    • Little India
    Address:
    Serangoon Road
    Singapore
    Singapore
    Phone:
    977854985
    Hours:
    Tue
    10:30 - 12:30
    Thu
    10:30 - 12:30
    Sat
    10:30 - 12:30
    Other:
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    The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
    Shopping Malls
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    Denisa H Says:

    You cannot get more glam than here, at Singapore's showboat Marina Bay Sands, the imposing building and centre that's been written about time and time again since it first opened in 2010. Home to the famous Skypark, a casino, flashy eateries run by world-renowned chefs and the ArtScience Museum, shopping may not be all that's on your agenda here. The Shoppes have been designed with serious feng shui in mind – just ponder the centrepiece 'Rain Oculus' for a while. You can also take a sampan (traditional boat) down the indoor river and browse hundreds of designer and highstreet shops on its banks.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Rasapura Masters is a very lively and elegant food-court in the basement area, where you can taste high-quality local and other southeast Asian delicacies.
    • "MBS" is family friendly and has appointed "Family rooms" which offer comfort and privacy for mother and child.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 837 things to do in Singapore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Branded Shopping Mall 17/11/2017
    • Visit with other attractions 16/11/2017
    • The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
    Address:
    10 Bayfront Avenue Marina Bay Sands
    Singapore 018972
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6688 6888
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 - 23:00
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Joo Chiat/Katong
    Neighbourhoods
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    Denisa H Says:

    This neighbourhood is full of all things Peranakan – the unique south-east Asian fusion of several different cultures, mainly Chinese and Malay. You'll know you're in the right place when you see all the ornate and colourful houses. Locals come here for the Katong laksa, a special version of the popular local soup, where all you need is a spoon and a big appetite. You can find Peranakan souvenirs in Rumah Bebe, a shop that also sells freshly made Nyonya (a Peranakan lady) cakes and snacks. Also look out for beautiful fabrics, brooches, hand-embellished slippers ('kasut manik') and other souvenirs.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Arrive here by bus or the MRT. The following SBS Transit buses leave from around the centre: 2, 7, 13, 21, 24, 26, 28, 30, 30e, 51, 154, 155.
    • Don't leave here without trying the "Katong laksa" noodle soup – check out the aptly-named 328 Katong Laksa restaurant at 216 East Coast Rd.
    • The Intan is a private museum and treasure-trove of all things Peranakan. Only strictly by appointment, you will be rewarded with a personal authentic tour and tea or dinner.
    • If you want to sample some classic Peranakan in a modern environment, Immigrants – The Singapore Gastrobar serves up the works.
    • Kim Choo Kueh Chang serves very tasty Peranakan kueh (cakes) and snacks.
    • If you want to find bargains on local textiles, dresses and classic kebaya (blouse and dress outfit), try the old fashioned Joo Chiat Complex nearby.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #166 of 837 things to do in Singapore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Love this area. 12/07/2017
    • Locals 25/05/2017
    • Joo Chiat/Katong
    Other:
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    Kampong Glam
    Neighbourhoods
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    Denisa H Says:

    While this little multicultural enclave of history is worth a visit any time of the day, for shopping it is best to arrive before 6 pm, when you'll find colourful shops filled with fabrics, gems, perfumes and traditional clothes like the nyonya kebaya (a beautifully embroidered blazer/blouse). You can also browse quirky souvenirs from the many new boutique shops that dot this area, and for a particularly special memento, head to Sifr Aromatics, a 3rd generation perfumier on Arab St.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • There are plenty of cafes around, serving cheap local food. Why not try a freshly made roti prata with squid curry and a milky sweet teh tarik at the Zam Zam Restaurant?
    • Visit the beautiful Sultan mosque outside of prayer times, or the Malay Cultural Centre, to learn more about this multicultural neighbourhood.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #70 of 837 things to do in Singapore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Islamic Culture 08/11/2017
    • Colourful 08/11/2017
    • Kampong Glam
    Address:
    Kampong Glam
    Singapore
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6391 0450
    Other:
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    Vivo City
    Shopping Malls
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    Denisa H Says:

    Another gem from the myriad of shopping centres in Singapore, Vivo City offers something a little bit different. Located on the harbour front and facing 'Sentosa Island – Asia's playground', the complex is an amalgam of international and home-grown brands, and features a lovely terrace complete with a paddling pool for kids and adults alike – a cool-down in during hot weather. The centre is also home to one of the loveliest food courts around – Republic Food-court, built in the style of old China.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Jump on the purple or the yellow MRT line to get here quickly. Numerous buses also stop outside of the shopping centre, including the 10, 30 and 65.
    • The tram link to Sentosa is on the 3rd floor of the shopping centre, and is the fastest way to the island. You can buy tickets on the spot.
    • From Vivo City's spacious terrace, enjoy the view of Singapore harbour, the nearby cable car from Mt Faber to Sentosa and the many ships that dock near the shopping centre.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 837 things to do in Singapore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cool but big and not user friendly 18/11/2017
    • Interesting Place to hang out, many things to do and buy! 11/11/2017
    • Vivo City
    Address:
    1 Harbourfront Walk Vivo City
    Singapore 098585
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6377 6860
    Other:
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    Tiong Bahru Estate
    Architectural Buildings
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    Denisa H Says:

    Just a short ride on the MRT brings you to one of Singapore's oldest housing estates, which in the 1930s was referred to as the Den of Beauties, because all the rich men kept their mistresses here. An incredible collection of Art Deco style public housing awaits you, complete with its village-like atmosphere. Shoppers can enjoy browsing the perfectly sized Tiong Bahru market to a backdrop of birdsong. Fresh poultry, seafood, vegetables and fruit are all featured here, but you can also pick up local spices and spice pastes or grab some lunch upstairs from the sprawling food court, which features local delicacies like mee (noodles), herbal soups, local pastries and rejuvenating fresh fruit juices. However, the real draw of Tiong Bahru is the number of boutiques and cafes that have sprung up recently, including Books Actually, which sells a wealth of both foreign and homegrown fiction books and their own stationary, to boot, or Nana and Bird, a little boutique sourcing labels from all around the world.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Tiong Bahru is also home to antique shops and a few excellent coffee shops.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #168 of 837 things to do in Singapore
    • Old Singapore with an increasing mix of new energy and hip culture 24/10/2017
    • A 10-15 min walk from the train station 24/09/2017
    • Tiong Bahru Estate
    Address:
    Tiong Bahru Road
    Singapore
    Singapore
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    Changi Airport
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    Denisa H Says:

    Not your usual shopping destination, perhaps, but Changi Airport is a very pleasant experience, and it's worth arriving here with a few extra hours before your flight. There is a wealth of shops for last-minute bargains, from orchids and Tiger Balm products to jewellery, clothes and electronics – all duty free. Plus you can relax in one of the gardens, keep your kids entertained at one of the many play or Xbox corners dotting the airport, or check out the Science Centre outpost.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You'll be mesmerized by the Kinetic Rain in the Departures terminal – a super clever and enchanting art installation sure to relax anyone suffering from travel anxiety.
    • There is free internet, free massage chairs, and you can even catch the latest blockbuster at free cinemas in T2 and T3.
    • See if you can spot the world's tallest indoor slide!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    • Changi Airport
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