Singapore Shopping:  The Best Guide!

Singapore boasts to be the cleanest and most livable cities in the world with high quality and standard of life.  Most tourists visit the city to look for high-end electronics and there are a number of malls wherein shoppers can find signature clothes, accessories, timepieces, art, antiques and beauty products than other shopping city capitals in the world.

Here are some of the never-to-miss places to go when in Singapore.  Be sure to visit each one of them for your shopping pleasure.  You can find what you are looking for in one of these places so be ready to visit each one while you are in this side of the world.  Take your time to enjoy your vacation and shopping spree.

Get exciting bargains in Little India

Get exciting bargains in Little India

  1. Little India – a place wherein you’ll be amazed as if you were in a different world.  It is gleaming with streets famous for its antiques, art, music, textiles and of course, jewelry.  If you’re looking for Indian gold like bangles or ankle bracelets for an Indian wedding then you are in the right place.  The place is also swarming with stores with silverware and brassware for specific festivities.  This is also one place to find intricately woven saris in different colors, which can be used as bridal ornaments.  Little India is also famous for its homemade spicy Indian curry, which can be bought in take-out packets.  It also houses the 24-hour modern department store, which sells clothing, electronics and your favorite toiletries at reasonable prices like the Mustafa Center.
  1. Haji Lane – it was once a place with pre-war shop houses and signature boutiques, which abundantly opened and closed immediately but is still frequented by shopping enthusiasts.  This is also a place to find cool and fashionable women’s clothing and accessories, men’s wear and multiple home ware stores made by Singaporean designers like Kin.  It also features boutiques by new and up-and-coming fashion designers that have upgraded their styles.  Not to worry if you go hungry or just want to rest your tired feet since it also has cafes and bars.  Also a good place to look for carpet retailers is the Anil Brothers and for high-class fashion stores, visit The Blogshop.
  1. Tiong Bahru Plaza – if you are going for fashion boutiques then this is the place for you.  It houses Bossini, Giordano and Hang Ten stores for the casual clothing.  Beauty stores and pharmacy items can be bought at Guardian Pharmacy, The Body Shop and Watson’s.  For literature and book lovers out there and who wants to spend some time reading a good book, Books Actually is the place to go.  Also lined with cafes and bakeshop like the Tiong Bahru Bakery, you can get a good cup of coffee or tea if you want to relax before heading to another store or after reading.  A famous designer boutique is the Nana & Bird with a mix of European and local fashion designers.

    Have fun shopping in Singapore!

    Have fun shopping in Singapore!

  1. Orchard Road – the shopping boulevard, which stretches 2.2 kilometers of equally fashion and signature stores.  It was originally named after the nutmeg and pepper plantations lining the road in the early 1840s.  Since then, Orchard Road underwent a whopping SGD40 million renovation to unveil the widened walkways with better lighting.  Big malls like the famous Wheelock Place are situated in this strip wherein shoppers will be overwhelmed with more designer shops ranging from the latest women’s and men’s apparel.  For electronic buffs out there, this mall houses Apple and iPod resellers, Marks and Spencer and Nike Shop.  Go to the basement for feminine items and underwear like the Rosebullet brand.
  1. Far East Plaza – women will have a ball shopping for make-up, toiletries and top-of-the-line beauty products from leading and world-renowned brands.  Plus, this is the place to have some relaxation like massages and beauty treatments.  Have a flair for a new hairstyle or a new look?  Then get an extension or head on to the next store, which boasts of different hair colors.  Young women will enjoy the small shops selling branded dresses, t-shirts and accessories in Level One.  Opposite Far East Plaza, is the DFS Galleria Scottswalk for your duty-free shopping on internationally known brands like Burberry, Prada, Mont Blanc and Tiffany & Co.
  1. Suntec City Mall – Suntec City Mall is divided into four zones and is unique as it features a much-talked-about place called the Fountain of Wealth.  This fountain is in the Guinness Book of World Records entered as the largest in the world.  You might not want to miss getting your hands wet in the fountain and visit Singapore again to get instant wealth.  Who knows?  It might come true and with the wealth you’ll have, more shopping is in store for you.  So don’t miss the Entertainment Centre, the Galleria Tropics and the Fountain Terrace.  Specialty shops offer basic items, trendy clothing for women at Lowry’s Farm.
  1. Millenia Walk – people who are looking for signature timepieces flock this place.  It is linked to 5-star hotels like Mandarin Oriental, Ritz-Carlton and Pan Pacific.  Go to the Cortina Watch Escape or The Hour Glass for Red Army Watches and other trendy watches.  Plus this place offers fashion outlets like Déjà vu Vintage for dresses for your throwback parties and handmade jewels.  For flowing and brightly colored frocks, try Trixillini.  Stores like Aesop and Senteurs de Provence offers cosmetic, beauty and spa products for women who are vain enough not to have these in their bags.  For electronics and furniture, roam Harvey Norman store which is the electronics giant.
  1. Dempsey Road – this place used to be composed of army barracks, which have been turned into high-end and classy restaurants and cozy bars at night.  During daytime, it is turned into a peaceful street with more antiques, landscaping ornaments and authentic Kashmir carpets at affordable prices.  An array of art galleries line up the road specializing in Indonesian, Chinese or Indo-European work plus showcases local art can be found in Linda Gallery.  Also visit Woody Antique House for other Chinese and Burmese teakware.
  1. Tanglin Road – this road is closer to the town and another great place to hunt and find unique Asian antiques like Persian carpets to precious Japanese pearls.  If you’re into maps, books and postcards or photographs then go to the Antiques of the Orient.  Tanglin Mall is frequented by families with small children as they have shops with kid’s apparel and toys.  Plus it offers a basement food court wherein they serve Indian and Korean dishes catering to vegetarian and Indian food spices as well.  There is also a DIY Store for home improvement and sporting shops for the athletic types.  A CD Store offers an array of music compilations for the music lovers.
  1. Vivo City – an easy accessible from Harbourfront station, one can find Singapore’s largest entertainment, lifestyle and retail destination.  For gambling aficionados, Resorts World is situated in Sentosa Island for some relaxation and to try your luck.  If you’re looking for creative and colorful stationery, try the items from Smiggle, which is an Australian brand.  More branded and designer shops like Denizen, Sasa and Armani Exchange can be found in Vivo City.  This place is the shopaholics’ haven so better not miss this opportunity.

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