Top 5 Shopping Areas In Singapore
The thing about shopping in Singapore is that if you visit the major malls, you’ll find yourselves in the company of a very similar mix of brands as they open up outlets across the different malls. Logic would have it then that you should plan your mall visits well lest you see the same stores again.
1. Orchard Road
Shopping in Singapore is a national past-time, apart from eating. A good place to spend the good part of the day is the ever famous Orchard Road. The iconic road is a major tourist destination in itself, and you will find an eclectic mix of stores. The intentional luxury brands find their homes in ION Orchard, and Paragon. Takashimaya departmental store is in Ngee Ann City across Paragon, and TANGS and Orchard Gateway offer a larger representation of local brands.
Address: 290 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238859
Hours: 10am to 10pm Daily
Address: 310 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238864
Hours: 1030am to 930pm Daily
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, 2 Orchard Turn, 238801
Hours: 10am to 10pm Daily
2.Marina Bay Sands
Another area to spend a day wandering is the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. This mall is home to Singapore’s iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel with its roof-top infinity pools that always graces the covers of travel catalogues. The mall is home to international luxury brands, but you will also find offerings that won’t break the bank. There are food establishments from the casual to the fancy, so it’s a good idea to spend the better part of the afternoon there.
Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
Hours: 1030am to 11pm Daily
3.Bugis, Haji Lane, Arab Street
If you prefer a different retail experience, check out these areas that are within close proximity of one another. Bugis Street is well known for its thrift stores and pop-ups that market Korean inspired wear and time pieces that are more street and trendy focused. Styles are similar across the different shops, so take your time and suss out the different prices to get a great deal.
The colourful streets of Bugis and its neighbouring areas, the vibrant Haji Lane and the culture-rich Arab Street, attract throngs of shoppers on a daily basis. The three zones may be in close proximity of one another, but each offer a completely different retail experience.
Bugis Street is well-loved for its thrift shops and Korean-centric stores that offer both trendy and timeless pieces that’ll please any fashionista. Pro tip: You’ll often find similar styles in various places so make sure you comb the stores and find out where the best deals are before making your purchase.
If you’re in for something more vintage and local, head over to Haji Lane where you’ll find indie boutiques in Instagram worthy shophouses.
For something more cultural, Arab Street offers fabrics, aromatic and perfume oils. Here, you will also find middle-eastern restaurants and cafes.
Address: 3 New Bugis St, 188867
Hours: 12pm to 10pm Daily
This area is busy, no matter the time of day or day of the week. Here, you’ll traditional Indian clothing like saris and plenty of goldsmith shops. The reason why you go to Little India though, is because of the Mustafa Shopping Centre that opens 24/7. Think of it as Harrods, just 100x cheaper, opened all day everyday, and sells anything under the sun.
5. Tiong Bahru
This hipster neighbourhood is one of the oldest in Singapore. Indie stores pepper the shophouses, and you’ll find nostalgic bookstores and vinyl record stores. There are plenty of hipster cafes in this area, so visiting Tiong Bahru would make for a pleasant morning or half an afternoon’s visit if you’re looking for something at a more relaxed pace.
Tiong Bahru Market
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