21 Places for Shopping in Singapore - From Street Markets to the High Streets

Shopping in Singapore is second only to eating as a national pastime. From iconic malls in all shapes and sizes to the curated local boutiques and local shopping centres, the Lion City is known for its burgeoning shopping scene. While there are many shopping belts here, Orchard Road proudly stands as the queen of shopping malls with high-street brands, fashion houses and few discount outlets thrown into the mix. However, the most popular shopping in Singapore is done in the flea markets where you get souvenirs, fashion items and even salon services. Most of the street markets in Singapore are located in the centre of the city with the popular ones being centred around Chinatown, Pasar Bella and Bugis Street Market. 

For the perfect dose of retail therapy, we have compiled a list of best markets for shopping in Singapore (in no particular order):

1. Bugis Street

Bugis Street, Cheap Shopping in Singapore
The crowded Bugis Street Market (Source)
It is one of the most popular street markets in Singapore, where you get all the knick-knacks like souvenirs, postcards, stationery, etc. Bugis Street Market is a must-visit as the market is enormous, cheap and one of the hottest where the whole city comes to shop. The items start from SGD 1 and have many vibrant things to offer. It is not precisely a fashion area but if you look deep enough, you might get the best clothes like jeans at SGD 10, sunglasses and hats from SGD 2, shirts and t-shirts from SGD 5 and shoes from SGD 15. It even has many eating options like Satay, fried snacks and an old noodle stall. The unique thing about Bugis is the fantastic salon services provided at a reasonable cost. Essentially, Bugis Street is typically for shoppers looking for some street prices and cheap shopping in Singapore, giving them one fantastic experience.
Location: 4 New Bugis St, Singapore
Timings: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM. It's open seven days a week and is considered preferable to go in the evening.

2. Mustafa Centre

Mustafa Centre, Cheap Shopping in Singapore
Mustafa Centre in Singapore (Source)
One of the most popular places for cheap shopping in Singapore, the highlight of Mustafa Centre is that the store owners buy the products in bulk to get lower prices so that the customers also don't have to pay much. Housing almost everything from jewellery to electronics and shoes, this Centre is open 24 hours and even 365 days a year which makes it all the more popular among the visitors looking to for a cheap shopping experience in Singapore. It serves to late-night shoppers so that people can go according to their convenience.
Location: 145 Syed Alwi Road, Mustafa Centre, Singapore
Timings: 24 hours open

3. Far East Plaza

Far East Plaza, Cheap Shopping in Singapore
The Far East Plaza Building (Source)
Far East Plaza is known for the trendy clothes available at a low price. Another place for cheap shopping in Singapore, it has the right mix of Hong-Kong Style, Korean style, retro and vintage apparels. The Far East Plaza houses a variety of shops selling trendiest apparels, footwear and accessories. Apart from a small dress boutique where you can get your tailor-made clothes, this shopping centre is also home to some beauty stores. Don't head here if looking for branded wear, as you'll be left disappointed.
Location: 14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza, Singapore
Timings: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

4. Lucky Plaza

Lucky Plaza, Cheap Shopping in Singapore
The entrance to Lucky Plaza shopping centre (Source)
Housed in a 20-year-old building, the Lucky Plaza is reminiscent of old Singaporean shopping centres. It has been acknowledged as one of the most popular places for shopping in Singapore (both among locals and tourists) offering a variety of products at an affordable price. The Lucky Plaza has one of the cheapest good quality products like sunglasses, souvenirs, low-end watches and medical oil products always on sale. This quaint street market gives a feel of old Singapore and gets fun to explore the unusual locations. Even the most expensive perfumes are sold here in sample sizes. If you are in a mood to try out different fragrances, then Lucky Plaza could be perfect for you!
Location: 304 Orchard Road, Singapore
Timings: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

5. Chinatown Street Market

Budget shopping in Singapore at Chinatown Street market
Colourful Chinatown Street Market lined with shops and lanterns (Source)
Chinatown is among the biggest street markets in Singapore offering a variety of antiques, fashion items, electronics and souvenirs. The most lovable factor in this market is that it has all the pocket-friendly restaurants and street food jam-packed in the small space. As the name suggests, you will get a variety of hawker styles signature dishes such as Satay, chicken over rice, dim sum and laksa and stingray. You would be surprised to know the price range of the food items and it's just SGD 5 - SGD 10.
Location: Pagoda Street and surrounding roads
Timings: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

6. Haji Lane

Cheap Shopping places in Singapore Haji Lane
The Indie Haji Lane (Source)
An experience in itself, a trip to the 'indie' Haji Lane will leave every visitor satisfied with its blast-from-the-past ambience with its architecture and shophouses. The stores hold some of the most comprehensive yet most intriguing set of items ranging from exotic decor pieces to cross-cultural attire. Take a stroll down the street and be greeted by friendly shop owners, visit old and timeless shophouses, and try some of its eccentric cafes. The Haji Lane is for those who look for a cross-cultural experience of shopping in Singapore.
Location: 21A Haji Lane, Singapore
Timings: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

7. Scape Underground

Scape Underground, Cheap Shopping in Singapore
A bunch of students shopping at Scape Underground (Source)
Scape Underground is known as one of the best places for cheap shopping in Singapore. this Centre is a part of SCAPE, which is a youth upliftment Centre with an aim to support youth and talent development. So, SCAPE is explicitly designed for students as they know the essence of a budget. The clothes sold here are of high quality and serves to all age brackets. It is an indoor shop whose retailers are youth which helps in understanding the customers better.
Location: 2 Orchard Link, Singapore
Timings: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

8. City Plaza

City Plaza, Cheap Shopping in Singapore
Bird's eye view of the City Plaza building (Source)
Being the oldest mall in the city-state, City Plaza is perfect for cheap shopping in Singapore. The mall has an entire floor dedicated to clothes along with offering a variety of tops, pants and dresses at a budget-friendly price. The shops in City Plaza also buy clothes from the people who are willing to sell their clothes for a modest sum of money. Many retailers and fashion bloggers buy fashion items from City Plaza in bulk because of its excellent quality and low price. 
Location: 810 Geylang Road, Singapore
Timings: 9:30 AM to 10:00 PM

9. Little India Arcade

Little India Arcade, Street Markets In Singapore
The Little Indian Arcade (Source)
Little India Arcade is a beautiful and bright complex representing the fantastic collection of Indian and Arabian clothing, homeware and fabrics. Linger through the Indian Street, and you will discover the speciality of India like fried herbs and spices, traditional dresses, colourful artwork, exuberant accessories and sweet shops - all at discounted prices. The whole lane is shining bright orange and attracts the passerby. If you want to evade the heat, then visit the arcade in the evening and to escape the crowds, visit in the day!
Timings: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Open 7 days a week

10. IMM Outlet Mall

IMM Outlet Mall, Cheap Shopping in Singapore
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IMM Outlet Mall is the biggest outlet mall in Singapore. The mall's significant portion is occupied by around 85 outlet stores, 215 retail shops and 60 food and beverage stores. This outlet mall sells all the top-notch brands at low prices which assures that the high quality is maintained. Offering different discounts all year round, the apparels sold here are renowned for their quality and trend! 
Location: 2 Jurong East Street 21, Singapore
Timings: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

11. Anchorpoint Shopping Centre

Best shopping places in Singapore Anchorpoint Shopping Centre
The Anchorpoint Shopping Centre (Source)

Anchorpoint Shopping Centre is the place to go to buy branded luxury at pocket-friendly prices, be it on clothes, shoes, electronic goods, etc. Get the best in trends for rates as low as SGD 5 per piece during the Centre's weekly sales. Also, it houses a clinic, a supermarket, a full-fledged food court and even a laundrette. The Anchorpoint Shopping Centre lets shoppers stay atop of the times, without the compromise of emptying their pockets. Here's a tip, they don't tolerate bargainers.

Location: 370 Alexandra Road, Singapore
Timings: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

12. Pasarbella

Pasar Bella, Street Markets in Singapore
Pasarbella (Source)
Pasar Bella is typically a farmer's market where it has all the food items at a wholesale price. Housed within a superb environment, Pasar Bella encompasses a seafood market, fresh produce, wines and craft beers, meat, dairy, global cuisines and personal services, making it an all-inclusive street market in Singapore. If you are hosting a house party, then taking produce from here would be of great utility and will be pocket-friendly as well!
Timings: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Open 7 days a week

13. Tanglin Mall Bazaar

Tanglin Mall Bazaar, Street Markets in Singapore
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This bazaar is different from other bazaars as it has some unique items like second-hand CDs, vinyl records, retro clothes, old toys etc. Tanglin has a mid-size food court and some cafes and bakeries too! The incredible part is that the mall is not crowded and seems peaceful and relaxing to be here. The food items start from SGD 7 and are one of the most affordable eateries. It even sells modern paintings and tacky jewellery.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Open 7 days a week

14. The Editor's Market

Shopping Destinations Singapore The Editor's Market
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The Editor's Market will have anyone and everyone on a shopping binge with its step pricing policy. Which means, the more products purchased, the cheaper the purchase amount. This multi-brand fashion outlet has the latest trends from major international street labels to products from a time forgotten yet cherished, like the '70s with its disco pants, bobby heals and chiffon shirts. The Editor's Market is a great place for shopping in Singapore, especially for those looking to upgrade up their wardrobe at a great bargain.
Location: 313 Orchard Road #03-01 to 08, [email protected], Singapore
Timings: 10:30 AM to 10:00PM

15. VivoCity Mall

Budget Shopping in Singapore VivoCity Mall
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The VivoCity Mall is named Singapore's largest shopping mall because of the plethora of experiences where one can shop, eat and also catch the latest movies in the country's largest multiplex. A seven-storeyed wonderland for shoppers, this mall houses some of the world's top mid-range brands and the broadest range of stores and experiences one can have in one stop. And after a tiring day of shopping, have a relaxing meal at the cafes in the mall that overlook the harbour.
Location: 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore
Timings: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM

16. Sungei Road Thieves Market

Cheap Shopping in Singapore Sungei Road Thieves Market
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The Sungei 'Thieves' Market has quite the infamous reputation in the past where its second-hand products were a misconception to be stolen goods, hence the name. It holds some of the most bizarre range of second-hand products to factory rejects ranging from suitcases, jewellery and shoes to high-end electronic appliances to gadgets, and the best of all, army merchandise, all sold at a great 'steal'. Go to the Sungei Road Thieves Market with an open mind and an open shopping list. 
Location: Woodlands Recreation Center, 200 Woodlands Industrial Park E7, Singapore
Timings: Saturday to Sunday, 11:00 AM to 7:30 PM 
These are some of the ideal places for cheap shopping in Singapore, where you can come with a not so high budget but get great clothes. These outlets offer all the clothes that one requires for parties, dinners or even casual outings. Singapore is a hub for shopping, and these shops represent the same. 
While the shopping scene in Singapore might not match the edge of Hong Kong or Bangkok, it is no retail slump. Singapore's iconic malls come in all shapes and sizes. Those looking for high-street chains and decadent couture, head to these places for shopping in Singapore:

17. Orchard Road

Orchard Road, Shopping in Singapore
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Now home to high street brands, nightspots and a range of restaurants and bars, Orchard Street was once a road that opened up to a vast expanse of fruit, nutmeg and pepper plantations. It is a 2.2 km stretch in the city centre of Singapore and attracts a majority of the tourist population. It is easily accessible by train or bus. This 150-year-old street is now a hub for shopping in Singapore, marked by shopping malls, designer showrooms, art galleries and global retailers like Zara, Abercrombie and Fitch, Forever 21, etc. A must visit is TANGS departmental store, the oldest one in Singapore and credited for popularising Orchard Road by opening their store here in the 1950s.
Address - 437 Orchard Road, Singapore
Timings - 9:30 AM to 10:30 PM

18. Tiong Bahru

Tiong Bahru, Shopping in Singapore
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Tiong Bahru is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Singapore and houses some of the most trendy indie stores. This area isn't commercialized and has some interesting independent stores. Stores that are worth checking out are BooksActually for books by non-mainstream authors, Strangelets for some offbeat jewellery, stationery and gift items and Curated Records, a vinyl store selling everything from classics to the latest hits. It is perfect if the hipster in you wants to go for shopping in Singapore!
Address - Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore
Timings - 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

19. Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands, Shopping in Singapore
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Marina Bay Sands is another tourist attraction where one can find high-end brands. It is home to one of the biggest luxury malls called The Shoppes. Here you can find big designers like Tom Ford, Burberry and jewellery shops and beauty outlets. If you are looking to splurge, this is the place for you. Even if you're not keen on shopping in Singapore, this place is a visual treat due to its unique architecture. It houses the first floating Louis Vuitton store.
Address - 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore
Timings - 10:30 AM to 11:00 PM

20. Holland Village

Holland Village, Shopping in Singapore
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Holland Village is the place that sells all things Asian. Here, you can find souvenirs, carpets, clothing items, art, second-hand books and many more things which are all made in Asia. This is Singapore's Bohemian enclave and usually attracts a young crowd. It is especially a great place for handicrafts and art. It has a laid-back vibe, which is the charm of this place. The places where you can shop from are Holland Road Shopping Centre, Holland V Shopping Mall, and the four main streets. Lim's Arts and Living is a great store for buying some souvenirs and gifts.
Address - Holland Avenue, Lorong Mambong, Singapore
Timings - 10:30 AM to 9 PM

21. Durian Culture

Durian Culture, Shopping in Singapore
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When in Singapore, you cannot miss out on trying this 'king of fruits'. One of the chief imports of Singapore, Durian has a high demand despite its distinct odour and taste. In Singapore, this fruit is not allowed in many public spaces, including the Subway. Durian Culture is a marketplace which has been in business for 40 years. Here, you can find a wide variety of fresh durians and eat it on the spot. Be sure to put on some gloves before diving into the fruit as it helps keep the smell from lingering on your fingers.
Address - 77 Sims Avenue, Singapore 387419
Timings - Open 24 hours

Pro-Tips for Shopping in Singapore

  • Some stores in the bigger malls offer a discount of 10 to 15 per cent for the bigger spends, so it's always worth asking

  • While shopping at the local markets, it's good to know the price of the items, then browse and compare

  • Prices at most of the places are usually fixed, except at local markets. If looking to bargain, do so good-humouredly

  • Returns are generally not accepted

  • The returning visitors often a 7% GST refund on the purchases under these conditions:
    1. A minimum spend of $100 at the same shop in one day for no more than 3 purchases
    2. Have a copy of eTRS ticket (Electronic Tourist Refund Scheme) issues by the shop of purchase
    3. Scan the eTRS ticket at self-help kiosks at the airport or cruise terminal to know if inspection of goods is required. In such cases, present the items with the original receipt and the boarding pass at Custom Inspection Counter
If one of the prime reasons for visiting Singapore is shopping, May to July is an ideal time as this when the Great Singapore Sale is on. Otherwise, except for high-end brands, many of the places mentioned above usually sell items at inexpensive prices. So, the next time you plan a trip to Singapore, do not forget to pack an extra bag.

~ Written by - Devyani Makan and Akshita Rawat

This post was published by Holidify.com

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