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:
1. Orchard Road
Address - 437 Orchard Road, Singapore
Timings - 9:30 AM to 10:30 PM
Address - 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore
Timings - 10:30 AM to 11:00 PM
3. Little IndiaLittle India is a street in Singapore lined with shops selling antiques, spices, jewellery, traditional clothing, sari fabric, etc. You can spend hours here, going through the vibrant lanes surrounded by various tourists. Little India houses the shopping nirvana Mustafa Centre where one can find electronics, groceries, gold jewellery, ethnic jewellery, etc at comparatively less expensive prices. One of the main attractions is the gold jewellery and the local souvenirs. The place is packed every day, especially on Sunday and if you look hard enough, you might end up finding some hidden gems.
You can also find a wide array of saris at Tekka Centre.
Timings - 24 hours, every day
Address- 145 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207704
4. ChinatownChinatown is a very popular and one of the best destinations for shopping in Singapore. It is a street where you will find lanes and lanes lined with shops selling clothes, souvenirs, spices, all at throwaway prices. Chinatown has a rich history and today one can find here almost everything. Some shops that are unique to this place include Tea Chapter, a teahouse where you can sit, learn about the art of tea making and actually sip on some freshly brewed tea. If it's to your liking, you can purchase some and grab tea sets as souvenirs. In 1989, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited this place. Other places are Ming Fang Antique House where you can come across some unique antiques and Ann Siang Road which is popular for its boutiques.
Timings - 11:00 AM to 10:30 PM
5. VivoCity Mall
Location: 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore
Timings: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
6. Bugis StreetAs the name suggests, Bugis street is a lane in Singapore which is visited by many for its shops selling eccentric clothing items. It is one of the biggest streets for shopping in Singapore and also the cheapest. Here you will come across thrift shops and Korean centric stores where you can find some timeless fashion pieces. There are around 800 shops under one roof where selling everything from postcards to a pair of jeans, all at a bargain. It is easy to spot as it is popular among locals.
Address - 4 Bugis Street, Singapore
Timings - 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
7. Tiong BahruTiong 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 gofor shopping in Singapore!
Address - Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore
Timings - 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
8. Haji Lane
A few boutiques that you shouldn't miss out on are, Fabulous Fads which sells British inspired clothing, Dulcet Fig which is a vintage store selling hand-picked items from the 60s and 70s and Tangers which is sells Korean clothes and accessories.
Address- Haji Lane, Singapore
Timings - 12 PM to 8 PM
9. Durian Culture
Address - 77 Sims Avenue, Singapore 387419
Timings - Open 24 hours
10. Kampong Glam
Address - Kampong Glam, Singapore
Timings - 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
11. Holland Village
Address - Holland Avenue, Lorong Mambong, Singapore
Timings - 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM
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