There is an art to shopping in a foreign country, especially if you only have little time on your hands. In Singapore, shopping is practically the national pastime and there seems to be a mall on every corner, so it goes without saying that a little bit of pre-departure organisation goes a long way towards ensuring you reach that baggage limit on your return. Read on to discover our top five places to shop in Singapore.
Discover Luxury – The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
If designer labels such as Prada, Miu Miu, Cartier and Fendi are what whip you into a shopping frenzy, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands are the place for you. The centre claims bragging rights as one of Singapore’s largest luxury shopping malls. With an open design offering incredible views of the Marina Bay skyline, this really is a mall worth seeing (and if your budget permits, shopping). One of the biggest highlights is the first floating Louis Vuitton boutique located in the Crystal Pavilion. It’s the largest LV boutique outside of Paris, so fans of the brand must pay a visit. If you need to keep the family occupied while you spend a few hours roaming the mall distraction-free, send them over to the ice-skating rink or for a boat ride on the canal.
Bargain-Hunting Ground – Bugis Street Market
Once upon a time Bugis Street was Singapore’s red light district and a no-go zone for families. Today, it has significantly cleaned up its act with a major facelift that has seen almost 800 unique shops line the streets. Like all the world’s best markets, the best thing about Bugis Street is that it offers a little bit of everything. Think cheap and cheerful clothes, shoes, accessories, food stalls, CDs, souvenirs and beauty services.
High Fashion To High Street – Orchard Road
Orchard Road is one of Singapore’s favourite shopping belts, and for good reason. It was once a country road that led to fruit orchards but today is lined with shopping malls that collectively cater to your every spending desire. If high fashion is your thing, look no further than ION Orchard, an expansive futuristic building that is home to more than 333 stores spanning eight retail floors. Those who are more ‘high street’ will find their fix on ION Orchard’s basement level, where Topshop and Sephora reside, or at 313@Somerset where Zara, Uniqlo, and a four-floor Forever 21 await.
Meet The Locals – Haji Lane
Just a moment from Bugis Village you’ll find another uniquely Singaporean shopping experience: Haji Lane. This colourful lane has everything the malls don’t — local designers, vintage pieces, and handcrafted treasures. Even if the wares aren’t quite to your taste, you’ll enjoy watching Singapore’s hippest and most stylish residents shop up a storm, while the lane and neighbouring areas are dotted with gorgeous cafes.
For Anything, Anytime – Mustafa Centre
No matter what you’re looking for and no matter what time you’re looking for it, Mustafa Centre is just about guaranteed to fill your needs. This mall in the Little India district is open 24/7 and is rarely ever without a crowd. Although it may not boast the bells and whistles of some other malls in the city, it offers perhaps the widest range of goods (including jewellery, beauty products, electronics, and groceries) and for some of the best prices. If you make it to the end of your trip without meeting that baggage limit, this is where you should go.