Famous for being a shopping paradise, Singapore offers a myriad of shopping experiences, from ethnic shopping in Geylang Serai and Little India to high-end boutique along Orchard Road and Marina Bay.
The world famous shopping street, Orchard Road, stretches from Dhoby Ghuat Station to Orchard Station. For high-end boutique shopping, be sure to check out Ion, Paragon, Scotts Square and Mandarin Gallery. Major department stores and brands like Takashimaya, Metro, Tangs, Isetan, Forever 21, Uniqlo and Charles and Keith are peppered along this shopping street as well. H&M opened its Southeast Asian flagship store here in 2011.
Speaking of flagship stores, head over to Marina Bay Sands for Louis Vuitton’s flagship store for a one-of-a-kind experience. Check out Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands for some boutique shopping. Walk over to Marina Square, Suntec City and Raffles City for more mid-range shopping, linked by City Link Mall, Singapore’s first underground shopping mall.
For more streetwear, younger and cheaper range of apparels and shoes, boogie on down to bazaar styled Bugis Street Market. Check out Far East Shopping Center as well for indie labels.
Into books? There’s Kinokuniya, Prologue, Times bookstore, Page One and Harris to name a few.
Shopping for kids? Check out Forum at Orchard, United Square at Novena, Vivocity at HarbourFront and Marina Square. You’ll be spoilt for choice from shoes, to clothes and educational toys! Most of the newer malls have a wet or dry playground to keep the little ones entertained.
How about some gadgets and IT thingamajigs? You’ll be spoilt for choice at Funan the Digital Mall and Sim Lim Square. 4 times a year, gadget-crazy Singaporeans make a beeline for Suntec City Exhibition Center or Expo for IT Show, PC Fair, Comex or Sitex, famous for great deals on IT products and gadgets.
Take a break from shopping at the outdoor cafes, restaurants and cineplexes intersperse among the endless shops.