If shopping were a sport, it would surely be classified as the national sport of Singapore. This tiny island nation has more shopping centers per square kilometer than any other country in the world, which means that while it only appears as a small red dot on your map, it offers the best shopping destinations in the world. In fact, visitors could only visit one street in the entire city – the famous Orchard Road – and yet were overwhelmed by the size and variety of the malls on offer.
If indoor shopping arenas aren’t your thing, don’t be afraid. Some of the best shopping in Singapore are outdoor markets, busy streets, and boutiques. Both Chinatown and Little India are great shopping destinations in their own right, and the huge Bugis Street Market is a fun and friendly shopping experience not to be missed. We have searched the city streets to compile this list of the best shopping in Singapore – all for your retail pleasure
This 2.2-kilometer megamall route is the undisputed shopping center of Singapore. Pristine complexes like ION Orchard and Paragon house all the designer brands you’ll ever need, while the worn out centers like Far East Asia (great for cheap groceries and fashion) and Lucky Plaza are still popular with bargain hunters. Take a look at a whole list of fine bars and restaurants and you have the complete shopping destination in Singapore at Orchard.
2. Chinatown Street Market
You can spend a whole day – even a week – exploring Chinatown’s shopping. However, if you just want a taste of what the area has to offer, head to Chinatown Street Market, which stretches every night across the streets of Pagoda, Trengganu and Sago. Immerse yourself in everything Chinese, from stalls selling traditional candles, artwork, and clothing to lively street restaurants that serve cheap and tasty delicacies.
3. Vivo City
VivoCity is the largest mall in Singapore, and it’s quite a title in a country that is bursting with things. VivoCity has stayed true to its marketing buzzword “lifestyle center” and has 15 cinemas, a roof-top amphitheater, an open-air playground, an art gallery and a variety of restaurants and bars – all together with an endless list of shops on the main street and outlets.
4. Haji Lane
For a shopping experience that feels a million miles from Singapore’s many shopping malls, visit hipster harbor, Haji Lane. The incredibly narrow street is adorned with pretty vintage shops and boutiques that are immediately recognizable by colorful murals – a photo op like a place to shop. After dark, Haji Lane is a great place to drink!
5. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
As part of Singapore’s legendary Marina Bay Sands complex, this luxurious mall is worth a look, even if you’re not enthusiastic about shopping. The spectacular architecture alone, with huge glass windows, extensive open atriums and a central water feature, is impressive. After browsing through the many shops – from big names to designer brands – visitors can go up to the 57th floor and enjoy a breathtaking view of the bay.
6. Little India (Serangoon Road)
With its abundance of bright colors, exotic sounds and fascinating smells, Little India stands out in a city that is often referred to as a huge metropolis with skyscrapers and shopping centers. On the main street of Serangoon Road you will find all the rough and ready-to-use clothing stores (which are said to be the cheapest in Singapore), packed electronics stores, traditional Indian textile and clothing stores. It’s Little India without a number of delicious curry houses.
7. Clarke Quay
For most, Clarke Quay is a place to dine in one of the many impressive waterfront restaurants or just take a leisurely stroll through the vibrant streets, which are full of colors and nighttime activities. With all the fun, there is also a large selection of boutiques and fashion shops. Don’t forget that Clarke Quay also has a fair share of malls. Clarke Quay Central, Riverside Point and Great World City are in the immediate vicinity.
8. Mustafa Centre
Sure, their SG $ 3 iPhone chargers may only last six months, and describing their Louie Vuitton bags as “100% real” may be a bit of an exaggeration, but you can be sure that Mustafa Center probably has everything in stock for you looking for a very affordable price. This 24-hour shopping mall in the heart of Little India is large, crowded, and noisy – and is still appreciated by locals and visitors alike across Singapore.
9. Bugis Street Market
Bugis Street Market is located between Little India in the north and Marina Bay in the south and is one of the most thriving shopping places in Singapore. With over 800 stalls under a giant advertising roof – it’s the city’s largest street market, and visitors can spend hours browsing the huge selection of cheap clothing stores, electronics stands, and restaurants, all of which are fun and nicely packaged with a shopping experience.
10. Raffles City Shopping Centre
Although there are probably half a dozen similar shopping centers on Orchard Road (Singapore’s main shopping area), Raffles City Shopping Center is our favorite bay with its extremely convenient location in the middle of the Civic District and a short walk from Clarke Quay and the marina. Inside you’ll find all of your usual high street names as well as a wide selection of restaurants, including a cheap and cheerful food court in the basement.
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