Episode 5: Discover the Best Places to Shop in Singapore

In this episode, let’s talk SHOPPING!

Did you know that almost every neighborhood in Singapore has at least one mall?

In Singapore, I’ve noticed something: if there’s an empty plot of land, sooner than you can sneeze, you’ll see a shopping mall in its place. OK,maybe I’m exaggerating – but seriously, it’s either going to be a mall or a residential building. We’re so small an island that every bit of land counts.

So, if we’re not already building places for people to live in, we’re sure gonna make every square foot of land DO something for the economy. Let’s make more MOOLAH. Let’s build a mall. And while you’re at, squeeze some restaurants in there. After all – you satisfy two of Singaporean’s main vices: eating and shopping. Two birds with one stone, know what I mean?

Can you say: RETAIL THERAPY?

Best Places to Shop in Singapore

1. Orchard Road

  • A whole road of malls and shopping centers
  • Tang’s: I hear it’s great for cosmetics
  • ION Orchard: deemed “Singapore’s first multi-sensory experiential shopping and lifestyle mall”
  • Ngee Ann City
  • How to get there: Take MRT to Orchard Station

2. Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

  • SPACIOUS!
  • Classy, clean, great variety of shops
  • check out the Shoppes Directory
  • How to get there: Closest MRT Station is the BAYFRONT Station off the Circle Line (Yellow)
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Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

3. Suntec City Mall

  • one of the biggest shopping hubs in Singapore
  • connected to the Suntec Convention Center
  • 360 shopping outlets in four different shopping zones
  • How to get there: The nearest MRT Stations are Esplanade Station and Promenade Station via the Circle Line which will bring you directly to Suntec City Mall

4. VivoCity

  • HUGE shopping mall
  • Check out the Tourist Privileges page!
  • located at the HarbourFront district, across from the resort island of Sentosa
  • Great place for not only shopping but FOOD!
  • To get there: take the MRT to the last station on the Purple Line (HarbourFront Station)

For the Budget Shopper

  • Chinatown: great spot for cheap souvenirs. Look out for those “3 for $10” deals!
  • Also Little India and Kampung Glam
  • Bugis Street: Singapore’s largest street shopping location: try out your bargaining skills
  • Bugis Junction Mall: air-conditioned and a great place to few what shop houses looked like in the past

For the Adventurous

  • Mustafa Centre: 24-hour mega-mall with everything you’d ever want. Reasonable prices. But beware the crowds!
  • Closest MRT station is Farrer Park MRT

For the Gadget Enthusiast

Funan DigitaLife Mall

  • my favorite spot for satisfying my gadget cravings
  • no bargaining here – prices are fair and competitive
  • multi-level shopping: comfy and air-conditioned
  • gadgets, photography equipment, electronics and such
  • Closest MRT station: CITY HALL MRT
Funan DigitaLife Mall
Funan DigitaLife Mall

For the Boutique Shopper

  • Tanglin Mall: unique fashion, arts and crafts
  • Ann Siang Hill: designer fashion, niche bookstores, unique home decor shops, cafes and hip coffee shops (Google map)
  • Haji Lane: fashionista’s paradise

The Great Singapore Sale

  • Don’t want to miss this huge island-wide shopping frenzy if you’re here in late May through July
  • Website for the 2014 Great Singapore Sale

Pasar Malam (Night Market, in Malay)

  • A unique shopping experience for the adventurer: FLEA MARKETS (sans fleas)
  • Pasar Malam events occur around Singapore at different times of the year and in different neighborhoods
  • Great place to grab good buys at these street markets
  • Read about what a Pasar Malam is and what the shops offer
  • Don’t miss out on the local finger foods!

The Tourist Refund Scheme: SAVE THOSE RECEIPTS

  • If you are departing from Changi Airport Terminals, you can claim refund on Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid for your goods purchased from retailers participating in the Tourist Refund Scheme if you meet the eligibility criteria and conditions.
  • Read about the Tourist Refund Scheme

Here’s wishing you a great time shopping in Singapore! Our economy thanks you.

Let me know whether I can help recommend you a place to shop while you’re here.

Cheers!

Alex

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