Here comes my favourite part of Singapore – SHOPPING!!! There are many fabulous things to do in Singapore, but the one that is most talked about is Shopping 🙂 There are plenty of places to shop in this country, but I would go through those places that I have visited – I have been to few of these shopping places multiple times 😉 coz I loved them so much.
Orchard Street – If you come to Singapore and hoping to do some shopping, then you are in luck. Everything from fine European luxuries to trendy Asian culture, it’s all found right here in the Orchard Street – this street is a pathway lined with mall after mall connected by underground tunnels, that gives you an endless shopping experience. This is one of the main shopping hubs in Singapore and this place actually reminded me of Times Square, New York 🙂 There are around 9-10 shopping centres all along this one street. Even if you are not looking to do some real shopping, this is actually a cool place to hangout, have dinner, deserts & drinks.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands – This is another prime shopping area in Singapore. This is one of Singapore’s largest luxury shopping malls – where you will find a mix of international luxury brands & upcoming labels in runway and street style. This mall is a home to hundreds of shops, high-end restaurants, cafes, bars & several fun attractions and is in a walking distance from the Gardens by the bay. Even if you have no intension of buying these luxury brands, this place is worth a visit just for its fabulous architecture that displays large glass windows, huge open passages, central water point and many more.
Also, the mall is connected to the rest of the complex so that the visitors can also visit the other activities like the observation deck, Casino & the roof top bar.
Bugis – If you want to buy the latest & trendiest fashion at affordable prices, then this is the place you should visit. Bugis Street attracts most of the shopping lovers, as this is the best place to shop on budget. Here, you will find latest fashion clothing, shoes & accessories, which are updated on almost daily basis. For $10 – $15, you will get a nice fashionable dress or a lovely handbag – you can bargain in some stores (not all); do not get excited and buy all the stuff at the initial stores as you may find the same stuff at cheaper prices in other shops. I felt this place like a high-end version of our Sarojini Nagar market (Delhi) & Colaba Causeway (Mumbai). Apart from clothes & accessories, you even have services like nails, tattoos, hair & beauty services for reasonable prices.
IMM Singapore Outlet Mall – This is currently considered as the largest outlet mall in Singapore, with over 90 outlet stores & more than 200 retail shops. This is located in Jurong East; and we visited this mall as it was only 20 minutes journey from the place we stayed. If you happen to stay somewhere close to IMM, please make sure to visit this as it offers up to 80% discount sale on different products from different outlets throughout the year. How cool is that!! J You find several worldwide clothing/accessories/beauty brands with discounted price. I actually went to buy a high-end handbag for myself as there were very good deals, but ended up buying lot of clothes & shoes for my daughter 😛 (yeah, it happens 😀 )
Vivo city Mall – This is the largest retail & lifestyle mall in Singapore. This place has a store of every brand you can think of and is bliss for every shopaholic. You can visit this mall when you plan your trip to the Sentosa Island as this mall is very close to the Island. There is a sky park & an amphitheatre on the rooftop where you can get amazing views of Sentosa.
Chinatown – This is another shopping area in Singapore for those on a budget. Chinatown takes street shopping to another level – As you enter the street you automatically get that Chinese feeling, with all the streets & shops decorated in red. It is a great place to buy souvenirs, gifts, spices, clothes, Chinese style robes, bags & accessories for reasonable prices. You can even bargain at some stores to get a good deal 🙂
Little India & Mustafa Centre – As we have a Chinese town in Singapore, we have one for Indians too – Little India. This is the centre of life for Singapore’s Indian community. This place is sure going to give you a sense of India – those multi-colored shop houses spiritual prayers from temples & mosques, and the pungent aromas of Indian food.
Mustafa centre is located in the heart of Little India – it offers a unique market style shopping experience. You get plenty of designer products right from textiles to watches and electronics at low prices. If you are visiting Singapore for more than a week, then you can come to Mustafa market to get that unique shopping experience.
Apart from all these, you have plenty of other wonderful shopping areas (which I have not been) that you can shop in Singapore. So make sure you pack less while coming in to this country, as you need lot of space in your luggage to pack all that you shopped 🙂