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Shopping In Singapore – Feed Your Retail Craving Soul

By Alex - May 5, 2020
Shopping Street in Singapore

Shopping in Singapore is one of the best things to do in the island city as it is filled with more malls per square mile than any country. If you are a Shopaholic, Singapore is your utopia. You can buy electronics, clothes, shoes and much more at affordable prices. Are you a fan of outdoor shopping? Fear not, there are many outdoor markets with bustling roads and bunches of charming boutiques. From the Chinatown to Little India and even the vast Bugis Street Market, you can experience the fun in shopping like never before.

Best Places for Shopping in Singapore

Singapore is filled with shopping hotspots all over and there are shopping malls and shops everywhere. Here is a list of some of the best places for shopping in Singapore

1. Orchard Road – The Shopping Paradise

With megamalls stretched over 2.2 km, it is obvious that the orchard road is the undisputed shopping headquarters of Singapore. You can find everything from the electronics to fashion products under one roof. Some of the famous complexes are the ION Orchard and Paragon house. They have a stupendous collection of designer brands. If you are a bargain sport, you can try your luck at Far East Asia and Lucky Plaza still prove ever-popular with bargain hunters. They are some of the amazing places for cheap food and fashion. You can find some buskers and music artists outside adding to the vibe of the place. Most of the places in Orchid street open by 9 or 10 AM and close by 10 PM in the night, which might extend to 11 PM every Saturday.

A megamall for shopping at the Orchard Road in Singapore
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2. VivoCity – Ultimate Shopping Destination

Vivocity is a shopping heavyweight and also a fabulous entertainment destination and is definitely one of the must-see places in Singapore. It is located at the HarbourFront and is one of the largest shopping malls in Singapore. Whatever it is that you are looking for, VivoCity is your answer. It is most popular for stylish clothes, elegant homewares and accessories. This megamall has one of Singapore’s largest cinemas, the country’s biggest toy stores, an amphitheatre, a pool, 4 food courts and much more. Why settle for just shopping when you can have so much fun in addition to it? The mall is open from 10 AM in the morning to 10 PM in the night.

The frontview of Vivocity, a shopping mall in SIngapore
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3. Chinatown Street Market – Steal the Deal

It is one of the fascinating market areas and popular areas in Singapore. The shops and stalls fill the streets causing hustle spread over Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street, Sago Lane, Smith Street, and Temple Street. You can find everything from clothing to homeware and technology to handicrafts. Some of the popular stalls there are Ann Siang Road, Books Actually, Chinatown Point & Singapore Handicraft Cente. The place is mainly known for its souvenirs ranging from silk robes to waving lucky cats. Chinatown also has a fantastic range of street food carts where you can give your taste buds a gratifying treat. You can heartily bargain with the vendors there and steal your deal for the day. Most of the shops are open from 9:30 AM to 8 PM while some extend even till 11 PM.

A Spices Shop at the Chinatown Street Market in Singapore
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4. Little India – Time for some Desi Shopping

Amidst the sea of giant skyscrapers and malls in Singapore, if you find yourself in a place with radiant colours, exotic sounds and intriguing smells making you feel at home, That’s right!, You will be at Little India. There are spices, rich saree fabrics, flower garlands, jewellery and much more. With the lanes being connected perfectly, you can shop here swiftly without any hurdle. The popular places in Little India include the Mustafa Centre, Serangoon Road with the Side Street Shops and the Little India Arcade. All the shops in Little India close by 10 PM except for the Mustafa Centre which is available 24 hours.

Little India in SIngapore, one of the best places for shopping
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5. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands – Posh it up!

A trip to Singapore is incomplete without a visit to the iconic Marina Bay Sands. The luxury shopping mall over there is worthy to visit even for the people who aren’t a shopaholic. The complex is an architectural marvel which will make your jaws drop. After shopping all from the local to the international brands available there, you can head out to the 57th storey to have an amazing view of the bay. They operate till 11 PM and till 11:30 PM on Fridays and Saturdays.

Marina Bay Sands during the sunset
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6. Bugis Street Market – The Budget Market

Squeezed between Little India and Marina Bay in the north and south respectively, Bugis Street Market is one of the conventional shopping hotspots in Singapore. It is known for being a cheap market which has a wide array of cheap clothing stores, electronics stalls and eateries densely gathered for fun and friendly shopping experience. There are over 800 stalls here and they are open between 10 AM to 11 PM.

Bugis Street market in SIngapore
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7. Haji Lane – Singapore’s Shopping Secret

If you are an avid fan of street shopping, Haji Lane is the place to be there in Singapore. It is a hipster-haven with cute little vintage stores and boutiques. The shops open mid-noon and close at 8 PM in the night. They offer a variety of mix of clothes, accessories, and vintage cameras. In addition to shopping, you can manage yourself a photoshop in front of the colourful wall paintings in the narrow street. The place has some unique collections and it is a great spot to come and have a drink after the sunset. Being a picturesque and a lovely place, it is one of the romantic places in Singapore to visit.

The Colourful Haji Lane in Singapore
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8. Clarke Quay – Shop, Wine & Dine

Clarke Quay is home to one of the vibrant and magical atmospheres in Singapore. It has waterfront restaurants where you can have a romantic date and some amazing boutiques where you can shop and stroll through the energetic avenues. They also have some malls to their name. After spending a spectacular time here, you can also head out to Clarke Quay Central, Riverside Point and Great World City. They are open from 10 AM to 10 PM and they are best visited after the sunset.

Lit up Clarke Quay during night
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9. City Plaza – Conventional Shopping Experience

City Plaza is one of the oldest malls in Singapore and you can find various products to buy back home. You can spend hours here shopping without leaving a dent in your wallet as it is one of the budget-friendly places in Singapore. The five-storeyed complex has everything from plaza catering to clothing, accessories, makeup, gadgets and much more. There is also an amazing food court with various restaurants and eateries where you can chill and have a bite. It is open from 9:30 AM and will be close at 10 PM in the night. The most popular stalls inside are the Whitefiction, Refash Peony Collection and Power Photo Store.

City Plaza in Singapore
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Things to Know While Shopping in Singapore

  • Great Singapore Sale is during the months from May to July. This is a perfect time for shopping in Singapore as the prices are considerably discounted and if you are planning to go to Singapore just for Shopping, those are the months in which you should ideally travel.
  • Always do the shopping at shops that has ‘GST Refund’ or ‘Tax-Free Shopping’ signs so that you can save a considerable amount of money.
  • There are several discounts available at the outlet malls like IMM. Look out for them if you are planning on budget shopping.
  • Always check and confirm that everything you purchase has an international warranty.
  • Demand for receipts in every purchase you make. Don’t make a transaction without the receipt.
  • A small hack in shopping is to choose a shopping place that has a large number of stores and malls. In that way, it will be easier to buy everything you desire from one region.

Singapore is obviously the shopping capital of the world and definitely worth the experience. It quenches the need for all types of shoppers of every age group. If you have a thing about shopping, then pack your bags for the Lion City. Pickyourtrail will help you to craft an amazing itinerary filled with shopping hotspots. Headout and plan for the shopping extravaganza!

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