One of Singapore’s biggest tourist draws is its expansive shopping. The tiny island nation is dense with more malls and shopping options than most other countries, and manages to appeal to every budget. We break down Singapore’s top shopping spots from the quirky-on-a-budget, to the high-end and luxury.
Start of with Orchard Road, a 2.2 kilometer stretch of malls and shops catering to every kind of consumer. Hailed as Singapore’s shopping hub, you can easily head to Paragon and ION Orchard for designer brands, or Far East Asia for cheap food and fashion. After a long day, hit up any of the bars and restaurants within the area.
For anyone looking for great bargains, City Plaza is a definite must-go. It’s one of Singapore’s oldest shopping malls, and boasts of five whole floors of fashion and food. Unlike Singapore’s other shopping hubs, City Plaza is one of the few places you can get quality second-hand clothes, as well as wholesale fashion, making it a go-to for man fashion retailers and bulk sellers. Head here if you’re looking to buy things in bulk.
For anyone looking for fun and funky finds for that Instagram-perfect #ootd, look no further than Scape Underground. This shopping complez has a reputation for catering to students, making for trendy finds at student prices.
Another major shopping hub that rivals (and for some, beats out) Orchard Road is Bugis Street. Closer to a night market than anything else, choose from over 600 bright, colorful shops across the small alleys that display any and every kind of product imaginable. Relax with some good food and drinks afterwards in any of the nearby stalls.
With Singapore brimming with sky-high mall buildings, Haji Lane is sticks out like a sore thumb in the best way possible. Hailed by locals as ‘hipster heaven,’ Haji Lane is instantly recognizable for its colorful wall paintings and equally popping vintage stores and boutiques. Most people come here to shop and take photos, but Haji Lane is also a great place to grab some drinks!
Another rare pocket of exotic colors, sounds, and smells in Singapore. The Little India district is a great place to shop for niche Indian items, but it’s equally worth the trip to just explore the place and people watch. Most people head to Serangoon Road for the clothes and dress shops, but stay for the delicious curry.
Singapore’s Chinatown is an integral part of the city nation’s culture and history, and has become its own tourist attraction. Chinatown is a large district that stretches across Pagoda, Trengganu, and Sago streets selling anything and everything Chinese: candles, artwork, clothing, and of course, great street food. The place is lively every day of the year, but for a truly great experience, hit up Chinatown during Chinese New Year.
You can’t talk about shopping in Singapore without VivoCity. As Singapore’s largest shopping mall, it’s a great spot to do all your last-minute shopping. If you’re on the lookout for brand names and international labels, this is the place to go. Apart from the luxury stalls and boutiques, VivoCity also hosts 15 cinema stores, an open-air play ground, a rooftop amphitheater, as well as its own art gallery.3