It’s the most expensive city in the world and home to some of the most exclusive shops on the planet. But, Singapore has some shopping secrets that will be a pleasant surprise for retail junkies. However big your budget Singapore offers an incredible shopping experience that you will never forget.
Shopping Streets and Districts
Orchard Road is the most famous shopping district in Singapore. This tourist magnet is home to quirky boutiques, designer department stores and mega malls. Whatever your budget, Orchard road has something to offer. It’s a beautiful shopping experience with wide open spaces, fantastic places to eat and exciting street music.
Whatever your budget a trip to Marina Bay is a must. You might not be able to afford anything, but the experience is incredible. Marina Bay is home to one of the most opulent malls in the world. Everything oozes sophistication the price tags are large, but the experience is exhilarating.
Clarke Quay has always been a thriving district for trade and banking. In recent years the entire area has been modernised to offer some of the most exclusive shopping on the island. Central Clarke Quay is a smart shopping mall with over 280 premium retails stores. This Japanese inspired shopping mall is home to cutting-edge fashion from leading Japanese brands.
If you head downtown, it’s impossible to miss Raffles City Shopping Center. This haven for luxury brands is nestled in the cities downtown close to the many tourist attraction. Raffles gives budget free shoppers the opportunity to splurge. For mere mortals, it provides a perfect rest from the afternoon heat and the chance to see how the other half live.
The hipster capital of Haji Lane is a fantastic place to experience cool boutiques and vintage stores. If you love quirky designs and unusual fashions Haji Lane is a must. Dulcet Pig is a vintage store that will make the hippest of hipsters want to check their style. While Zhia Eco Collection creates eco clothing that is inspiring and stylish. Their entire collection is made from bamboo and is remarkable and elegant.
Budget Shopping in Singapore
Before we go any further let’s make one thing clear, just because Singapore is the most expensive city in the world. It doesn’t mean everything in town will break the bank. For example, Bugis Street is the best district for budget shopping. This street is a fashionistas paradise with over 600 stores selling on-trend items starting at just S$10. Bugis street defies the notion that Singapore is expensive.
Singapore is a unique place, in Singapore cheap doesn’t mean low quality, it just means cheap. The variety of fashion items in the budget shops is excellent. The Mustafa Center is a fine example of high-quality budget shopping. This is the only mall on the island that is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year. They buy their stock in large quantities and sell at wholesale prices. This is a fantastic place to buy the latest fashions at discount prices.
Its hard to believe but Singapore has a thriving scene for flea markets and thrift stores. When you think about it, it makes sense. What else are the super-rich going to do with those beautiful dresses they have worn a few times. The Luggage Market offers just that, preowned designer threads at rock bottom prices.
Due to the high rents for retail space, a growing number of Singapore’s trendy young fashion designers are using Singapore’s flea markets to showcase their latest designs. The Real People are nomadic space activists who organise pop up events all over the island. They act as a showcase for upcoming designers. You will need to check their website for upcoming events and the chance to discover some of Asia’s most exciting new designers.
Singapores Outlet Malls
IMM is the largest outlet mall in Singapore, it features over 90 stores specialising in discount designer fashion 70% cheaper than you will find in Singapore’s mega malls. You will discover Levi, Billabong, Converse and Calvin Klein to name a few. The mall also has many Japanese street labels that include Onitsuka Tiger. You will also find Sony electronics and Daiso. There is even a huge children’s play area that includes a pool and other water activities.
Changi City Point is an outlet mall close to Changi Airport. If you have a layover in Singapore, it offers the perfect opportunity to escape the airport and go shopping. If you love sportswear and leisure brands, this is perhaps the ideal place. Most of the leading sports manufacturers are here including Nike and Adidas.
Anchorpoint is a more relaxes outlet mall, you won’t find the vast crowds you see at IMM, but you will find some fantastic bargains. Anchorpoint is a shoe lovers paradise, with Pedro, Charles and Keith sitting alongside Billabong and other street brands. This outlet mall is smaller and much more comfortable to navigate than other outlet malls on the island.
If you want luxury designer and discount prices, there is only one place to go. Johor Premium Outlet is the home of absolute luxury at rock bottom prices. Nowhere else in Singapore has such a dazzling array of on-trend designer bargains. If you love the label but don’t care about the season. A trip to Johor Premium Outlets will let you look like a million dollars for a fraction of the price.
Where to Buy Souvenirs in Singapore
As most tourists will find themselves on Orchard Road, it makes sense there is an entire centre dedicated to souvenir shopping. Lucky Plaza is a Singapore landmark where you can pick up souvenirs from S$3.
Peninsula Plaza is another mall where the theme is souvenirs. The range at Peninsula Mall is a little more diverse with key chains, pictures and postcards. Most items will cost between S$3 and S$20. The mall is close to the old city hall.
The national breakfast of Singapore is Kaya toast, it is a must try when you are on the island. The main ingredient is Kaya coconut jam. If you want to bring home the taste of Singapore, then you can find Kaya coconut jam in most supermarkets and at Changi Airport.
If you want to bring home some traditional Malay clothing the Joo Chiat Complex on the islands east coast is the perfect place to pick up some bargains. This mega shopping complex is home to hundreds of traditional Malaysian clothing designs.
If you want to give the impression of being an even more seasoned traveller, how about a visit to little Thailand. The Golden Mile Complex is full of authentically made in Thailand souvenirs. This is a great place to pick up jewellery and ornamental objects. While giving the impression that your globe-trotting took you further than Singapore.