Singapore is well known for food and shopping. In fact some call Singapore as a shopping paradise. In this Singapore Shopping Guide, I am introducing some of the best place to do your shopping.
To maximize your shopping experience, I would advice to wear T-shirts, Bermudas and good walking shoes so that you will be fully prepared for a more comfortable shopping and eating.
Go after 10 am when most shops will have opened. Before that, you may go for a well prepared breakfast in your hotel. Remember you will have a long day to do
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Singapore's Orchard Road is one of the busiest shopping belts in Singapore. The whole stretch of road is about one kilometer long which provides you the most comprehensive shopping experience. You can find lots of brand name fashion boutiques, electronic goods, cinemas, music stores departmental stores and fashion shops for youngsters.
Every now and then, new malls are coming into this crowded stretch of road. The latest additional ones are Orchard Central and ION Orchard which are coming on July 2009. The current malls are also not losing out with upgrading works on the way to compete with new players. So you can expect a total different shopping experience in matter of months.
Furthermore, government and malls owners had plans to built underpass and walkways to connect the whole Orchard Road. When that happen, it practical means you can shop the whole stretch of Orchard Road without exposing yourself to sun or rain. Isn't that cool to do shopping in Singapore!
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This road is so important that there are three MRT stations. They are Orchard(NS22), Somerset(NS23) and Dhoby Ghaut(NS24/NE6).
Chinatown is a place where it exudes a Chinese identity in many ways. There are several shops that sell basically souvenirs and they are pretty cheap and usually they are sold in 3s. These souvenirs are usually related to Singapore, like in the form of orchid and merlion. Or related to Chinese things, like Chinese fans, Chinese traditional costume 'Qi Pao', clogs, or even Chinese cuisine.
It is quite interesting to roam around rows and rows of shop houses and I would say it is a different experience compare to Orchard Road. Try to explore along some of the shops in the small lanes and you will find lots of interesting and unique stuff.
Chinatown has a few shopping malls other than shop houses. The better one is People's Park Complex, located along Eu Tong Sen Street. It is one of the earliest air-con shopping mall back in the 70's. In here, you can find Chinese medical stores, electronic gadgets and tour agency. If you are thinking of booking your connecting Malaysia or Thailand trip, you can come to People's Park Complex.
The nearest MRT station is Chinatown(NE4)
Little India is very different compare to Chinatown. The famous Mustafa center is located in here. You can get almost everything and anything you want in this shopping complex at a pretty good price. They have money changer, restaurant, jewllery, supermarket, textiles and travel booking all under one roof. The best part is this shopping complex is open for 24 hours.
Little India is a good place to shop for Indian ethnic clothing. You can try going to the Tekka Shopping complex. On level 2, there is lots of Indian ethnic clothing for you to choose. Get yourself or for your wife a set and you will be amazed.
The nearest MRT station is Little India(NE7)
Bugis has a colorful past. The area was once Singapore's red-light district known for its bars and transvestite prostitutes. However, in 1985 the area was redeveloped and turning it into a clean shopping experience for the whole family.
Bugis Junction, a Shopping complex who is popular among youngsters, is Singapore's teenage haven. The shopping complex is just right above Bugis MRT station. Anchor tenants include department store BHG and the minimalist Japanese home decoration shop Muji. Go and check out the ever-surprising fountain in the middle of the Bugis Square. It is popular among children and during weekends there will many children crowd around the fountain to play. There are many tiny boutiques selling affordable local young fashion on level 3 of Bugis Juntion.
Right across Bugis Junction, there is a flea market that sells all sorts of stuff. This is the cheapest place in Singapore to buy T-shirts for your love ones, although the quality of those $2 shirts is pretty much what you'd expect. If you haven't sampled tropical fruits yet, take a look at the fruit stalls here.
A few blocks away from Bugis Junction, there is an Army Market on Beach Rd. It sells surplus equipment from the Singapore Armed Forces. Mostly popular with local soldiers shopping for replacements, but also of interest to low-budget camping enthusiasts.
Golden Mile Hawker Centre is just next to the Army Market. You may find lots of delicious Singapore local delights here.
There is a flea market, Sungei Road Thieves Market, on Sungei Rd. This flea market is open daily but is most active on weekend afternoons. If you look carefully, you might spot hidden treasures in amongst the junk.
The nearest MRT station is Bugis(EW12)