No shopping jaunt would be complete without a visit to the Marina Bay area. Start your retail therapy session here.
With countless malls, thrift stores, and indie boutiques, Singapore offers visitors a world-class shopping experience that’s hard to beat. If you love luxury brands, value buys, and everything in between, be sure to visit these areas in and around the city to get some serious shopping done.
The world-famous Orchard Road has gained an iconic status for its impressive array of shopping options. Its great mix of malls and stores has also made it a huge hit with tourists and a go-to shopping destination for locals. The retail haven is home to malls like ION Orchard and Paragon – two complexes that are known for their international luxury brand offerings like Balenciaga and Valentino.
If you’re curious about the local design and fashion scene, hit up venues like TANGS and orchardgateway. At these two shopping malls, you can find labels and stores such as COLLATE THE LABEL (a sophisticated women’s clothing line that stocks pieces both feminine and timeless), David’s Daughter (homegrown women’s fashion label that combines subtle silhouettes and bold detailing) and Evenodd (garments for the modern gentleman with a contemporary twist). There’s also Naiise – a design megastore where you can pick up some quirky, truly Singaporean souvenirs. Then, pamper yourself at SEVIIN, an urban oasis that offers beauty and wellness services by Dior Institut, SK-II, the Sulwhasoo Facial studio and more.
As one of the city’s biggest luxury shopping malls, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is lined with rows of your favourite brands, from Tom Ford to Miu Miu and Dior to MCM, so expect to be kept occupied for hours. Fashion stores aside, there are also several beauty and wellness outlets and jewellery shops — you'll certainly be spoilt for choice.
Bras Basah.Bugis and Haji Lane
The colourful streets of Bras Basah.Bugis and its neighbouring areas, the vibrant Haji Lane and the culture-rich Arab Street, attract throngs of shoppers on a daily basis. The three zones may be in close proximity of one another, but each offers a completely different retail experience.
Bugis Street is well-loved for its selection of trendy and affordable pieces that’ll please any fashionista. Pro tip: You’ll often find similar styles in various places so make sure you comb the stores and find out where the best deals are before making your purchase.
Recognised for its eclectic mix of vintage fashion, local labels, and unique finds, Haji Lane is brimming with stylish boutique outlets that are housed in picture-perfect shophouses. Look forward to finding knick-knacks and bold outfits at venues like Mondays Off, Soon Lee, and Modparade.
If you’re after something a little more cultural, drop by Arab Street. Royal Fabrics stocks lovely options such as Malay and Indonesian batik (intricately dyed patterns on fabrics), and Jamal Kazura Aromatics is the place to go for some gorgeous-smelling attars (Arabic perfume oils).
Want to get your shopping done while also experiencing the best of Singaporean heritage and culture? Make your way to Little India and navigate your way through the busy streets to find traditional clothing and accessories like saris (a traditional costume consisting of a long cloth wrapped around the body that’s worn by Indian women) and brightly-coloured bangles.
Of course, no visit to Little India is complete without a stopover at Mustafa Centre. This massive department store is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and here you can find just about anything you can think of, from electronics to children’s toys and sporting goods.
One of Singapore’s oldest neighbourhoods also happens to be one of the hippest areas in the city. For the perfect blend of old and new, Tiong Bahru s the place to be. In this area, you’ll find clusters of indie stores and trendy boutiques such as Nana and Bird alongside other features like cool bookstore BooksActually and vintage vinyl store, Curated Records.
Tiong Bahru is also known for its Instagram-worthy cafés and brunch spots, including Tiong Bahru Bakery and Open Door Policy, so take the opportunity to pop by some of these places for a break when exploring the ‘hood.
Wander past the city centre to where the locals live and you’ll find a surprising amount of stores worth checking out. In areas like Tampines and Queenstown find retail landmarks like Tampines 1 and Queensway Shopping Centre, which carry their share of big-name brands too. If sports labels are what you’re after, spend more time at Queensway Shopping Centre. While the sporting goods Mecca may not carry the latest collections, it’s jam-packed with outlets selling trainers and apparel from your favourite brands’ past seasons, at prices that won’t break the bank.
Check out this guide to Singapore’s heartland malls for more choices.
Be sure to make a stop at one of the city’s largest shopping malls — VivoCity. VivoCity’s the perfect destination if you’re looking to add new affordable casualwear pieces to your wardrobe with stores such as Forever 21, GAP, Factorie and H&M. Avid shoppers should also swing by Daiso, a Japanese outlet that has pretty much everything you can think of priced at just SGD 2.
If you’ve got little ones with you, you’ll be glad to know that VivoCity is extremely kid-friendly — let them run free at the open-air playground on the second level or splash around in the water-based Sky Park on the third.
At the award-winning Changi Airport, you can pamper yourself with duty-free shopping, or do some last minute souvenir shopping for the friends and folks back home. Changi Airport has retail options that give any megamall a run for its money — get new workout gear at Adidas, or spend the last of your travel budget treating yourself to something from luxury brands such as Burberry and COACH.
With so many shopping districts in Singapore to choose from, you’ll be one happy visitor. If you want to know where else there is to visit for more retail therapy, check out this beginner’s guide to shopping in Singapore.