Get your retail fix at a variety of shopping precincts around Singapore!
2pm: Orchard Road - a great street
Orchard Road’s beginnings are somewhat humbler than its status today as Southeast Asia’s premier shopping street.
Your first stop should be the grand old dame of Singapore's department stores, Robinsons, first established in 1958 by an English merchant as a “family warehouse”. In 2013, it moved into a brand new store at The Heeren and remains a firm favourite with both locals and visitors, selling everything from clothing to home accessories.
On the opposite side of Orchard Road, you can explore designer boutiques at Mandarin Gallery.
Another Singapore establishment to check out is Tangs. Stocking a wide selection of men’s and women’s clothing including local designers, makeup and even an in-store spa, it’s a destination in its own right.
Now it’s time for the next leg on our trip, and a different kind of shopping experience altogether in the Kampong Glam area.
Take the MRT (North South line) to City Hall MRT, transfer via the East West line to Bugis MRT station and walk to Haji Lane off North Bridge Road.
3.30pm: Unique buys at Haji Lane
Once an empty row of pre-war shophouses, Haji Lane has been given a new lease of life by local designers and young entrepreneurs who have set up their hip boutiques selling cutting-edge fashion and unique made-in-Singapore products.
Located within the ethnic district of Kampong Glam, Haji Lane's raw, energetic vibe is a world away from the polish of the international stores.
And there are great finds here: We recommend you make your first stop at Mondays Off (76, Haji Lane), a store filled with chic furniture and sustainable product by local designers.
Next, head over to Soon Lee (73, Haji Lane). This womenswear store located in a charming three-storey shophouse specialises in sassy clothing by local designers, one-of-a-kind jewellery, very cool handbags and the cutest books in town. Not to be missed.
For your last stop, visit Shop Wonderland (37, Haji Lane). Beautifully adorned with vintage hanging lamps, the ground floor houses The Pantry - a superb cafe to cool your heels after a day out in town. Upstairs is a store selling hip lifestyle wares and cool décor pieces by labels like Ashley & Co. and The Letter J Supply.
For our final destination, walk back towards Bugis MRT station as we get ready to explore Bugis Street.
4.30pm: Exploring the New Bugis Street
Our final destination is Bugis Street, which for decades was a popular (some might say notorious) destination for anyone looking for loud music, cheap beer and after-hours entertainment.
Rebuilt in the 1990s, Bugis Junction today is the main mall and captures much of the area’s heritage, including many of the original shophouses in its design. Packed with international brands, a cinema and some great entertainment and dining options, it has helped put the area back on the map over the last 20 years.
If you don’t mind stepping out of the air conditioning, Bugis Street is well worth a visit. With over 600 shops, it’s actually the largest shopping street in Singapore. Whether you’re looking for the latest fashion and accessories, bag loads of souvenirs or even a manicure, the chances are you will find what you’re looking for here.
And now we come to the end of our tour.