In the morning

1 Tiong Bahru

From quaint boutiques to a bustling local market, Tiong Bahru is an eclectic, trendy neighbourhood jam-packed with some of the city’s best offbeat shopping destinations. Take an afternoon stroll to check out venues like:

BooksActually: an indie bookstore filled with local, classic and contemporary literature.

Curated Records: an independent record store with a great selection of vinyl records.

Strangelets: this design shop carries a mishmash of objects with an emphasis on craftsmanship, and is the perfect place to find a gift for friends or family back home.

In the afternoon

2 Orchard Road

Orchard Central

UNIQLO Orchard Central is the brand’s global flagship store for Southeast Asia, its largest in the region spanning three levels and 2,700 square metres. The store contains the brand’s widest product line-up anywhere in the region. These include, among others, their LifeWear concept, a dedicated t-shirt corner showcasing exclusive designer collaborations, and a collection from musician and style icon Pharrell Williams.

Orchard Gateway

A curated destination for original, well-designed products and daily design inspiration with a focus on Singapore heritage and memorabilia. At Naiise, you’ll find yourself spending time poring over these heritage-inspired keepsakes and their stories.

ION Orchard 

This Sephora flagship outlet goes above and beyond the usual makeup offering with a Kat Von D shop-in-shop, the first in the world, as well as a Make Up For Ever sushi-bar concept of must-have looks and collectibles. Select your items from a conveyer belt to create your perfect makeup bento box.

Scotts Square

What began as a gallery space quickly grew into a retail store, curatorial space, workshop and more. At K+, you can browse the new or under-the-radar artists, or engage in some retail therapy with a rotating selection of handmade, artisanal clothing, crafts and gifts.

3 Dempsey Hill

Dover Street Market (NOTE: OPEN IN Q3 2017)

Known for artistic visual merchandising and fashion curation in its outlets around the globe, Dover Street Market is an edgy concept store that gives its tenants the freedom to design their space as they see fit. Home to coveted brands such as British label Blue Roses and Parisieene design collective Vetements, Dover Street Market will also offer up exclusive collaboration items and limited editions.

4 Bras Basah.Bugis

Haji Lane

A hip and trendy shopping destination, Singaporeans in-the-know come here to check out the cute boutiques lining the road. Don’t miss:

Dulcetfig: a vintage store where you can discover retro styles and keepsakes that are sure to have their time in the sun yet again.

Zhai Eco Collection: for the eco-conscious shopper, here is your chance to purchase clothing made from bamboo, one of Asia’s most sustainable natural resources.

Supermama

Home to many explorative and experimental pieces of artwork, Supermama hosts a collection of objects and apparel designed by emerging artists—both locally and around the world. The store works with various Japanese craft facilities to produce many of their in-house design collections. Don’t miss their porcelain and giftware, many of which represent contemporary Singapore culture.

National Design Centre

National Design Centre is a treasure trove of design exhibitions that now boasts some of Singapore’s finest boutiques. Kapok specialises in fashion and accessories from cult labels, while Keepers features artisanal goods from accessories to beauty products and locally inspired furnishings.

At night

5 Little India

Mustafa Centre

Need to pick up some last-minute supplies? There’s no place on earth like Mustafa Centre, where you can find everything from food and groceries to electronics, books, luggage and more—24 hours a day. Don’t miss:

Silks and Saris (Level B1, entrance 1): for value-for-money clothing in a dizzying array of colours and patterns.

Lakmé Cosmetics (Level 1, entrance 2): India’s premier makeup brand. Check out the Eyeconic Kajal eyeliner for a smoky, smudge-proof look.

Curry and Spices (Level 2): a mind-bogglingly large selection of ingredients, snacks, gravy, curry and produce imported from India.

Shopping in Singapore is your chance to embark on a journey of discovery that has surprises at every turn. The retail experience here is authentic, diverse and multicultural—one that juxtaposes the old and the new, the high- and low-end, the unexpected and the original. Take a piece of Singapore home with you—traverse the ethnic enclaves that give you access to distinctive, cross-cultural retail experiences and discover a burgeoning local retail scene that tells the deeper story about Singapore’s design identity through souvenirs.