There’s a good reason why Singapore is known as a shopping haven; beyond the glamorous Orchard Road are plenty of stores and markets to satisfy all your shopping desires. Check out the shopping destinations on this list, to seek your unique brand of retail therapy.
For the budget-conscious
The no-frills fashionista will love Bugis Street, which has over 600 stalls hawking all things imaginable, from men’s and women’s clothing, accessories and cosmetics to snacks and fresh flower. This is where the eagle-eyed shopper will triumph: go forth to scout out the best buys at the best prices.
For the fitness buff
Head to Queensway Shopping Centre if you’re keen to shop for new sportswear and fitness equipment. Home to floors of specialty shops that stock tennis racquets, sneakers, running shoes, gym equipment and accessories, it’s the local go-to for fitness buys. Tip: if you’re planning to buy more than a few items, make sure you haggle with the store owners. You might get yourself a real sweet deal.
For the foodie traveller
If tasting the flavours of the world is your life’s motto, you won’t want to miss out on the gourmet market, Pasarbella. There's something to suit everyone's palate here, be it Asian-style condiments, freshly baked bread and pastries, artisanal cheese or charcuterie.
Check out the Kranji Farmers' Market for some of the freshest produce to be found on this sunny island. Meet the ‘farmpreneurs’ of Singapore at this market held every three months — they are new generation entrepreneurs who produce with sustainable and eco-conscious practices. You can also check out other similar events such as the monthly farmer’s markets at The Pantry at Loewen Gardens and Open Farm Community.
For the family
Trouble finding a one-stop destination that offers recreation for both adults and kids? Head over to United Square Shopping Mall and spend a leisurely afternoon there. Little explorers will be delighted with the mountain of specialty educational toys at Growing Fun while parents grab a bite at the food and drink outlets along the state-of-the-art al fresco food court.
For the creatives
Good news for those in search of handmade, one-of-a-kind souvenirs. You’ll be spoilt for choice at art markets such as the MAAD (Market of Artists and Designers), where Singapore artists and makers gather to hawk all things including jewellery, paintings as well as little keepsakes to bring home with you.
Other notable art markets include The Local People and Public Garden; check their Facebook pages while planning your trip, so that you won’t miss out on these fun shopping events. For more options, check out this list of fantastic flea markets in Singapore.