Weekend pop-up markets are all the rage in Singapore now. Here are four to perk you up.
Clothes, electronics, knick-knacks, and more – budget-friendly shopping in Singapore is certainly a thing that exists, but only if you know where to look. Here are our top picks:
One of the biggest flea markets is Singapore is *SCAPE Marketplace. Situated in the heart of town, this weekend fiesta takes place every Friday through Saturday from 12pm to 10pm. Expect to see plenty of young vendors selling a myriad of fashion and beauty accessories (some of them are pre-loved), as well as nifty artisanal, handcrafted items. There are also live music performances by the city's talented up-and-coming musicians so you can shop and listen to catchy tunes at the same time.
Want to rummage through racks and boxes but can't stand the open-air concept of most flea markets (i.e. you're an A/C addict)? Head straight to China Square Central for their air-conditioned flea market, which happens every Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Here you'll find all sorts of vintage items, from comics and records to toys and watches. Put your bargaining skills to good use here – you can actually snag some things for just a few dollars!
Bugis Street and Haji Lane
The buzzing Bugis Street is a hotspot for fashionistas. There are hundreds of shops to visit, and lots of them offer both trendy and timeless pieces that'll fit right in your wardrobe. There's also a Korean-themed zone for you to get your K-pop-worthy outfit and cosmetics like face masks and BB cream. Tip: be sure to visit several stores before deciding on your purchases; oftentimes you'll find something and realise it's being sold cheaper just a few doors down.
After you’re done with Bugis Street, head over to the nearby Haji Lane – another shopping enclave worth visiting (and snapping pictures of so don’t forget that camera). This hip little street is peppered with indie stores and lifestyle boutiques where you can get vintage clothing and cool little knick-knacks that will make perfect souvenirs for the folks back home.
Mustafa Centre in Little India stocks just about everything, from children's toys to DVDs, gold jewellery and even television sets. This massive complex is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, seven days a week so should you feel like going value shopping at 3am, this is the place to hit.
City Plaza is known to locals as the place to get blogshop-sold items at half the price. Why? Because lots of the shops here are actually the ones that supply some of Singapore's biggest blogshops apparel and accessories!
This shopping mall is also great if you love wallet-friendly second hand items like dresses and shoes. Refash stocks such items and prices range anywhere from $5 to $15. Don't be surprised to find labels like Topshop and Zara in the clothes pile.
IMM at Jurong has over 80 outlet stores if outlet shopping is your cup of tea. Not only will you find mid-range brands like Billabong and Charles & Keith, but also big international labels like COACH, DKNY, and Sacoor.
There’s also quite a number of home furnishing shops for your interior design needs as well as dining options for a quick meal.
Queensway Shopping Centre
Queensway Shopping Centre is a favourite spot for sporting goods with countless rows of stores selling sneakers and apparel from past seasons and collections. Fitness junkies, you’ll be glad to know gym equipment can also be found here.
Who says shopping in Singapore has to be an expensive affair? Now that you know where to go for value shopping, get ready for lots of great deals, amazing discounts, and incredible finds. If you want even more options, check out this guide to bargain shopping by The Smart Local.