The best shopping places in Singapore for buying great souvenirs and quintessentially Singaporean products.
A world-renowned shopper’s paradise, Singapore is noted as one of the world’s most business-friendly cities, which attracts both famous international brands and local designers to set up shop in our business-friendly metropolis. Through Singapore’s inspiring plethora of local wares, shoppers can catch a glimpse of our city state’s history and our designers’ influences.
In service-oriented Singapore where retail is a holistic experience, collectors can bear witness, through countless goods and services, to the cultural diversity that makes Singapore the uncanny melting pot.
One of the most famous shopping belts in the world, Orchard Road evolves continually and provides its shoppers with numerous options and experiences to be had. It continually sees the rise of gleaming new malls like 268 Orchard Road, which recently welcomed Surrender.
A Singaporean success story, Surrender is the brainchild of owner Earn Chen, whose dream to set up an underground multi-label boutique in Singapore, was realised two decades ago.
Today, the boutique introduces up and coming labels like Fxxking Rabbits and Fear of God to Singapore’s growing fashion-savvy community.
Surrender is flanked within 268 Orchard Road by Japanese label Christian Dada and American label Off-White, which let their collectors reinvent themselves with the most cutting-edge looks in fashion today.
Slightly further up Orchard Road, TANGS has persisted as a household name in Singapore since before the Second World War. Housed within a majestic pseudo-Chinese building in the middle of the belt, TANGS is an ardent supporter of local designers such as Aijek, which purveys affordable high street styles, and In Good Company, which expanded from an accessories brand to a full-fledged international purveyor of bold apparel.
Other luminaries who have elevated Singapore’s fashion scene include streetwear maven Mark Ong of SBTG and award-winning womenswear designer Priscilla Shunmugam of Ong Shunmugam, whose creations can be purchased from Haji Lane and Holland Village respectively.
Arguably the founder of Orchard Road shopping belt, Tang Choon Keng arrived in Singapore from China in 1923 with just two trunks of lace and linen. Tang laboriously hawked his wares from door to door until he was able to set up his own shop. After World War II, Tang set up the third ‘House of Tang’ along Scotts Road, which ignited the metamorphosis of the Orchard Road precinct into a world-class retail district.
Take a walk in Singaporeans’ shoes by picking up footwear from popular local shoe retailers Charles & Keith and Pedro. Their numerous branches in the city centre teem with shoppers every day and their immense success has led to these labels opening several outlets across Singapore, around the world and even online.