While Orchard Road is home to a whole trove of world-class malls, it’s certainly not your only option when it comes to shopping in Singapore’s retail paradise.
If you’re an avid shopper, you should venture beyond the heart of our city. Our heartland neighbourhoods are home to a whole range of malls across the entire island. Take a stroll through our heartlands, and you’re bound to find shopping opportunities galore.
Located in eastern Singapore, Tampines Mall boasts a whole variety of food, fashion and lifestyle retail for shoppers of all stripes.
Global labels selling fashionable threads abound at this six-storey mall, including stylish streetwear from Converse, fuss-free fashion from Giordano and trend timepieces from Swatch.
Basketball fans will have a blast browsing the various sneakers at Hoops Factory, which stocks a range of kicks from brands like Nike and Adidas. Whether you’ve a talent for sinking threes from downtown or bringing the rock to the rim, sneaker brands like the ‘FOCUS’ Curry7 and the Lebron 17 Air Unrivalled are bound to help you flaunt your talents.
Tampines Mall is also home to Golden Village Cinemas, where you can take a break from your shopping spree with a Hollywood blockbuster, animated movie or Oscar-worthy drama.
Tampines Mall. 4 Tampines Central 5, Singapore 529510.
Queensway Shopping Centre
Built in 1975, Queensway Shopping Centre exudes an old-world charm that’ll make for both a great shopping spree and a trip down memory lane.
A favourite haunt of hoop fans, budding soccer players and sports enthusiasts, this charming mall is your go-to destination for active wear and sports.
Stores like Limited EDT, Sports World and Kappa selling a whole range of shoes for all your sporting needs, including vintage Air Jordans, running shoes from Adidas and limited-edition kicks like the ‘Year of the Rat’ skate shoe collection from Vans.
Many of the stores here offer significant discounts on their merchandise, so don’t be afraid to window shop for great bargains.
Peckish shoppers looking to dine on authentic Singaporean fare can drop by Janggut Laksa, located on level one of the shopping mall. One of Singapore’s most beloved delicacies, laksa (spicy coconut milk-based noodle soup) comprises silky smooth noodles in a tangy broth, topped with prawns and a spoonful of sambal (spicy chilli paste).
Queensway Shopping Centre. 1 Queensway, Singapore 149053.
If you’re looking for a sparkling retail experience in the West side of Singapore, be sure to pop by JEM in Jurong East.
Singapore’s third largest suburban shopping mall boasts over 580,000 square feet of retail space across six levels, and a whole variety of options for a bout of retail therapy.
Whether you’re into the classy threads at Uniqlo, looking for a stylish luggage bag from Kipling or shopping for Swedish timepieces at Tissot, JEM is bound to house a treasure to call your own.
Booklovers can find a whole trove of tomes and novels at Kinokuniya, while cinephiles can catch a film at Cathay Cineplexes between bouts of shopping.
If you’re a Marie Kondo fan or a lover of minimalism, be sure to pop by MUJI. This beloved Japanese retail chain stocks a selection of elegantly-designed items and apparel, ranging from notebooks and tote bags to bath mats and passport cases.
JEM. 50 Jurong Gateway Road, Singapore 608549. +65 6225 5536.
Located in the south of Singapore, VivoCity boasts a whole trove of retail experiences as well as quick and easy access via tram to the pristine white beaches of Sentosa.
Singapore’s largest shopping mall is home to over 300 retail brands, which makes it a great place to spend the entire day on a shopping spree.
Shop for a stylish timepiece or sparkling jewellery at The Hour Glass or Chow Tai Fook or go hunting for streetwear at stores like Topshop and Zara. If you’re visiting with the little ones, be sure to drop by Toys ‘R’ Us to find a whole trove of playthings and collectibles.
If you’re looking to take a quick break between bouts of retail therapy, drop by library@harbourfront on the third floor. This 3,000 square-metre space is home to over 200,000 books and magazines that you can browse while giving your legs a rest.
VivoCity. 1 HarbourFront Walk, Singapore 098585. +65 6377 6870.
Spend your morning jogging or at the park’s Nature Cove or amidst the lush foliage of the Green Gallery, before making a beeline for Waterway Point.
Located just a short jaunt away from Punggol Waterway Park, this establishment is the perfect location for nature lovers looking to indulge in a bout of shopping.
You’ll be able to find active wear and sports gear at Decathlon, homeware and furnishing at Ace Wood and a whole range of fashion at stores like H&M.
Waterway Point. 83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828761. +65 6812 7300.
One of Singapore’s largest suburban malls, Northpoint City is a great place to visit if you happen to be in the north side of Singapore, and looking for an authentic heartland shopping experience.
Take a walk through the mall and you’ll find global fashion brands like G2000, Levi’s and Hush Puppies, gadgets galore at Challenger and a range of sparkling treasures at Poh Heng Jewellery.
If you’re looking to take a break from shopping, you can people-watch at the Nee Soon Central Community Centre—located in the mall’s south wing—or spend some time relaxing at the Yishun Public Library.
Northpoint City. 930 Yishun Avenue 2, Singapore 769098. +65 6754 2300.