From hip enclaves and quaint neighbourhoods to gleaming malls, Singapore is home to endless opportunities for a shopping spree.
10am to 12pm
Start your day amidst the Art Deco buildings and nostalgic ambience of Tiong Bahru.
One of Singapore’s oldest neighbourhoods, this hip enclave boasts both indie boutiques and charming cafes like Forty Hands and Tiong Bahru Bakery. Grab a cup of joe from the former and a buttery croissant from the latter before you begin your shopping spree.
Travellers looking to spruce up their home can make a beeline for Tumbleweed Plants to add a touch of greenery to their abode, or shop at Maissone for a selection of homeware. For elegant threads and sparkling accessories, consider perusing the wares at DGA Threads or Nana & Bird.
Alternatively, spend the morning crate-diving for vintage vinyl at Curated Records. This hole-in-the-wall record store is choc-a-bloc with jazz, classic rock and vintage pop records.
12pm to 2pm
With a plethora of luxury malls, high-end fashion brands and global labels, Orchard Road is truly Singapore’s most famous shopping mecca.
ION Orchard—located right next to Orchard MRT—is a great place to begin your visit. Besides internationally-renown labels like Zara, Burberry and Dolce and Gabbana, you’ll find a range of homegrown brands selling wares proudly made in Singapore.
Peruse a selection of handcrafted journals and leather accessories at Bynd Artisan, or make a fashion statement with the elegant designs from In Good Company. Peckish shoppers can drop by Food Opera@ION Orchard—located in the mall’s basement—for a quick meal, or Violet Oon for Peranakan* classics.
TANGS—located just across the road— is one of the island’s most established department store, stocking everything from kitchen appliances and homeware to perfumes and cosmetics.
If you’re looking to indulge in Michelin-starred cuisine alongside your shopping spree, make a reservation at béni for exquisite French-Japanese fusion fare.
*The term is an Indonesian/Malay word that means “local born”, which generally refers to people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage.
2pm to 4pm
For the former, drop by Bugis Street—a regular stomping group of local youngsters—to check out a range of hip street fashion, retro accessories and trendy apparel.
Fans of classic craftmanship can take a quick stroll over to Kampong Gelam, which boasts a trove of traditional artisanal wares. You’ll find bespoke perfumes at Jamal Kazura Aromatics, handwoven baskets at Rishi Handicrafts and gorgeous antiques at the Malay Art Gallery.
4pm to 7pm
Besides its colonial architecture and world-class museums, Singapore’s Civic District is also home to a range of modern malls to scratch your retail itch.
Continue your shopping spree at Raffles Hotel Arcade for enchanting souvenirs from Raffles Boutique and exquisite jewellery from Elliot & Carmen, or drop by Funan to peruse electronics from labels like Audio Technica and Bose.
Avid musicians and creative types will find a range of indie gems at Peninsula Shopping Centre. Drop by Davis Guitars for a range of rocking musical instruments, Limited EDT for pumped up kicks and Black Market Camera Singapore for a selection of second-hand photography equipment.
You’ll find coveted international brands like Chanel, Versace and APM Monaco, as well as one of the world’s most gorgeously designed Apple Stores—a shining dome designed to look like it floats over water.
If you’re looking to pamper yourself with a world-class meal, the mall houses a range of restaurants by some of the world’s most famous chefs. Indulge in Western fare at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, sate your carnivorous cravings at CUT by Wolfgang Puck or indulge in Michelin-starred Japanese fare at Waku Ghin.
Round off your trip with a visit to Jewel Changi Airport. A ten-storey nexus that fuses breath-taking spaces with world-class shopping, this scintillating destination turns Changi Airport into a tourist destination in its own right.
Snap a shot of the 40-metre tall Rain Vortex—the world’s largest indoor waterfall—and take a breather amidst the greenery of the Forest Valley before you continue your shopping spree.
Jewel Changi has lots to offer, from global brands Adidas and American Tourister, to the first permanent Pokémon Center outside of Japan.
For homegrown gems and heartfelt gifts, be sure to check out RISIS Trésor for handcrafted jewellery, Supermama for exquisite porcelain tableware or The Cookie Museum for snacks with local flavours like laksa (spicy coconut milk-based noodle soup) and chicken rice.