Bras Basah.Bugis is a shopper’s paradise, with swanky malls, charming boutiques and bustling street markets.
Bugis is a thriving district with a colourful past. Today it boasts everything shoppers could ever ask for; swanky malls, charming boutiques, bustling street markets, and of course, bargains at every corner. At Bras Basah.Bugis, you can discover local and international brands, curate pieces that speak to your passion and hunt for keepsakes that will remind you of the Singapore experience. This shopping trail should take about four hours.
Shopping in Bugis is easy on the eyes and on the wallet, with many of its shops catering to young adults and teenagers.
1. Bugis Street
Start at 1 Bugis Street Market, which offers an array of apparel, accessories and eats. In the past, Bugis Street Market was home to buzzing nightlife, catering to soldiers and sailors on shore leave.
Today, it’s a bustling street market that sells everything from quirky knickknacks and homeware to affordable and fashionable garments.
Bargain hunters, get ready to scour the best deals through shops packed with cheap clothes, shoes and accessories. While you wander through the maze of shops, grab a bite at one of the snack stalls located within. For more fashion options, head up to the second and third level.
With over 600 stores spread across three levels, you’ll definitely find something that suits you.
Where high street fashion and entertainment meet
Just next to Bugis Street Market is 2 Bugis+, a 10-storey mall that fuses fun with fashionable shopping boutiques. The lower levels are dedicated to apparel, while the upper levels are all about entertainment.
Shop at international high street labels like Bershka and Pull&Bear that update their stocks regularly, so you can be sure that there’s always a new look to discover.
Alternatively, head over to the The Editor’s Market, a homegrown boutique for tastefully curated fashion. Here you can mix and match pieces for your perfect outfit.
Then, take a break and indulge in the mall’s vast entertainment options. Catch a movie, shoot some pool or even go prawning on the roof at Fish@Bugis+. If you’d like to do as the locals do, sing your lungs out at a karaoke booth at Manekineko or play a game of darts at iDartsHalo.
3. Kapok at National Design Centre
A short walk away is National Design Centre, home to multi-label boutique and café 3 Kapok. This is where discerning fashionistas can sift through a curated cult collection of international labels like Maison Kitsuné, Stolen, and Mischa. Or mix and match pieces to express your personal style, before taking a tour around the design centre.
For lunch, grab a table at Tanuki Raw. This café just next door serves up a playful, modern take on Japanese food. A crowd favourite is the NDC Truffle Gyu—angus short rib served with rice, folded in truffle soya sauce and crowned with an onsen egg (an egg cooked precisely to produce a firm white but a runny yolk).
4. Bugis Junction
Across the road is 4 Bugis Junction, a mall that appeals to the young crowd with its fast fashion, costume jewellery, kawaii (cute) collectibles, and street-smart backpacks and courier bags. Complete your look at one of the many fuss-free fashion boutiques like Pedro and Natural Projects.
Then, take a stroll outside the main building, along two streets of air-conditioned walkways flanked by pushcarts selling knickknacks ranging from scarves to baby shoes.
Old school charm and quirky knickknacks
5. Bras Basah Complex
From Bugis Junction, walk down along Victoria Street and you will arrive at 5 Bras Basah Complex, an old-school building that’s been dubbed ‘Book City’. Despite its name, this shopping complex also houses stores selling musical instruments, sports equipment and art supplies.
To spruce up your coffee table, head to Basheer Graphic Books for new collections of graphic books and magazines. You’ll find titles ranging from home and décor to art. Bras Basah Complex is also home to hipster stores selling novelties like retro Chinese toy cars.
If you’re creatively-inclined, you should consider popping by Art Friend or Swee Lee to find ways to channel your inspiration. The former is a favourite haunt of local artists looking to stock up on paints, fabrics and canvases, while the latter is a beloved institution among local musicians.