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.
All venues are near Bugis MRT Station.
Shopping in Bugis is easy on the eyes and on the wallet, with a lot of the 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. Here lies one of Singapore’s oldest and colourful districts. In the past, Bugis Street Market was crammed with entertainment and al fresco dining, along with nightly adult-themed shows.
Today, it’s a bustling street market. Step into the covered bazaar 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. With over 600 stores spread across three levels, you’ll definitely find something that suits you. For more fashion options, head up to the second and third level.
Bugis Street Market. 3 New Bugis Street, Singapore 188867. +65 6338 9513.
Where high street fashion and entertainment meet
Just next to Bugis Street Market is 2 Bugis+, a 10-storey mall that has equal levels of fun and shopping. The lower levels are dedicated to fashion, while the upper levels are all about entertainment.
Shop at international high street labels like Berskha and Pull&Bear that update their stocks regularly, so you can be sure that there’s always a new look to discover. Find outfits that may not be available back home on these shelves.
Head over to the Editor’s Market, a homegrown boutique for tastefully curated fashion. Here you can mix and match pieces for your perfect outfit. The more items you pick, the cheaper it gets. 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. 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.
Bugis+. 3 New Bugis Street, Singapore 188867. +65 6338 9513.
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 truffle yakiniku don; angus short rib is 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).
Kapok, National Design Centre. 111 Middle Rd, Singapore 188969. +65 9060 9107.
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 107 Style and 3 Halo Apparel. 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.
Bugis Junction. 200 Victoria Street, Singapore 188021. +65 6557 6557.
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’. Trawl through mountains of second-hand books and magazines of possibly every topic you can think of. 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 is also home to hipster stores selling novelties like retro Chinese toy cars. End the trail by buying a piece of quirky art at Cat Socrates that you can bring home as a memento. It’s bound to make a good conversation starter in your living space.
Bras Basah Complex. Blk 231 Bain Street, Singapore 180231. +65 9111 3257.
Mon-Thu 10am-7pm; Fri-Sun 10am-9pm.