Shopping is a must every time you’re on a trip. Whether it’s for you, your friends, or your family, you always find time to bring home something special from your trip.
Singapore is one of the best shopping destinations in the world. Whatever you’re looking for, whatever your mood is; markets, malls, boutiques, stalls, this bustling city has something to offer.
We rounded up the top 5 best places to shop in Singapore:
Considered as the shopping hub of Singapore, Orchard Road is a 2.2 kilometer stretch, that houses the country’s most famous shopping malls like ION Orchard, Paragon Shopping Centre, and Far East Plaza. Not only it is home to shops, bargain and luxury alike, you can also find fine restaurants and bars along the stretch, proving to be the ultimate Singapore shopping destination.
This modern shopping center was designed by internationally acclaimed Japanese architect Toyo Ito. VivoCity is known for its open spaces and design, which is inspired by waves from the sea. This shopping mecca is home to many branded shops and restaurants, an open-air playground, and an amphitheater.
VivoCity also houses the biggest cinema multiplex in Singapore, featuring 15 screens and 2,172 seats.
Travel Tip: Spot and take pictures of the many art installations made by international artists around VivoCity
Little India (Serangoon Road)
Bask in the colorful and lively ambiance of Little India, Singapore, the cultural center of the Indian community. Along the main commercial thoroughfare, Serangoon Road, are some of its famous shopping centers like the Tekka Centre, the Tekka Mall, the Little India Arcade, Serangoon Plaza, and the Mustafa Centre. You can find many items to take home; from spices, sari fabrics, and flowers to jewelry, brassware, and silverware.
Travel Tip: Try visiting Little India during Deepavali (also known as Diwali) or the Festival of Lights held every October.
One of the most-visited landmarks in Singapore is Chinatown. Even though surrounded by modern buildings, this energetic precinct still preserves its old era charm with its worship temples, pre-war, shop houses, markets, and tea houses.
The best time to visit Chinatown is during the Lunar New Year (or Chinese New year), one of the most celebrated holidays in Singapore. Usually celebrated in January or February, Chinatown comes alive with bright, decorative lanterns, ornaments, and bustling shops.
Travel Tip: You could also visit Chinatown during the Mid-Autumn Festival held in September. Don’t forget to buy your Mooncake!
Want to do some shopping and appreciate art at the same time? Head on over to Haji Lane in Kampong Glam and enjoy unique boutiques and vintage stores, decked with colorful wall murals. This narrow road is also filled with hip drinking spots, hole-in-the-wall cafés, and more. For sure, Haji Lane is the coolest place to do your shopping, also taking home some Instagram-worthy photos too.
Shopping in Singapore: Shop till you drop!
Whether you’re looking for branded, vintage, or bargain items, Singapore has a place for every shopaholic’s need. Tell us what you think of other shopping havens in Singapore at the comments below!