6 value-for-money shopping havens in Singapore for thrifty shoppers

6 value-for-money shopping havens in Singapore for thrifty shoppers

From Orchard Road to Marina Bay, Singapore is better known for its glitzy shopping malls filled with designer brands. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find some bargain shopping utopias offering clothes, accessories and beauty products at irresistibly affordable prices.

So slip on your comfiest shoes and follow us on a tour of Singapore’s cheap shopping paradises:  

Bugis Street Street

Bugis Street Market
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Once a seedy red light district in Singapore, the buzzing district of Bugis is now famous for its street market, where tourists and locals alike make a beeline for its cheap wares. You can purchase souvenirs, accessories, clothes, electronics, home decor and cosmetics for low prices at over 800 shops and stalls.

Located just steps away from Bugis MRT station, it’s easy to find your way there – just follow the crowd towards the covered market area. T-shirts start from S$5, while you can nab a pair of jeans from as low as S$10 and shoes from S$15.

Bugis Street Market
3 New Bugis Street, Singapore 188867
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 10.00pm | Open daily

 

*Scape Underground

SCAPE Underground
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Part of a five-storey lifestyle hub built for local youths, the basement level is home to a variety of small stores that offer all sorts of products, including mobile accessories, knick-knacks and cosmetics.

As part of its role in youth empowerment and leadership development, most of the retailers at *Scape are students, so you’ll find products popular among the young crowd, sold at student-friendly prices. Clothes cost an average of S$10 to S$15.

*Scape Underground
2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978
Opening Hours: 9.00am – 9.00pm | Open daily

 

Far East Plaza

Far East Plaza
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Think Orchard Road only has expensive, upscale stores? Then you haven’t been to Far East Plaza. Set in the heart of the Orchard Road shopping belt, Far East Plaza has been a godsend for students and those who want to stay on trend but are on a tight budget.  

The maze of shops spread out across six levels, where you can find hot ticket items with a good mix of Korean, Hong Kong and vintage influences for a bargain. And if you need to #TreatYoSelf, Far East Plaza is where you should go for a spa day – its beauty service shops range from hair and nails to facials and tattoos, and all are reasonably-priced.

Far East Plaza
14 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228213
Opening Hours: 10.00am – 10.00pm | Open daily

 

The Editor’s Market

The Editor's Market
Credit: The Editor’s Market / Facebook

Operating similar to a wholesale shop, The Editor’s Market has a unique step pricing system – the more pieces you buy of a specific item, the cheaper it is per piece. Comprising multiple labels, from in-house and local to international brands, fashion mavens come here for the unique, handpicked apparel.

Due to its pricing system, shoppers are encouraged to pool together their purchases to get them at lower prices. You might just meet your newest shopping buddy this way! The Editor’s Market has several outlets across Singapore, including 313 Somerset and Bugis+, so check out their website for store locations and opening hours.  

 

IMM Outlet Mall

IMM Outlet Mall
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As one of Singapore’s largest outlet malls, you can browse around more than 90 outlet stores and 220 retailers here. The mall features a wide selection of brands such as Calvin Klein, Kate Spade, Coach, Timberland and more. (All at discounted prices, yaaaaassss.)

Sales can go up to 80 percent off, and word on the street is that there’s always a sale going on, so keep your eyes and ears alert for any updates! Spread over five levels, IMM is conveniently located near Jurong East MRT Interchange and Jurong East Bus Interchange.

IMM Outlet Mall
2 Jurong East Street 21, Singapore 609601
Opening Hours: 10.00am – 10.00pm | Open daily

 

Lucky Plaza

Lucky Plaza
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Lucky Plaza is one of Singapore’s oldest shopping malls, and despite its location on Orchard Road, the mall actually caters to bargain shoppers. It’s also known as the heart of Singapore’s Filipino community.

Here, you can find cheap accessories and jewelry, but most locals in the know come here to buy perfume, as you can get well-known perfumes at lower prices compared to other malls. If you’re on the lookout for a new scent, but don’t want to commit to buying a 50ml or 100ml bottle, you can ask about buying a sample.

Lucky Plaza
304 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238863
Opening Hours: 10.00am – 10.00pm | Open daily


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