Every year, Singapore hosts the Great Singapore Sale. But the truth is, Singapore is a splendid shopping destination with over 200 malls and sales happening all year round. Whether you’re into the big brands, the little brands, or the no brands, there’s always something for you. This list will prove just that.
1. ORCHARD ROAD
An obvious destination that’ll be featured in all tourist guidebooks, and for good reason. The 2.2km stretch offers enough variety to entertain most shoppers for days. In fact, many single-minded shopaholics have been known to choose hotels along this stretch so they can make the most out of their shopping holiday.
A general tip is that most of the big brands will be in the malls near Orchard MRT station. As you inch towards Somerset MRT, you’ll encounter more eclectic offerings that are just as worthy.
FOR THE LUXURY SHOPPER
2. THE SHOPPES @ MARINA BAY SANDS
10 Bayfront Ave, 018956
If malls were people, The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands would be the ridiculously rich friend of a friend with the huge mansion and warm hospitality. You might have been there a couple of times, but it still feels fresh. You’ll still discover something new. And every single time, you’ll leave thinking “Wow, what a great place”.
Those who love luxury brands should definitely head here. Even if you’re not prepared to splurge, being surrounded by high-end brands still makes for a good experience.
FOR THE EXPERIENCE-SEEKER
3. BUGIS STREET
For a city that’s nicknamed the ‘air-conditioned nation’, street-shopping along Bugis Street can feel like an adventure of sorts. Over 600 shops on a street that’s usually packed with hordes of people. Big on variety and big on experience.
This is a street with a very colourful, non-child friendly past. These days however, the only ‘colour’ you’ll find are on the products for sale—mostly clothes and accessories, and usually suitable for all ages.
FOR THE BARGAIN-HUNTERS
4. CITY PLAZA
810 Geylang Road, 409286
From the outside, City Plaza is unimpressive. Dull. Quiet. A far cry from the type of malls you see along Orchard Road. But this 35-year-old shopping centre is actually the bargain-hunter’s best-kept secret. The home of fashion wholesalers and distributors.
So put aside your initial impressions. Ignore the tacky shop names. And bring along your best hunting skills. There are plenty of gems to be uncovered here—in the form of women’s fashion.
370 Alexandra Road, 159953
A relatively quiet mall tucked opposite the Alexandra branch of Swedish furniture giant IKEA, Anchorpoint houses multiple outlet stores under one roof.
There’s Charles & Keith, Pedro, G2000, Giordano, Billabong, Capitol Optical, Cotton On and many more. Enough for you to get a brand new head-to-toe outfit, with spectacles to boot. And you’re likely to still have enough money left for a decent dinner.
Discounted prices all year round, and the freedom to browse without people bumping into you every five minutes. Two things that make Anchorpoint the perfect place to be after you get tired from jostling with the crowd everywhere else. Just don’t tell too many people about it.
FOR THE HIPSTERS
6. HAJI LANE
Haji Lane and Orchard Road are both street names, but that’s as far as the similarities go.
Orchard Road is 2.2km long. Haji Lane is closer to 220m long. Orchard Road is lined with modern, glitzy malls. Haji Lane is lined with small, indie shops.
In short, Haji Lane is everything Orchard Road isn’t. And sometimes, that’s a really good thing. Especially when you’re looking to shop for things that’ll make others go “Ooh! That’s so special. Where did you get that?!”
FOR A PIECE OF HISTORY
7. THIEVES’ MARKET
Sungei Road, 208785
Like its name suggests, this was a place where thieves would peddle their stolen ware. These days, it’s where you’ll find forgotten relics of history.
No fancy visual merchandising. No new products. And no shade from the sun. For some, the best things you’ll find here are not the things of value—the analog typewriters, cast iron pans or vinyl records. It’s the stories behind seemingly worthless items—the black and white portrait of an unknown lady, thirty-year-old bottles of coke and broken mobile phones.
As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
FOR EVERYTHING ELSE
8. MUSTAFA Centre
145 Syed Alwi Rd, 207704
A massively-sized building with over 300,000 items on sale across four storeys. For everything you need, and everything else you don’t. Including gold—and for residents, even travel visas to India. In fact, at some point, Mustafa even sold cars.
The best part? It’s open 24/7. For the forgetful, insomniacs, or those with late-night shopping emergencies, that makes Mustafa an absolute saviour.
FOR LAST-MINUTE BUYS
9. CHANGI AIRPORT
For most travellers, airport are just places for passing through. An enforced pitstop. Unless it’s Changi Airport.
Duty-free shopping at over 350 shops. That’s reason enough to check-in for your flight early. And reason enough to spend the rest of your remaining Singapore dollars before you fly home. After all, shopping’s a great way to cope with those post-holiday blues.
Just don’t miss your flight.