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Best places to go shopping in Singapore

As well as being paradise for foodies, Singapore is a prime spot for retail therapy – pampering, clothes and furniture for a start. Not sure where to go? We’ve done the legwork and compiled this go-to guide for shopping across the island. From the famous Orchard road to Marina Bay and some hidden retail gems. Ready, set, shop!

Shopping in Singapore

BUKIT TIMAH

Located across the road from Singapore’s picturesque Botanic Gardens, Cluny Court (501 Bukit Timah Road) offers an eclectic mix of fashion and lifestyle stores amidst a good selection of foodie haunts. Shopping for your growing tweens? Check out multilabel boutique Twelve by Elly (#02-06), where you’ll find trendy clothing designs and accessories for both boys and girls between the ages of six and 12. For resort-worthy fashion and accessories, visit The Tui Collection (#02-16), Simone Irani (#02-17) or Lilla Lane (#02-35), or if you’re on the hunt for maternity wear, Mothers en Vogue (#02-18) offers a great range of stylish wear for mothers-to-be.

Then, end your shopping sesh with a well deserved, relaxing blowout at one of our favourite salons, The Big Blow (#02-21). Hungry folks can also tuck into a variety of food options – our top picks are Da Paolo Gastronomia’s toasty sandwiches and EGA Juice Clinic’s (#01-04A) uber-healthy cold pressed juices.

DEMPSEY HILL

Known for housing an incredible selection of gourmet specialty stores and upscale dining spots, Dempsey Hill is, in fact, a former British army barracks. Today, this foodie paradise also offers a wonderful shopping experience. Pick up a beautiful piece for your home at Asiatique Collections (Blk 14A) and Woody Antique House (Blk 13, #01-05), then head to Loewen by Dempsey for a pampering spa session at Trimmings & Spa (Blk 75B). If you’re visiting on a Friday, don’t forget to pop by House by Dempsey (Blk 8D) for a yummy afternoon tea buffet (3pm to 5.30pm). Surrounded by lush greenery, the picturesque view and cosy interiors make this spot a must-visit!

CHINATOWN

Shopping in Singapore

Singapore’s iconic Chinatown attracts flocks of tourists with its pretty and traditional streets. The first thing you’ll notice is the myriad of buzzy bars and eateries housed in conserved shophouses around the area, which encompasses Ann Siang Road, Club Street, Amoy Street, Gemmill Lane, Cross Street, Erskine Road and Telok Ayer Street. On the fashion forefront, we love Willow & Huxley (20 Amoy Street) for its collection of weather appropriate dresses from both cult and up-and-coming labels. For weeknight drinks with the girlfriends, take a short walk to speakeasy bar Operation Dagger (7 Ann Siang) or Asian-inspired watering hole Nutmeg & Clove (10A Ann Siang Hill). Located a stone’s throw away is multi-label boutique Mythology (88 Club Street), a beautifully-renovated shophouse store that stocks premium women’s apparel and accessories from Asia.

ORCHARD ROAD

It’s no surprise that Orchard Road is Singapore’s best-known shopping destination – both for tourists and locals alike. Stretching over two kilometres, you’ll find tons of shopping malls lined up along the street, offering everything from high street fashion to luxe labels. Not sure where to start? We’ve narrowed down our seven favourite malls to hit!

Shopping in Singapore

01. Tanglin Mall | 163 Tanglin Road

Popular with the expat community, this all-in-one shopping haven is home to boutiques like Shopping at Tiffany’s (#02-03), White Ginger (#03-04) and Willow & Huxley’s second branch (#02-27), all of which stock affordable, fashion-forward clothing in Western size ranges. Mums will love the childrenswear range at Aussie shop Seed Heritage (#02-32/34), which focuses on unique designs made from natural fibres and fabrics. There’s no lack of food options here, too; tuck into international flavours at the Food Hall (#B1-17) or visit Nando’s (#01-14/15) for their famous Peri-Peri chicken!

02. ION Orchard | 2 Orchard Turn

Conveniently located right beside Orchard MRT station, this gigantic mall is one of the most well – known shopping spots in the area. Look forward to a wide array of high street fashion brands like Zara and Dorothy Perkins, alongside local labels like Charles & Keith (#B3-58) and MDS Collections (#B3-35). Pick up groceries from gourmet supermarket Jasons (#B4-17/18/19), then satiate your sweet tooth at popular pastry shops Bake Cheese Tart (#B4-33) and Awfully Chocolate (#B4-50).

Shopping in Singapore

03. Orchard Central | 181 Orchard Road

Home to Uniqlo’s first global flagship store (#01-01/#02-01/#03-01), Orchard Central combines art, fashion and food. Fitness enthusiasts can buy the latest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) gear from MMA in Style (#06-24), while those who love bold patterns can check out the range from Spanish label Desigual (#01-11/12/13/14). Another noteworthy pick is the newly opened Steamroom with The Pillar and Stones (#03-07/08), an interesting concept store that houses a tea room, a restaurant, a retail shop and an art space.

04. Paragon Shopping Centre 290 Orchard Road

Find all your hair and beauty needs at this upscale mall; popular services include brow grooming at Browhaus (#05-10), waxing at Strip (#05-08A/09) and luxe spa treatments at Adeva Spa (#06-22/24). There’s a tight selection of luxury fashion brands too, such as Burberry (#01-32/33) and Coach (#02-13).

05. Mandarin Gallery | 333A Orchard Road

This snazzy mall hosts many high-end international fashion and beauty brands like Bathing Ape (#02-08/09/10), Clé de Peau Beauté (#01-09) and Michael Kors (#01- 12/13), alongside a two-storey Victoria’s Secret flagship store. Treat yourself to a series of face-renewing treatments at Mendis Aesthetics & Surgery (#04-17), or a gorgeous modern jewellery piece from award-winning label Choo Yilin (#02-23). Then, satisfy your sweet cravings with dessert from French cafe Antoinette (#02-33/34) or Arteastiq Tea Lounge (#04-14/15).

06. Far East Plaza | 14 Scotts Road

Bargain shopping is the order of the day here; you’ll find a myriad of custom tailors, small fashion boutiques and shoe shops scattered in this five-storey shopping paradise. Apart from bagging good deals, don’t leave without getting a value-for-money mani or pedi at one of the many nail salons – you’ll easily find shops offering express manis for less than $20.

07. Orchard Cineleisure | 8 Grange Road

A favourite hang-out amongst youngsters and moviegoers, this hip mall boasts multiple streetwear names like Stussy (#03-03) and local brand Flesh Imp (#03- 06A/B). Sneaker junkies can find their favourite pair at Leftfoot (#02-07), while the ladies can shop a wide range of fashion-forward clothing by The Editor’s Market (#03-03A/04). Activities-wise, you can sing your heart out at Manekineko Karaoke (#08-01) or have a go at obstacle courses at trampoline park BOUNCE (#09-01).

MARINA BAY

The Orchard Road locale may be touted as Singapore’s top shopping district, but did you know that the Marina Bay area is also home to some of the biggest and grandest malls in town? Here are four shopping centres to check out in this part of the island!

Shopping in Singapore

01. Marina Square | 6 Raffles Boulevard

Shop for international brands like British India (#02- 209/210), Levi’s (#02-311) and Massimo Dutti (#02- 129 to 131). Feeling peckish? From Chinese restaurants by Putien (#02-205) and Mouth Restaurant (#02-200) to dessert spots like St. Marc Cafe (#02-105), the range of food options available will leave you spoilt for choice.

02. Esplanade Mall | 1 Esplanade Drive

Best known for supporting the local arts scene, the Esplanade’s iconic durian-shaped exterior stands out from the surrounding malls. Here, you’ll find a small selection of boutiques, including jewellery shop Alexandria Maison (#02-02), which carries unique creations from local jewellery brands and the Metropolitan Museum of New York. If you’re here to support a friend’s performance, there’s a lovely florist, Meadows & Clouds (#02-05), where you can pick up a bunch of fresh blooms.

03. Suntec City Mall | 5 Temasek Boulevard

Home to around 300 shops, this lifestyle mall is one of Singapore’s largest. You’ll be treated to a huge selection of shops – restaurants, spas, hair salons, fashion boutiques, electronic stores and more. Looking to doll up your new space? Visit Scanteak (North Wing, #02-443/444/451/452) for Scandinavian-style furniture, or hit up Bed Bath N’ Table (West Wing, #02-325/331/332) for designer bed linen, towels and home accessories. Then, kick back with an indulgent spa session at Calla Spa (North Wing, #01-501 to 504), well, just because.

04 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands | 2 Bayfront Avenue

Popular with both locals and tourists alike, this world class mall offers up luxury shopping at its finest. There’s a huge range of luxury brands like Dior (#B1-63, Galleria Level) and Armani Exchange (#B2-15, Canal Level), as well as snazzy restaurants including Adrift by David Myers (Hotel Lobby Tower 2) and CUT by Wolfgang Puck (#B1-71, Galleria Level).

Shopping in Singapore

KAMPONG GLAM

This heritage-rich enclave is a thriving shopping destination with charming boutiques, cafes and bars housed in conserved shophouses. The roads comprising Kampong Glam, which include North Bridge Road, Haji Lane, Arab Street, Baghdad Street, Bali Lane, Kandahar Street and Bussorah Street, exude a real community vibe. Take a stroll along Haji Lane, where you’ll find Tokyobike’s (38 Haji Lane) first and only Asian flagship store outside of Japan. Pamper yourself with a manicure at The Nail Social (42A Haji Lane), a socially-conscious salon that trains and employs underprivileged women.

Tip: Opening times vary from store to store. It’s best to head down after midday as generally the shops around these parts open later in the day.

This article first appeared in the City guide 2017 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!

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