Just landed and already itching for some retail therapy in Singapore? Don’t feel guilty – shopping is yet another way of exploring this vibrant island. Swot up on some of the country’s top shopping destinations in our guide to great areas for local boutiques, international stores and mega malls.
ANN SIANG HILL
Originally the site of the house and estate of Chia Ann Siang (1832–1892), a Malacca-born Hokkien Chinese saw-miller who bought the area after becoming a leading merchant of his time, Ann Siang Hill’s pretty streets are a tourist attraction in themselves. The area encompasses Ann Siang Road, Club Street, Amoy Street, Gemmill Lane, Cross Street, Erskine Road and Telok Ayer Street, and has become well known for its restored shophouses. Many are now taken over by concept eateries and bars, however quite a few fashion boutiques have also moved in.
88 Club Street
A beautifully renovated boutique shophouse curating premium women’s apparel and accessories from all over the Asia region.
86 Club Street
A women’s style haven, stocking labels predominantly from Australia. Think fashion-forward draped summer dresses and floaty numbers perfect for Singapore’s climate.
Willow & Huxley
20 Amoy Street
This multi-label store offers many cult and emerging labels for women including Bec & Bridge, Twenty8twelve, By Malene Birger and more.
15 Ann Siang Road, #01-01
A retail lifestyle boutique offering a range of products for gents, including tailored apparel, handcrafted leather goods, vintage collectibles and grooming accessories.
Stretching over two kilometres, Orchard Road is Singapore’s best-known shopping destination. The home of luxury and designer stores, the stretch is peppered with malls, eateries and hotels galore. Locating high-end brands is not a problem here, however you’ll find little in the way of local or independent designers – still, there are quite a few cute and quirky boutiques to shop if you know where to look.
ION Orchard | 2 Orchard Turn
Step out of Orchard MRT and you’ll find yourself in the middle of maze-like ION, full of fashion & beauty chain stores such as H&M, Mango, Accessorize, Victoria’s Secret, Kiehl’s to name but a few. It’s an easy one-stop destination for a good dose of retail therapy.
Far East Plaza | 14 Scotts Road
This mall is a great place to head for fashion services including tailoring and handbag restoration. There’s Pink Parlour on the fifth floor for beauty needs, including great spray tans. Cheap and cheerful shopping is the order of the day here but you’ll also find some great deals, and – for that themed housewarming party – a selection of costume stores, including Cheeks at #03-19.
Orchard Central | 181 Orchard Road
A popular haunt for local shoppers, this mall offers quite a few unique local fashion stores (check out Sabrina Goh, The Reckless Shop, Pact and The Editor’s Market) and organic beauty/wellness stores such as Soap Artistry and Shea. (Closest MRT: Somerset)
Wheelock Place | 501 Orchard Road
Shopping opportunities abound on the two basement floors of Wheelock, for mid-range fashion, accessories, bags and homeware.
Mandarin Gallery | 333A Orchard Road
An adjunct of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, this mall hosts many high-end international brands including Marc by Marc Jacobs, Mulberry, Paul Smith and Fred Perry. Local favourites include Hansel for easy-wearing dresses in flattering designs, while What Women Want stocks a range of eclectic and niche labels – allocate a generous amount of browsing time!
If you’re in the Marina Bay area, don’t miss lifestyle mall Millenia Walk (9 Raffles Boulevard), housing some of Singapore’s best local multi-label boutiques. We love The Emporium, a spacious store with stylish local labels spanning fashion, jewellery, leather goods and homeware. Also check out Déjà vu Vintage for gorgeous pre-loved vintage finds – you’re very likely to score a designer bargain in here.
Consider The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, the “Orchard Road” of Marina Bay. So while you’ll find some high-street chains including a huge Zara, Charles & Keith and Mango Touch, by and large it’s mainly designer stores and fancy restaurants – great if you’re looking for a splurge.
Another nearby shopping spot is located inside the famous Raffles Hotel at the Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade (328 North Bridge Road). It houses luxury stores aplenty, including Louis Vuitton, as well as fine jewellery stores like Tiffany and bridal boutiques such as Trinity Gallery.
The roads comprising Kampong Glam, which include North Bridge Road, Haji Lane, Arab Street, Baghdad Street, Bali Lane, Kandahar Street and Bussorah Street, give off a real community vibe.
You’ll find plenty of quirky bazaar-style shopping spots, independent boutiques, up-market local designer shops, homeware stores, salons and nail shops, as well as laid-back bars, cafes and Arabic food. Must-visits include Dulcet Fig for vintage wear, Threadbare and Squirrel, Zhai Eco Collection and Fabulous Fads.
Note: don’t visit this area early. Although opening times vary from store to store, it’s best to head down after midday as generally the stores around here open later.
Kampung in Malay means “village” or “settlement”, while glam derives from the name of a particular type of tree that once grew in that area.
Translating to “tin hill” in Malay, this is the highest point in Singapore at 163 metres. To find the best shops, however, you’ll have to travel eastwards down Bukit Timah Road. Luckily, you’ll find a concentrated dose of retail therapy located in Cluny Court (501 Bukit Timah Road), situated just across the road from the Botanic Gardens MRT.
This popular enclave is peppered with fashion and lifestyle stores started up by local and expat entrepreneurs. For a large range of European fashion and accessories for women, men and teens, visit Rosalie Pompon at #02-11 or The Dots at #02-20. Boutique Hanna Lee at #02-15 stocks some great jewellery pieces by designers from New York, London and Europe including Kenneth Jay Lane, Alexis Bittar and many more.
Gorgeous ideas for home interiors can be found at Bungalow 55 at #01-05A, which sources unique and chic home accessories and gifts from all over the world. Don’t forget to visit The Beauty Candy Apothecary just next door at #01-05B – if the charming storefront doesn’t have you hooked, the curated mix of beauty products and fashion certainly will.
Shopping online certainly has its advantages (including not needing to leave the house, or your bed, for that matter!) and in Singapore, you’ll find a heap of options at your fingertips. Check out our round-up of brilliant fashion websites that offer cheap delivery to Singapore, plus our top 10 online shopping sites across clothes, home and beauty here.