Often referred to as a shopper’s paradise, Singapore teems with a myriad of local and international wares that you can collect. The Marina Bay precinct itself already showcases a wide array of retail options and experiences, ranging from unique souvenir shops to the best of local and foreign designer labels. Whatever it is that piques your interest, you’ll probably find it here in our modern city state.
Sophisticated fashion at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands?
Stock your wardrobe with the latest threads from high fashion labels like Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Balmain. Almost every major luxury brand in the world has set up shop in iconic Marina Bay Sands?. If you fancy state-of-the-art camera equipment from Leica, beautiful toys for the kids from Hamley’s, or epicurean souvenirs from La Cure Gourmande, you’ll be pleased to know that all these luxury brands can be found within The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands?’ grandiose and post-modern complex.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands?. 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956. +65 6688 8868.
Mon-Thu & Sun 10.30am-11pm; Fri-Sat 10.30am-11.30pm.
One-of-a-kind finds at Millenia Walk
If it’s unique apparel, accessories and homeware that you’re looking for, Millenia Walk is where you will most likely acquire what you desire. Accentuate your outfits with gorgeous vintage clothing from Déjà Vu Vintage and customise a fashion-forward pair of spectacles or sunnies for yourself at [email protected]. Fans of suiting will be delighted to know that some of Singapore’s most esteemed modern menswear tailors have boutiques in Millenia Walk, including Last & Lapel, Rossi and Mr Bulli & Sons. Besides making a bespoke outfit with these suiting experts, you can also spruce up your home with elegant designer furniture from Vitra and Grafunkt, as well as Singapore-themed homeware and memorabilia from Naiise.
Millenia Walk. 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596. +65 6883 1122.
Family fun at Suntec City
A huge mall that is linked by walkways to convention halls and five-star hotels, Suntec City is filled with kid-friendly entertainment and retail options. Dress your soon-to-be pint-sized fashionista in garments from Royal Sporting House Junior and PriviKids. Adorable apparel for babies and expectant moms too is sold at Bove. Treat your children to the latest toys and games at Toys R’ Us and introduce them to arts and crafts at La Plage. Suntec City also has several playgrounds and decorated restaurants on its roof—all around its famous Fountain of Wealth.
Suntec City. 3E Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038984. +65 6266 1502.
Unique souvenirs to be had at Esplanade Mall
Esplanade Mall is chocked full of peculiar and thoughtful souvenirs that you can gift your loved ones. Tasteful trinkets can be had at Alexandria Maison, which stocks locally and internationally designed jewellery, as well as at Souvenirs of Singapore, which showcases quirky memorabilia that reference Singaporean landmarks and culture. Drop into ARCH, which sells handmade wooden artworks of our city. Supermama produces ceramics that bear Singapore-themed motifs and Toast Box has kaya (a traditional jam made from coconut and eggs) and pre-mixed curries can be bought and brought home to your friends and family.
The Esplanade. 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981. +65 6828 8377.
Local labels at Capitol Piazza
In youthful Capitol Piazza, homegrown designers have found a place to flourish. If you happen to enjoy indulging in local independent fashion labels, join the insiders who swathe themselves with clothes from Benjamin Barker, SABRINAGOH and The Reckless Shop. The Reckless Shop also stocks alluring accessories by local jeweller Amado Gudek. Other reasons why fashionistas flock to this picturesque mall are international brands like Dr Martens, 45R and Marimekko, whose ready-to-wear are sold in this refurbished Art Deco-style cinema.
Capitol Piazza. 11 Stamford Road, Singapore 178884. +65 6499 5168.
Audio-visual appliances and electronics at The Adelphi
The Adelphi is a must-visit for audiophiles and tech enthusiasts. The Adelphi is one of the few places in Singapore where customers get to ‘audition’ many types of gear from different brands all under one roof. Turntables, wireless devices, speakers, amplifiers, headphones, cables and everything else you need to set up an audiophile-grade entertainment system at home are all available here. Some premium systems sold here cost upwards of S$50,000. Fortunately, The Adelphi’s customer-oriented stores let serious collectors test their various functions and capabilities before making their purchase.
The Adelphi. 1 Coleman St, Singapore 179803. +65 6339 9179.
The musical paradise of Peninsula and Excelsior Shopping Centres
When Singaporeans think of purchasing or servicing musical instruments and equipment, the twin shopping centres of Peninsula and Excelsior always come to mind. Live out your musical dreams and expand your instrument collections at Swee Lee and Davis Guitar, which stock a wide range of rock and classical instruments and accessories. Visit Vinyl Kakis and Roxy Disc House if you’re in to collecting vinyl records and drop by La Vanita should you require any band merchandise.
Peninsula Shopping Centre. 3 Coleman St, Singapore 179804. +65 6416 1146.