With countless malls, thrift stores, and indie outlets, Singapore offers visitors a world-class shopping experience that’s hard to beat.
If you love luxury brands, value buys, and everything in between, be sure to visit these areas in and around the city to get some serious shopping done.
The world-famous Orchard Road has gained an iconic status and is such a huge hit with tourists thanks to its great mix of stores. The retail haven is home to malls like ION Orchard and Paragon—two complexes that are known for their international luxury brand offerings like Gucci and Louis Vuitton.
If you’re curious about the local design and fashion scene, hit up venues like TANGS and orchardgateway. At these two shopping malls, you can find labels and stores such as Aijek (a clothing line featuring effortless pieces made from eco-friendly fabrics), SUPERSPACE (it stocks brands like Singapore streetwear label MASH-UP), and Naiise, a design megastore where you can pick up some quirky souvenirs!
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As one of the city’s biggest luxury shopping malls, The Shoppes is lined with rows of your favourite brands, from Tom Ford to Miu Miu and Burberry, so expect to be kept preoccupied for hours. Fashion stores aside, there are also several beauty and wellness outlets and jewellery shops—you'll certainly be spoilt for choice.
Bugis and Haji Lane
The colourful streets of Bugis and its neighbouring areas, the vibrant Haji Lane and the culture-rich Arab Street, attract throngs of shoppers on a daily basis. The three zones may be in close proximity of one another, but each offers a completely different retail experience.
Bugis Street is well-loved for its thrift shops and Korean-centric stores that offer both trendy and timeless pieces that’ll please any fashionista. Pro tip: You’ll often find similar styles in various places so make sure you comb the stores and find out where the best deals are before making your purchase.
Recognised for its eclectic mix of vintage fashion, local labels, and unique finds, Haji Lane is littered with stylish boutique outlets that are housed in picture-perfect shophouses. Look forward to finding knick-knacks and bold outfits at venues like Mondays Off and Soon Lee.
If you’re after something with a little more cultural value, drop by Arab Street. Royal Fabrics stocks lovely options such as Malay and Indonesian batik (intricately dyed patterns on fabrics), and Jamal Kazura Aromatics is the place to go for some gorgeous-smelling attar (Arabic perfume oils).
Want to get more shopping done in a lively cultural precinct? Make your way to Little India and navigate your way through the busy streets to find traditional clothing and accessories like sari (a traditional costume consisting of a long cloth wrapped around the body that’s worn by Indian women) and brightly-coloured bangles.
Of course, no visit to Little India is complete without a stopover at Mustafa Centre. This massive institution is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and here you can find just about anything you can think of, from electronics to children’s toys and sporting goods.
One of Singapore’s oldest neighbourhoods also happens to be one of the hippest areas in the city. For the perfect blend of old and new, Tiong Bahru is it. In this area, you’ll find clusters of indie stores and trendy boutiques such as Strangelets alongside other features like cool bookstore BooksActually and vintage vinyl store, Curated Records.
Tiong Bahru is also known for its Instagram-worthy cafés and brunch spots, including Tiong Bahru Bakery and Open Door Policy, so take the opportunity to pop by some of these places for a break when exploring the 'hood.
Wander to places where the locals live and you’ll find a surprising amount of stores worth checking out. In areas like Tampines and Queenstown, find retail landmarks like Tampines 1 and Queensway Shopping Centre, which carry brands like Cath Kidston and Adidas. Speaking of sports labels, if that’s what you’re after, spend more time at Queensway Shopping Centre; the sporting goods Mecca is jam-packed with outlets selling trainers and apparel from past seasons and collections of your favourite brands.
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Don’t skip one of the city’s largest shopping malls: VivoCity. Visit fashion stores like COACH and be sure to spend time at Daiso, a Japanese outlet that has pretty much everything you can think of priced at just S$2.
If you’ve got little ones with you, you’ll be glad to know that VivoCity is extremely kid-friendly; let them have fun at the open-air playground on the second level, or splash around in the water-based Sky Park on the third.
At the award-winning Changi Airport, you can enjoy duty-free shopping for yourself, or do some last minute souvenir shopping for the friends and folks back home. The range of options is diverse—from Adidas to Burberry to COACH—so you'll definitely be spoilt for choice.
With so many shopping districts in Singapore to choose from, you’ll be one happy visitor.
If you want to know where else there is to visit for more retail therapy, check out this beginner’s guide to shopping in Singapore.