Shopping is one of the greatest pleasures in Singapore. Part of the
fun is the excellent buys and great variety of shops all over the
island. Delight in a bargain at a little neighbourhood shop, pick up a
quaint item or two as you stroll through colourful ethnic quarters,
discover favourite buys of the droves who flock to our modern malls or
be enthralled by the splendour of whole shopping "cities"
selling everything under the sun.
Many top hotels
also have an attached shopping arcade with fine boutiques specialising
in designer fashion, accessories, jewellery and watches.
And designer brands
from the fashion runways of the world can be affordable - if you know
where to look. Find them at the growing number of discount shops
around the city. The magic is affordable in Singapore.
Shopping Belt extending from Tanglin Road all the way down Orchard
Road and Bras Basah Road to Marina Bay has been tagged Fifth Avenue,
Regent Street, Champs-Elysees, Via Veneto and Ginza for good reason.
This is where
world-class shopping abounds. A day spent browsing and buying turns
into an unforgettable experience as theme designer boutiques, local
and international department stores, speciality shops and bargain
counters compete with outdoor cafes and gourmet restaurants for your
Great shopping in
Singapore isn't confined to just Orchard Road and its surroundings.
Quality goods at prices that won't burn a hole in your pocket can be
found in lots of places around the city centre. The Riverside area by
River Valley Road is home to both some of the newest as well as the
oldest shops in Singapore. Look in the heart of the financial district
around Raffles Place and Shenton Way where the office crowd throngs
the shops for a surprising variety of goodies.
If you're prepared
to venture further afield, you can combine shopping with a little
off-the-beaten track sightseeing as well. In fact, you'll discover
some of the best bargains where most Singaporeans live, eat and shop -
out in the heartlands of Singapore.
shopping centres offer a surprisingly comprehensive range of items
from branded to electronic goods at prices to delight the
value-conscious and determined bargain hunter. Business hours vary
from shop to shop but as a general guide, most shops are open from
11am to 9pm.
Town centres in the
larger estates of Tampines and Bishan are easily accessible by MRT.
Shopping at these bustling town centres is a fascinating experience,
providing insight into the local lifestyle and a chance to mingle with
Singaporeans at their most comfortable. You also reap another benefit
- the opportunity to tuck in "local style" at the numerous
food centres and informal coffee shops.