When you’re on holiday in Singapore, shopping is basically non-negotiable. The city is famous for its eclectic range of shopping experiences – from the commercial stores of Orchard Road that stretch into the horizon to the quirky boutiques of Haji Lane.
Beyond Orchard Road, Singapore’s suburbs also offer a bounty of shopping complexes. A comprehensive shopping tour of the city would include Bugis Junction, JCube, Marina Square, Suntec City, and VivoCity, which is connected to Sentosa Island by monorail. Don’t know what to buy in Singapore? The many, many Singapore shopping centres will help you decide. The real challenge is not spending all of your holiday shopping budget in one place!
Ann Siang Road
Located in Chinatown, Ann Siang Road is part of the acclaimed Ann Siang Hill district. The area is famous for its intriguing shops and exciting food scene, which combine to create the perfect shopping destination. Ann Siang Road is a wonderful place to enjoy a coffee and some excellent food between browsing vintage stores, particularly if you’ve already had a healthy dose of Orchard Road’s hullabaloo.
Little India is a thriving retail area, but it couldn’t be more different from the glamorous and oversized shopping centres of Orchard Road. Here you’ll find the real Singapore markets, the quaint shopping centres preferred by locals, and street stalls selling authentic Indian wares. Mustafa Centre is a highlight, as is Sim Lim Square (especially if you’re into your gadgets!).
Home to exquisite flea markets, street markets and department stores, Chinatown offers quite a diverse shopping experience. One moment you could be haggling with a street stall owner over a souvenir, the next you might be trying on big-name fashion in the comfort of a classy shopping centre. The OG Department Store is a particular favourite among locals and visitors alike.
Over 20 shopping centres line Orchard Road from end to end. Some are connected by underground passages, so you don’t even have to brave the heat to journey from one mall to the next. Highlights include ION Orchard, Ngee Ann City, Wisma Atria, and Plaza Singapura. When you need to refuel, try Takashimaya’s unfathomably large Food Village. A whole level of the shopping centre is dedicated to eating.
For unique and boutique Singapore fashion, head to the quirky Haji Lane. Lined by tiny independent stores and Middle Eastern cafes, this colourful area is perfect if you’re looking for an interesting shopping experience, but not looking to buy anything in particular. That’s not to say you won’t buy anything, though – the fascinating items and lively store owners will definitely tempt you.