In a country where shopping is seen as something of a national hobby, sometimes almost bordering on the compulsive, it is fair to say that there are many great places to enjoy some retail therapy in Singapore!
The shopping scene is so fabulous that some people even plan their holiday in Singapore about the buzz they will get from visiting many great malls, stores, and markets, and the terrific buys that they will be able to take home with them. If shopping is a passion of yours, try and visit the country during the Great Singapore Sale, when numerous retail outlets give huge discounts on a wide range of products. Initially arranged to attract even more tourists to the country it is a major highlight in the country’s social calendar and a time that sees hoards of people racing to the rails and shelves to see what fantastic bargains there are to be found. Lasting for a whole two months, it’s the perfect time to combine your love of shopping with a visit to this interesting nation.
A top tip when shopping in Singapore is to keep all your receipts safe, as obtaining a tourist tax refund on purchases is relatively easy … it also brings the cost down a bit more too meaning that you get even more value for your Singaporean dollar!
There are many great shopping outlets all over the country that are perfect for browsing and buying at all times of the year. Some of the most popular spots include:
Quite unlike any other major shopping street in the world, Orchard Road really has become synonymous with luxury and high end shopping. The road is more than two kilometres long and you will find a heady array of shopping centres, department stores, and smaller outlets that tempt buyers with an amazingly wide assortment of products. It is known for being a premier place for high fashion, but you will also find an excellent selection of footwear, jewellery, accessories, things for the home, electronics … and almost anything that you could ever possibly want or need!
If you like the hustle and bustle of shopping with the chance to haggle and barter hard, the lively streets of Chinatown are perfect! Although haggling is not as common in Singapore as it is in other countries in Southeast Asia, and it is certainly neither expected nor welcome in places where there are clearly marked fixed prices, at the market stalls you can sometimes negotiate a lower price, especially if you are buying several items. The Night Market is excellent for reasonably priced items and it is also a top spot to indulge in some people watching. The traditional shop houses add to the overall atmosphere.
You’ll find even more market stalls and small stores in the throng of activity that is Little India. The area also boasts a big shopping centre that is brimming with bargains.
If you want a more exclusive feeling to your retail activities, don’t miss the malls and boutiques in the Marina Bay part of the city. The prices may be higher but the quality is the best! You can also find some well-known high street names though, and that can go some way towards helping to lower the cost of your shopping expedition.
Bugis and the area around the Arab Quarter are known for their quirky and edgier shopping, whilst Ann Siang Road has beautiful boutiques and imported products. Haji Lane is the ideal place for vintage hunters and those after a retro find, and Holland Village is a relaxed destination to shop.