Americans and Europeans may perceive the Lion City as a base to explore the natural and cultural beauty of South East Asia, but for South East Asians and Asians, Singapore isn’t as much a global travel destination or financial capital of South East Asia. Perhaps rightly, the Asians treat Singapore as one big shopping mall.
Complement or Critique, Singapore is a shopping heaven for the most of the Asians. For shopping aficionados, such a labelling means that this modern city can lay a safe claim to being one of Asia’s most sophisticated yet diverse shopping destinations. The city-state is home to many distinct districts that brings premier shopping experiences amongst cultural landmarks, lively nightlife and stunning architectural landscapes.
Let us begin the journey through the tidy and bustling lanes of the shopping paradise and find out those much vaunted and flaunted destinations within Singapore that satisfy your diving craving of the shopping. As Christmas and New Year’s Eve near, this is the perfect time to shop till you drop.
Orchid RoadAlmost 2.2km long stretch is a bustling belt that is flanked on both sides by local and international department stores, multi-label heritage department stores, tiny boutiques and a bevy of shopping malls, conveniently stacked one after the other. Head into the thrum of glitzy Orchard Road and swanky mega stores of the international brands sound off about their fashion creations from billboards and neon-lit banners.
For being a true shopping loon, you will be negotiating the heat and afternoon downpours, scout back street bargains and discover local designers with some truly unique offerings. Regardless of your mood, The Orchid Road has it in spades. Do not forget, walking is probably the best method to explore Orchard Road.
Bugis StreetYou won’t be done in a couple of hours at Bugis Street. Probably, even half a day may not be enough for you to explore the charming web cobbled streets. Celebrated across the Asia, Bugis Street Shopping District is celebrated as a haven for bargain hunters. Doesn’t matter if you are a fashionista or a gadget freak, Singapore’s biggest shopping districts encompasses over 800 shops.
Known or its mischievous night life, Bugis Street was redeveloped in the 1980s to offer a more contemporary look. From there, this shopping paradise accelerated to become the most sough-after district for shopping lovers. The word of caution is; avoid the street-level shops aimed at tourists; instead, head upstairs for affordable buys and a choice of genuine goods.
Haji LaneHaji Lane is one of Singapore’s most well-loved alternative shopping streets that specializes in hip boutiques, double-storey blogshops, genuine steals and gorgeous dresses from local designers and bike shops. This small lane draws in all of Singapore’s cool kids, as well as some in-know tourists wanting to spice up their shopping experience.
The Haji Lane always appears to be painted with different hues and vibes. It is also famed as being one of the narrowest streets in town, which lies at the heart of Kampang Glam.
ChinatownYou have arrived at probably the best place in Singapore to buy spices, souvenirs, and really inexpensive clothes. Walk through rows and rows of shops selling products at throwaway prices in Chinatown. In the shadow of the financial district’s high-rise towers, Singapore’s Chinatown makes you venture into the maze of shophouses all along Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road.
If you ask a local what can you do in Chinatown as a tourist, 99 out of 100 will respond, “buy”. A home to people with a Chinese origins, Chinatown preserves the appeal of the old era and offers a luxury of typical Bazaar type hopping, where you can enjoy bargaining unabashedly for the best possible deals.
The Singapore shopping scenario is largely associated more with futuristic mega-malls, but Little India presents a different picture altogether; one that will leave you with a longer lasting impression, as well as more cash left over in your back pocket. Immense yourself in the rich culture, vivid colours and great bargains as you enter Little India of Singapore. Emerging from a Tamil settlement around the 1900s, Little India today is a bustling mini India with anything and everything Indian available to buy.
Located to the east of the Singapore River and stretching for miles on Serangoon Road, Little India has 24-hour shopping centres and bustling markets as well as street stalls, the range of shopping in this vibrant Singapore neighborhood is just as diverse as its people, culture and food. Indian gold jewelry, brassware, silverware and, of course, yards and yards of glittering saris in multiple hues are the specialities of the Little India.