Singapore is a shopper’s paradise, with shopping malls galore, plenty of street stalls, and more brand names than you can imagine.
For high street fashion and designer labels, your first stop should be Orchard Road – the highest concentration of shopping malls in the world. But where to begin? For a one-stop shopping mall experience, ION Orchard is accessible directly from Orchard MRT Station. From the ground floor up you will find all the big brand designer names, from Gucci to Prada, Diane von Furstenburg to Kate Spade. Descend through the floors to hunt down high street favourites such as TopShop, Zara, Mango and more. Basement level 4 is home to an excellent food court, dishing up some of Singapore’s favourite dishes and elsewhere throughout the mall there are more eating options than you can ever hope to try.
ION Orchard is linked via underground walkways to several other Orchard malls, including Wisma Atria for more high street favourites and Ngee Ann City for those big designer brands again. Just across the road from Ngee Ann City, the Mandarin Gallery houses several independent boutiques, while Paragon is where to head to for more designer wear, including designer kids gear.
Away from Orchard, the best shopping malls are Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, home to several exclusive boutiques and jewellery shops, al hoping to attract the high rollers from the casino, and VivoCity in the west, a huge mall with high street shops, two supermarkets, plenty of eating options and a cinema.
Singapore used to be renowned for its bargain electronics. While a strong currency has put paid to too many bargains, the range is still impressive and bartering from shop to shop can turn up some good deals. Funan IT mall is where to head for, with five floors of electronic shops to keep you occupied.
For souvenirs, head to Chinatown in. The street markets on Pagoda Street, Sago Street and Trengannu Street are brimming with ideas for gifts, from silk cushion covers, Chinese calligraphy, and silk clothing. Behind the street stalls, you’ll find shops with attractive ranges of antique furniture, lacquer ware, Chinese tea and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Little India is also worth heading to for silk sari material, Banghra music CDs, jewellery and other ethnic gifts.