Where to shop and eat in Singapore!
Wondering where to shop in Singapore? In a city where shopping is the national pastime, there’s no shortage of options. From glitzy malls to local neighborhoods, these are Singapore’s 10 top spending spots.
For vintage shopping in Singapore look no further than Haji Lane. There you’ll find rows of adorable boutiques brimming with local finds, all at great prices. It will be quite the unpredictable treasure hunt so be sure to leave time for the trip, especially for shops likeDulcetfig, Loft, Soon Lee, Rusty Buttons and Ohsofickle.
Getting there: Haji Lane is a stone’s throw away from Bugis MRT Station in the neighborhood of Kampong Glam.
Parco Marina Bay
The newly opened Parco Marina Bay is a welcoming addition to Singapore’s overcrowded web of malls. The S$10 million, 85,000 square feet complex is located in the sleepy Millennia Walk but offers plenty of quirky retail and eating spots, many of them new to Singapore, to keep the ladies busy for a good part of the day.
You know a Singapore shopping spot is hot when the government has to issue a court order to close a floor down for over-crowding inspections. Mustafa Centre, which spans two complexes in the middle of Little India, is open round the clock and is known to carry everything from ethnic jewelry to the latest electronics. Every traveler and local pressed for time heads to Mustafa for last-minute shopping and purchases, so if you want to avoid the hordes, go in the early morning or after midnight.
Getting there: 145 Syed Alwi Road.
Call it a monster mall if you will. ION Orchard, in all its futuristic, spaceship-like glory, spans eight retail floors (and 48 more residential floors) and cost S$2 billion to build. The mall has over 333 stores with high fashion brands and gourmet dining venues thrown into the mix.
Getting there: 2 Orchard Turn, near Orchard MRT station.
Sungei Road Thieves’ Market
If you’re hunting for all things worn, torn and retro, the Sungei Road Thieves’ Market won’t disappoint. While not quite as swashbuckling as the name suggests (in this case the ‘thieves’ hark back to the 1930s), Singapore’s oldest flea market stretches between Kelantan Road and Weld Road and offers a hot and cheerily disorienting shopping experience.
Getting there: Along Jalan Besar near Sungei Road, between Kelantan Road and Weld Road.
Singapore’s Chinatown is one of the most dynamic in Asia, spilling over with souvenir shacks, Indian temples, traditional Chinese medicine shops and nighttime hawkers. If you’re planning to navigate through this complicated web
Getting there: The Chinatown district is near the Outram MRT station.
Wondering where to shop in Singapore for last minute gifts? Messy, loud but alluringly vibrant, Singapore’s Little India draws everyone from thirsty backpackers to locals on a rushed shopping dash. With art galleries, unscrubbed restaurants and vegetable stalls all nicely crammed into 700 by 500 meters of space, Little India is a must see on any tourists’ circuit.
Getting there: Take the northeast MRT line to Little India Station and exit at Racecourse Road. Little India is bounded by Racecourse Road, Syed Alwi Road, and Jalan Besar.
Ann Siang Road
The Ann Siang Road neighborhood is a boho-creative hub of designer fashion boutiques, French patisseries and niche bookstores. The area is lined with delightful old shophouse façades and makes for a delightful afternoon stroll.
Getting there: Ann Siang Road is a five to 10 minute stroll
For book lovers wondering where to shop in Singapore, we love BooksActually, an independent bookshop on Ann Siang Road specializing in fictional literature. The quietly charming bookstore eludes the frenetic pace of Singapore and is the perfect place to lose yourself. If you’re lucky you might even stumble across rare copies of Lemony Snicket first editions.
Getting there: BooksActually is located at 5 Ann Siang Road.
Formerly Singapore’s red light district, Bugis Junction is now nicely cleaned up to offer an ultra agreeable shopping mall experience. Part of the mall takes the form of an air-conditioned shopping street, complete with glass ceilings, and kids love getting soaked at the outdoor fountain at Bugis Square.
Getting there: Bugis Junction is located right next to the Bugis MRT Station.
Top few Markets in singapore to grab some nice food
CLEMENTI FOOD CENTRE MARKET SINGAPORE
When visiting Singapore, one should go for things that are unique to our island. Hawker food is definitely right at the top of the list. Chicken rice, hokkien mee, char kway teow, and laksa – Singapore is a foodie paradise.
One of the more popular hawker centres in the West is Clementi Market and Food Centre. BesidesBukit Timah Hawker Centre, this is the place that I always frequent when I want a cheap and simple meal.
TIONG BAHRU FOOD MARKET & HAWKER CENTRE
Street food is easily one of the best things a country can offer. Unlike other countries where you eat by the road side, Singapore’s version of street food is what we call hawker food, and they are found in food/hawker centres – which are usually located in the heartlands.
For what is lacking in the electrifying atmosphere of eating by the street, the hawker centres in singapore make up for it by serving clean and tasty food, in a comfortable environment.
Tiong Bahru Market is one of the most popular hawker centres in Singapore. I always go there when I am craving for local food.
Chomp Chomp Food Centre
When my good friend came back from a holiday in Europe, I was determined to get her appetite for our favorite Singapore food back. The food blogger was the one who chose the place, but for once, I couldn’t decide where to go for dinner. To be safe, I asked which is her favorite hawker center.
Her reply was very straight forward: “Chomp Chomp is the best hawker centre in Singapore.”
It was such an overwhelming experience to step inside Chomp Chomp market at Serangoon Gardens. There were stalls on the left, and on the right. Rows and rows of them stretching right to the end. I know all the hawker centres in Singapore look the same, but somehow there is this sense of hope in Chomp Chomp — it feels like everything will taste good no matter which stall we order from.