Singapore

Shopping is a serious business in Singapore. Designer fashions, handcrafted jewelry, Khmer objets d‘art, cutting-edge electronics, Indian spices—the variety of goods sold in Singapore is likely to impress even the most seasoned shopper.

Here you’ll find an island well suited to full-day retail expeditions, from the mile-long strip of shoulder-to-shoulder mega-malls along dizzying Orchard Road to clusters of boutiques housed in the renovated shophouses in ethnic enclaves such as Chinatown and Kampong Glam. A growing number of independent shops are popping up within hip neighborhoods like Tiong Bahru and Little India, adding some welcome variety. Dempsey Hill, best known for its wining and dining, is also home to warehouse-like galleries filled with Southeast Asian antiques, artwork, furnishings, and housewares.

Bargain hunters should mark their calendars for the Great Singapore Sale, an annual eight-week extravaganza held from late May through July. At this time all of Singapore’s shopping centers and many independent stores slash prices by up to 80%. It pays to come early, though, as the biggest bargains are quickly snapped up by hawkeyed locals and zealous shoppers from around the region who flock to the island specially for the event.

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  • 1. BooksActually

    Tiong Bahru | Other Specialty Store

    Wooden planks painted like piano keys mark the entrance to BooksActually, a vintage shop and bookstore on the hip Yong Siak Street. Here you...Read More

  • 2. China Square Central

    Chinatown | Shopping Centers/Malls

    This mall is the best place in Singapore for vintage and designer toys. Here you can nerd out in more than ten shops that are packed with scores...Read More

  • 3. Haji Lane

    Kampong Glam | Neighborhoods

    Need a break from Singapore's fun but sometimes suffocating mall culture? Head to the open air and this strip of restored shophouses, which...Read More

  • 4. ION Orchard

    Orchard | Shopping Centers/Malls

    With a bold, sci-fi-inspired facade, a 56th-floor viewing deck replete with high-powered telescopes, and the excellent Salt Grill restaurant...Read More

  • 5. Jamal Kazura Aromatics

    Kampong Glam | Perfume/Cosmetics

    Locals flock to Jamal Kazura Aromatics for high-quality perfumes and essential oils. Allow about 30 minutes for a consultation with one of the...Read More

  • 6. Mustafa Centre

    Little India | Shopping Centers/Malls

    This used to be a humble store frequented only by Indian shoppers—until word spread about its low prices and mind-boggling variety of goods...Read More

  • 7. Ngee Ann City

    Orchard | Shopping Centers/Malls

    The Japanese department store Takashimaya dominates this gigantic shopping mall, but there are also more than 130 other shops and dining outlets...Read More

  • 8. The Little Dröm Store

    Chinatown | Crafts

    There's an air of whimsy to the playful design of this cute-and-colorful Chinatown boutique, where original Polaroid cameras and View-Masters...Read More

  • 9. Wing Antiques & Collectibles

    Chinatown | Antiques & Collectibles

    It's a shame that no photography is allowed at this dusty old antique shop. Its remarkable groups of vintage goods, arranged in what you might...Read More

  • 10. Jewel Ashley Gallery

    Orchard | Art Galleries

    Jewel Ashley Gallery adds a modern Asian twist to its furniture and home accessories such as eggshell platters, silk lantern lampshades, and...Read More

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