Shopping in Singapore

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Singapore is famous for its variety of food and shopping. In this page you can find information on shopping and shopping malls in Singapore, like Orchard, Marina, Suntec City, Little India and Chinatown. Includes some brief description of the shops you can find in various malls and the anchor tenant.

Shopping in Orchard

Ion Orchard

Orchard Road, would be the most popular and most commonly heard names if anyone should mention about shopping. This place is the central hub, also known as the 'city' of Singapore, and it is well known among tourists. Orchard Road offers major departmental stores, supermarkets, movie theatres, restaurants. famous hotels and other entertainment outlets. Some of the well known hotels are - The Boulevard, Hilton International, Mandarin Hotel, Hyatt Regency, Goodwood Park, Orchard Parade, Le Meridien and Orchard Hotel. The main shopping complexes would be Centrepoint, The Far East Plaza, Paragon, Ngee Ann City, Orchard Point, Far East Shopping Centre, Forum The Shopping Mall, Lucky Plaza, Orchard Emerald, Orchard Plaza, Orchard Towers, Orchard Plaza Wisma Atria, Shaw House, Shaw Centre, Tanglin Place and Tanglin Mall.

You can get there by MRT as there are Orchard and Somerset MRT stations along the Orchard Road stretch. You can also find cheap buys like apparels and accessories in orchard Road, and wait till mid July every year, there is the great Singapore sales, where even major retailers slash their prices.

313@Somerset - 313@somerset offers an exceptional range of leading international and local brands that will deliver a unique, expansive mid level fashion brands.

There are also several food and beverage outlets within the mall. Visitors will be able to choose local specialty in the food courts to unique and thematic restaurants with a wide range of international cuisine to offer.

Centrepoint - A one-stop shopping mall on Orchard Road as everyday items are sold there. For the smart shoppers.

Delfi Orchard - Includes many clothing and accessory shops, a Waterford crystal shop, a Wedgewood china shop, an outlet of Royal Selangor Pewter and many home-related shops and karaoke place.

DFS Galleria Scotts Road - DFS Galleria Scotts Road is the place to enjoy duty-free savings on the world’s leading luxury brands. We bring you the most extensive selection of prestigious brands and offer the best value on fashion and accessories in Singapore. Locals and tourists can shop with confidence knowing that our products come with a DFS 100% Worldwide Guarantee, and shop to their hearts desire as DFS Galleria carries a wide range of exclusive products. So come to DFS Galleria and experience the richness of Singapore.

Far East Plaza - Over 600 retailers, selling from youths' hip and happening clothing and apparel, video stores, electronics, food, tattoo shops, hair and beauty salons, and so much more. Ideally the teenagers' hang out.

Forum The Shopping Mall - Boasting a unique mix of retail stores and eateries, Forum The Shopping Mall caters to the needs of modern families, offering a little something for everyone. Just a 5-minute walk from Orchard MRT, little ones can enjoy the likes of Toys R Us, Kids 21 and Guess Kids, while parents can indulge in international labels like Emporio Armani, Tsumori Chisato and Club 21b. Forum The Shopping Mall brings fun and enjoyment to your shopping experience.

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Ion Orchard - ION Orchard is one of the latest iconic shopping mall with a spectacular frontage and cutting edge designs and concepts. It offers the best brands in the world for their flagship, concept and lifestyle stores within one development, sprawling over eight levels of shopping space – It is located on the prime site of Singapore’s commercial and shopping artery.

Visitors are treated to a unique shopping experience at over 300 retail, F&B and entertainment stores. The mall offers a myriad of shopping experience from international brand names to popular high fashion and lifestyle brands.

Ion Orchard Ion Orchard Ion Orchard

Palais Renaissance - Palais Renaissance is a small-scale shopping mall which offers a few international designer brands and restaurants.

Scotts Shopping Centre - A small shopping centre where one can brands like find Liz Claiborne, Episode, Marks & Spenser, and The Hour Glass which sells exquisite brands of watches. Also its basement which has a wide variation of food.

Ngee Ann City - Built in 1994 , it offers various types of shops such as Harrods of London, Chanel, Guess? Levis', The Hour Glass, Takashimaya, Takashimaya Fitness Club, a Cold Storage Supermarket and restaurants.

Ngee Ann City Ngee Ann City Ngee Ann City

Orchard Point - Houses anchor tenant, Spotlight, one of Australia's leading home related shops, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaves, OG, Glamour Shots and some other clothing shops.

Orchard Hotel -  Located behind Delfi Orchard and is sited by the Opera Gallery which sells impressionist works.

Plaza Singapura - Much better after its major facelift with more retailers selling many home related items, clothing and apparel and lots of restaurants.

Shaw House - Anchor tenant includes Lido cinema where you can enjoy watching movies. Besides, there is the supermarket in the basement and many inexpensive cafes. Also, find net gaming cafes where its a youth's major hangout.

Shaw Centre - If you are an expat or tourist, you can find many Singapore souvenirs here.

Specialist Centre - One of the older shopping centres offering leather goods, sports equipment, tools, household items, dining venues, Korean restaurant and many more.

Tangs - Emporium of Tang family that lies in Singapore Marriot which sells household items, apparels to food. Singapore's shopping flagship in since 1932.


Tanglin Mall - Anchor tenant - Sports Station, Tanglin General Store, Barang Barang and Food Junction which covers three stories of the complex.

Tanglin Shopping Centre - Houses Singapore's largest Asian antique galleries, sells old sea charts, photographs, and antique books. There are also several clinics, cafes and restaurants in this place.

Tudor Court - Here's where you can find Nancy Roach Gallery where you can buy paintings range from S$2,000 to S$20,000, bicycle shops and clothing and apparels.

The Paragon - A glassy like building which went under facelift in the late 90s,  which features men's fashions and various shops spread all over the building. Anchor tenant's Metro, with other labels like Prada, Gucci, Mont Blanc and many more. After Paragon's merge with The Promenade, expect more shops, better facade, better experience.

The Paragon The Paragon

Wheelock Place - Wheelock Place is a mid-sized shopping mall with some international brand names like Marks & Spencer with its range of quality clothes and food occupies two floors of this building. There are also a few international and local restaurants and café offerings, The second biggest US bookstore chain, Borders, stocks a wide range of books at the ground level, is popular amongst book enthusiasts.

Wisma Atria - Now a divider between itself and Ngee Ann City, here's where the Orchard MRT is beside, here's where you can expect to find restaurants, photo shops, clothing and apparels, jewellery shops, makeover studios, mobile phone shops and so much more. Look out for its aquarium at basement one, for the avid fish watchers.

Wisma Atria

Other Shopping Areas

Arab Street

The street which begins just north of Beach Road is filled with many shopping surprises. Merchandise such as handicrafts, clothes, textiles, basket ware, jewelry etc have a distinctly Islamic, Malay, Indonesian, Arabic influence. Activities by the inhabitants are centered around the famous Sultan Mosque where they would meet for prayers and social interaction. Popular with Singaporeans of all races is the excellent islamic food offered by several restaurants situated along the main road.


Chinatown, as the name goes- is a place where most Chinese visit during the Chinese New Year festive periods, for their shopping sprees on the New Year goods. This area was set-up by migrants from China in the late 19th century. Merchants traded mainly in cloth, medicine, gold and foodstuffs imported from China.

Chinatown is a bargain galore, you can find antique pieces, Chinese culture artifacts, apparels, accessories, food at really cheap prices. Well known buildings are Chinatown Complex, People's Park Complex, Chinatown Point and People's Park Centre.

Holland Village

Holland Village is a place where you can find a lot of expatriates shopping and pubbing. You can find a wide variety of antique, art, music, gifts and curio shops. There are also several fast food restaurants and different cuisine from Thai to French, are also found there. Many of the old shop houses have been conserved and renovated to give the place it's unique characteristics. Housing in this district is also popular with the expatriates. Popular pubs include Wala Wala, Tango's and La Luna.

Little India

Little India shared somewhat the same history as Chinatown, where merchants sold jewelry, gold, silk, utensils, spices to cater to the Indian and South Asian community in Singapore. This place sells a lot of gold, jewelry, clothing, textiles, spices and handicrafts. The exotic Indian religion, music and culture are easily discernible at every street corner.  You can get there by the new MRT route, which is Little India.

Marina Square

Marina Square is in the same district as the popular business centre, Suntec City and shopping mall- Millenia Walk. It is currently linked underpass thru City Hall MRT- with a new underground shopping centre called Raffles Link. Popular hotels like Raffles Hotel, Marina Mandarin, Oriental and Pan Pacific; are also found there. Nice shopping places there are Suntec City and Marina Square.

North Bridge Road

A popular place for home appliances, gadgets and computers would be Funan Centre and Sim Lim Square at North Bridge Road. Along the same district you will also find Pargo Bugis Junction, Peninsular Shopping Centre, High Street Centre, Capitol Theatre and building, Raffles Hotel Arcade, Blanco Court and Bras Basah Complex. Just off North Bridge Road is Raffles City Complex. You can get there by taking the train to City Hall MRT or Bugis MRT stations.

Parkway Parade

Parkway Parade is an established shopping area where all retailers and shops are housed under one shopping centre. You can find departmental stores like Marks and Spencer and Isetan. You can expect to find good food, designer coffee chains to good apparel shops here. A highly recommended place to go for hose who have never visited Parkway Parade. It is situated in the east side of Singapore.

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands offers a wide selection of luxury brands to affordable fashion and goods. There is also the Casino located in the Marina Bay Sands.

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Shopping Tips

1. Know where to shop

Shoppers should ask around friends or hotel staff as to the best places to shop for specific products. Example of IT gadgets and electronics would be Funan IT Mall and Sim Lim Square.

2. Compare prices to get the best offers

Prices can vary widely between shops because distributors are not obliged to follow product's Recommended Retail Price (RRP). Ask the retailer if a 7% Goods & Services Tax (GST) applies.

If you are a visitor to Singapore, you shall be entitled to a GST refund on goods that you purchase from retailers participating in the Tourist Refund Scheme ("the Scheme") provided that you satisfy all the eligibility criteria and conditions stated here.

3. Prices on tags

If there is a discount in the shop, check with the retailer if the price tag states the prices before or after the offer to avoid confusion.

4. Refund and Exchange Policy

Check with the retailers refund and exchange policy. Some shops offer a 7 to 30 days refund and exchange policy. Some sales items do not allow for any refund or exchanges.

5. Check Electronic Parts

When purchasing electronic products, do request the Salesperson to test the equipment by turning it on to ensure you are not purchasing a faulty product. Also, check the contents of the packaging to ensure all accessories and peripherals are provided.

6. Defective Parts & Warranty

When purchasing electronic products, check with the retailer where can the product be sent for servicing if it is defective. Most shops would allow an exchange within a specified timeline, usually 7 days. Thereafter, they normally would need to be sent to the manufacturer’s company for servicing and repairs.

International warranties are not standardised. For tourists, check with the retailer if the warranty is valid in your home country. Ensure that your invoice and warranty card bear the retailer’s stamp and date of purchase. Keep your invoices together with your warranty card as they would be required during servicing and repairs.

7. Obtain receipts and invoices

Obtain a copy of the receipt or invoices for reference. Cross check to ensure the product you purchase is the same as the receipt.

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Wait, OP needs to bring his passport .. !!!

And the EP ...

Re: Singapore deputation - Things to Carry + Other Newbie Advice Needed


Any suggestions with what to expect in which area would be welcome.
Jurong (E), Boon Lay, Choa Chu Kang, Clementi and Bukit Timah - > boredom

Is there a checklist of items that I should be carrying along from Mumbai?
yes - you have to make it

I'll probably need an adapter for the electronics. What other critical items am I missing out?
1. Adaptor
2. common sense

Thank you :)

The reason for choosing these areas was the proximity to the workplace and nothing else. I have not yet been to the island and hence practically have no idea what to expect there w.r.t. people.

As far as the checklist is concerned, I'll make one for sure and share it. But there's still time for that. At least 3 more weeks.

Adapter v/s Adaptor: Got it!

Common Sense: Not very common these days I'm afraid. You might see me as a textbook case for the lack of one ;)

Also, I did go through the thread you pointed out. What I felt was that that thread featured more information about people moving with families and more concerned about weather they should be carrying a fridge, tv, sofaset and what not ... I expect myself to be comfortable without these things.

The notion of Singapore as a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural hodgepodge felt so comforting; for all practical purposes I can very comfortably live there even if I moved in with only a backpack full of material. Or am I mistaken and seeing this with my rose-tinted glasses?

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This always happens on a Friday :-D

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She has advantages over a 'trailing spouse' in that you have family/friends/social life and (obviously) know SG like the back of your hand. Other aspects will be per a trailing spouse, like getting to make some of her own friends, and continuing previous social activities/hobbies and also finding new ones.

It's a good question in your para 2). To get an LTVP you have to establish your (you :)) income is enough to provide for you both. But I wonder if ICA would know if you lost your job? Or if they allow a window of time for you to find another? I find it hard to imagine that in such circumstances they would require your wife to promptly leave... Maybe it would only be an issue if/when you came to renew it? My last LTVP(+) has a 3 year validity... which reminds me I must check if I have to return it, since we have now just established residency (got our ICs) in a 3rd country ex-SG.

I don't recall this scenario being posited before: Maybe one of the visa-SMEs here knows?

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Any suggestions with what to expect in which area would be welcome.
Jurong (E), Boon Lay, Choa Chu Kang, Clementi and Bukit Timah - > boredom

Malaysia, Malaysia, Malaysia .. !!

I can't think of anything else in those areas .. atleast for Jurong East, Boon Lay and CCK !!!

Wait, OP needs to bring his passport .. !!!

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I'll probably need an adapter for the electronics. What other critical items am I missing out?
1. Adaptor
2. common sense

From my understanding, you don't need item 2 if you have a Masters from a Reputed University.

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one can't really make a questionnaire on what to Bring to Singapore from Mumbai..A person has to make a list of things and post them and say here what do you think?
and then maybe someone can say you don't need items 2,5,18 or are we going to second guess OP's wishlist?

Any suggestions with what to expect in which area would be welcome.
Jurong (E), Boon Lay, Choa Chu Kang, Clementi and Bukit Timah - > boredom

Is there a checklist of items that I should be carrying along from Mumbai?
yes - you have to make it

I'll probably need an adapter for the electronics. What other critical items am I missing out?
1. Adaptor
2. common sense

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Fair enough. I get wat u mean.

I noticed that the way qns are posed differ from regions. Like for caucasians, the explanation is a lot more thorough and detailed, whereas those from asian countries are more vague.

Maybe it's a cultural thing. Like asians are brought up to not say too much, not to impose their opinions on anyone... and so they dont expect pp to bother going into detail wat they request for. They try to skim things down, if ever they do speak.


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besides the purpose of this site is to provide all info at zero cost, with the best intention.

agreed, then again, throwing a very open ended question, expecting the regular contributors to filter for you, I am so sorry, personally I feel that's asking too much

Now, if somebody asked something like "I prefer Jurong East. I am considering Street 74. How is the traffic in the morning hours, heading to IBP around 8 AM ? Would I be able to cycle" or something like that ..

Or, say "I am firmly convinced East Coast Bayshore area is great to live. But I am worried about commute time to Raffles Place. Does anybody have any suggestion, other than the shuttle service ?

Instead of 'tell me where I should live, and what I should look out for, tell me .. '

Or maybe I am totally wrong !

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How funny, Sundaymorningstaple.

I do not have an app. I told you before but somehow u overlooked it. Shows how easy it is to overlook things when there's too much to read huh.

Out of good intention (yes yes I know how u think Singaporeans dont do things with the heart... and u may be right, but u may not be as well) I merely suggested u could use it to convenient all the people u r purporting to help, but u said nothing comes free and easy, and u will have to pay at some point.

Of course not everything is free. But nobody is forcing anyone to pay. If a person uses something and decides that its worth the money and pays for it, that's his choice. If the world thought like u, then there will be no innovation, no opportunities, no progress.

Technology has made so many things free and accessible, why not just try? Look at the app store, u get everything u can ever dream of, at nearly zero cost - I have so many apps that helped me so much in all areas and I only paid less than SGD$10 in all my apple life.

And I dunno how many times I need to repeat this: I am NOT here to sell u guys anything. I want to solve your problem, and sell the solutions to another bunch of people. That's the only reason I'm trolling this site.

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Not counting people flogging things for sale.

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that's true with the latest version of the forum s/w but we don't particularly like to advertise it. Especially, considering it's people like you that will get inundated with the above types of critters of both genders and a couple of stereotyped races.

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That's too much trouble for Ms. at.evolue. She didn't bother to use the search facility either. So, because she's pee'd off at me due to the fact that I wouldn't let her flog her app on the forum, she would rather take pot shots at me. =D>

All she is doing is ensuring the next time I catch her trying to advertise or if it even smells like it, she will be history and I don't think it will be too far away. :-({|=

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