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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.

Forum The Shopping Mall

Forum The Shopping Mall

Forum The Shopping Mall

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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Re: At what point do you remain here, and sell your 'home',

Jln Kayu, looking at an aerial map (say centred on the adjacent Fernvale Road) you can see the redevelopment there. Between red-tiled roofs to the south (YCK), some to the north and quite a bit of undeveloped land surrounding, some apparently more recently cleared. Grids of new blocks going up. Any idea what the low-built red-tiled mansion sized bungalow-type structure is sitting on that *huge* plot of cleared land say 1000M to the west of Jln Kayu... that's got to be some valuable 'ransom strip' of a building? :) I don't know that specific area but it must have been an interesting neighbourhood. Almost suburban, perhaps a bit 'ulu', it must have been a pretty peaceful place.

If the estates get redeveloped before the length of the remaining leases becomes an issue, and the residents are moved to new estates then that would appear a solution. Barring the inevitable 'I was born here, and I will die here' contingent.

I forget how HDB value blocks due for redevelopment, but such things are largely based upon well recognised formulae, with some arguing over matters like precise potential future value if the property had a renewed lease, and some tweaking for internal unit condition etc. In the name of efficiency I expect HDB make it an attractive enough deal that few issues arise. Such disputes can otherwise go on for years, and time is money.

The block around Greenwich V, again if you look at a map, that's being redeveloped encroaching into in an area of tile-roofed houses. Out of interest do the government have to power to 'compulsory purchase' streets of houses, or would that block have perhaps been land put to another use, warehousing and the like (for example Trellis Towers in Toa Payoh is built on the site of a historic biscuit factory!)?

--- Didn't HDB list/gazette a few (?) historic estates, perhaps down Queenstown way? Ah well, I'm sure they'll have thought up a solution before future lease issues arise. I can imagine the stereotypical kiasu uncle: 'Yah we live in an HDB, but it's a Conservation HDB you know!' :lol:

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I expect this at a hawker center, but at a restaurant? How scarce is paper and water here? oh well, I guess it's better than being forced to purchase peanuts or other interesting snacks they charge you for whether you eat them or not.

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Miss Swan:
Reading all these replies has led me to conclude that handling Amazon servers is not a job for a non-tech staff member, correct me if I'm wrong. I would either have to look for an IT guy who's versed in this, or outsource the management to a managed services provider.

Or is it something I can learn by watching a few YouTube videos and reading up on Google?

Re: At what point do you remain here, and sell your 'home',


No they don't go on by default. Just ask the former residents of Detroit or similar previous boom-cities. The mansions of Riga, Latvia, Warsaw, Berlin, and so on...

The hope of 'appreciate forever' comes via many factors. Build quality, economy, wealth, desirability etc etc. What do you think it might take to trash values in Kensington, London, or on Madison Avenue, Manhattan?

My home in London is a mere 154 years old; I grew up in a c450 year old house. Some things were built to last (and in retrospect) improve with age :wink: Should we bulldoze the palaces of Rajesthan because they're well past 50?

Absolutely no buildings of any age or architectural merit in the UK can be 'en-blocked' except under exceptional circumstances, and it's very very very rare that it is granted. This idea of 'build everything shiny new again every 30 years' is a strangely Singaporean thing and anathema to anyone with an interest and belief in the value of culture and history...

Interesting! So the build quality of UK apartments must be good then. In Singapore there are not many examples of apartments of over 50 years old. But the few there are, from what I read, owners had maintenance problems, like leaks etc, like the Pearl Bank apartment, which was put on en bloc 3 times. In case of other poorer countries, its even worse. In Indian cities like Mumbai some of the 40+year old apartments are terrible rundown and dangerous to live in.

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Look for Nathanael hes a coach, practitioner, teacher.

Great guy

Do you or someone you know have personal experience with him? Was the patient cured at the end of the therapy program? Please share if possible, or you can pm me. Thanks.

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Re: At what point do you remain here, and sell your 'home',

JR8, I don't think they do. Don't forget. The country is only 50 years old so only the very oldest flats are getting on to near 50ish so they've never had to deal with the problem before. Most of the time the estates are slated for redevelopment and the existing flat owners are given new flats in new estates based on the market of their old flats at a given point in time (unsure when/and what markers they use but it's probably out there somewhere. This happened to my Sister in law a couple of years ago when the HDB bought back their flats out on the Farmways (off of Jln Kayu) and moved them to the estate just opposite the Greenwich V shopping centre where the old Seletar Market once stood on Yio Chu Kang Road and Seletar Road.

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I have been hosting X'mas eve parties for a couple of years, fun but tiring and stressful for me. Therefore this year, I decided not to host any parties and skip all the familiar faces and routines for a change.

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Re: At what point do you remain here, and sell your 'home',


In the UK once what were originally standard 100-125 year leases get down to about 80 years remaining, then you start encountering problems. They're less attractive as people have this notion, not of 'I'll live there five years and move on', but instead, 'Hang on, I'll maybe live 80 years which means my home ends up as worthless!'. Mortgage lenders in parallel get sniffy, the pool of potential buyers evaporates.

In the UK you have a statutory right to extend a lease. By default the extension adds an additional 90 years to the unexpired term. I recently did this to a lease with c75 years unexpired. Not a fun process, but entirely pragmatic and ultimately self-funding+.

I think I've mooted this before - what happens when the older HDB estates here have remaining leases such that they're unmortgageable? About 65 years remaining and the valuation curve becomes steeply downwards. Well, I'm sure HDB have an answer to this, as they're going to have to...

Re: At what point do you remain here, and sell your 'home',


No they don't go on by default. Just ask the former residents of Detroit or similar previous boom-cities. The mansions of Riga, Latvia, Warsaw, Berlin, and so on...

The hope of 'appreciate forever' comes via many factors. Build quality, economy, wealth, desirability etc etc. What do you think it might take to trash values in Kensington, London, or on Madison Avenue, Manhattan?

My home in London is a mere 154 years old; I grew up in a c450 year old house. Some things were built to last (and in retrospect) improve with age :wink: Should we bulldoze the palaces of Rajesthan because they're well past 50?

Absolutely no buildings of any age or architectural merit in the UK can be 'en-blocked' except under exceptional circumstances, and it's very very very rare that it is granted. This idea of 'build everything shiny new again every 30 years' is a strangely Singaporean thing and anathema to anyone with an interest and belief in the value of culture and history...

Re: At what point do you remain here, and sell your 'home',

Once a flat/condo hits 45 years of age (on 99 year leases), it is doubtful it will appreciate any more and should probably start losing value as it is only a lease. 999 and freehold will probably continue to appreciate until a rumour of a government buyback happens (highways, other civil infrastructure). However, if a flat/property is being bandied about for privatization, then the possibility of a new round of increased valuations will normally happen, as redevelopment/privatization will normally result in the petition for new lease (not always given).