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.

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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.

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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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Its 1 AM in Singapore - :) Too late for small talk aint it, my middle eastern friend whose sister owned a post war carbuncle in west london which was ugly as sin?

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Funny that someone who "lived" in Singapore fought with "PAP stooges" in 1994 and is now fighting with me.

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By the way is the Middle East - somewhere in Choa Chu Kang? or is it Bukit Panjang? :P :P :P

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Thanks for your advise. No no intentions of going to the US, at all. I have my PR, plan to contribute to the Canadian economy, get my citizenship in 4 years or so, buy a home, and then come visit you in the Middle East with the Caribou curry or perhaps meet you in the mountains when you come here to ski next.

I would have stayed on and settled down in Singapore but it was too much of an ask - since it is such a high demand country.

The "We shall see what happens...." is not any position - it is just a lets see what happens next kind of sentence. Like we wait and watch for a match to end.

If You can wait and watch, and carry a "grudge" (like you have, to start of this battle with me again) for so many months, why do you object to me waiting? Heck I ain't even waiting for you - I was waiting for Singapore.

I don't know why you are on the Singapore expats forum when you don't stay there, don't care to live there, don't seem to have any ties but definitely know what the ICA can and cannot see from a mile away - even what the US can see from a mile away...

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Where's next after Canada by the way, the US? Better not, they'll see that one coming a mile off, much like SG did eh.

I don't 'allege' to live in SG, but I spent several years doing so. I live in the Middle East.
Hard to understand your 'we shall see ' position, like you still feel angry/spurned. I mean if you gave up on SG and are delighted to have done so, then why do you care about what happens to SG in future decades? Beware carrying a grudge for longer than doing so adds value, that's my 2c.

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I never said Singapore was unfair to me. I was indicating that we will find out whether this ever changing policy will hold water - long term. Passport on demand :P Caribou Curry you mean? Sure. :) I would have sent some over if you didn't allege to be living somewhere other than Singapore.

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I'll answer what ever you like bar giving you my home address. Meanwhile, it's still unclear why you think SG was somehow unfair to you (or worse foolish, and shooting themselves in the foot) by not issuing you a passport on demand; when you seem to have perhaps illustrated the reasons here yourself.

Let us know how the tandoori caribou goes eh? ;)

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You wont cede anything and I wont either. Time will tell if Singapore and its policies worked well. For me, the policy didnt, in some small measure, it didnt work for them either. The collective sum of the losses will tell somewhere. Until then, Adios Amigo and keep skiing. :P

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It's hard to follow your point. Are you suggesting that because 1500 passport holders/pa emigrate, or 1500/5500000 = 0.027%, that is significant of anything?
If you'd got your PR would you be a 'True Blue' now too? Or only up until another opportunity came along, and you were another amongst the statistic you quote?

I don't see it as some clever trick or game; simply the identification of and weeding out of the undesirables. Though perhaps it is a 'noose' or game if you seek to play them at it; as IME SG and their policies aren't often on the losing side or taken for fools.

Why would you want to live somewhere you consider opportunist? And in the same vein to what extent do you consider Canada non-opportunist in letting you in? I mean they didn't do so on humanitarian grounds, so what non-opportunist benefits-to-CN hurdles did you have to meet?

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Superficially it's surprising it's as micro-managed as that, but when you get to learn (per your posts) how supermarkets strategically function then perhaps it isn't.
It seems to be out of the same strategy box as putting ultra-high-margin discretionary goods by the point on sale where shoppers have to queue. Or making the highest margin stuff easy to reach, and a hands-and-knees position required for the cheap stuff. It'd be interesting to see a 'heat-map' of gross-margin vs in-store product location.
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If SG is small and highly in-demand, the average 1,500 (official count) true-blue Singaporeans wouldn't want to leave Singapore every year right? This highly in demand thing is to keep foreigners interested for as long as possible?? the checking your commitment thing is another nice little noose and so is the gaming the system. Humans live lesser than establishments and countries so they need to adapt faster. Protecting themselves against opportunists? You need to be one to know one, I say. :)

These 1500 opportunists, take away $426 Million from the CPF coffers every year. (Quote from Channel News Asia)

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Gaming the system, by seeking tenure in SG for immediate personal advantage. When tenure, or the privilege of residency (EP/LTVP/PR/Citizenship etc) is a 2-way deal, and that's made crystal clear in Singapore. SG is small and highly in-demand, so it's tough but I can see why they have no choice but to protect themselves against opportunists. The message seems clear - if this isn't a lifetime commitment don't bother.

A theme is you see people asking for advice about gaining such tenure, then in the same breath adding 'how else can I afford to buy a home and start a family', or 'but I might consider Australia or Canada too'. The unspoken goal is plain to see, and naturally ICA see it too; perhaps why they make people wait.

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Re: Profit taking of supermarket by...

Strong Eagle:
Shelf wars are rampant in the grocery business. I am a regular drinker of V8, that tomato and vegetable juice concoction that my wife says is the only thing that has kept me alive through all my bad habits.

At my HEB grocery store, V8 was displayed prominently at eye level, and it had about an 8 bottle wide "spread" for its wares on the shelf. Sold for $2.98

Below that was a competitor, LandA, a much lesser known competitor, and still a good tasting juice. It had a spread of only 3 or 4 bottles and also sold for $2.98.

It had been this way for at least two or three years. Fast forward to a couple of months ago, and the price of V8 went up to $3.43 while the LandA remained the same. But they still had their own shelf spaces as usual.

Then, last month, everything reversed. LandA now holds the 8 bottle spread at eye level, while the V8 has been relegated to the lower shelf, only 3 or 4 bottles wide.

What happened? Did V8 get greedy with its price rise, driving customers to cheaper brands? It did that for me. And after all, shelf spread is also a way to measure sales... the merchant has to put enough stuff out to avoid restocking every 15 minutes.

But, it could just as readily have been LandA offering a larger wholesale discount to HEB making its per bottle margin much more attractive to HEB. HEB responds by raising the price of V8 to match the margin, and retail customers do the rest... select the cheaper brand.