Bugis is a must-see for local and international shoppers alike in Singapore. Once the place where sailors, hawkers and transvestites came together for wild nights, this trendy shopping and entertainment center in Singapore, still maintains the feel of a traditional open market or bazaar with cobblestone streets and glass shelters as food hawkers cry out their wares.
There are dozens of major shopping centres in Bugis: Bugis Junction, Beach Centre, Bras Basah Complex, Bugis Village, Burlington Square, Chijmes, Fortune Center, Fu Lu Shou Complex, Golden Landmark Shopping Complex, IOI Plaza, OG Albert Complex, Paradiz Centre, Parco Bugis Junction, Raffles Hotel Arcade, Rochor Centre, Shaw Leisure Gallery, Shaw Tower, Sim Lim Square, Sunshine Plaza and The Bencoolen. There is simply no way to see it all in one day. Bugis has hotel and guesthouses for those who need a few extra days to see it all (as if that were possible).
Just as in ancient days, the pharmacists and physicians provide care for shoppers in need of aid. For your convenience, shops such as Guardian, NTUC Healthcare and Watson’s are available in Bugis. For the mother-to-be, you simply must make time to visit The Natural Source, Mothercare and Marton Belle shops in Bugis.
Food and drink are available in every price range on Bugis. Zam Zam Restaurant, Sajis Indian Food and the Golden Mile Claypot Rice can feed you for next to nothing. The Seafood Harvest Restaurant and Le Pont de Vie cost a little more but offer sumptuous meals. Olive Tree offers top shelf meals for those with some extra cash. For a cocktail and a relaxed atmosphere, try the Blu Jaz Café. If you prefer more adventure, try the RedBar, with its California flavor.
Whatever you may be shopping for, the Bugis area has it all. You will feel transported to ancient Singapore while enjoying all the modern conveniences imaginable. You can find every sort of service imaginable: financial, medical, educational, social or spiritual. The New Creation Church provides services at the ROCK Auditorium. The Star Factory can keep you entertained for hours. Ready for more shopping? Jewellery, gifts, home furnishings, fashion and electronics are all in abundance.
Home furnishings of every imaginable kind can be found while shopping in the Bugis Street. The Living Tree Gallery, Moss Living and Christopher Noto are worth tracking down and browsing. The Shophouse, Marquez Living and Origin Asia can all help beautify your home in your own unique style.
Jewellery and fashions accessories are everywhere you turn on Bugis. Je Taime Jewellers, Chopard and Chew Cheong Jewellery & Gems all offer brilliant choices and an extensive selection. The Flower Diamond Boutique is my personal favorite. For your costume and fancy attire needs, there are several places to look, including No. 1 Costume, Masquerade, Theatre De La Mode and Costume City.
In addition to American favorite Border’s Books & Music, you can find nearly any book, comic, newspaper or magazine under the sun somewhere on Bugis. There’s Page One, Popular Book Company, Thambi Magazine Store and Basheer, to name a few.
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World renowned fashion sellers include GUESS, Nike, Levi’s, Esprit, Converse, Timberland, North Face and Ocean Pacific. Gifts, novelties and souvenirs abound at every turn. You can browse shops in Bugis for souvenir & gift ideas in Singapore. Recommendations include Euro Delights in Suntec City, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store in Raffles City and Gift A Name in Bugis Junction. The little stands that pepper the area are worth the walk. There is no telling what little treasures you may find.
For the electronics aficionado, the Bugis area has no match. Recommendations include Harvey Norman in Raffles City, Video Pro & Broadcast in Sim Lim Square and Aigo in Suntec City. Of course, the list is too long to mention here. Children’s wear, toys and maternity products are available at ELM Tree in Suntec City Shopping Mall. CrossCom, your Posture Engineer, also in Suntec City, must be included in your shopping plans and LEGO Wear in Raffles City Shopping Centre is just what you need for the most up to date fashions for children.
Comfortable shoes and several hours are what are needed to roam around in the Bugis area for shopping, food & more. The nearest MRT station is Bugis and all the malls & eateries are close by the MRT station in Bugis.
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