Singapore Department Stores Guide


In a nation dedicated to shopping, there are a handful of powerhouses in the retail arena.  Each of them lays claim to quality merchandise, reasonable prices and excellent customer service. Below are few of Singapore famous Department Stores.

Isetan Company is a famous Japanese department store with Singapore locations in Shaw House and Wisma Atria.  Founded in 1930, Isetan is a household name for designer fashions, kimonos, household furnishings, linens, kitchen supplies, toys, cosmetics, luggage and bags, stationary and shoes.  Isetan is a favorite of golfers, designer label aficionados and shoe mavens.

John Little, established in 1845, was taken over by Robinson’s in 1955.  Since that time, John Little has come to be known as the place for fashion, children’s toys and household goods.  The John Little business also includes automotive repair and sales, a furniture factory, a beauty salon and a café.  John Little now offers many exclusive brands in men’s, women’s and children’s wear, including Glenn, Manhattan, Criss Cross, Melange, Monroe Relax and Ten & Co.  John Little’s “Everyday Little Price” guarantee assures shoppers that they will save money every time they shop at John Little.

Metro Group operates three department stores in Singapore: Metro Paragon, Metro Woodlands and Metro Sengkang.  Metro offers world-class customer service with award-winning employee training programs.  Customers feel equally well cared for as they shop in well-lit, well organized stores with Macy’s-like quality and prices.  If that weren’t enough, Metro offers special sales and benefits to its regular customers, including the opportunity to win a new car.

OG is a department store with outlets located in Orchard Point, Albert and People’s Park.  OG carries fashion and fashion accessories for men, women and children, shoes, lingerie, home furnishings, bags and luggage, home style and health products. Their slogan, “We’ve got it all!” appears to be pretty accurate.  They sponsor special services and events such as Green Shopping, cooking classes, a tourist privilege card and Colours of Fortune.

Robinsons is known as an upscale department store to shop for furniture and home furnishings, clothing for men, women and children, jewellery, cosmetics, fragrances and other beauty products.  You will feel truly pampered as a Robinsons’ customer, where you are given red carpet treatment at every turn.  Robinsons also offers special benefits, discounts and vouchers to cardholders.

Takashimaya, located on Orchard Road, is a favorite of locals, expatriates and foreign visitors with its extensive inventory of appliances, boutiques, cosmetics and fragrances, sporting goods, stationary, beauty salons, restaurants, fitness centres and florists.

Tangs is a major contender on Orchard Road with its niche boutiques, specialty shops and lifestyle concepts.  Tangs is a high-end department store that offers high quality jewellery, home furnishings and beautiful fashions.

It’s difficult to say which of these icons of Singapore shopping is “best” because they all offer quality products in an elegant setting with a staff that is dedicated to provide you with every comfort and convenience.

Photo Credit: Choo Yut Shing

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