Singapore is a nation enthusiastic for shopping, so you are 100% assured that wherever you go in Singapore, you will find shopping opportunities, adventures and challenges. There are, however, some major districts dedicated explicitly to shopping.
In the Central Area, you will find the shopping heart of Singapore that never seems to stop beating with Kampong Glam, the Central Business District, Chinatown, Little India, Orchard Road and the Singapore River area. The suburban areas also offer some amazing shopping opportunities.
Top Shopping Destinations in Singapore
To make most out of your shopping trip to Singapore, it is essential to know some handy Singapore shopping tips. These shopping tips not only save your money but also precious time. Down below we have discussed some of the recommended shopping destinations in Singapore by region.
1. East Suburban Region
Still in the top ten, the East Suburban Region will satisfy your shopping needs, delight your palette and reward your wallet with Century Square, Eastpoint Mall, Parkway Parade and Tampines Mall.
Nearest MRT Station: Simei MRT Station
2. The North Region
The North Region boasts a solid collection of shopping centers that cater to the needs of travelers and local families alike with malls such as Causeway Point, Golden Village, 888 Plaza, Northpoint Shopping Centre and Sun Plaza.
Nearest MRT Station: Admiralty MRT Station
3. The West Region
Suburban West Region is another shopping must-see in Singapore with Bukit Panjang Plaza, Jurong Point Shopping Mall, Lot One, Ten Mile Junction, West Coast Plaza and West Mall. Each of these shopping centres offer a wide variety of fashions, home furnishings, electronics, health, beauty and wellness services and grocery shopping along with dining and drinking establishments.
Nearest MRT Station: Chao Chu Kung MRT Station, Bukit Gombak MRT Station, Yew Tee MRT Station
4. South Central Area
While there may not be the huge collection of shopping malls to be found in other districts, the South Central Area of downtown Singapore replaces quantity with quality with Harbour Front Shopping Centre and VivoCity Shopping Mall.
Nearest MRT Station: Harbourfront MRT Station
5. Central Region
The suburban Central Region has many plazas and shopping centres to keep you occupied and satisfied as you browse shop and dine with Junction 8 Shopping Centre, Eastgate, King’s Arcade, HDB Hub, Tiong Bahru, Plaza and United Square Shopping Mall.
Nearest MRT Station: Eunos MRT Station
6. Singapore River
If the hustle and bustle of the Singapore River weren’t enough to attract you, Clark Quay, Central Mall, Riverside Point and Liang Court certainly will. Fine dining, obscure yet tasty food carts and stands, one of a kind souvenirs and boat tours will keep you happy for hours.
Nearest MRT Station: Clark Quay MRT Station
7. Chinatown & Little India
Tied for third place, Chinatown and Little India offer some of the best ethnic arts and antiques with places like China Square Central, Mustafa Centre, Sim Lim Tower, Pearl’s Centre, Pearl’s Centre and Serangoon Plaza. These shopping areas boast some of the world’s best boutiques, budget souvenir shops and batik clothing, in addition to electronics, home furnishings and fashion accessories.
Nearest MRT Station: Little India MRT Station, Chinatown MRT Station
Related Article: Chinatown Singapore – The Mysterious Red Thread
8. Central Business District
A close second to Orchard Road is the Central Business District with Bugis Village, Esplanade Mall, Funan DigitaLife Mall, Marina Square, OUB Centre, Raffles City, Sim Lim Square and Suntec City Mall.
Nearest MRT Station: Bugis MRT Station, Esplanade MRT Station
Related Article: Shopping in Bugis Guide
9. Duty Free Shopping
You can enjoy duty free shopping at Singapore Airport. You can still enjoy duty free shopping while you are in the city. Just visit DFS Galleria Scottswalk at Orchard Road. Most of the hotels near the city area will have a free shuttle bus service to DFS Galleria.
Nearest MRT Station: Somerset MRT Station
Read More: Singapore Duty Free Shopping Guide
10. Orchard Road
If you don’t go anywhere else to shop in Singapore, Orchard Road is Asia’s Crown Jewel of Shopping. There is simply no way to list all the malls and shopping centres that call Orchard Road home, but some of the notables include Centrepoint, Far East Plaza, Forum The Shopping Mall, The Heeren, ION Orchard, Lucky Plaza, Ngee Ann City, Orchard Towers, Paragon, Shaw Centre, Wheelock Place and Wisma Atria. Orchard Road is known the world over as THE place to go for shopping designer labels, quality electronics and home furnishings and fine dining.
Nearest MRT Station: Orchard MRT Station, Somerset MRT Station
Related Article: Orchard Road – The Shopper Paradise in Singapore
Honestly, it’s difficult to say which shopping district of Singapore will give you the best experience. It depends on what you are shopping for, your budget, and your bargaining skills. Regardless of where you shop in Singapore, you are bound to find world-class labels, one of a kind craftsmanship, handmade traditional wares and some of the most modern, state-of-the-art technologies to be found anywhere in the world.