Bugis Street: A Wallet-Friendly Shopping Market in Singapore You Must Visit

Bugis Street: A Wallet-Friendly Shopping Market in Singapore You Must Visit

Trendy clothes, sassy souvenirs and a lot more! Bugis Street is truly a shopping haven.

Article originally appeared on Smile Magazine – October 2014 Issue

The old-school antidote to Orchard Road’s towering shopping emporiums, Bugis Street is a paradise of all things quirky and trendy, which makes it the ideal destination if you’re in the market for wallet-friendly finds. Here’s what you can look forward to:

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A fashionista’s dream

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If there’s one thing that Bugis Street is known for, it’s pop culture-themed fashion goods, such as its many Korean and Japanese-inspired offerings. Go style-crazy and score a cute cutout dress for SGD 12 or less, a pair of dressy lace brogues for around SGD 18 or swanky accessories at a price of just SGD 10 for three.

Also read: A Guide to Shopping for Clothes On a Budget in Singapore

Sassy souvenirs

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Instead of grabbing one of those quintessential “I Love SG” tees, get creative with your pasalubong by taking home some one-of-a-kind trinkets. Tickle funny bones with personalised 3D face dolls from Toy Sell or hand out sweets that hark back to yesteryear from 90s The Candy Studio.

Street cuisine

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Hopping from one stall to another may leave you feeling a bit peckish, especially after an intense haggling session. From sweet Japanese crêpes and tasty octopus balls to grilled Taiwanese hot dogs—satisfy your hunger with yummy, bite-sized eats. Parched from bargain hunting? Quench your thirst with refreshing, ice-blended fruit juices, which sell for just SGD 1 a cup.

Also read: Dinner Time! 15 Delicious Singapore Local Food You Cannot Afford to Miss

Nailed it

Chipped a nail while lugging around your shopping hoard? Cope with this beauty catastrophe pronto by taking advantage of the express manicure service at any of the bolthole nail studios found here. Better yet, jazz up nondescript digits with creative nail-art embellishments that would make Lady Gaga jealous.

How to get there: Take the MRT (East-West aka Green Line) to Bugis Station. Bugis Street is just a hop and a skip away.

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Ara Luna
Ara Luna

In 2012, Ara packed her bags and braved Singapore to start a new life outside her comfort zone and hometown Manila, Philippines. She is a writer by heart, hip-hop dancer by passion and jetsetter by choice. On her downtime, Ara is caught either chronicling her millennial adventures on her personal blog, Our Daily Pancake, or curled up in quiet corner reading books on her Kindle.


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