A Shopping Paradise: The Best Malls in Singapore to Shop Till You Drop

A Shopping Paradise: The Best Malls in Singapore to Shop Till You Drop

Covering all budgets and interests, this guide will take you from the world-famous Orchard Road to the lesser-known neighbourhood gems.

Besides eating, another favourite pastime many of us enjoy is retail therapy. And Singapore is arguably the best place for that particular hobby because of the incredible number of Singapore shopping malls! Therefore, it’s no doubt that the country is a shopper’s paradise; there’s a cluster of malls or a shopping belt round every other corner to give you that much-needed retail therapy fix. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve rounded up a list of the best shopping spots you can find on the island.

P.S. — Don’t worry, these will cater to all kinds of interests and for drastically different budgets, too! 

Famous Singapore shopping malls

1. Orchard Road

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This undisputed retail heart of Singapore is the country’s most well-known shopping district. With over 20 of Singapore’s famous shopping malls along Orchard Road, you’re certainly spoilt for choice! To get there, exit at either Orchard, Somerset, or Dhoby Ghaut MRT station. Once you’ve headed outside, simply start exploring and enjoy all that the bustling shopping area has to offer! 

For example, some favourites include [email protected] and Orchard Central for affordable fashion apparel, ION Orchard for more luxury brands, and Ngee Ann City — home to the gigantic Takashimaya department store and Kinokuniya bookstore. 

2. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

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Located by the stunning Marina Bay, The Shoppes is a luxury mall featuring the best high-end products and designer labels! These include Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Montblanc, and many more international brands. For those looking to indulge in some premium boutique shopping or a luxurious shopping experience, The Shoppes should definitely be on your list of Singapore shopping malls to visit.

Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956

3. VivoCity

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This 900,000 square feet VivoCity spans three storeys including a massive rooftop park! Don’t be surprised if you get lost on your first few visits to this mall, after all, it is known as Singapore’s largest shopping mall! VivoCity houses everything you could want: clothes, cosmetics, furniture, stationery, groceries, tech gadgets, toys, and restaurants offering a myriad of cuisines!

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Moreover, a favourite activity of all visitors to this Singapore mall is to kick back at the rooftop park, where you can take in uninterrupted views of Keppel Harbour or Sentosa. One tip is to take away some food and unwind al fresco as the sun sets over the horizon. Also, if you’re out with kids, the shallow pools and playground are a perfect way for them to spend some time (while you take a breather yourself).

Address: 1 HarbourFront Walk, Singapore 098585

Also read: 16 Perfect Spots to Catch the Sunset in Singapore

4. Shopping malls in Tampines: Tampines Mall, Tampines 1, and Century Square

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Tampines Mall | Image credit: CapitaLand Official Website

The shopping paradise for the Easties of Singapore, the series of malls in Tampines — namely Tampines Mall, Tampines 1, and Century Square — is reason enough for one to shop till they drop. Fun fact: At Singapore’s major bus interchanges, it’s quite a common sight for more than one mall to call the area their home. (Another example includes the western Singapore malls of Westgate and Jem in Jurong). Therefore, it wouldn’t be a comprehensive list if we didn’t include these eastern gems!

From a myriad of boutiques, multiple cinema halls, and dining options to satisfy all food cravings, this eastern shopping paradise is just one of the many examples that showcase Singapore’s impressive shopping scene.

Unique Singapore shopping malls

5. Chinatown

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Chinatown is a unique shopping district featuring authentic Chinese tradition and culture. From the many street stalls, you can pick up quirky knick-knacks and even old-school snacks from your parents’ childhood! While the area might not be as bustling on weekdays, the market comes alive on Sundays. Thus, the weekend is perfect for soaking in the lively and vibrant atmosphere of this unique shopping spot!

6. Haji Lane

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Away from the crowded and glitzy malls in Singapore, Haji Lane prides itself as an eclectic hipster street. This area offers a bunch of unique boutiques full of unconventional fashion ranging from vintage apparel to avant-garde and bohemian accessories. On top of that, the street is decked out in vibrant colours which make the whole shopping experience nothing short of exciting and picturesque! 

Also read: 22 Photoshoot Locations in Singapore That You Never Thought Of

7. *SCAPE

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Do you wish that “you could be like the cool kids”? Luckily, if you’re in Singapore, definitely pay *SCAPE a visit — also known as the hotspot of local youth culture. This trendy Singapore mall is home to a range of budget-friendly indie shops, a skate park, and several dance studios (don’t be surprised if you see dance rehearsals in public spaces)! Furthermore, as the site of the annual National Youth Film Awards, it’s easy to see why *SCAPE is one of the more unique and appealing malls in Singapore.

Address: 2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978

Wallet-friendly Singapore shopping malls

8. IMM

Fancy some Nike or Adidas, but don’t feel like spending over S$150? Look no further than IMM, better known as the island’s largest outlet shopping mall! This five-storey Singapore mall features over 90 outlet stores, with brands like Timberland, G200, Onitsuka Tiger, and many more. After all, there’s nothing like revelling in a plethora of amazing deals that you wouldn’t quite be able to score anywhere else! 

Address: 2 Jurong East Street 21, Singapore 609601

9. Bugis Street

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Head to Bugis Street for a crazy shopping spree without worrying about ripping a hole in your wallet! This street bazaar is known for its small stalls selling chic fashion items and tourist souvenirs, all at inexpensive prices. Therefore, it’s no wonder that it’s one of the most popular malls in Singapore for both locals and tourists!

Address: 3 New Bugis Street, Singapore 188867

Also read: Bugis Food Guide: 38 Places to Enjoy a Meal, Including Halal Options

10. Mustafa Centre

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Mustafa Centre is located in the heart of Little India. Aside from being the country’s only 24-hour department store, this Singapore mall also offers just about everything and anything! In other words, its aisles are jam-packed with a range of products, including electronic goods, beauty products, clothing, furniture, and a gigantic supermarket.

Also, prices here are probably the cheapest and most competitive on the market. For instance, you’ll be able to find all sorts of souvenirs for as low as S$2! 

Address: 145 Syed Alwi Rd, Mustafa Centre, Singapore 207704

11. Queensway Shopping Centre

Looking to get your hands on some sports equipment? Look no further than Queensway Shopping Centre, a one-stop shop for all sports-related things. From jerseys and boots to backpacks and sportswear from well-known brands like Nike, Under Armour, and Adidas, there’s really no better place where you can find crazy good deals on all your sports goods! 

Address: 1 Queensway, Singapore 149053

In conclusion, these Singapore shopping malls are just the tip of the iceberg of the countless malls you can find on the island! Therefore, the country is truly a year-round retail haven for you to go wild on a shopping spree. Whether you’re on the hunt for luxury brands, bargain shopping, or even quirky items, Singapore’s diverse shopping scene has got you more than covered.


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