From Malls to Street Stalls – The Ten Best Places to go Shopping in Singapore

If you love shopping, then you have come to the right place. Singapore is a shopper’s paradise, with shopping malls galore and more brand names than you can imagine. For high street fashion and designer labels, your first stop should be Orchard Road, the highest concentration of shopping malls in the world.


If you are short on time, then your best bet for a one-stop shopping mall experience is ION Orchard. This eight storey mega-mall has an entrance directly from Orchard MRT Station and boasts one of the best food courts in town, in addition to many other restaurants. The shops cover everything from big designer brand names to high street favourites. Linked via underground walkways are both Wisma Atria, for more high street favourites, and Ngee Ann City for those big designer brands again. The Mandarin Gallery bucks the trend, housing several independent boutiques.


Away from Orchard, the best shopping malls are Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, home to several exclusive boutiques and jewellery shops, and VivoCity in the west, a huge mall with high street shops, two supermarkets, plenty of eating options and a multi-screen cinema.


For souvenirs, head to Pagoda Street in Chinatown where the street markets are brimming with ideas for gifts. Behind the street stalls, you’ll find a few shops with attractive ranges of antique furniture and lacquer ware. Little India is also worth heading to for silk sari material, Hindi music CDs, jewellery and other ethnic gifts. Haji Lane, one of Singapore’s best kept secrets is full of independent boutiques, while the Funan IT mall is where to head for electronics, with five floors of electronic shops to keep you occupied. 



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Haji lane is a narrow back alley in the heart of the Arab Quarter. Although it may not look like much at first glance, Haji Lane is in fact a hip and trendy shopping destination for young Singaporeans, who come here looking for cult labels and...  Read More



Pagoda Street in Chinatown is the best place in Singapore to head to for souvenir shopping. Traditional heritage shophouses form a stunning backdrop to this pedestrianized street, which is lined either side with street market stalls. Try not to...  Read More



Wisma Atria is a popular shopping mall in the middle of Orchard Road. This bustling mall offers up a good selection of high street favourites such as Gap, La Senza, Nine West and Sea Folly. Local shoe stores Charles & Keith and Pedro can...  Read More



This enormous shopping mall in the center of Orchard Road comprises 110,450 square meters of shopping and restaurant space over seven levels. The mall is also known to locals as 'Takashimaya', thanks to its anchor tenant, the impressive...  Read More



The Mandarin Gallery with over 100 small shops presents a more exclusive shopping experience than many of the other malls on Orchard Road. This boutique mall has managed to differentiate itself in a saturated market by focussing on independent...  Read More



One of Singapore's largest shopping malls, VivoCity is a one-stop retail and entertainment destination. High-street shops abound, from Ted Baker to Zara, from La Senza to Timberland. A large Toys R Us and several children's clothing stores will...  Read More



The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is an enormous luxury shopping mall boasting 800,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. Head here for high-end luxury brands such as Burberry, Cartier, Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Herm?s and Miu Miu as well as...  Read More



ION Orchard is one of Singapore's biggest and most popular shopping malls. The mall is accessible directly from Orchard MRT Station and is also linked via underground walkways to several other Orchard Road malls, including Wisma Atria, Ngee Ann...  Read More


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Marianne is a freelance travel writer, who has lived in Singapore for six years. She is the author of a travel guidebook to Singapore and has written about Singapore for a range of...  More About Marianne