A vast shopping center, with hundreds of electronics dealers crammed under one roof: six floors (390,000 square feet!) of PCs, digital cameras, cell phones, software, DVDs and more. For the best deals, head to the upper floors, and be prepared to haggle for the best prices, as competition is fierce among the vendors. You may not find all the big name brands, but it's a given that everything will be miles cheaper than anywhere else in town. Right across the street from Little India.
At more than 77,000 square meters (830,000 square feet), Suntec City is Singapore's second largest mall. It's divided into four zones, each with its own character, and sprinkled liberally with appealing features like a bonsai garden, koi pond and a massive central fountain. Major retailers include a 13,000 square meter (140,000 square foot) branch of French hypermarket Carrefour, a big Tower Records and Harvey Norman; the mall boasts about 150 stores in all, from international chains to exclusive boutiques. There's also a convention center and more than 50 places to eat whether you're looking for a quick snack or a sit-down meal.
This is Singapore's main shopping drag, with high-street fashion, upscale boutiques and quirky local labels. You will be spoiled for choice, as the malls are literally right next door to each other, and there are many, many malls. And huge stand-alone department stores, like Tang's. Plus, most of the big hotels have their own high-end shopping galleries, too. Along Orchard Road itself you'll find Plaza Singapura, Centrepoint, Ngee Ann City, Takashimaya, Delfi Orchard, Paragon, The Heeren, Wisma Atria and several others. If you venture a block or two off Orchard, you'll run into even more, such as DFS Galleria Scottswalk, Far East Plaza and Tanglin Shopping Centre. To make things even more pleasant, air-conditioned underground walkways run most of the length of Orchard Road – a brilliant innovation that makes it possible to shop at numerous malls without ever stepping foot outside in the heat!
Because of its spiky exterior, the waterfront Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is also frequently referred to as "The Durians." Inside, though, it's a classy and upscale arts and entertainment complex, with a large theater, concert hall, and various smaller performance spaces. Part of the complex, the Esplanade Mall is sleek and attractive, with several shops devoted to different aspects of the arts: records and musical instruments, fine art, jewelry and more. You'll also have a choice of about 20 different cafes and restaurants, plus a trendy nightclub. Tours are offered every day.
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 keep those with young families happy. In amongst the retail space, this lively mall also boasts two supermarkets, a multi-screen Golden Village cinema, a gym and several child-friendly amenities, such as play gyms. A choice of bars and restaurants includes open-air dining along the promenade with views over to Sentosa, and a large hawker centre style food court. VivoCity also forms a gateway to Sentosa, with the Sentosa boardwalk linking with the island across the water, and a monorail station upstairs.
Local Expert tip: One of Singapore's best one-stop retail and entertainment destinations. A great option for family shopping - with children's clothing stores, Toys R Us and a cinema.
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 City, Wheelock Place and Tangs. From the ground floor up you will find all the big brand designer names, from Gucci to Prada, Diane von Furstenburg to Kate Spade. Descend through the floors to hunt down high street favourites such as TopShop, Zara, Mango and more. Basement level 4 is home to an excellent food court, dishing up some of Singapore's favorite dishes and elsewhere throughout the mall there are more eating options than you can ever hope to try.
Local Expert tip: The food court on Level B4 makes an impressive stop for mid-shopping sustenance
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 Takashimaya Department Store which takes up 35,000 square meters of the retail space. Elsewhere within the mall you will find big designer names such as Tiffany, Cartier and Chanel, in addition to more wallet-friendly brands such as Zara, Ted Baker and Mango. Head here also for Asia's largest bookstore - Kinokuniya - and Japan's electronic giant, Best Denki. A range of restaurants allows for mid-shopping sustenance, or check out the fantastic food hall in the basement of the Takashimaya Department Store. Ngee Ann City is linked via underground walkway to Wisma Atria and ION Orchard malls - and also the Orchard MRT station.
Local Expert tip: Check out the basement of Takashimaya for an impressive array of food options
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 designer boutiques, making a welcome change from the same-old high street and designer brand names which feature heavily in the other Orchard Road malls. Mandarin Gallery is also home to several popular restaurants, including breakfast favourite Wild Honey, wine & cheese haven Jones the Grocer and the immensely popular ramen hangout, Ippudo Ramen.
Local Expert tip: The place to head for one-off boutiques and designer gear
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 high street favourites such as Guess, Miss Sixty and Banana Republic. One corridor leading from the casino presents a huge range of luxury jewellery and watch brands, clearly hoping to attract high rollers with their lucky winnings. If all that shopping builds up an appetite, then check out restaurants from the world's leading celebrity chefs such as Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck and Mario Batali.
Local Expert tip: A great destination shopping experience, particularly for high-end goods, jewellery and designer brand names.