Singapore Shopping Tours

From the many things you can do in Singapore, shopping in Singapore is an experience that one must not skip when visiting. This country is for every shopaholic who cannot do without bargain hunting when away to different countries. What is best about shopping here is that, even the items from high-end brands from around the globe are always available on sale in some of the malls in Singapore. On the other hand, street shopping hasn’t gone out of style for the people here with shopping streets like Little India Arcade, Haji Lane and ChinaTown Street Market. For those interested in exploring more options, Singapore tour packages often include guided shopping excursions to these vibrant locales.

Most of the shopping places in mainland Singapore are open from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m., while few are even open overnight. Apart from buying some fashionable clothes, bags, accessories and shoes, you can also take back some souvenirs from the local markets in Singapore. Some of these shopping plazas even come with a food court where you can revel in worldwide cuisines at cheap rates after hours of shopping.

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What are the best places to shop in Singapore?

1) Bugis Street

If you want to know what a day-long shopping experience feels like, then you should assign one day during your holiday to Bugis Street. This shopping arena has over 800 stalls selling about everything underneath the sun. The fashion line-up under this large, but budgeted roof is pleasingly shocking! Don’t leave Bugis Street without trying on some exceptional pairs of sunglasses and buying some souvenirs for people back at home. By far, this is the largest amongst the shopping places in Singapore with everything sold at affordable prices. 

Location:3 New Bugis Street, Singapore
Timings: 11.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.

2) Mustafa Centre

Mustafa Centre Mall lying in Little India is a paradise for electronic lovers and fancy jewelry. Besides that, it is also meant for those who adore gold jewelry and wouldn’t mind taking some back home! People from Singapore flock to this mall for all their electronic needs, for nowhere else will you find these goods sold at very cheap prices in the country. 

Location:145 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore
Timings: Open twenty-four hours

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3) Lucky Plaza

This plaza is packed with people on the weekends for their wide-range of products on sale that are exquisite and budgeted. One of the best things one can buy from here is perfumes that are available in abundant fragrances. The preeminent part about shopping in Singapore at Lucky Plaza is that it is situated in one of the posh locales of the country, yet the extravagant products sold here are affordable and discounted. You might be able to find some medicinal oils on sale here that you can buy for usual ailments. Book buffs might not want to leave for this is the best place to buy old books for way less than their MRP. 

Location: 304 Orchard Rd, Singapore
Timings: 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.

4) Far East Plaza

Bustling with over six-hundred shops is this golden market that is for everyone who says, “I don’t have enough clothes to wear!” Shopping in Singapore is an opportunity to re-do your entire closet if you visit the Far East Plaza. What’s even better is that, it might not burn a hole in your pockets for the clothes are priced at very cheap rates; this doesn’t affect the quality of the clothes though. Get some pampering as well for you will come across a number of spas and salons in Singapore where you can get some services at less than market rates. Here’s a little tip; as you climb higher in the plaza, the more economical the items get! 

Location: 14 Scotts Rd, Singapore
Timings: 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. 

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5) IMM Outlet Mall

Here’s where you will find a cluster of brands from around the world selling their best to impress the people and tourists of Singapore. In fact, it is the largest outlet mall in the country where you can shop till you drop, and re-energize at their food stalls, all in the same premises. If you read brands, then you probably should also know that this is amongst the very few places where you can pick them up at almost 80% off, any time of the year! Apart from shopping at sophisticated stores, you can also hire baby strollers to keep your kids on your watch, or take them to the water activity area, making it a day well spent for the entire family! 

Location: Jurong East Street 21
Timings: 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.

6) Orchard Road

Orchard Road is the most popular shopping places in Singapore which border in its area some of the best malls like Far East Mall, Orchard Central, Paragon Shopping Centre, etc. This place is yet another one-stop-shop for all your shopping needs, starting from clothing to home appliances and electronics. The vast sidewalks, artists and performances on the sides, hawkers and food stalls make it a complete experience. The fashion accessories and bags are at a surreal exhibit emerging from global brands, as well as local dealers to suit shoppers of all kinds. 

Location: Orchard Road
Timings: 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. (Some shops are open till 11.00 p.m. too)

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7) Chinatown Street Market

Use your bargaining skills like never before at the Chinatown Street Market, the center of spices and souvenirs. If you happen to buy at this shopping place, then don’t forget to buy some spice stock that can last you for long since it is available in splendid quality but at reasonable prices. You could also try out some of their Chinese style robes, and even buy one if you find it comfortable to wear to classy evenings. If handicrafts are your thing, then you should visit the Singapore Handicraft Center. There are so many other fun things to do in Chinatown

Location: Terengganu St, Singapore
Timings: 09.30 a.m. to 08.00 p.m. 

8) VivoCity

VivoCity has introduced to the people of Singapore not so long ago but was a huge attraction for it became the largest mall in this beautiful country. People staying here permanently adore this mall because of the availability of diverse homeware collections to decorate the home as well as the kitchen. Not just that, but you name a brand, you name a style, or you name a color, and you are sure to find it at VivoCity. The amphitheater and sky park is a wonderful place to relax after a long day of shopping where you can capture splendid views of Sentosa.

Location: 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore
Timings: 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. 

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9) Haji Lane

Most youngsters prefer to shop at Haji Lane because it is amongst the very few shopping places in Singapore where one can find the off-fashion items as well as some vintage clothes for those who want to stand out at all times. The narrow street is styled with a line of boutiques where one can shop for some old-fashioned clothes, Korean Clothes, fashion of the 60’s & 70’s alongside some vibrant new-age dresses. The shops selling the British style of clothes is visited by many for its urbane designs and range of clothes. 

Location: Kampong Glam, Haji Lake
Timings: 12.00 p.m. to 08.00 p.m.

10) The Shoppers at Marina Bay Sands

The shopper at Marina Bay is an exquisite mall that finds it’s fame from housing the first ever floating Louis Vuitton store that leaves one flabbergasted. This reveals that this mall is yet another one for the ‘brandsters’ who don’t mind shelling for items from global stores. The mall also sells jewelry and other beauty products, but none of these are non-branded or on the budgeted side. It is an upscale market where people like to stopover, even if it is just for window shopping and to praise the architecture. 

Location: 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore
Timings: 10.30 a.m. to 11.00 p.m.

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Where to shop at night in Singapore?

Among other things to do in Singapore at night, shopping is a must: 

1) Chinatown Street Market

If you have had a very hard-working day and want to just chillax with some shopping and street food, then hit the Chinatown Street Market which is open until 01.00 a.m. on weekends. Buy yourself some local masks, budgeted apparels, accessories and local jewelry to up your style quotient. This shopping street is apt for some late evening or night munching with a plethora of food stalls serving local as well as worldwide cuisine. You could even catch a glimpse of one of the dance performances in the area if you can manage to know the right time.

Location: Pagoda Street, Trengganu and Sago Street
Timings: Up to 01.00 a.m. on weekends and up to 11.00 p.m. (latest) on other days

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2) Bugis Street Market

Match your clothes with the best footwear and bags at reasonable prices like never before while shopping in Singapore at Bugis Street Market. Haggle away and take back home more bags than you can carry on one go. The streets are well-lit which doesn’t receive one of the original colors or the quality of an item. You will find articles at prices that are unimaginably low, and yet keep your chic look intact with ease. Do buy more than one pair of sunglasses that can go with multiple looks. 

Location: 3 New Bugis Street, Singapore
Timings: Open till 10.00 p.m.

3) Tekka Center

Tekka Center is a place for almost everything but is best for clothes and food. You will find all the up-to-the-minute fashion trends up for grabs which aren’t very pricey. This huge area covers clothing styles, accessories, lifestyle products, and even some hardware goods. Don’t miss getting a taste of some of their local delicacies sold in the stalls in and around this center. 

Location: Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore
Timings: Open till 6:30 am–9 pm

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4) Little India Arcade

Little India Arcade allows one to explore the Indian fashion style; this is one of the highlight places if you want to go shopping in Singapore. Unlike its name, the people in this market also sell Arabian clothes that look extravagant but are affordable. A visit to Singapore isn’t complete without a trip to this arcade where you can also find home goods for decoration and maintenance. Once you have walked through these streets, you will testify that every garment sold here is unique in more than one way, and is worth buying! 

Location: 48 Serangoon Rd, #02-07, Singapore
Timings: Open till 10.00 p.m. 

5) China Square Flea Market

If you want to mix up shopping with some fun, then China Square Flea Market cannot offer anything better than that to you. The name is a giveaway that you can shop for antiques and old books when in this flea market while walking around this double-floored market. You will be surprised to still find some age-old phones and clocks which could be an amazing gift for people who are into such collections. More than some of the items sold here come from China or have a Chinese style to it.

Location: 18 Cross St, Singapore 
Timings: 09.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m. (Only on weekends)

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Which are the famous food markets in Singapore?

Here are some of the best Food Markets in Singapore:

1) Chinatown Complex Food Centre 

Get prepared to be wowed by more than just of the two-hundred-and-sixty food stalls that are strategically placed in the heart of Chinatown Street Market. Not just will you find local dishes, but also delicacies from varied cuisines that can make shopping in Singapore experience yummier! You should try the Carrot Cake, Kway Chap, Soya Beancurd, Dim Sum, Chendol (dessert) and BBQ Chicken Wings from the many items they sell. 

Location: 335, Smith Street
Timings: Open from 10.00 a.m. till they are sold out

2) Old Airport Road Food Centre

If you are someone who lives by the day and in the present, then a small trip to the Old Airport Road Food Centre is a must because it is only here where you will find all authentic and genuine Singaporean dishes. You might eat till your stomach is full and heart 's content, but would have hardly spent much owing to its pocket-friendly prices. It might be a task to find other cuisines or even vegetarian food for that matter when here; so you might want to take a rain check in case you are a vegetarian. 

Location: 51 Old Airport Rd, Singapore
Timings: 06.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. 

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3) Maxwell Road Hawker Centre

Maxwell Road Hawker Centre is an ecstasy for all foodies who want to have unstoppable food at slashed rates. This food court is so famous, that you might have several people make documentaries about it too. You should be prepared to face the crowd that hoard the food stalls here to get their favorite dishes before they run out of them. Other famous cuisines you can try here are Indian and Halal. It is amongst the very few places that are open even beyond midnight in Singapore. 

Location: Kadayanallur Street (Corner of Maxwell Road and South Bridge Road)
Timings: 08.00 a.m. to 02.00 p.m. 

4) Tiong Bahru Market Hawker Centre

This Hawker Centre is known for its open-air ambience that adds freshness to the food and the sanitation maintained around the area. Stay hungry for the entire day until you get here so that you can try their bests- Chicken Rice, Wonton Mee, Chee Kueh, Bak Kut Teh and Herbal Soups. You might have to stand in some que before you actually get to the counter because this newly-renovated food market is packed with people all the time. 

Location: Above Tiong Bahru Wet Market, 30 Seng Poh Road
Timings: 09.00 a.m. to 09.00 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)

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5) Chomp Chomp Food Centre

Chomp Chomp Food Centre is the ‘go to’ place for local residents who have the urge for midnight cravings and do not want anything less than the best. Open till the late hours in the night, this place is like a park to try out some of the best Singaporean dishes like BBQ Chicken Wings, Prawn Mee, Hokkien Mee, Carrot Cake and Fried Oyster.

Location: 20 Kensington Park Road
Timings: 06.00 p.m. till late in the night

6) Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre

Your dinner for two can be romantic even when in sitting with a crowd of people around you because such is the setting of Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre that is situated in the midst of the tall skyscraper buildings of Singapore. Apart from the availability of lip-smacking dishes like Satay, Kaya Toast, and Chicken Rice, this food pitch emits sparkle with its perfect lighting and the various bands performing in some areas in and around this vicinity.

Location: 18 Raffles Quay
Timings: Open twenty-four hours

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7) Singapore Food Treats

Once you can catch a breath after an exciting ride on the Singapore Flyer, sit down at Singapore Food Treats in this campus and try out some of their best dishes. While you eat, you can watch the others get on the massive giant wheel to explore Singapore. Try out some of their authentic items like Laksa and the very famous Chicken rice. 

Location: 30 Raffles Ave, #01-09/12 Singapore Flyer, Singapore
Timings: 10.30 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. (Monday to Thursday); open till 11.30 p.m. from Friday to Sunday. 

8) Makansutra Gluttons Bay

Makansutra Gluttons Bay is amongst the new night-life places in Singapore that maintains its design with an age-old with street-side set ups offering mouth-watering food. With not more than twelve stalls so far, one can relish tasty food with an amazing backdrop of the Marina Bay. You should try the Grilled-squid and Fried rice with an Indian Twist whenever you visit here. 

Location: #01, 8 Raffles Ave, 15 Esplanade Singapore
Timings: 05.00 p.m. to 02.00 a.m. (Monday to Thursday); open till 03.00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. 04.00 p.m. to 01.00 a.m. on Sunday.

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What is famous in Singapore for shopping?

Shopping in Singapore is delightful because while you can find the usual stuff as in any other country, there are some things that are found at the best rates here. They celebrate the Great Singapore sale every year between the months May to July; plan your trip around that time if shopping is on your agenda. Don't forget- stay hooked with the mantra of bargaining whenever you shop here. Some things that you definitely should get for you are:

- Satin robes
- Spices
- Silverware
- Sunglasses 
- Different styles of Footwear
- Electronic items 
- Branded bags at slashed rates
- Perfumes 
- Watches are always sold in a wide variety at unbelievable rates
- Lots of accessories that go with most of your clothes
- Local handmade jewelry 
- Small home furnishings that are easy to travel back with 
- Vintage items

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Which place has maximum number of shopping malls?

Orchard Road has the maximum number of shopping places in Singapore at one place that allows you to cover all departments of shopping in a day. On Orchard road you will find-

1) The Paragon - This place is for all those who are seeking to shop mid-range brands, high-end brands as well as non-branded good quality products. 

2) Mandarin Gallery - A perfect place to go shopping in Singapore and blend it with an amazing lunch or dinner in the in-house lavish restaurants. 

3) Orchard Central - If you are a fan of discounts, then you should shop at Orchard Central where you can also witness the other art and entertainment activities, try some of their food places or play some Indoor games. 

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4) Plaza Singapura - Try this place if you want to cover shopping, food and entertainment on the same day. 

5) 313@Somerset - A haven for affordable brands and Discovery walk while you try the bars and restaurants

6) Ngee Ann City - Perfect place to buy clothes, food and books at the same place 

7) ION Orchard - Here’s one for the sophisticated lot with luxury brands and other exquisite services.

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What should I take as souvenirs from Singapore?

Visit one of the many shopping places in Singapore and take back at least some of these souvenirs-

- Kaya Jam

- TWG Tea

- Orchid Jewelry 

- Orchid Perfumes

- Perankan inspired items

- Bengawan Solo Sweets

- Miniature Merlion

- Singapore Sling (national drink)

- Laksa Paste (if you enjoyed the taste during your stay)

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What is Singapore best known for?

Singapore is best known for a number of things like its cleanliness, greenery, year-round summer season with hints of rain & humidity, the invention of their national drink called Singapore Sling, unbeatable variety of street food at cheap prices, Marina Bay Skyline, plentiful shopping areas and modern-day airport with world-class facilities.

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Which shops in Singapore are open 24/7?

The shopping places in Singapore that are open 24/7 are Mustafa Centre and Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre. Apart from these, there are many supermarkets, departmental stores and restaurants that are open throughout the day and night like Marina Cove, Boon Tong Kee, Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant, Maxwell Food Centre, etc.

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What is the best time to visit Singapore?

Singapore doesn’t experience a lot of weather changes throughout the year, and therefore, it is entirely up to you when you want to visit this Asian country. That said, February to April is a time when you wouldn’t have to face much of the rainfall as it is drier as compared to the other months of the year so it could be considered as the best time to visit Singapore.

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