Rumah Bebe, a Peranakan shophouse from 1928. Where you can find antique porcelain, silverware, beadworks, jewellery, batiks and embroideries. You can even learn to make traditional beaded shoes, bags or other handicrafts.
There are 3 Harley Davidson shops in Singapore the main dealership being on Alexandra Rd and the other 2 are Merchandise shops at Marina Bay Sands and Ngee Ann City on the basement level. We first went to the Alexandra Rd one which has a good selection of merchandise but is mainly for buying bikes, though we still managed to buy quite a few tops which ranged in price from S$46-S$50.
A couple of days later we went to the Harley Davidson Merchandise shop in Ngee Ann City, wow I wish we had gone there before as they have so much to choose from and lots of sale items. It is so much cheaper buying from here than Australia.
We went a bit crazy in here and bought lots more t-shirts, polo shirts, wallets etc. Actually we bought so much we are now lifetime members so will receive a discount whenever we go back plus 2 months either side of our birthdays we will receive 30% of anything including sale items.
VivoCity is Singapore’s largest shopping complex which covers over 24 hectares and is located at HarbourFront Walk just opposite Sentosa Island.
Besides having every shop and restaurant you could possibly think of there is a beautiful Sky Park, giant playgrounds for children, wading pools. Singapore’s largest Cinema complex is also at VivoCity with 15 screens and Asia’s largest cinema screen.
The land around the shopping complex also has lots of areas where families have picnics and there are fantastic views of the waterfront and Sentosa Island.
We really enjoy going to Vivocity and of course a few of my favorite shops are in there like, Guess, Espirit, Tangs and Traveller World.
The Bugis Street area has changed a lot since our first visit over 20 years ago, the little place where I use to have Chili Crab or Buttered Prawns has gone. To me the food stalls there are not as good as they use to be.
Now it is mainly shopping and market style stalls, but it is still definitely worth a visit as there is a lot of cheap souvenir type shopping available.
Previously a seedy night spot, Bugis Village has undergone a huge change. It is now highly urbanized and sophisticated, with restored shop houses and shopping complexes. Care has been taken to preserve hints of this area's old world charm.
Don't miss the 'pasar malam' (night market) it is massive with over 650 shops and stalls selling everything you can think of including copy handbags, watches, clothing and much more.
No visit to Singapore is complete without a visit to the world famous Orchard Road which was named after the numerous pepper and nutmeg plantations that were in the area back in the 1840’s. It would probably take many weeks’ maybe even months to see every shop and mall that is here.
All the high end shops such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior etc are along this 2.2 kilometer shopping haven not just once but quite a few times. Singapore’s flagship department store Tangs is also on Orchard Rd and has been there since the 1950’s.
Tangs is my favorite store and I have lost count of the number of times I have been in here and their store at Vivocity, it is excellent for clothing, handbags and makeup etc.
Orchard Rd is a day out in itself and there are plenty of restaurants, bars and food courts to have a break from all the shopping. It is actually a lovely street with a lot of greenery, places to sit and people watch, sculptures, even a mobile ice-cream man who makes ice cream sandwiches!
We very rarely visit Orchard Rd now as we have been going to Singapore for the past 20 years and now prefer to go to the shopping centers in the suburbs, maybe not as flash but certainly lot cheaper. But for the first time visitor orchard Rd is a must do.
I was at the Garden by the Bay in Singapore and I saw a scene that reminded me of Tintin in a canoe in Panama so I said to my guide had that looks like a photo I have on my VT page. She said do you know we have a TinTin Shop a real Tin tine shop in Singapore so I know Kiwi would kill me if I d not make a pilgrimage to the Real Tintin shop in Chinatown Singapore. I was delighted to see how authentic the shop was. I was told by the wonderful lady in the shop that the Singapore Tintin is one of only 7 official shops in the world and this one is the largest outside of Belgium. In Chinatown pn Pagoda street (sounds like a place tintin would be) and a 3 minute walk away from the MRT station there is a real Tin tin shop built for Kiwi and you can sit outside and drink an authentic Belgian beer.
What to buy: all things Tintin
What to pay: from $30for a tee shirt to thousands for rare Tintin stuff
Singapore is famous for it's malls and loads of shopping but unluckily I visited only one mall that was Vivo City that also because I went there to take a ride of the cable car.
What to buy: I think clothes and electronics are the best options.
What to pay: No limit.
The shop is so unique and the chocolate there is wonderful.. Firstly i thought is a branded Chocolate Boutique but after i went in and tried some of the chocolate is just lovely. Is a very big place with a 7ft tall lion statue.. Should go and visit the place if you visit singapore.
What to buy: Durian Chocolate and this fine handmade choc.. I bought some tiramisu Truffle choc.. Nice..
One of Singapore's older malls, Tanglin has changed over the years and now has more antique shops than any other. They range from very expensive to inexpensive, large furniture to small ornaments, maps and documents.
It's a fascinating mall to walk around even if you're only window shopping because the shops have such interesting items on display.
There are also several good restaurants and cafes and of course the usual more general shops, including tailors.
I hope you don't need it, but there is also a concentration of specialist medical clinics up on the fifth and sixth floors.
What to pay: It depends entirely on what you buy - but always remember to bargain hard over the price.
There are many department stores in Singapore, especially along Orchard Road, but Takashimaya is in my opinion the best. They seem to offer a wider range of products than the others and I've invariably ended up here to buy things after checking out the others.
What to buy: It really depends what you're looking for - over several large floors they have mens' and womens' clothing & accessories, luggage, perfumes & toiletries, homeware, jewellery, watches, a huge variety of food...
Open 10am to 9.30pm daily.
What to pay: Prices are fixed and are competitive with other department stores.
The question of eye tests and new glasses has been asked several times on the Forum. Eye Zone is the shop I've been using for a few years, they have several shops but the one I use is in Toa Payoh, which is easy to reach by MRT. It's a small shop but with full eye-testing equipment and qualified staff plus a big range of frames, lenses, sunglasses and accessories.
If you have standard lenses they have your glasses ready in less than one hour, so you can go off and have a coffee or a meal, or do other shopping, and come back to pick up your new glasses when you're ready.
What to buy: The price includes eye testing, lenses and frames. You can choose from unbranded or much more expensive designer frames, glass or plastic lenses, non-reflective or tinted.
What to pay: Price, all-inclusive, is from Sing$28 up to several hundred dollars for designer frames.
"Sticky" is a shop located on the basement of Central. It is a small shop that have hand made candy. You can buy candy based on your favorite favors and shape. I was there during Singapore Teacher Day, a lot of school children buying these candy as gifts to their teachers.
What to buy: Traditional Hand-Made Candy
Many international visitors like to buy IT and Electronics products in Singapore because of its prices and reliability. Sim Lim Square is the largest retail IT and Electronics Mall in Singapore. You can get the latest IT and electronic products here.
Please check out its website for shops and products.
What to buy: Laptops, Computers, Apples Products, Cell phones, Cameras, CD Players, IT accessories, etc.
What to pay: It should be cheaper than other countries due to lower import tax. Don't forget to bargain!!
Bugis Junction is located at Victoria Street, Middle Road and North Bridge Road in Bugis.
Bugis Junction consists of four sections. They are Bugis Junction Tower, Parco Bugis Junction, Seiyu Bugis Junction and InterContinental Singapore. There is a youth-themed zone in the mall and numerous restaurants in the building. Kiosks are found along the shopping streets and shops are by the side, with shophouse themed buildings.
There are plenty of tailor shops in the malls along Orchard Road and all have beautifully tailored samples displayed.
The reality is that they don't all produce clothes as good as the samples!
Solito has an excellent tailor who does actually give you a suit or jacket, or a shirt or blouse, just as good as the samples.
They have a huge range of materials and styles, will give you a fitting in as little as eight hours and can have a suit finished in twelve hours. Give them longer though and the result will be even better.
What to buy: For ladies or men, suits and jackets. Geina had three business suits made in three different styles and three different colours of raw silk.
She chose two styles from photographs and the third was copied from a suit she already had. Each fits perfectly.
What to pay: The suits in raw silk were S$280 each.