The Kinokuniya bookstore is the largest bookstore in Asia. It is a book lovers dream come true.
I have never seen so many travel books in one store and maps of everywhere.
We spend hours here browsing. We leave with our luggage allowance.
This shop was amazing...bought back many memories... it had old nostalgic stuff that was just amazing to look at.Then to top it off it had a little water garden out the back....you should go inside and have a look if you are ever in the area.
What to buy: in this shop .expect to find only old things. but so nice to look at ..example.old coke cans... adn other kinds of things
What to pay: spend as much as you want :)
For me this my absolute favorite for shopping in Singapore. There is the big Japanese department store Takashimaya, the vast bookstore Kinokuniya with books in Japanese, Chinese, English, German and French, as well as major designer boutiques.
In the basement you'll find coffee shops and discounters and the more you move upstairs the more expensive it gets. On ground floor are shops like Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren or Tommy Hilfiger. Funny is that you have to queue in front of Louis Vuitton because there is only a certain number of people allowed to be inside.
Get a taxi and tell the driver "Takashimaya"(or Ngee Ann City, if you prefer that) and in no time you'll be there. We did that several times a day.
You can certainly spend a whole day of shopping there as there are so many different shops and restaurants inside. The Sushi Tei restaurant next to the taxi pick-up was quite good.
What to buy: Mostly designer clothes
What to pay: much
Huge array of shops offering textiles like silk, cotton, chiffon etc. Many local fashion designers come here to get their fabric. Prices are not displayed so you may need to bargain a little. If you need to get directions here, just mention Arab Street. The rest of the streets around are lesser well known but they go according to Middle Eastern theme. There is even a road call Baghdad Street! Most of the shop owners here are Middle Eastern/Pakistani/North Indian origin. There are also a number of nice restaurants and cafes where you can chill and smoke a shisha (middle eastern flavoured tobacco pipe).
Suntec City Mall is Singapore's largest shopping and entertainment complex.
It is a futuristic looking complex . There are many upscale shops but also many not so high up the scale. Someting for everyone.
There always seems be be some activities going on there.
Go where the locals go for cheap and good sporting goods, ranging from soccer boots, tennis rackets, socks, skates etc etc - you name it, it's probably there. You have to bargain here of course and if you do not mind some of the designs being a little outdated, you may end up with good bargains. No fakes here, but you may also get some local and thus unestablished brands. Besides sporting goods, these days, more and more boutiques selling funky fashion (imported from Bangkok and Hong Kong) are setting up home here, tapping into the young pool of buyersso you may just grab that latest piece of funky wear along with that pair of great soccer boots.
What to pay: Bargain. Prices may be as low as 50% off.
What to buy:
On the other end of the jewelery scale is the ABC Bargain Center in Little India.
Here you can find most anything from rings, braclets, nose studs to beads at bargain prices.
What to pay: You may have to haggle for the correct price.
These are the places to be if you are hunting for IT stuff. Whole malls of them. I am not much of an IT person but I am pretty sure you can get virtually what you want from this 2 places. Some shops you may bargain, more so at Sim Lim Square.
What to buy: IT stuff and gadgets as well as camera and telecommunication equipment.
Sim Lim Tower is the building which has over 100 shops retailing electronics. If you are looking to buy a camera or assessories, computer, telephone, radios and 1,000 or more electronic gadgets the Sim Lim Tower is where you will find it.
Do not buy from the first shop, continue through the various floors and compare prices and what is on offer. Then start to bargain and be careful as these retailers are very clever, they may try to switch you to another model at a cheaper price, or change a lens to meet your price.
Recommend you check prices in your home town before you travel, write down your model numbers and find out whether the model is current, when it was released. Now you are prepared to bargain and have a chance of success.
You will be amazed at the variety of products on sale. We purchased a Cannon DSLR camera, filters, additional lens etc, however I took with me a brochure from a camera retailer in my home town, prices, models and photos, however the final transaction still took over an hour with add ons and the sales person demonstrating additional lens' etc.
It can become confusing.
It's actually the 2nd storey of the Hawker Centre, since the 1st storey and the basement are home to hawker stalls. Grab a meal and then proceed upwards. Here, lies a labyrinth of stores selling camping gears and stuff. Many stores also sell army goods and more others selling funky clothings and accessories.
Recommend: "Chop Chip Huat", store 505, if you are looking for camping backpacks and equipment.
What to buy: Camping accessories, army accessories, funky clothes etc. (Most of the funky stuff comes from Bangkok and Hong Kong)
For folks who love "Joe Boxer" boxers, they are available here too.
What to pay: Bargain. Most of the items have no fixed prices. You must bargain to secure a deal.
We admired this impressive building from the otherside of Orchard Road and decided to cross over and take a closer look.
It worked out well for the both of us as my wife found some good shoe shops and other interesting shops whilst I walked through the building admiring its workmanship. In so doing I found several interesting restaurants, one of which we later visited for lunch.
All ended well as we were both happy.
What to buy: Borders for books, various shoe stores and speciality womens retailers, Marks & Spencers etc etc. I enjoyed lunch at Cedele Restaurant.
Lovely shop full of many gorgeous confectionaries. Tong Heng has been around since 1920. They are very friendly and will help you with your selections. They specialize in traditional Chinese pastries.
What to buy: I tried an assortment of cookies/biscuits. Very tasty and filling.
What to pay: Very inexpensive.
Tangs has been selling modestly priced curios and souvenirs in Singapore since 1932. Merchandise from all parts of Asia is available here.
Mr. C.K. Tang was one of Singapores's most successful entrepreneurs.
This is a multi-level shopping complex. It has dozens of speciality shops, one department store, and usually a large display inthe large atrium such as art displays,special events, toys, and ect.. I even saw Elvis there once.
It is fun to window shop at all the upsale shops but when it come to buying head for Lucky Plaza. There are jewlery shops, electronics, cheap clothing, prophylactic specialist, tailors and souvenirs galore.