The 5 store building at the corner in the photo is Yue Hwa Store. It is a very big Department Store in Chinatown and claim to be the one stop shopping for products from China. It may be true, but my wife went there and she said everything in Yue Hwa was expensive. She liked The Majestic very much (the smaller building next to Yue Hwa in the photo) because it's much cheaper there.
Chinatown is the place to be for the adventurous and the frugal. It's filled to the brim with little food shops that sell cheap eats (my fave: yang tau foo ) and 3 for SGD10 souvenir shops.
Smith Street is the famous Food Street. But it isn't the only place to find small, quaint eateries. Unfortunately, during my last trip, I was only able to venture out in the street markets (Smith, Pagoda and Trengganu) and didn't explore People's Park Centre, People's Park Complex and Maxwell Market.
What to buy: Ooooohhhh, a lot! I cannot even begin to describe the smells! I promised myself that I will stay here when I come back in August, and update this tip!
What to pay: Food is cheap (well, relatively, anyway--I come from the Philippines, where food is a lot cheaper). You can choose the ingredients for your yong tau foo (such as squid balls and fried wanton) for about SGD0.40 to SGD0.50 per piece. Rice topping meals can cost about SGD4-6. Drinks cost about SGD1.00-1.30 for a can of soda or a bottle of water.
The 3 for $10 store offers items that are indeed 3 for $10. =) Bags, fashion accessories (earrings, bangles, necklaces) glass coasters, souvenir stuff, and lots of other things can be had for the price.
What to buy: bags, bangles, earrings
What to pay: 3 items for $10.
I think this is the best place to get the souvenirs before you head for other places or before you fly home.
You will be surprise that actually those souvenirs in other countries, example thailand and vietnam, you can actually get them here.. if well bargained, can be at cheaper price..
Shocked right?! I went to china town just after my vietnam trip and realized that those seramic dolls that I carried all the way back from the country is sold here! and will similar price before bargained!
A one man show, this shop offers good deals on Asian stamps.
Though the selection may not be the widest, I can always count on the nice shopkeeper to give me a good deal.
Look out especially for local and China FDCs, mint stamps, used stamps etc. As most of his mint stamps are not openly displayed, you may need to do some probing.
What to pay: Very reasonable
Shopping around Chinatown is a blast for me. And I love that there is always something going on in shopping malls or in front of them. Who would imagine seeing cows in S'pore? Well, i didn't until this one showed up ....
at Pagoda Street at Chinatown and at its perpendicular (just in front of Sri Mariamman) you can find some antiques gallerys. I love them. I bought to bells ( there where not very antique ... but from the 30s... but ... welll ... here I have them)
When walking in China Town is Singapore, you will see a lot of shops. Among the others, shops which offer fabrics as silk... The prices are not low, of course they depend on the quality.
The sales assistants are very nice and ready for fulfilling your expectations. They can sew an evening dress for you or a business suit during few days...
What to pay: for 1 meter of a nicer, thicker silk fabric they ask about 45 Singapore Dollars
Full of ... everything to makes you healthy. My friend bought something for her foot and for hair growing and circulation