Bugis Junction, Singapore
Walk around the Bangkok style markets ant Bugis Village to find yourself a bargain.
There is clothing, jewellery, leather goods, ceramics CD's & DVD's and of course the omnipresent food stalls.
Bugis Village is "The largest Street Shopping location in Singapore".
You can buy souveniers like watches, caps, T-Shirts, music CDs, try out the clothings and fashion apparel and accessories, manicure & pedicure, have a hair cut, purchase some tibits, try out local food at the food court, dine at a cafe, have a taste of durians and fruits, have a tatoo or even pamper yourself at the spa retreats.
There are over 600 shops and they are opened daily.
Bugis MRT is just opposite Bugis Village.
The Japanese Department Store Seiyu at Parco Bugis Junction houses TopManShop, Dorothy Perkins, FashionLab, Trumph, Wacoal, Dockers, among others. Seiyu also carries a large range of ladies handbags, fashion accessories, toiletries, and has a good range of international cosmetics counters.
At the basement, you will find a very convenient Cold Storage supermarket that has a good Japanese food selection and also carries Australian, Italian, South African and French wines. Immediately outside of the Cold Storage there are a number of food kiosks that sell local and Western style pastries, delicious Kaya toast, Kopi-O and other savoury snacks.
This is a lovely flea market. Stalls are set up in the alleys and lanes of the shophouses. Though it has become a tad commercialised, nevertheless it's still a great place to find fantastic bargains.There are 100 stalls selling a variety of different goods along that long, humid and narrow street.
The alleys are dark and stuffy. The whole Village is not a building, but a 'make-shift' market. The whole pathway is not covered by concrete shelter, but big plastic tents pulled over your head!
Wear shorts, T-shirt & slippers. It's going to be very hot in these alleys. Certains stalls will allow you to try on the clothes for size before you purchase them. So, wear something which will be easy to remove and put on again because these 'fitting rooms' are really, really tiny.
What to buy: You will find stuff ranging from women/men/children's clothes to pirated CDs, accessories, shoes, slippers, bags/backpacks, sunglasses, watches etc. You will also get mobile phones & accessories here.
Most clothing sold here can be found at shopping malls in Orchard. I have made comparisons for some of the items & found that the clothes in Bugis can go up to 150% cheaper than the ones sold in air-conditioned malls. Ladies will be able to find lots of lovely batik printed dresses, skirts & tops here.
I would suggest that you check out the items here first before shopping at FarEast Plaza or The Heeren. The exact items can be found in Bugis Village for a much cheaper price.
What to pay: You might want to bargain, especially if you buy many pieces. You could usually get a 10-20% discount. If unhappy with the service of any one shop owner, simply go to the next one. Be careful, the next shop might be cheaper, so scout around.
I bought a pair of thongs for S$7. The next shop was selling it for S$8. I also bought a pair of pineapple crystals. The first offer was S$6 a piece. After a haggling session, I managed to get 2 for S$8.
Denim short skirts & 3/4 denim pants are about S$25.00. You can get T-shirts for kids from as low as S$2.00. Average T-shirts for adults will cost between S$10-S$18.00. Collared shirts for men will cost between S$20-S$30.00. Shorts for men will cost from S$15.00 onwards.
Ladies will be able to find great bargains for tops starting from S$10.00 onwards. There is a stall which sell all tops for S$10.00 and all dresses for S$25.00. Worth a visit, aye?! =)
Got lots of stuff on sale here. Cheap watches, t-shirts, jeans, hats, souveniers, shoes, etc.
What to buy: Drank a blended banana shake for $1.50 singapore dollars. It was delicious and especially good because the drink was cold and refreshing on a hot day.
What to pay: Hat - $6 Singapore Dollars
3 nylon basketball type shorts - $10 singapore dollars
Bugis junction is a nice place to go shopping. Here you can find alot of nice soverniors. You can find anything here and the prices is very cheap. Its your one stop bargain stop ;0) Its also situated in a good location. So just take the MRT to Bugis station and when you pop out...vola you here ;0P What was funny about this place was amongst all the shops here... hey a sex shop in the middle of everything. I found it abit odd but had to laugh as I passed by.
Our fave place. Why??, many nice stuffs, street food and cheaper price. I was quite surprised to find Sex Shop casually located in the middle of bag and fashion shops. Bags and shirts, also girls accessories such as bead necklace are easy to find here. It’s a nice place to buy souvenirs for people back home.
CINEPLEX AND SEIYU. ..A JAPANESE STORE .. .ARE TWO OF THE MANY SHOPS IN THIS FIRST GLASS COVERED AIR-CONDITIONED SHOPPING STREET!!!! PRETTY AMAZING!!!
What to buy: FROM ELECTRONICS TO SOME GREAT TASTING FOOD....... : )
What to pay: DEPENDS ON HOW MUCH YOU ARE INTO SHOPPING THAT DAY !!! THERE ARE SOME COOL ITEMS HERE.....
if u want to haggle bangkok-style, go to bugis junction..u could buy singapore souvenirs(refrigerator magnets and keys) cheaper than in Chinatown. magnets could sell as low as 5 for S$10. 1 pack of keys(5 individual) for S$8...haggle nice and easy, i found haggling in singapore harder than in bangkok..
Really good shopping! there're a lot of really nice men and womens clothes, bags, souvenirs and accessories here, and actually they're already cheaper than in the malls, but u're expected to bargain. Shopowners mostly give in easily, but when they start to insist that a certain price is the lowest they cn go, dun push it too hard or they'll start to scold u or won't even wanna sell it to u anymore.
lots of their clothes comes from overseas so their cost price is v low for such trendy clothes, so e prices can go pretty low too. like less than $10 for an ordinary top. I bouht a pretty mini for $15 when the original asking price was $25 (think i couldhave gone lower). At Far East Plaza, a shopping centre with hip clothes but no bargaining, i saw the exact same skirt for $32!
very hot place though. make sure u cover the place thoroughly cos there are shops hidden everywhich way, on the second level of the hawker centre too.
What to buy: many of the clothes, makeup and items are imported from bangkok and hongkong, some from japan, so the styles are really up-to-date. Some are local designers!
nice food and cheap fruits too.
What to pay: anything from $5 onwards. rarely above $50.
Bugis Junction is conveniently located at Bugis MRT.This is one of the favourite hunts for most Singaporeans.You are find shops selling all times of things here,do drop by Bugis junction if you had not enough of shopping at Orchard Road,you won't regret coming here.
Bugis Village historically are favorite hangouts of transvestite, lesbians and gay people. Today, Bugis Village has transformed to a collection of shops that sells trendy clothes, souvenirs and other stuff in cheap prices.
What to buy: Local products, bags, Singapore t-shirts and lots more.
What to pay: I suggest you haggle for prices. They can go very cheap here.
We shopped here on our last visit and had to return again. A smaller center with plenty of choice. Local department store, food outlet, shoes shoes shoes, clothing, electronics etc.
I bought 8 pairs of shoes on this trip and have ended up with lots of teasing, but shoes are so different to the run of th mill stuff I see at home and so much cheaper. I got 2 pairs of leather court shoes for S$120 total- the most expensive buy of the trip. Most averaged about S$40 each.
Bugis is an easy train ride from most points.
What to buy: Shoes, as long as your feet are not too big. Mine are size 39 (US womens 8) and i had no problems!
What to pay: As much as you want too! There are all ranges of markets, we do not do the high end stuff, but there are designer stores everywhere. Plenty of lower end shops as well!
There are 2 places one should go shopping if you like to try your bargaining skills. One is right opposite to Bugis Junction shopping plaza. This is a vast market and everything can be bargained here. You need to get off at Bugis MRT to go to this market.
The other one is a flea market in China Town area. As the name suggests, one need to get off at China Town MRT station.
Please do look into Singapore Strait Times for Sales adverts as there are always sales in some of the shopping malls. We found looking at the daily newspaper was the best way to get informed.
Bugis Street used to be a red light district in the olden days. Now after a major makeover, it is now converted into a shopping heaven. Bugis Street is the Singapore two-storey mini version of the Chatuchak market in Thailand. You will find everything from nice t-shirts (retro, funk, punk, etc...), caps and shoes too. For those who wants to sample some of the local Chinese food, there is also a food alley at the back. There is a map of the shopping area, should you need help. Heh! I must highlight though that this place is not air-conditioned so come prepared, dress appropriately. Hot! Heh!
What to buy: For tourist, looking for Singapore souvenirs (like the mini Merlion replica statue and the Singapore slang 'Lah' t-shirts), this place has good buys.
What to pay: Prices here are relatively cheap. For the ladies, you can get a nice top for S$28. Bargainable. Start with a low price and work it up to your payable price. Don't start buying at the first shop. Walk around and you might just find the same item at a cheaper/bargainable price.