In Chinatown there are many small shops and by change I’ve stumbled The TinTin Shop. Although the price is not cheap. I bought TinTin tee shirt and Comics. As a child growing up in Australia I used to love reading TinTin comics book, you’ll never grow too old reading TinTin.
The TinTin shop is open daily. Chinatown MRT Exit A.
This shop is supposed to be a Kung Fu shop and indeed the front of the shop is selling Kung Fu related items, but as you move in a bit more. You find items like Super Mario, Dragonball, Vase, 3D pictures and even Globes.
But I would say the experience was fulfilling enough. The service from the staff was good and they were willing to spend time and explain things to you although I felt the shop was a bit under staff.
The goods they have are mostly collectibles and somehow they are going for a very low price. Unbelievable but true. Definitely worth a visit if you are looking for souvenirs for yourself and your friends.
What to buy: Collectibles and good quality items. Things related to Chinese culture.
What to pay: A hundred bucks can get you at least 3 good souvenirs. Cheaper items are a waste of time unless they are for your friends. Haha.
The store was located near the MRT china-town's exit. It was a small stand like in the traditional market, the seller were girls in short pants and they could speak english fluently [so we could get information about its products easily].
The stand itself has some sack filled with peanuts, they differentiate its kind with different sack. We are allowed to tried 'em, the peanuts. So it could convince us to choose before buying 'em.
It was located in China Town Traditional Market so don't expect it would be like buying things in mall. Sometime we had to deal with some small truck or car that go pass in front of the stand, and we had to deal with other buyers. It could be so crowd, but that's the fun.
What to buy: They sell peanuts, any kind of peanuts.
What to pay: You can spend from $10 till you satisfied ^^
Although the streets of Chinatown were crowded due to a national holiday, I found very nice the Chinatown Complex. I accessed from Banda St. after visiting the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. I wandered around finding local shops (mostly of women's fashion) and in one of the turns I found a small shop dedicated to children clothing where I found nice clothes for my childs. They have silk, satin dresses for the girls and some light clothing for the boys.
A mannequin with a traditional japanese black robe for samurais stands in the middle of the shop, and the girl in charge was really helpful and attentive.
What to buy: Silk, satin dresses for the girls and pajamas por the boys. Clothing style is a wide range from korean to japanese or chinese style.
What to pay: Around 20SGD per piece of children about 2-6 years old.
After a while in Singapore it's easy to feel that there are billions of super huge shopping malls, and that it might even be a bit too much.
I'll write more about those later, but it's also nice to find these small streets with local shops with either souvenirs or hand made local craft.
Right next to the Buddhist temple "Buddha tooth relic" is Trengganu street with all these different small shops. I bought some postcards here, but I'm still pissed that I didn't get this fantastic t-shirt! :)
Well, maybe I've grown up a bit at least...?
What to buy: Local craft, souvenirs, postcards. Or the t-shirt on the photo!
Yue Hwa Building is an historic building located at the corner of Eu Tong Sen Street and Upper Cross Street in Chinatown.
It was originally known as the Nam Tin Building and it currently houses the Yue Hwa Chinese Products department store.
Besides agricultural produce from various provinces of China, the store also sell jade carvings, handicrafts, antiques and medical products such as tea, ginseng and even some Chinese wines.
What to buy: so many things on sale here!! I did however get a lovely scroll made here with our names on them with symbols in great colours made while I waited!!
had some henna tattoo done on my hand and arm which was cool as well while there!!
Have been to China town three times two of the three it was raining!!
Ear Candling My husband was feeling off balance so we got some ear candling done he found that it helped a bit for him...was a weird sensation but he was happy as he wasn't getting as much vertigo afterwards!!
Singapore is filled with boutiques and branded stores and is an ideal place for shopping,especially clothes.The following are my suggestions.Visit the various shops in and near Orchard Road(Baleno,Hung ten).There are some shops near Lucky plaza which are very reasonable,but Lucky plaza itself houses shops that are low-end and not of great quality.Opposite to Lucky plaza is Takashimaya which is really high end,but I found some real good bargains during the sale there.so check out if there is a sale.In the building that houses the Borders book shop also you can find many boutiques,like Marks and Spencers.In singapore there is always a sale somewhere,so just check the local newspapers while you are there and go about it.Mustafa at Serangoon area is another place where you would get odd sizes of clothes,but the styling isn't great.Do visit China Town to shop for anything!clothes included.I found this an amazing place to shop enjoying the oriental ambience!!
What to buy: so many things!
The Majestic is an historic building on Eu Tong Sen Street in Chinatown and it was previously a Cantonese opera house. The façade of the theatre is decorated with tiles depicting Cantonese opera scenes.
Shortly after the turn of this century, the Majestic Theatre was renovated and developed into a three-story shopping mall. The building was then renamed The Majestic and was opened on early 2003.
You will find many places here on the main couple streets of Chinatown to buy postcards and other small gifts. As long as it's not pouring rain or too late at night there are several blocks where you will find a street market. This is where you want to buy your cheap souveniers.
People's Park was a very popular shoppng complex back in the 1970's. Many Malaysians will flock there for tax free bargains.
Today it is still an important shopping destination more for local Singaporeans and foreign residents.
If you are in Chinatown, drop by to see what bargains are available.
This shopping plaza is right at Chinatown MRT exit. It has a "New York City Guggenheim Museum" feel as the shops are laid out in a counter-clockwise spiral seamlessly from one level to the next.
There are of course, elevators and escalators if you prefer to get straight to your shop of choice. There are many antique shops too. Adjoining is another antique section that sells A-Z of Chinese and Asian antiques. art and craft collectors items.
Fon-Man-Ji is local historical external medicine manufacturer. Fon is famous for its Red-Flower Oil which is made by old approach and tools. Its function is to heal musle sore, stomachache etc. Each small bottle costs only 2 SG$ (=40 NTD). It's economical and also the best gifts for your friends.
What to buy: Red-Flower-Oil
The Indian shop offers better prices than these in little India that we have ever seen in Singapore. If you like, bargain is possible, for example we made 3 pairs beach shoes 24 SG$ down to 20 SG$.
They are clothing products and has many choices: skirts, chair pads, beach shoes, leather shoes, scarfs, clothing, clothes etc.
What to buy: Skirts, best price each 5 SG$ (=100 NTD)
Shoes made of leather, each pair 10 SG$(=200 NTD)
Beach shoes, each pair 8 SG$(=160 NTD)
Scarfs made of cotton, each 5 SG(=100 NTD)
Singapore's most famous dried pork slices shops are Lin-Zhi-Yuan(—ÑŽuŒ¹) and Mei-Cheng-Chuan (”ü’¿??). The both are in Chinatown. People say Mei-Chuan-Cheng's dried pork slices are better than Lin-Zhi-Yuan's. How comes Lin's shop so popular? It's said its "Feng-Shui" is good. (the location is great and one can earn much money) Marvelous? Anyway, you had better try the both and judge it upon your own taste ;-)
What to buy: Dried Pork Slices