This tip does not refer to any particular shop at all. I just want to share a few of my favourite things that I picked up while browsing around some of the many, many shops that you can find blindfolded all over Singapore.
I really like the wooden shoe horn with mother of pearl inlays. It cost me about S$20 from a small shop not too far from the NE4 exit in Chinatown. I don't have to bend down as far to get my shoes on with the extra long handle on this shoe horn.
The pot of Chiao-She-Hao (Jasmine Tea) I found at Hue Hwa on the corner of Eu Tong Sen Road and Cross Street in Chinatown. There you will find lots of interesting Chinese food, artifacts and other curio's.
Wherever I may go I always seem to add to my ever growing fridge magnet collection. And the more magnets that I collect the more stuff ends up being stuck on my fridge door.
The Chinese Iron Balls were a very thoughtful present from my kids who saw me admiring them sitting in their beautiful silk cloth covered box at one of the many 3-for-S$10 shops in Chinatown. It was not too far from the NE4 exit in Chinatown.
And the surf T-shirts I found at the Pasar Malam in Toa Payoh... I never seem to have enough of them.
Would you like the privilege of having the back of head licked followed by a sharp smack to your face only to be despatched home to your loved ones? Well, you can by going on a Ducktour where they will take your photo and put it on a Singapore postage stamp that can be used like any other genuine stamp.
The print of the Raffles Hotel I found at Hue Hwa on the corner of Eu Tong Sen Road and Cross Street in Chinatown. I like the saffron yellow finish which gives it an added feel of a by-gone of Singapore's colonial heritage.
The uncirculated coin set I picked up at a coin dealer near the People's Park Complex on Eu Tong Sen Street, Chinatown.
And lastly, again my kids thought that Dad would really like a Singapore shot glass. I like it because they bought it for me but it really is too small for a beer glass.
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.
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)
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.
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.
As I've stated in my China Town tip before, this is a great place to do some unusual shopping. Whether you're looking for supertouristy things (they're there) or some great traditional handicrafts, you're sure to find something to your liking! Take the time to stroll the busy, narrow streets and take in the sights and smells. Relax on the terrace of a hawker and have nice cold drink . Chinatown can be very hot due to its narrow streets, so make sure you drink plenty of water.
What to buy: Anything you set your heart on.. from touristy stuff, to food and handicrafts.
What to pay: Little. Chinatown is quite cheap. Haggle for a better price, people expect you to!
Chinatown Street Shops and Stalls has become a very popular tourist destinations, especially for Chinese souvenir products.
There also food stalls, foot massage and street performances.
Nearby are the also a mosque and Indian temple for sight seeing in between shopping.
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.
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.
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.
Our accomodation was not right in the city center like Orchard road, so, we took a taxi from our hotel and the driver drove us along a street lined with typical chinese building wearings shades of its past and passing by the places of worships. Finally, he brought us to the market area where we enjoyed buying things, an additional weight to our baggage. It was a wonderful trip but travelling with a small kid is a bit uneasy because of the heat and the humidity.
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
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!
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