Lucky Plaza, Singapore
Level upon level of shops. Shopkeepers trying to get you into their stores. What a fun place to shop. Don't miss the experience of Lucky Plaza.
What to buy: Cameras, phones, cd's, dvd's etc. are catered for here. Another aspect of Lucky Plaza is jewellery. You have to bargain, so take your time and you will get a good price. Downstairs is "Tomi Foot Reflexology". If you need to unwind after all the shopping then go here. You can have a 15min foot massage, head and shoulder massage or even a 1 hr body massage at a good price. At the end of if you are given a cup of green tea to flush the toxins out of your body.
There are also several shops selling samples of name brand perfumes as well as full bottles, and also samples of all the top skincare products. This is a great way to try something new.
If you need a chemist there is a good one in the basement.
What to pay: You have to bargain but the prices are good. Samples are priced at approx. 4 for S$10.
... or 'swimming with the sharks' might be a more appropriate title.
Shopping in Singapore can be a mixed experience. Many shops are just like shops in the west - you go in, look around, ask for assistance, check prices, and buy your goods. Other places can present an entirely different experience though - typically the shops selling cameras and electronic equipment in places like Lucky Plaza, Sim Lim Square, Peninsular Plaza, etc. If you are non-Singaporean the shopkeepers at these establishments will do all they can to get you inside. Once inside, you will be surrounded by several salesmen as they all start their sales pitch. If you tell them you have seen something cheaper elsewhere they will tell you various lies as to why. The item is not made in Japan but elsewhere, there is no guarantee, original accessories have been replaced with copies, plastic is used instead of glass, etc. After a few visits this hind of behaviour gets really tiring. Be on your guard at all times. Despite all this, it IS possible to pick up a bargain provided you have done your homework and know how to deal with the sharks.
What to pay: Research the price, then research again before doing some final research. Find out what the best price is from reputable suppliers and then convert this to SGD. Make sure that if you buy anything the price represents a genuine saving, that the goods you buy are genuine and complete, and that a full, international guarantee is supplied. Do not be intimidated by salesmen giving you the hard-sell and take everything they tell you with a large pinch of salt. Many of them working at the establishments I mentioned above are just out-and-out liars.
Lucky Plaza is one of the oldest shoping complex along Orchard Road.
It is still popular for buying electronics, bargains and food court.
With influx of maids from Phiipppines, it soon become the meeting point of Filippinos and with many shops catering to their needs. You will find many Pinoy restauratns and products availabe for sale. Mabuhay.
Note: For Thais, it is the Golden Mile Shopping Complex
Lucky Plaza is one shopping centre that has scores of Filipino shops and restaurants as well as gadgets and gizmos. We go to Lucky Plaza each time we get a craving for Filipino dishes. This is also where we purchase Filipino goodies and phone cards to call home.
There are lots of gadget hubs in Singapore but we usually go to Lucky Plaza first for electronics. We get to haggle and negotiate for better deals.
What to buy: Singapore is a techy's paradise! Lucky Plaza is where I bought my Canon digital Ixus i-zoom camera, my Nokia spare phone, my Ipod, my friend's Ipod, and lots more. This is where I intend to pick up an Ipod Nano for my sister.
What to pay: Retailers give customers the freedom to haggle for better prices. You just have to know the art of negotiating. :)
Lucky plaza used to be our meeting point when our group members lost in a shopping jungle. Many nice stuffs you can find here with a slightly cheaper price than in the malls. You’ll be surprised that several brands sometimes give good discount. It’s nice area to explore in term of shopping.
I wasn't sure whether to put Lucky Plaza into the 'Shopping' or 'Tourist Trap' category.
Because of its central location on Orchard Road it attracts a lot of foreign visitors.
The shopkeepers will hustle everyone walking past to come into their shop - especially if you do not look like a local.
It is not the most reputable place in Singapore to buy goods but there are some bargains to be had. I got the cheapest quote for a digital camera memory card from here.
This is also the place to come to for your Filipino maid! There are several agencies for maid services. On Sundays the maids come here on their day off to shop and frequent the Filipino bars.
What to buy: Mainly camera and video equipment.
What to pay: Cheaper than anywhere else but shop around, do your research and haggle, haggle, haggle!
again the Lucky Plaza Mall is mainly for the low cost shopper and Orchard Road and also for the Foreign Expatriates Working in Singapore and Many Filipinos work in Singapore with an assortment of Jobs and on Sundays they converge here at lucky plaza especially at the 3rd level and 2nd Level (where lots of filipino shops, remittance centers and saloon and food stores and restaurants) to share stories and camaraderie and buy comfort filipino food at the many stalls here in Lucky Plaza and the MJ's Filipino Store is one of the Popular areas to Buy Filipino Food Stuffs and Mobile Phone Credits. they offer an assortment of filipino goodies like Skyflake Crackers, Nagaraya Cracker Nuts, Sun Flower Biscuits, Bow Bawang Chicha Corn Snacks and other Filipino Personal Care Products like shampoo's and deodorants and others, so if you want to be exposed to the Filipino Way of Life, go this enclave in Lucky Plaza Mall in orchard road!
What to buy: a lot of comfort food and snacks and mobile phone loads and personal care products.
What to pay: $ 3 for a nagaraya cracker nuts, $ 3 for a Bow Bawang Chicha Corn, $ 10 for a box of Fita Biscuits and a lot more.
Lucky Plaza is a budget mall in the middle of Orchard Road catering mostly to Tourist and foreign expatriates like the Filipinos, Indonesian, Sri Lankans, Bangladeshis and Malaysians, it has lots of cheap stalls and money exchange shops that sells local and foreign wares like cell phones, bags, tinkets, souvenir items and food stuffs. it also has lots of Foreign Remittance Centers so that the foreign expatriates can send money to their families back home. There is a food court in the basement that sells cheap local fare. There are other food joints in the building, such as McDonald's, Pizza Hut and other eateries. for tourist like me and the expatriates, this feels like home.
What to buy: depends on what you like such as cheap bags, trolleys, mobile phones, phone cards, jewelries, ethnic foods and a lot more.
What to pay: not much on the Budget
Never buy anything in Lucky Plaza, it is a complete ripp-off!! I bought a tablet 100% above the regular price. I found out about it when it was too late and they didn't want to refund properly.
Broadway Electromart Pte Ltd in Lucky Plaza is totally unreliable: Just Buy your stuff in the regular stores on Orchard Road.
I think the best place to get your money changed on Orchard Road is at Lucky Plaza. It is located near the more popular shopping centres and it has a lot of money exchange counters so their rates are very competitive. Just check the rates at about three counters and you will hace a very good deal. And by the way you can have a look at the discount stores in Lucky Plaza too!