Mustafa Center is one of Singapore's 24-hour shopping malls, which is located on Syed Alwi Road in Little India. a walking distance from the Farrer Park MRT Station on the North East Line.
The department store at Mustafa Center consists of two shopping centers: one retailing jewelery and household appliances, and has a supermarket; and the other selling books, CDs and DVDs, watches, electronic goods, footwear and clothing. which caters mainly to the budget market. everything and anything under one roof. It's a huge place and it's easy to get lost and it's also crowded, so you'll need at least half a day in order to cover all the sections.
I didn't find any suitable clothes or shoes for me and because I am not into fake brands bags it was hard to buy anything from that section. However I was impressed by the hair products section it has all authentic Indian Hair oil, cream, shampoo and Henna. I also bought chocolates and a cool wall watch as a gift.
I didn't find anything else for me to buy. In my opinion It's a good shopping place for locals but not much for tourists.
It was very hard to get a taxi outside the center so you better call one 'cause carrying heavy shopping bags while waiting for a taxi is not nice. I had to wait for ages to get a taxi, all the taxis I flagged down refused to stop.
What to buy: Cheap items / Indian related stuff
VivoCity is the largest shopping mall in Singapore. Located in the HarbourFront precinct.
it was the best mall i've been to in Singapore, it's huge and there's something for everyone unlike the luxurious malls in orchard road which is exclusive only for certain type of shoppers.
The view from the rooftop is the best thing about that place, also the free train that go to Sentosa Island! you can also buy the cable car ticket to Sentosa from the mall.
What to buy: Electronics, Ethnic, Fashion, Home Furnishing, Music, Department Stores, Souvenirs, Books, Hair/Health/Beauty
I always go to Cold Storage for my fruit fix. It has aisles and aisles of fresh fruits. It's less crowded than the other popular grocery store, Fair Price, which is what I like about Cold Storage. I always head to the fruits section and get my fruits for the week.
There are other fruit stations or kiosks in malls but those are cut or sliced or diced. Since they have been washed and prepared for you, those are even more pricey, like 3 big slices of apple can cost about around a dollar.
What to buy: Fresh fruits
What to pay: It depends on what you're getting. Five pieces of apples can cost about SGD3.00, strawberries at around SGD10.00, bananas at about SGD2.50.
Singapore visitors are spoilt for choice regarding shopping. If you have already shopped till you could drop in the centres and markets, a good alternative is to take yourself off to Little India, where you can have almost any type of clothing tailormade to you specification.
We have been doing this every time we visit Singapore, my husband has had suits and many shirts made, and I have had pants made which I treasure to this day. The fit is perfect. The cost is a fraction of retail price.
The tailor that I recommend is Terry, at CONTINENTAL TAILORS, Little India.
Terry meticulously does a body measurement, then suggests fabric and design. He is knowlegable and not pushy at all.
We were offered refreshments, and the shop is spacious and air-conditioned.
Our last order was hand delivered after 2 days to our hotel.
What to buy: Tailor Made mens, womens and childrens clothing
What to pay: very affordable
At Marina Bay on a hot day, we decided to walk through the big, new Marina Sands shopping complex. Yes, you guessed it, air-conditioned!
One shop we were itnererested in was The Harley-Davidson Motor Clothes Store.
We looked in the window first, as we were too early, but came back later. We thought we might find a nice gift for one of the men at home.
Well, the Shop is stocked with everything to do with Harley Davidson, from the very small to the very large. Price's for the small item's are expensive, for the large items, very expensive.
We decided to leave our gift, as we actually could buy it at home for cheaper, even with the exchange rate.
It was good for a browse around, especially if you love Harley's!
Sunday to Thursday 10am to 11pm
Friday & Saturday 10am to Midnight
What to pay: Expensive
buying assorted universal studios souvenirs, the Universal Studios Singapore has an assortment of Big and Small souvenir shops located in the whole Universal Studio complex selling assorted souvenirs depending on the teme of the area for example in Sci Fi City area, they are selling Battle Star Galactica Souvenirs. The Main and biggest Studio is located near the entrant at the front of the Hollywood Walk.
a caveat: prices of souvenirs and even the food and drinks here are over the top!
What to buy: depends on your preference of the Universal Studio Souvenirs like the Shot Glasses, Refrigerator Magnets, Porcelain Cups or tea cups or bowls and plates, keychains, assorted universal studio chracters stuff toys or pictures, baseball caps, wacky caps, assorted foods like chocolates, the list is endless.
What to pay: depends on what your buy like for me I bought a Universal Studio Tee Shirt for Singapore $ 25 (really expensive) and a shot glass for $ 8 plus a Refrigerator Magnet for $ 9.
the luxe valrhona chocolates of france has only two stalls in Singapore, inside Ion Mall at stall #04-21 inside the Six Thirty Market Place and at Changi Airport Terminal 1 after immigration and it was a nice surpise to be able to bump inside the chocolate store of one of the most expensive and luxe chocolates of the world (better than my favorite godiva chocolates). Valrhona focuses mainly on high-grade luxury chocolate marketed for professional (such as chocolatiers and bakers) as well as for private consumption. Though considered one of the foremost chocolate makers in the world, Valrhona is in roughly the same price range as Godiva and Neuhaus and the price is expensive since they only use chocolate beans from a single year harvest of one of their contract plantations mainly in the south america and carribbean areas.
What to buy: the Grand Cru Collection Chocolates like the Guanaja which is 75% dark chocolate, the Jivral which is 40% chocolate, the Abinao at 85% dark chocolate and others. a box of a grand cru collection with 54 small pieces of assorted grand crus is $ 70 and for a tin box with 18 pieces at $ 25.
#04-21 inside the Six Thirty Market Place, ION Orchard Road Singapore 238801
opens: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
What to pay: a lot since this is luxe chocolate like $ 70 for a box grand crus chocolates
the number one 24 hour convenient store in singapore and also elsewhere around asia. Who has never heard of a 7-11 store? it was a good thing that there was a nearby 7-11 store near my hotel where you can buy essential stuff like bottled water or juices and lots of candies and chocolates for my cousins and also to taste local meals as 7-11's around the world promote local instant meals which can be microwaveable and here in singapore the local stuff were the laksa noodles, mee goreng, assorted microwaveable roasted chicken or hainanese chicken rice and others for a cheap price of about $ 3 to $6. hooray for the 24 hour 7 days a week convenience of 7-11 stores around the world!
What to buy: a lot like the bottled water, hygiene products, beers, cigarettes, meals, junk foods and lot of other stuffs
What to pay: Bottled Water at $ 2, candies and chocolates at $ 1 to 4, local heated noodles and meals from $ 3 to 6 and a lot more.
the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is the Anchor Mall of the Marina Bay Sands Singapore and is Connected to the Marina Bay Hotel Complex via underground escalators at the basement or you can just walk across the street at the ground level and viola, you're at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. this complex will make ORCHARD ROAD like a POOR COUSIN due to it's sheer opulence! Imagine having the ultra luxe brands like Alfred Dunhill, BALLY, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Cartier, CHANEL, Dior, ESCADA, FENDI, Gucci, Hermès, MIU MIU, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stefano Ricci, Yves Saint Laurent, Patek Phillipe as an appetizer inside (plus a lot more like a big Louis Vuitton Shop that will be opened at the Crystal Pavilion) and also boasting over 800,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space (including the budget rasapura masters food court at the basement). How about indulging in the 7 luxe restaurants run by Michelin Stars Chefs like Mario Battali's Osteria Mozza and Wolfgang Puck's Steakhous "Cut" to Name a few that will cost you two arms and both legs!!!!
to top it all, the casino complex of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel is located at the Ground level of this Mall (see my separate Marina Bay Casino Tips)
What to buy: sheer opulence personified!!! jow about patek philippe watches, Hermes' Birkin Bags, Alfred Dunhill Tuxedoes, Chanel Parfums and a way lot more!!!
My advice: just indulge in window shopping and just eat at the Rasapura Masters Foodcourt if your'e a Cheapskate!
What to pay: maxx out your platinum credit card, make it maxx out your TWO Platinum Credit Cards!!!!!
Nice way to Shop hehehe. What can I say, I love to shop even at Airports and Airport Duty Free Shops Tickle My Fancy that's why I'm having a hard time not buying stuffs when in airports. DFS Venture Shops offer one of the Widest Array of Duty Free Goods and Luxury Brands all in One Roof in a large International Airport and rivals Hong Kong Duty Free Shops in Sheer Size and number of Things they offer and sell but a tip, Duty Free does not necessarily mean cheap! the goods may be tax free but the profit margin maybe not! keep an keen eye on purchases!
What to buy: Hmmm let me see, how about Duty Free Cigarettes and Spirits like Moet and Chandon or Hennessy. How about Prada or Hermes or Louis Vuitton! Godiva or Valrhona Chocolates! the choice are endless!
What to pay: Duty Free Shops are like the slot machines in casinos, you are tempted allways! And being a shopping person I am allways tempted so when in Duty free shop especially with many Luxury Brands, you can MAXX out your Credit Card!
I always go to Toa Payoh when doing home shopping. You can find a queue of shops selling bedsheets, linens, curtains and other home essentials like bathroom mats, rugs and even tools. Prices are pretty cheap. The Town Centre is a busy hub along Central Singapore because it has department stores, supermarket, restaurants and coffee stalls. It also has shops selling new and used mobile phones and other gadgets. You can also find ladies' shoes and clothing here. It's worth the trip.
What to buy: Bedsheets! I just love them. They're like colourful candies in a candy store. Bathroom, living room and bedroom essentials are reasonably priced.
What to pay: Bedsheets are available from S$20.00 (queen), home essentials from S$2.00. There are also great deals on toiletries.
Gabo is a very small shop on South Bridge Road. The choice is still large enough for you to find something.
What to buy: All kind of korean furniture and things to decorate your place. Lovely shop!
What to pay: Of course more, than in Korea. But still, it is authentic stuff and worth every sing.
I bought a very nice pillow for about 30 sing dollar.
What to buy:
Basement: Food and beverage, eclectic specialty mix.
Level One: Fashion targeting youth and young executives.
Level Two: Lifestyle, family and mature fashion.
Level Three: Value retailing, food and beverage.
Level Four: Predominantly family entertainment and services.
Level Five: Medical centre.
Level Seven: Homewares.
What to pay: Low to high end products.
Located in the heart of Orchard Road, Takashimaya Shopping Centre (commonly known as Taka) offers a great shopping experience, ranging from top international designer brands to international cuisine.
Anchor Tenants are Takashimaya Department Store, Books Kinokuniya, Best Connection, Library @ Orchard.
There are many restaurants and some of my fav like La Mian Xiao Long Bao and Genghiskhan are both located there. And dont forget to stop at the food mall at the basement cos they have lots of tempting and tasty snacks (too many to name).
CityLink Mall is linked directly with the City Hall MRT enabling pedestrians to gain easy access to public transport in air-conditioned comfort.
There are famous icons nearby. The Parliament House, the Supreme Court, City Hall and St Andrew's Cathedral.
You can find international fashion names, exquisite gifts & accessories, home accessories and some of the best eateries in Singapore.
Anchor tenants are 7-Eleven, Thai Express, Delifrance, Bread Talk, Singtel, Adidas, Citibank, Fave Nail, GNC, Godiva Chocolatier , Guardian, Lee Hwa Jewellery, Pacific Coffee, Polar.
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