Far East Flora and other nurseries along Thomson Road.
Mandai Orchid Garden.
What to buy: Buy lovely orchids as souvenirs ( the Vanda Miss Joaquim's Singapore's national flower) or just take a look at the beautiful flowers we grow here.
What to pay: $1 (US$0.70) onwards for a stalk. $6 onwards for small pots.
Perhaps this should have been a Warnings or Dangers tip?
I often feel that Singaporeans are caught in the middle of an Asian/Western identity crisis. On the one hand there are lots of Chinese who naturally want to do a deal, however dodgy it may be. On the other hand, living in a Nanny State like Singapore, everything is highly regulated and official.
The result is that a lot of the dodgy dealing goes on 'under the counter' so to speak. Often I would be walking along the street and I'd hear a "Pssst, hey you!". This would invariably be a Chinese guy trying to sell me some questionable contraband. These people only pick on Europeans it seems and leave the locals alone. At Newton Hawker Centre the guy in the picture, seeing that we were obviously a couple of 'white boys', came across to reveal several pairs of fake sunglasses secreted about his person. My brother is modelling a pair of false Oakleys and humouring him while I took the pic. He reminded us of the Chinese character that Benny Hill used to play years ago.
If you love shopping this is the place to come. Even though I didn't want to travel all the way to Signapore to go shopping, I couldn't help but have a look at some of the lovely shopping malls they have.
Many posh and fashionable shops, including fashions, furniture, interiors shop with an avantgard designs.
Great varieties and good price, especially books and cosmetic products. Not really a good place to buy electronics.
What to buy: books and cosmetics
What to pay: Singapore dollar and US dollar
Have enough time for shopping. We didn't have anyway :) Shop anything you want but please check your baggage. We were in the limit.
Shop till you drop at 3 items for $SG10. All shophouses are selling their items at the same price....
This street, directly behind the Sultan Mosque is full of Souvenir shops and restaurants catering to tourists.
Liang Court Shopping Centre is situated within the Clarke Quay area along River Valley Road and was opened in 1983.
What to buy: There is a Kinokuniya Book Store and Meidi-ya Supermarket.
Don't miss the 'pasar malam' (night market) which stretches from its entrance along Victoria Street facing Bugis Junction to another entrance along Queen Street facing Albert Street.
At Muji you can find all sorts of odd and trendy items, especially food.
What to buy: You probably won't go to Singapore to bring home something Japanese, but you will always find something neat at Muji.
Very strange taste, but worth a try...extremely minty and not very Pepsi-ish, but I guess Singaporeans like it this way.
In a lot of places you can buy a dress, that is very similar to the oryginal Singapore dresses, but much cheaper.
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