Singapore Shopping Hotspots
Though small in size, Singapore has so much more to offer than meets the eye. Its gregarious round-the-clock city life is a vibrant hub for endless eating, shopping and nightlife. For shopaholics in the region, Singapore is no foreign land. Orchard Road is a favorite amongst locals and foreigners alike with a plethora of shops catering to all markets. The CBD area also bustles with its mega malls, restaurants and cafes such as the Suntec City and Marina Square. Unearthing Asia uncovers the latest shopping hotspots as well as various hideouts providing a shopping experience that is uniquely Singapore.
Since opening its doors in November last year, this 8-storey mall has garnered immense popularity amongst the locals, especially with retail favorites such as Forever 21, Zara and Cotton On fronting its front door façade. Four levels of Forever 21 and three levels of Zara flagship stores have set the ladies, ballistic with their wild selection of fashion wear. Uni-Qlo from Japan and popular music store HMV has also sets up base here, alongside popular brands such as Esprit, Mango and Lacoste. Located just above the Somerset MRT station, 313@Somerset also hosts three basement levels of restaurants, snack bars and eateries, offering gourmet selections that satisfy varying palates. Right beside 313@Somerset, Orchard Central is another new addition to the line-up. The mall is Singapore’s tallest vertical mall, catering to the stylish shopper with their European branded labels, from bsc Lingerie to DZ bags. The store-front facade lights up at night, a scene unto itself that is sure to draw in the crowds.
Bursting into the scene with its vibrant architecture that added a fresh glitz and glam to Singapore’s shopping belt, Orchard ION has hit the headline with its upscale retail concept, featuring 15 flagship stores of prestigious brands such as Giorgio Armani, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, and Cartier. The mall has reinvented the shopping space along Orchard Road linking two other malls Wisma Atria and Wheelock Place, and thus, creating an underground shopping paradise amidst the glitz and glamour of Orchard Road. Beyond the surface, venture four levels down and the last basement is an abyss of gourmet treats, much to the delight of local foodies. The rest of the basement levels are filled with middle to high range brands with a concept stores such as Kikki K, which offers designers stationery and gifts from Sweden making their debut in Singapore.
Vivocity came to life as Singapore’s largest retail mall offering a holistic lifestyle experience. Armed with the largest cinema multiplex, a roof top amphitheatre, a water feature and the gateway into Sentosa Island, Vivocity is a melting pot of lifestyle entertainment, retail and international gourmet. The first Gap store in Southeast Asia opened doors at Vivocity, alongside other European brands such as Club Marc and River Island. Families with young children spend their weekends on the rooftop of the mall splashing away at the water feature, while the mono-railway station Sentosa Express is packed with beach-lovers heading to spend the day out in the sun.
Moving away from the limelight of Orchard Road, Haji Lane draws you away from the frenzy of cosmopolitan shopping into a secluded little haven where local hipsters and fashionistas gather. Homegrown designer brands and artworks are strewn along a one-way lane with linear shophouses facing each other, all of which, houses designs unique to start-up designers. Very often, this is the place of inspiration for non-conformists and the ideal shopping strip for those looking for individuality and style. With more than 20 shops for you to browse and explore, you’ll be sure to find some treasures at this favorite haunt of local art students and young creative types. Haji Lane brings you back in time to olden days Singapore, offering a quaint shopping experience with its nostalgic set up. Many wedding couples find this spot perfect for their wedding shoots too.
Ann Siang Rd & Club St
If you’re keen on the latest trends in fashion, don’t miss out on Ann Siang Road and Club Street. This little haunt tucked away deep inside the Chinatown area is host to various local brands, such as Asylum and Style:Nordic. From the outside, you’ll note the exotic pre-war shop-houses preserved to retain the oriental charm of old. But take a step into the shops and you’ll find yourself in boutiques offering the best of local creations and designs. The shopping experience here is chic and adventurous, blending traditional Chinese heritage with contemporary offerings.
Bugis is known for massive human flow and endless traffic jostling through the vicinity. Adding to the buzz and vivacity is Bugis Village, a bargaining haven for both local and tourists alike. With hundreds of stalls laced along the shophouses selling clothes, CDs, watches, bags and accessories, Bugis Village is Singapore’s number one shopping bazzar where you can find cheap and affordable products. The stalls are narrowly placed apart, bringing you a squishy, yet enlivening shopping experience. This is the essence of Bugis Village – a noisy, bustling environment for shoppers to haggle for the best prices. Not far away from Bugis Village is Iluma, a newly opened 10-storey shopping mall that focuses on not just retail shopping experience, but also the performing arts and entertainment.
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