Shopping Singapore - shoppers guide

Everyone seemingly comes to Singapore to shop and whether you are in the market for cheap bargains or to flash the cash on cool designer fashions, you will find it all here in the Lion City. You cannot escape the Singaporean national sport of shopping and there are literally hundreds of air conditioned malls, eclectic street markets and quaint colonial style arcades.

Singapore has access to the widest variety of goods in the Asia Pacific region and acts as a clearing house for traditional arts and crafts from all over Asia, including Indonesia, Burma and Thailand. This is especially true of Malay, Indian and Chinese products due to the city’s rich ethnic diversity.

Orchard Road

No visit is complete without a visit to the mega malls of famous Orchard Road, a place of upmarket glamour and excess with irresistible designer fashions and exquisite gifts...more


Singapore is the first place in Asia to get hold of the latest gizmos and gadgets and a little shopping around will save a packet compared to Western prices on that latest must-have goods...more


There are lots more variety besides in a city renowned for its cultural diversity. Malay batik textiles and Chinese jade brooches are always popular gift ideas for loved ones back home...more


Bargains galore can be had in Singapore’s animated markets which resound to the sights and sounds of a typical Asian street bazaar with charismatic hawkers and thousands of gift ideas...more


Singapore has some of the glitziest shopping malls of anywhere in Asia and families can spend the entire day eating, shopping and being entertained without ever venturing outside...more


Singapore may have a reputation for the latest high-tech gadgets but there is also a burgeoning antiques trade with hundreds of collectables shops offering diverse and rare wares ...more

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Take home a cherished memento of your time in Singapore, be it a famous golden orchid or a bottle of iconic Singapore Sling. Markets offer lots of fun and is sure to be a happy hunting ground for cheap handicrafts and souvenirs. There are even several large malls dedicated entirely to brand name electronics and IT gear.

It is not quite the cheapest shopping destination in Asia but bargains are still abundant, especially on local fashion labels, handicrafts and electronics. If you get weary of gleaming shopping malls, head to the ethnic neighbourhoods such as the Malay village of Kampong Glam and Little India for a spot of good humoured haggling, exotic aromas and great tasting street food.

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The air conditioned shopping malls of Orchard Road are where most Singapore shoppers head in search of bargains and to escape the heady tropical heat of outdoors. All manner of fashion, electronics and souvenirs can be found in these fluorescent-lit avenues and bartering is still allowed. But be careful during heavy monsoon downpours as Orchard Road tends to flood during inclement weather leaving tourists shopping in Singapore stranded.

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