|Enjoying Singapore: Shopping In Singapore|
Singapore is not quite the shopper's paradise it once was. Prices have gone up considerably, and many locals would rather shop across the Causeway or when they go abroad for holidays. Still, you'll find that Singapore shopping does offer delightful surprises--from bargains at the big department stores to great finds at the lower-priced factory outlets and neighbourhood shops. Take the time to shop around. And watch the money roll.
This world famous stretch is the favourite shopping belt in the city. Whatever your budget, you can almost always find something you want. Most shopping centres will have an anchor tenant (usually a major department store) and other smaller retailers. Gems for the picking range from designer labels, to mid-range goods, to budget items. Some popular department stores to check out: Marks & Spencer, Robinsons, Tangs, Ngee Ann City, Wisma, Centrepoint, Scotts, Plaza Singapura
Getting there: You can take the MRT to any of these three stations within the Orchard Road belt--Orchard, Somerset, Dhoby Ghaut. If you're coming from Clementi or Holland Road, take SBS bus 7.
Marina Square itself is the size of seven football fields. If you're just setting up your home, check out the Habitat and Mothercare stores. Next to Marina Square is Suntec City Mall--stroll round the Fountain Terrace to view the full circle of gastronomic treats. CHIJMES is worth a visit for its architecture and speciality shops. Further up Stamford Road towards the National Library and Museum, MPH House offers three storeys of books, CDs, videotapes, and a cafï¿½.
Getting there: Take the MRT to City Hall station. Look for exit signs that point in the direction of Temasek Boulevard or Suntec City.
At Clarke Quay, air-conditioned shops now reside within former godowns and shophouses. The streets are lined with pushcarts selling handicrafts and knick-knacks.
Getting there: Take a walk from the City Hall or Raffles Place MRT stations.
Shopping centres a la Orchard Road have also sprung up in housing estates away from the city centre. There's Junction 8 in Bishan, Lot 1 in Choa Chu Kang, Parkway Parade in the East Coast, Century Square and Tampines Mall in Tampines, Ginza Plaza in the West Coast, and Northpoint in Yishun.
Getting there: Take the MRT to any of these stations: Yishun, Bishan, Choa Chu Kang, Tampines, Pasir Ris, Simei.
Arts, crafts and antiques: Holland Road Shopping Centre - Head this way if you love ethnic-looking furniture and other paraphernalia.
Big sizes: Coretti at Holland Road Shopping Centre, Marks & Spencer and Robinsons.
Books and stationery: Names like MPH, Times and the Word Shop.Borders at Wheelock Place and Tower Books at Pacific Plaza have been drawing the crowds. For school texts and art books, head for the Bras Basah Complex. Places like Big Bookshop and Popular Bookshop offer stationery at bargain prices.
CDs: HMV at the Heeren and Tower Records at Pacific Plaza.
Computer hardware and software: Funan Centre.
If you're at a loss, check out the Challenger mart on the sixth floor.
Designer labels: shops at the Hilton Hotel, Palais Renaissance, the Paragon, the Promenade and the Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade.
Sales are often held at hotel function rooms. Scan the newspapers for these ads.
Electric and electronic goods: Sim Lim Square.
Sim Lim's reputation has taken a few dents, but still worth going.
Factory overruns: names like the Export Shop and Factory Outlet.
Esprit has its own factory outlet along Bendemeer Road; Fifth Avenue has one in Clarke Quay.
Sports shoes: Queensway Shopping Centre.
The place is rather dingy, but you'll find good value and most shops are open to bargaining.
Cola Connection: outlets at Raffles City and Wisma Atria.
What to look for: Anything singing the Coca-Cola brand--apparel, miniature bottles, glassware, beach towels, die-cast toys, postcards, keychains, magnets, tin boxes and limited-edition items.
The Disney Store: Takashimaya at Ngee Ann City.
What to look for: Theme displays featuring animated Disney characters. Familiar Disney music and videos.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Shop: outlets at the Paragon and Raffles City.
What to look for: Copies and adaptations of objects from Asia, the Mediterranean, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, and ancient Egypt. Items include jewelry, sculpture, scarves and neckties, metal objects and desk accessories, prints of great paintings, art books and stationery.
Warner Brothers Studio Stores: outlets at Suntec City Mall and Wisma Atria.What to look for: Collectibles featuring Looney Tunes characters and DC Comics superheroes. The list includes T-shirts, leather jackets, baseball caps, watches, silk ties, jewelry, boxer shorts, ceramic cookie jars, plush toys and tongue-in-cheek
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