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Shopping in Singapore

Peranakan Shops, Singapore
Peranakan Shops, Singapore
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Cool Adventures

Known around the world as a shopping paradise, Singapore has one of the broadest ranges of products of any city, with almost limitless retail options.

From street markets to avant-garde boutiques to luxury brands, it’s all in Singapore. There are places that dazzle, hipster spots, and emporiums that overflow with character and charm. Where to start?  We’ll start where most shopping expeditions begin in Singapore – on the legendary Orchard Road.

ION Orchard Mall, Singapore
ION Orchard Mall, Singapore
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Cool Adventures

Orchard Road

Shopping in Singapore
Shopping in Singapore
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Cool Adventures

On ground that once was a plantation with nutmeg trees, pepper farms, and fruit orchards, Orchard Road has grown to what is now considered one of, if not the best, shopping boulevards in all of Asia.

Kim Hull at Hermès, Singapore
Kim Hull at Hermès, Singapore
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Cool Adventures

With 2.2 kilometers of department stores, malls, and shops filled with merchandise catering to every budget and desire, Orchard Road is the retail hub of Singapore. The world’s finest designer boutiques sit alongside small, unique shops in this diverse shopping haven. Pace yourself and allow some time to explore the 20+ shopping malls and department stores that call Orchard Road home.

When you do need a break from all that retail bliss, indulge in some fabulous food. Be sure to check out the flying noodles at Hana and the swing over to Lady M for dessert. We fit both in, then indulged in a bit of relaxation with a fish spa pedicure.

Hetal Vasavada, Kim Hull and Eliot Green at Kenko Fish Spa, Singapore
Hetal Vasavada, Kim Hull and Eliot Green at Kenko Fish Spa, Singapore
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Cool Adventures

Popular in Asia and mostly banned in the U.S. for hygiene reasons, the Garra Rufa fish from Turkey eat the dead skin from your feet and legs. Something I’d always wanted to try, I found it a bit ticklish at first, but quite relaxing once you get used to it.

Kim Hull at Kenko Fish Spa, Singapore
Kim Hull at Kenko Fish Spa, Singapore
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Cool Adventures

Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Kim Hull at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Kim Hull at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Cool Adventures

A spectacular shopping destination that over 270 premium retailers and restaurants call home, the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is a luxury shopping experience in the heart of Singapore’s business district. Retail brands range from Prada to Tom Ford and, if hunger pangs strike while gathering treasures, you can stop in at one of the 10 celebrity chef restaurants located in the facility.

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Cool Adventures

While visiting the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, be sure to check out the beautiful lotus pond near the ArtScience Museum, take a ride on a sampan boat on the canal inside the shopping center, and stop by the Rain Oculus, the large whirlpool in the center of the mall where waterfalls two stories into the pool below.

Chinatown Street Markets

Shopping in Chinatown Singapore
Shopping in Chinatown, Singapore
Photo: Kim Hull© Cool Adventures

Roaming the tiny stalls and cramped shophouses of Chinatown is a fascinating cultural experience. From 3 for $10 souvenirs to cashmere Pashminas to custom-made suits, strolling and bargaining for goods in Chinatown is an experience not to be missed.

In addition to uncovering unique finds, be sure to drop by Tong Heng’s for egg tarts and other pastries, stop in at the Chinatown Heritage Center to learn about the district and its history, and visit both the gorgeous Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and the beautiful Sri Mariamman Temple.

Chinatown, Singapore
Chinatown, Singapore
Photo: Kim Hull © Cool Adventures

Haji Lane

Haji Lane, Singapore
Haji Lane, Singapore Photo: Kim Hull © Cool Adventures

Hidden away in the Kapong Glam district is a trendy little street that attracts in-the-know shoppers from around the globe. Rumor has it that Gwen Stefani dropped by when she was in town. A hipsters paradise, Haji Lane is a little shopping and dining enclave filled with vintage shops, avant-garde boutiques, coffee shops, bakeries, and galleries. The street art is fabulous and the district’s artistic feel will leave you feeling creative and upbeat.

Kim Hull buying a bag of Al' Frank cookies, Singapore
Kim Hull buying a bag of Al’ Frank cookies, Singapore
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Cool Adventures

After finding that special something when visiting, be sure to wander over to check out the rest of Kapong Glam, including the Masjid Sultan and the Malay Heritage Centre.

Sultan Mosque, Singapore
Sultan Mosque, Singapore
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Cool Adventures

VivoCity

Singapore’s largest mall, VivoCity at HarborFront has it all. Its 1.5 million square feet includes retail stores, multiple food courts, spas, restaurants, a gym, Singapore’s largest cinema, a promenade, sky park, amphitheater, a wading pool, a massive toy store, and a children’s play court. The Food Republic at VivoCity is exceptional, offering a vast array of options. On the third floor, visitors can catch the monorail, Sentosa Express, to the island of Sentosa.

VivoCity is also home to multiple art installations including a 6-meter tall spherical bouquet of flowers by Korean artist, Choi Jeong-Hwa, a bright red rocket by Marc Ruygrok of the Netherlands, and two installations by Inges Idee of Germany, a giant snowflake, and a towering snowman.

Inges Idee art installation at VivoCity, Singapore
Inges Idee art installation at VivoCity, Singapore Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Little India

Deepavali Festival of Lights, Little India, Singapore
Deepavali Festival of Lights, Little India, Singapore
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Cool Adventures

Little India is open 24 hours a day for shopping, so it’s the perfect place to head for dinner followed by some after-dinner retail recreation. The stalls along Serangoon Road, Little India’s central street, are an incredible display of color, texture, and fragrances. Look for deals on jewelry, fruit, flower garlands, fabrics, brass items, and decorative wares.

Kim Hull Getting a Henna Tattoo in Little India, Singapore
Kim Hull Getting a Henna Tattoo in Little India, Singapore
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Cool Adventures

As the night grows later, the shopping doesn’t stop – just head over Mustafa Centre, which is open 24 hours and offers everything from electronics to groceries to sari stores.

Deepavali Festival of Lights, Little India, Singapore
Deepavali Festival of Lights, Little India, Singapore
Photo: Kim Hull © Cool Adventures

Changi Airport

Changi Airport, Singapore
Changi Airport, Singapore
Photo: Kim Hull © Cool Adventures

I love great airports. Maybe it’s because we spend so much time in them, but airports that have great amenities are so appreciated. Changi Airport is fabulous and a great place to do some last-minute shopping on the way out of Singapore. Bally, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Hermès, Longchamp – they are all there, along with hundreds of other shops and restaurants. So, save a bit of your money, head to the airport early, and enjoy.

Changi Airport
Changi Airport
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Cool Adventures

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Shopping in Singapore
Shopping in Singapore

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