5 Best Singapore Shopping Spots

(My personal favourites)

If you ask 10 people what their favourite Singapore shopping haunts are, you will probably get 10 very different answers.

So, allow me to share my top 5 shopping spots in Singapore...

Do you agree with my list? Possibly not. Below, you may challenge my list of top 5 Singapore shopping places. Or simply share about your favourite shopping spot in Singapore.

No. 1: Orchard Road-Marina Bay Shopping Belt

This 5km stretch is Singapore's most famous shopping address. The Luis Vuittons and Armanis of this world are well-represented here. Enjoy the atmosphere during the Great Singapore Sale or the Christmas Light Up. But my favourite mall on Orchard Road is the unpretentious - if a bit aged - Far East Plaza, where you could snag a bohemian necklace or get any part of your body tatooed.

Some Orchard Road shopping highlights.

No. 2: Sim Lim Square - Electronics Mecca

Sim Lim Square is where the locals go to satisfy their high-tech cravings. And its easy to see why - 6 levels of computer-related shops offering the best prices in Singapore. Be warned, however, that you need to be brutally unfeeling here - aim for the lowest prices and ignore the customer service.

Beware of a few salespeople on Level 1, who may try to mark up prices on you. Or sell you a model you've never heard of.

More about the best place to buy electronics in Singapore.

No. 3: Ethnic Stuff @ Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam

When a new shopping centre was planned for Little India recently, the authorities said it was going to be 'good for tourism'. Just what were they thinking? Do we need another new shopping centre for Little India?

At the moment, however, there are still places to pick up nice souvenirs - stuff that you'll proudly give to friends and relatives. But I'm not sure how long this will last. Already, many visitors are describing some Chinatown shops as 'tacky'.

This is true. But don't let that stop you from browsing, for there are still numerous shops here who have not bowed down to the Lord of Useless Souvenirs.

See the quaint little shops in Little India, Kampong Glam and Chinatown.

No. 4: Mustafa Centre

Every traveller who has run out of time goes to Mustafa Centre. This is the place for last-minute Singapore shopping. The Mustafa Centre is open 24/7 and sells everything from groceries to shampoo, to ethnic jewellery, to the latest electronics. It doesn't matter whether you turn up at 2pm or 2am. The goods are always piled up in heaps.

More about Mustafa Centre.

No. 5: Sungei Road 'Thieves Market'

There was a time when the goods sold here were supposedly stolen from somewhere. Not really so any more. But the Sungei Road 'Thieves Market' is still a Singapore icon today. Stroll among the makeshift stalls and watch the locals bargain/banter with the stall-holders. But if you really want, look carefully among the junk and you may find something quite special.

Sungei Road is positively the most under-rated Singapore shopping spot.

More about this flea market in Singapore.

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