Shopping in Singapore

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Singapore is famous for its variety of food and shopping. In this page you can find information on shopping and shopping malls in Singapore, like Orchard, Marina, Suntec City, Little India and Chinatown. Includes some brief description of the shops you can find in various malls and the anchor tenant.

Shopping in Orchard

Ion Orchard

Orchard Road, would be the most popular and most commonly heard names if anyone should mention about shopping. This place is the central hub, also known as the 'city' of Singapore, and it is well known among tourists. Orchard Road offers major departmental stores, supermarkets, movie theatres, restaurants. famous hotels and other entertainment outlets. Some of the well known hotels are - The Boulevard, Hilton International, Mandarin Hotel, Hyatt Regency, Goodwood Park, Orchard Parade, Le Meridien and Orchard Hotel. The main shopping complexes would be Centrepoint, The Far East Plaza, Paragon, Ngee Ann City, Orchard Point, Far East Shopping Centre, Forum The Shopping Mall, Lucky Plaza, Orchard Emerald, Orchard Plaza, Orchard Towers, Orchard Plaza Wisma Atria, Shaw House, Shaw Centre, Tanglin Place and Tanglin Mall.

You can get there by MRT as there are Orchard and Somerset MRT stations along the Orchard Road stretch. You can also find cheap buys like apparels and accessories in orchard Road, and wait till mid July every year, there is the great Singapore sales, where even major retailers slash their prices.

313@Somerset - 313@somerset offers an exceptional range of leading international and local brands that will deliver a unique, expansive mid level fashion brands.

There are also several food and beverage outlets within the mall. Visitors will be able to choose local specialty in the food courts to unique and thematic restaurants with a wide range of international cuisine to offer.

Centrepoint - A one-stop shopping mall on Orchard Road as everyday items are sold there. For the smart shoppers.

Delfi Orchard - Includes many clothing and accessory shops, a Waterford crystal shop, a Wedgewood china shop, an outlet of Royal Selangor Pewter and many home-related shops and karaoke place.

DFS Galleria Scotts Road - DFS Galleria Scotts Road is the place to enjoy duty-free savings on the world’s leading luxury brands. We bring you the most extensive selection of prestigious brands and offer the best value on fashion and accessories in Singapore. Locals and tourists can shop with confidence knowing that our products come with a DFS 100% Worldwide Guarantee, and shop to their hearts desire as DFS Galleria carries a wide range of exclusive products. So come to DFS Galleria and experience the richness of Singapore.

Far East Plaza - Over 600 retailers, selling from youths' hip and happening clothing and apparel, video stores, electronics, food, tattoo shops, hair and beauty salons, and so much more. Ideally the teenagers' hang out.

Forum The Shopping Mall - Boasting a unique mix of retail stores and eateries, Forum The Shopping Mall caters to the needs of modern families, offering a little something for everyone. Just a 5-minute walk from Orchard MRT, little ones can enjoy the likes of Toys R Us, Kids 21 and Guess Kids, while parents can indulge in international labels like Emporio Armani, Tsumori Chisato and Club 21b. Forum The Shopping Mall brings fun and enjoyment to your shopping experience.

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Ion Orchard - ION Orchard is one of the latest iconic shopping mall with a spectacular frontage and cutting edge designs and concepts. It offers the best brands in the world for their flagship, concept and lifestyle stores within one development, sprawling over eight levels of shopping space – It is located on the prime site of Singapore’s commercial and shopping artery.

Visitors are treated to a unique shopping experience at over 300 retail, F&B and entertainment stores. The mall offers a myriad of shopping experience from international brand names to popular high fashion and lifestyle brands.

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Palais Renaissance - Palais Renaissance is a small-scale shopping mall which offers a few international designer brands and restaurants.

Scotts Shopping Centre - A small shopping centre where one can brands like find Liz Claiborne, Episode, Marks & Spenser, and The Hour Glass which sells exquisite brands of watches. Also its basement which has a wide variation of food.

Ngee Ann City - Built in 1994 , it offers various types of shops such as Harrods of London, Chanel, Guess? Levis', The Hour Glass, Takashimaya, Takashimaya Fitness Club, a Cold Storage Supermarket and restaurants.

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Orchard Point - Houses anchor tenant, Spotlight, one of Australia's leading home related shops, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaves, OG, Glamour Shots and some other clothing shops.

Orchard Hotel -  Located behind Delfi Orchard and is sited by the Opera Gallery which sells impressionist works.

Plaza Singapura - Much better after its major facelift with more retailers selling many home related items, clothing and apparel and lots of restaurants.

Shaw House - Anchor tenant includes Lido cinema where you can enjoy watching movies. Besides, there is the supermarket in the basement and many inexpensive cafes. Also, find net gaming cafes where its a youth's major hangout.

Shaw Centre - If you are an expat or tourist, you can find many Singapore souvenirs here.

Specialist Centre - One of the older shopping centres offering leather goods, sports equipment, tools, household items, dining venues, Korean restaurant and many more.

Tangs - Emporium of Tang family that lies in Singapore Marriot which sells household items, apparels to food. Singapore's shopping flagship in since 1932.


Tanglin Mall - Anchor tenant - Sports Station, Tanglin General Store, Barang Barang and Food Junction which covers three stories of the complex.

Tanglin Shopping Centre - Houses Singapore's largest Asian antique galleries, sells old sea charts, photographs, and antique books. There are also several clinics, cafes and restaurants in this place.

Tudor Court - Here's where you can find Nancy Roach Gallery where you can buy paintings range from S$2,000 to S$20,000, bicycle shops and clothing and apparels.

The Paragon - A glassy like building which went under facelift in the late 90s,  which features men's fashions and various shops spread all over the building. Anchor tenant's Metro, with other labels like Prada, Gucci, Mont Blanc and many more. After Paragon's merge with The Promenade, expect more shops, better facade, better experience.

The Paragon The Paragon

Wheelock Place - Wheelock Place is a mid-sized shopping mall with some international brand names like Marks & Spencer with its range of quality clothes and food occupies two floors of this building. There are also a few international and local restaurants and café offerings, The second biggest US bookstore chain, Borders, stocks a wide range of books at the ground level, is popular amongst book enthusiasts.

Wisma Atria - Now a divider between itself and Ngee Ann City, here's where the Orchard MRT is beside, here's where you can expect to find restaurants, photo shops, clothing and apparels, jewellery shops, makeover studios, mobile phone shops and so much more. Look out for its aquarium at basement one, for the avid fish watchers.

Wisma Atria

Other Shopping Areas

Arab Street

The street which begins just north of Beach Road is filled with many shopping surprises. Merchandise such as handicrafts, clothes, textiles, basket ware, jewelry etc have a distinctly Islamic, Malay, Indonesian, Arabic influence. Activities by the inhabitants are centered around the famous Sultan Mosque where they would meet for prayers and social interaction. Popular with Singaporeans of all races is the excellent islamic food offered by several restaurants situated along the main road.


Chinatown, as the name goes- is a place where most Chinese visit during the Chinese New Year festive periods, for their shopping sprees on the New Year goods. This area was set-up by migrants from China in the late 19th century. Merchants traded mainly in cloth, medicine, gold and foodstuffs imported from China.

Chinatown is a bargain galore, you can find antique pieces, Chinese culture artifacts, apparels, accessories, food at really cheap prices. Well known buildings are Chinatown Complex, People's Park Complex, Chinatown Point and People's Park Centre.

Holland Village

Holland Village is a place where you can find a lot of expatriates shopping and pubbing. You can find a wide variety of antique, art, music, gifts and curio shops. There are also several fast food restaurants and different cuisine from Thai to French, are also found there. Many of the old shop houses have been conserved and renovated to give the place it's unique characteristics. Housing in this district is also popular with the expatriates. Popular pubs include Wala Wala, Tango's and La Luna.

Little India

Little India shared somewhat the same history as Chinatown, where merchants sold jewelry, gold, silk, utensils, spices to cater to the Indian and South Asian community in Singapore. This place sells a lot of gold, jewelry, clothing, textiles, spices and handicrafts. The exotic Indian religion, music and culture are easily discernible at every street corner.  You can get there by the new MRT route, which is Little India.

Marina Square

Marina Square is in the same district as the popular business centre, Suntec City and shopping mall- Millenia Walk. It is currently linked underpass thru City Hall MRT- with a new underground shopping centre called Raffles Link. Popular hotels like Raffles Hotel, Marina Mandarin, Oriental and Pan Pacific; are also found there. Nice shopping places there are Suntec City and Marina Square.

North Bridge Road

A popular place for home appliances, gadgets and computers would be Funan Centre and Sim Lim Square at North Bridge Road. Along the same district you will also find Pargo Bugis Junction, Peninsular Shopping Centre, High Street Centre, Capitol Theatre and building, Raffles Hotel Arcade, Blanco Court and Bras Basah Complex. Just off North Bridge Road is Raffles City Complex. You can get there by taking the train to City Hall MRT or Bugis MRT stations.

Parkway Parade

Parkway Parade is an established shopping area where all retailers and shops are housed under one shopping centre. You can find departmental stores like Marks and Spencer and Isetan. You can expect to find good food, designer coffee chains to good apparel shops here. A highly recommended place to go for hose who have never visited Parkway Parade. It is situated in the east side of Singapore.

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands offers a wide selection of luxury brands to affordable fashion and goods. There is also the Casino located in the Marina Bay Sands.

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Shopping Tips

1. Know where to shop

Shoppers should ask around friends or hotel staff as to the best places to shop for specific products. Example of IT gadgets and electronics would be Funan IT Mall and Sim Lim Square.

2. Compare prices to get the best offers

Prices can vary widely between shops because distributors are not obliged to follow product's Recommended Retail Price (RRP). Ask the retailer if a 7% Goods & Services Tax (GST) applies.

If you are a visitor to Singapore, you shall be entitled to a GST refund on goods that you purchase from retailers participating in the Tourist Refund Scheme ("the Scheme") provided that you satisfy all the eligibility criteria and conditions stated here.

3. Prices on tags

If there is a discount in the shop, check with the retailer if the price tag states the prices before or after the offer to avoid confusion.

4. Refund and Exchange Policy

Check with the retailers refund and exchange policy. Some shops offer a 7 to 30 days refund and exchange policy. Some sales items do not allow for any refund or exchanges.

5. Check Electronic Parts

When purchasing electronic products, do request the Salesperson to test the equipment by turning it on to ensure you are not purchasing a faulty product. Also, check the contents of the packaging to ensure all accessories and peripherals are provided.

6. Defective Parts & Warranty

When purchasing electronic products, check with the retailer where can the product be sent for servicing if it is defective. Most shops would allow an exchange within a specified timeline, usually 7 days. Thereafter, they normally would need to be sent to the manufacturer’s company for servicing and repairs.

International warranties are not standardised. For tourists, check with the retailer if the warranty is valid in your home country. Ensure that your invoice and warranty card bear the retailer’s stamp and date of purchase. Keep your invoices together with your warranty card as they would be required during servicing and repairs.

7. Obtain receipts and invoices

Obtain a copy of the receipt or invoices for reference. Cross check to ensure the product you purchase is the same as the receipt.

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Slightly off topic, how about guys like and Expedia. has a sprawling office in MBFC. Expedia too has a big office in Gurgaon, India and they pay their IT staff as good as banks.

I sometimes wonder how do these guys make so much of commission by selling tickets and that too at prices cheaper than the original.

Re: Master's thesis on Repatriation Adjustment

I personally would like to see the findings of such a survey, but not when the questions are posed like this, because I don't know what they would mean in reality.

Maybe we should come up with our own survey and complete it when we leave..... Or once before and once leaving.

For me there is very much the feeling of the possibility I will regret going back, not completely, but that the things I would be giving up, like the lack of open carry, healthcare practices, good infrastructure, very good safety, etc. would outweigh the things I gain, like better food, cheaper cost of living, other freedoms, etc.

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Friends of friends lost big money here when this happened to them a few years back.

It's not just TAs - Yoga studios and sports clubs as well, and freelancers coming to condos - once you lay it out you may not get it back.

Re: Master's thesis on Repatriation Adjustment

Lol.... don't hold back Eagle hehehe....
It's unfortunate in a way, as I think there's a lot of goodwill on hand at this forum, but with the likes of such student polls, they're often so badly designed that even when you try and answer, you're part way in and just realise it's pointless.

A part of the problem is the questions are pitched at 'FTs', but from the perspective of a local (or someone of an other country/culture), and so many don't fit, and hence are unanswerable. -> 'How much you want your parents and grandparents to come live with you in Singapore?'
Flippant I know. A point though is the questions are often not neutral, they presume an idea, and the possible answers limit you to the authors preconception of that 'probable idea'.

A while back I suggested someone wanting to do a survey like this might want to float their entire Q+As first. Then people could give them a sanity check, feedback taken, adjustments made, ... then, when that's in some kind of order the poll could be officially launched.

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Re: Another Travel Agency goes bust....

I take it as a warning call if you're in the habit of spending money via local travel agents, as every year or two some big agent seems to go under.

--- Out in these parts I have found no virtue in using travel agents. Versus back home, where an agent can sell you a packaged holiday cheaper, often a lot cheaper, than you could ever buy the components yourself. That ability is due to their bulk-buying power which they pass on to the customer.
Here, we buy flights direct from the airline, and book hotels directly, and the latter can always arrange any ground transfers.

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Bukit timah Hawker center, Thai stall there makes the best tom yum soup I've ever had, and a great mango/papaya salad.
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Strong Eagle:
I tried to do this survey... I really did... after 8 years in Singapore I've been back in Houston for 2+ years.

But... I can't do it... where to start?

How about the very first questions... Food... with answers ranging from 'not adjusted at all' to completely adjusted. Adjusted to what? Texas BBQ? Drinking coffee? Both Singapore and Houston offer a vast choice of dining experiences... what's to adjust? The real question you want to ask is: Overall, is the food quality in your home country better than, worse than, or about the same as the country you left?

And then, on the first page, with respect to nationals* (*Home country nationals' refers to the people who live in the country you returned to when you finished the assignment), there are no fewer than three questions...

a) Interacting with home country nationals* on a day-to-day basis
b) Socializing with home country nationals*
c) Interacting with home country nationals* outside of work
d) Speaking with home country nationals*

Someone want to clarify what this is all about, please? If I am speaking am I interacting? If I'm at Home Depot buying stuff, am I interacting outside of work or am I speaking? If I'm talking to my neighbor about her new garden, and I doing a), b), c), or d)? It's nonsensical.

How can I tell you that I am not very happy at all living in the midst of teabilly right wing assholes who think unlicensed open carry of weapons and teaching creationism as science is a good thing? Am I maladjusted? Or do I just not like putting up with ignorant asshats? Would I be happier living in a more liberal Oregon? Probably... but what's that got to do with being 'adjusted'?

And then how about something like: "Performance standards and expectations". What does that mean to be 'adjusted' or 'not adjusted'? Am I not adjusted because I'm a lazy shit and don't like being criticized for me work? And the underlying assumption, that standards are different, isn't necessarily correct at all. If standards are the same, what's to adjust.

And then page 2 seems to come straight out of a Psych 101 text book, with such questions as "When I make plans, I am certain I can make them work" or "If something looks too complicated, I will not even bother to try it". Where's the context? For example, I may not be certain that I can make my plans work but the risk/reward ratio suggests that it is worth a try anyway. What's the point of the question, then? And how should I answer it?

Or the second question: "If something looks too complicated, I will not even bother to try it." Damn right I'm not going to try something if it looks too complicated... like trying to sell Russian Ural motorcycles and side cars to the Indonesian army along with a parts depot and maintenance contract... I actually looked into this... way complicated for a beginner.

So... how to answer the question... on the basis of being a realist... or by taking the underlying assumption of the question which is, "do you just blow shit off"?

Page 3 is just more of the psych test poop... "Failure just makes me try harder", or "I feel insecure about my ability to do things" or "I do not seem capable of dealing with most problems that come up in life"... are you trying to see if I am depressed about returning to my 'home country'?

And then... page 4... begins with "It is difficult for me to make new friends". WTF? I pick and choose with whom I socialize quite carefully. Most people don't make the cut. So, yes, it is difficult for me to make new friends because not just any old cretin gets invited into my circle. But, that's not what you are really asking are you? You're asking if I am a self identified social misfit... maybe that's why I'm not adjusting well as I might have answered on the first page?

I look at one more page... and I cannot bear to proceed... it's about my job... how do you know I even have a job... or that it's content and activities even fall into the neat little boxes you have created for me to answer.

Good luck... maybe someone else thinks this is a survey worth taking... not I.

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