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Indulge in the ultimate spending spree in Singapore shopping malls that line every inch of Orchard shopping district. Take dazzling fabrics from Arab Street and spices from Little India back to your Singapore hotel.

Department stores on Orchard Road

Pristine malls line this bustling one-way street in Southeast Asia's shopping capital. Swathes of shoppers barely feel the day's humidity as they glide between air-conditioned plazas. Drop in at Tangs, a local Singapore institution with its luxurious cosmetic hall next to Orchard MRT, or the Far East Plaza for cut-price tailoring and electronics.

Orchard Road, Singapore

Bohemian bargains at Holland Village

Shoppers looking for a bohemian experience join the expats and locals in Holland Village in Buona Vista, a short taxi or bus ride from Orchard. Shops selling Chinese silk slippers, oriental kitchenware and art galleries alternate with nail parlours and coffee shops in the Holland Village Shopping Centre.

Holland Village, Singapore

Shop before take-off at Changi Airport

Pick up a duty-free bargain before you leave Singapore at Changi Airport – a shopping centre in its own right with over 300 outlets. Stroll through the peaceful walkways and stock up on MAC and Bobbi Brown cosmetics, city memorabilia or a last-minute treat from Tiffany's or Omega.

Changi Airport, Singapore

Shophouses in Chinatown

Early each year the streets of this Outram district light up with night bazaar stalls selling meats and lanterns for Chinese New Year. See the Singapore of the past on Trengganu Street for old-fashioned food hawkers and neighbouring Temple Street for silks and traditional Eastern remedies.

Chinatown, Singapore

A Malay village market at Gelang Serai

Head east on the MRT (underground train) to Paya Lebar for out-of-town shopping in this Malay neighborhood, where a Kampong or village community is recreated. Wind through the labyrinth of stalls at Gelang Serai market and food centre where colored cloths and traditional foods like keropok (prawn crackers) excite the senses.

15 Geylang Serai, Singapore, 409215

Singapore's largest shopping centre – VivoCity

This shopper's paradise dominates the Harbourfront across from Sentosa Island. The flowing architecture inspired by ocean waves is packed with fashion outlets, waterfront restaurants and an open-air amusement park complete with a wading pool to soothe tired feet.

VivoCity, Singapore

An old-fashioned department store in Little India

Little India's Mustafa is an Aladdin's cave covering four floors. Round off your amble down Serangoon Road past the spice and sari sellers to this traditional shopping centre that sells everything from gold jewellery to CDs and sportswear.

Serangoon Plaza, 320 Serangoon Road, Singapore, 218108 

Electronics galore at Sim Lim Square

Technology lovers head to Sim Lim Square, the gadget capital of Singapore, just a minute's walk from Little India. Hunt down a bargain for cutting-edge hardware in this colossal electronics centre spanning six floors.

1, Rochor Canal Road, Singapore, 188504

Textiles on Arab Street

Sumptuous, multi-colored fabrics treat the eye for those who prefer to shop in ‘souk style'. Haggle in this Muslim quarter near Bugis for ethnic goodies like colorful pashminas, rattan mats and hand-printed batiks sold under the shady canopies of traditional shophouses.

Arab Street, Singapore

Street shopping at Bugis Junction

The glass-roofed walkways at Bugis Junction on North Bridge Road are lined with international brands like Top Shop, Casio and Body Shop. Fashionable young Singaporeans meet over coffee and mingle outside the upper level Cineplex, a fusion of entertainment and shopping. 

Bugis Junction, Singapore


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