SHOPPING in SINGAPORE
The small country with a huge shopping reputation, Singapore should be on top of every retail enthusiast’s list.
Why shop here?
As if it's not obvious enough, Singapore is a shopping heaven. The country is made for the therapeutic activity involving strolling around, swiping credit cards and indulging in retail pleasures. When it comes to this petite country, the fashion scene is really varied – from international haute couture brands with swanky flagship stores to edgy artisan labels with inspiring shops. And in Singapore, the shopping is more than just fashion. Other than clothing and accessories, shoppers can also have a blast checking out hi-tech gear and gadgets or browsing edgy local artisan shops and so much more. The best thing about shopping in Singapore is the expansive options to choose from, be it quality, quantity or style-wise.
Where to shop?
For decades, Orchard Road has been the mecca for eager shoppers. Lined with lavish malls, luxurious hotels, dining and entertainment centres, this neighbourhood never sees a quiet day! One of the most sought-after stars of the vicinity is ION Orchard, a massive mall with a cool design that comprises ION Sky – an observation deck that's a great view in its own right. The mall houses big brands like Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Dior, Cartier, Harry Winston and so much more. ION Orchard even has ION Art, an art and exhibition gallery that incorporates art in commerce.
If a shopping destination with a little touch of history and accommodation is what you're looking for, then head to Raffles Singapore's Shopping Arcade. Hosting more than 40 international and regional fashion brands and designer labels, Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade also has its own gift shop, stocked with premium quality souvenirs – from homeware and fashion accessories to stationery and edible delicacies.
Of course, a conversation about Singapore shopping wouldn't be complete without a visit to the majestic Marina Bay Sands. A mega mall with only the best and toptiered tenants – Chanel, Balenciaga and Hermes, among others – the destination also houses a museum, world-class dining outlets, entertainment centres and most interestingly, a floating Louis Vuitton store.