Whether you’re a shopaholic, foodie or wellness junkies, there’s a mall in Singapore for you. Here’s a comprehensive guide to the island’s best shopping malls
There are two main passions when it comes to things to do in Singapore: shopping and eating. Lucky for everyone, the city’s rife with havens for both. Whether you’re looking to for luxury goods, beauty and skincare, home décor, or the best restaurants, you’d find these in a heartbeat in one of Singapore’s myriad malls. Read on for a neighbourhood guide to Singapore’s best shopping malls..
For a taste of luxury: The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
For all things glitz and glam, there’s no better place to shop and dine like an A-lister than at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Undoubtedly the swankiest mall in Singapore, it offers a huge range of high-end, luxury brands as well as celebrity restaurants under one roof. Shop at the likes of Chanel, Fendi, Hermès, Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton, and more, and kick back with a meal or two at CUT by Wolfgang Puck or db Bistro & Oyster Bay by Daniel Boulud.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, p. 6688 6888.
For DIY hobbyists: Plaza Singapura
Plaza Singapura is one of our top go-to spots for DIY thanks to art and craft supply stores like Spotlight, Art Friend and Paper Market. If you’re hoping to kill two birds with one stone, it’s also the perfect destination to shop beauty (there’s a mega Sephora store there) and even toys at the iconic Hamley’s.
Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839, p. 6332 9298.
For state of the art experiences: OUE Downtown
OUE Downtown’s got to be the swankiest mall in town. Its concepts are unlike any other. Take the Beauty Bar. To browse, explore and select makeup and skincare products, simply use any of the four vending machines available to cut down on the usual fuss it takes to explore a retail store. And then there’s the Social Kitchen, where you can cook and dine with friends and family, or mingle with other users. But our favourite has to be the boutique fitness studios like Haus Athletics and Guava Labs, where workouts are seriously kickass and with far more flexible memberships than the average gym.
OUE Downtown, Shenton Way, 6A, Singapore 068815
For a mix of fast fashion and designer goods: ION Orchard
Singapore’s most famous shopping destination on Orchard Road, shouldn’t need an introduction, and we’re not just talking about its iconic architecture. Home to over 300 retail stores, including COS, Topshop, Warehouse and Sephora, as well as luxury labels such as Longchamp, Gucci and Burberry, this ultimate go-to mall will have you occupied for hours. After all that shopping, catch a breather over a cup of tea at TWG, or dine with a view at Salt Grill & Sky Bar.
ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, p. 62388228.
For a one-stop destination in the CBD: One Raffles Place
It may be hard to believe, but the CBD isn’t just all work and no play. Located in the heart of the CBD, One Raffles Place too has retail options if you’re shopping on your lunch hour. The two-storey H&M store is a can’t miss for emergency wardrobe solutions, while Revolte Collective and Rabeanco’s bags are foolproof options for office ladies.
One Raffles Place, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
For family fun: Grandstand
Pasarbella may have come and gone from the Grandstand, but we’re still a frequent visitor here. The lifestyle hub is home to enrichment centres like Learning Artz, where kids and adults can pick up skills in the areas of baking, music, dance and crafts. While waiting for the littles, there’s plenty for mum and dad to do, with boutique yoga studios, wellness centres and decor stores like Castlery and Boulevard Outdoor Inspirations. Just here for a meal? Restaurants include Italian and Indian, Chinese and Cajun seafood places to family favourite: Slappy Cakes.
The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994
For unique decor: Tanglin Mall
A popular haunt of expats, Tanglin Mall tops our list for decor shopping in malls. For starters, there’s House of AnLi, a bistro-slash-store which houses a gorgeous range of quality interiors imported from all over Europe. You’ll want to pop into Designer Collective too: a multi-label pop-up store with made-in-India rugs, handmade ceramics, and antiques. As for those who love tropical vibes, check out Tatty Marsh. This hole-in-the-wall store has got coastal chic interiors downpat, and boasts an entire wall of vibrant, tropical printed cushions.
Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247933
For a little treat after visiting the hospital next door: Paragon
If you’re not looking to splurge your dough in one go (especially after a visit at Paragon Medical Centre next door), swing by Paragon the mall next door. This Orchard mall has a great mix of designer labels and mid-range brands. Be greeted by brands such as Balenciaga, Burberry, Gucci, Loewe and Miu Miu as you enter the first floor, and climb your way up for brands like Marks & Spencer, Esprit, Calvin Klein and more. No matter the price range, there’s certainly something for everyone.
Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859, p. 6738 5535.
For shopping on a budget: 313@Somerset
A hotspot for teens (and those on a budget), 313@Somerset offers affordable retailers and high street brands like Forever 21, Esprit, Zara, Mango and Cotton On. Complete your outfit with a new pair of kicks from flagship stores of shoe brands such as Converse, Ecco, Aldo and Puma.
313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road, Singapore 238895, p. 6496 9313.
For an eclectic retail experience: Capitol Piazza
Located on the grounds of the legendary Capitol Theatre, this shopping spot is decorated with opulent Art Deco-inspired interiors and is home to some of Singapore’s most famous homegrown and multi-brand stores. Revamp your wardrobe with Singapore fashion labels such as Sabrinagoh, Benjamin Barker, and load up on skincare products with an organic bent from Aesop, Soap Stories and the Body Shop. Capitol Piazza is also home to unique multi-label store Manifesto – think brands like Maison Kitsune, Costume National, Lemaire, Opening Ceremony and Diptyque. Getting hunger pangs? These dining picks are great for a stopover.
Capitol Piazza, 13 Stamford Road, Singapore 178905, p. 6499 5599.
For edgy, offbeat fashion labels: orchardgateway
Make no mistake: orchardgateway is far from your average cookie-cutter Orchard Road mall. This relative newcomer to the world of Singapore shopping offers more than just your run-of-the-mill high street labels, with edgy and offbeat tenants such as Hong Kong multi-label boutique i.t., menswear store Sects Shop which carries Singapore labels Depression and Not Cool Enough as well as SUPERSPACE, home to more Singapore fashion brands like Rêvasseur. You’ll also find independent local brand The Authority, and multi-label store Actually. More into decor than fashion? You’ll love the five levels of pure home décor heaven at Crate & Barrel as well as all the small, niche stores you’ll find tucked away.
orchardgateway, 277 & 218 Orchard Road, Singapore 238858/238851, p. 6513 4633.
For bargain hunters: Bugis Junction
For more shopping without breaking the bank, Bugis Junction is home to international high street fashion brands like, CK Calvin Klein and Bossini, as well as regional brands like Little Match Girl, 107 Style and 3 Halo Apparel. Visit the hipster shops and cafes dotted around the popular mall for a quick break. Take plenty of Instagram-worthy snaps along the way too!
Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street, Singapore 188021, p. 6557 6557.
For a pampering session after quick retail therapy: Tampines 1
There’s no escaping a quick retail session when you’re in this popular Eastern neighbourhood mall. Amongst the holy trifecta of shopping malls surrounding Tampines MRT Station, Tampines 1 is the glitziest. Get your wallets ready and splurge on the likes of Topshop, Uniqlo, Sephora, Daniel Wellington, Dorothy Perkins, Promod, Adidas and Forever New. Indulge yourself in a well-deserved pampering session or work up a sweat at Amore Living fitness centre and boutique spa on level 5.
Tampines 1, 10 Tampines Central 1, Singapore 529536, p. 6572 5522.
For quirky toys and home decor: I12 Katong
We’ve established the cool spots in Joo Chiat and Katong for all your Instagram snaps, and even accompanied them with an all-you-need-to-know guide of this fascinating district, but that’s not all there is to find when it comes to shopping. Be sure to drop by I12 Katong mall when you go exploring in Joo Chiat and Katong, and check out stores such as Singapore’s Naiise which carries a variety of quirky items ranging from home décor to street fashion and skincare. If you’re a collector of toys, shop innovative trinkets at Toy Outpost.
I12 Katong, 112 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428802, p. 6636 2112.
For athletes on a budget: Changi City Point
Changi City Point is great for those flexin’ to shop affordable sports gear. Athletes and surfer babes will snap up the discounted running shoes, sportswear and swimwear at factory outlets stores Nike, Puma, Asics, Timberland, Quiksilver, Roxy and DC, among others. Finally, call it a day with a luxe dinner and a tipple or two at Wine Connection or Table Manners.
Changi City Point, 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, Singapore 486038, p. 6511 1088.
For adrenaline junkies: Kallang Wave Mall
Another big hit for sporty people, Kallang Wave Mall packs a punch when it comes to sports gear. Shop compression gear for triathletes at Power up Express, women’s activewear at Gym Locker, protective eyewear at Sport On Eyewear, outdoor accessories at Outdoor Sports Travel, and of course, football shirts and boots at Weston Corp, while basketball fans can cop jerseys and shirts at Hoops Factory.
Kallang Wave Mall, 1 Stadium Place, Singapore 397628, p. 6702 5268. Open daily 10am-10pm.
For food explorers and Epicureans: Westgate Mall
Despite being known as a lifestyle and shopping destination, Westgate Mall houses some of the best eateries in the West. For an upscale dining experience, book a table at the Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant, Coco Ichibanya, or Zaffron Kitchen. Craving a Singapore favourite? Dig into 328 Katong Laksa’s signature laksa without going all the way to the east.
Westgate, 3 Gateway Dr, Singapore 608532, p. 6908 3737.
For a neighbourhood all-in-one mall: JEM
This West-side shopping gem (get it?) has all sorts of retailers, from fashion and beauty stores to homeware and bookstores. Shop ‘til you drop at H&M, Topshop, Mango, Charles & Keith, Sephora, Victoria’s Secret, MUJI, Kinokuniya and many more. There’s also Fairprice Xtra, just in case you want to do some last-minute grocery shopping.
JEM, 50 Jurong Gateway Road, Singapore 608549, p. 6225 5536.
For discounted designer goods: IMM
What this Westside giant has over others is pure luxe factor. Designer junkies can take their pick from labels like agnes b, Juicy Couture, Furla and the mother of all multi-label high-end brands: Club 21. Fashion aside, you can even find designer furniture brands like Commune with discounts of up to 80% off.
IMM, 2 Jurong East Street 21, Singapore 609601, p. 6665 8288.
For entertainment seekers: JCube
If you dig the Bugis Street scene, but can’t be bothered to travel all the way there, there’s always JCube. Besides housing an Olympic-sized ice-skating rink, a karaoke bar and an IMAX theatre, the mall is also home to blogshop stalls such as D’Style, 2PM, Angela and more. No doubt, you’ll find all sorts of affordable items from clothes and accessories to home décor and quirky trinkets.
JCUBE, 2 Jurong East Central 1, Singapore 609731, p. 6684 2153.
For dining adventures in the north: Northpoint City
Yishun just got bigger and better. Northpoint City recently saw a major expansion – it’s now the largest mall in the north. Foodies will be seriously spoilt for choice here, with 100 dining concepts (this includes popular Korean resto Pizza Maru and volcano ramen hotspot Tonkotsu Kazen Ramen) added to the mix, and a new food street called The Makan Town.
Northpoint City, 930 Yishun Ave 2, Singapore 769098.
For shopping by the riverside: Waterway Point
Hang out by the riverside at the mall next to Punggol Waterway. The four-storey shopping mall is home to over 200 stores, ranging from fashion to food, furnishings, and entertainment. Catch a movie on the big screen at the 1,500-seat Shaw Theatres IMAX, bag the latest collections at H&M and Uniqlo, and one for the bookworms – read your way through Singapore’s largest Times bookstore. Trust us, this isn’t your ordinary suburban mall.
Waterway Point, 83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828761, p. 6812 7300.
For something out of a sci-fi film: The Star Vista
No exaggeration here: The Star Vista looks like something out of a sci-fi flick, with its mind-bending geometrical columns, curved glazed canopy and glass facade. Home to The Star Theatre (which has been graced by artists like Ed Sheeran and Two Door Cinema Club), the mall also offers a buzzy list of events, including film screenings, and Zumba and kickboxing sessions.
The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617.
For a view of Sentosa: VivoCity
The largest shopping mall in the city, VivoCity is more than its impressive architecture and directory, ranging from fashion and beauty to electronics and homewares. It’s also packed with plenty of entertainment options to keep the kids (and those young at heart) occupied. Take a dip in the sky park’s mini water playground, enjoy a blockbuster movie at Golden Village, tuck into Japanese grilled meat at Shin Kushiya, sign your kids up for a paddle boat ride on level 3 or some playground fun on level 2.
Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585. Open daily 10am-10pm.
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