Your Singapore tour is never complete without indulging into the great pleasure of shopping in this island. Shopping in Singapore is a favorite pass time ranging from designer collection to roadside quaint items. There are endless shopping arcades and malls thronging the streets of Singapore, selling almost everything under the sun. The local markets and roadside shops are real delights for passer-bys strolling through the streets in leisure. Usual shopping hours in Singapore is from 10.00am or 11.00am to 21.00 or 22.00pm.
While on Singapore holidays, the choice of shopping destination is varied and extensive with its epicenter around Orchard Road and Tanglin Road. In this dazzling and vibrant Central shopping area visitors are mesmerized with the choice and stock of world-class items available in all the malls and shopping centers ranging from branded and designer apparels and accessories, jewellery, consumer electronics goods, house-wares to antiques, souvenirs and local nick-knacks. Some of the most popular shopping centers in this area are The Centrepoint, Far East Plaza, Ngee Ann City, Tangs, Plaza Singapura, Palais Renaissance, DFS Galleria Scottswalk, The Heeren, Paragon Shopping Centre, Orchard Towers, Lucky Plaza and the Tanglin Shopping Centre. The latter is the oldest shopping centre located on the fringe of Orchard Road, famous for Asian antiques and curios.
Shopping centre options in Marina Bay are equally varied. The Suntec City Mall is the largest shopping mall in Singapore, housing 400 retail outlets and Singapore’s largest hypermarket, Carrefour of France. It is the ultimate destination for all leading international and local fashion brands. Other notable names in Marina Bay are City Link, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Marina Square and Marina Walk. The City Link is the first underground pedestrian mall connecting City Hall MRT station to Suntec City and Marina Square.
Shopping centers are also lined up by the riverside on River Valley Road like the HarbourFront Centre and The Vivo City. The latter is an iconic mega complex spread over one million square feet, teeming with 350 retail and other outlets. While on a Singapore tour to Little India, Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Arab Street, Geylang East Coast and others, you can be fascinated by the endless shopping choices that you may come across in these parts of the country as well. Infact the Mustafa Shopping Complex is the shopping paradise in Little India, open 24×7, while Sim Lim Square and Computer Centre in Little India is a great electronic shopping destination. Kampong Glam and Arab Street is the textile hub for those looking for silk, chiffon, georgette and batiks at unbeatable price.
There are also Discount Shops in Singapore where one can pick up value-for-money items like in Mustafa Centre in Serangoon Plaza, in Little India, Export Fashion outlets located in many malls and some shops in Clarke Quay. The mid-year Great Singapore Sale is the ideal time for a Singapore tour when visitors can avail great discounts and shop to ones heart’s content. The shopping hours is extended till 23.00 hours during this peak time.