Must-see shopping in Singapore

  • Jewel

    Singapore

    Located at Changi airport, and directly connected to Terminals 1, 2 and 3, Jewel is a multi-dimensional lifestyle destination jam-packed with food outlets…

  • BooksActually, bookshop interior.

    BooksActually

    Chinatown & the CBD

    Arguably Singapore's coolest bookshop, BooksActually has a refreshing selection of fiction and nonfiction titles, including works by Singaporean authors,…

  • Bynd Artisan

    Holland Village, Dempsey Hill & the Botanic Gardens

    Connoisseurs of bespoke stationery and leather will love this sublime store that prides itself on artisanal excellence. Select from the range of handmade…

  • Design Orchard

    Singapore

    Like a breath of retail fresh air, Design Orchard pays homage to local talent and Singaporean design compared to the big-name brands dotting Orchard Rd…

  • Rumah Bebe

    Singapore

    Bebe Seet is the owner of this 1928 shophouse and purveyor of all things Peranakan. She sells traditional kebayas (Nonya-style blouses with decorative…

  • Sifr Aromatics

    Little India & Kampong Glam

    This Zen-like perfume laboratory belongs to third-generation perfumer Johari Kazura, whose exquisite creations include the heady East (30mL S$125), a…

  • Tong Mern Sern Antiques

    Chinatown & the CBD

    An Aladdin’s cave of dusty furniture, books, records, woodcarvings, porcelain and other bits and bobs (we even found an old cash register), Tong Mern Sern…

  • Bugis Street Market

    Little India & Kampong Glam

    What was once an area known for its risqué nightlife – packed with foreign servicemen on R&R, gambling dens and sex workers – is now its most famous undercover…

  • Singapore, Figurine at ION Orchard (Photo by: JTB Photo/UIG via Getty Images)

    ION Orchard Mall

    Singapore

    Rising directly above Orchard MRT station, futuristic ION is the cream of Orchard Rd malls. Basement floors focus on mere-mortal high-street labels, while…

  • Naiise

    Singapore

    Looking for unique and inspiring tokens of your time in Singapore? Put this sprawling, designer haven on your list. Cheeky postcards, fun local food…

  • Pedder On Scotts

    Singapore

    Even if you're not in the market for high-end heels and bags, Pedder On Scotts thrills with its creative, whimsical items. The store hand picks only the…

  • Kapok

    Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

    Inside the National Design Centre, Kapok showcases beautifully designed products from Singapore and beyond. Restyle your world with local jewellery from…

  • Basheer Graphic Books

    Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

    Spruce up your coffee table at this temple to design books and magazines. Located inside Bras Basah Complex (locally dubbed 'Book City'), it has…

  • Raffles Hotel Gift Shop

    Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

    It might sound like a tourist trap, but the Raffles Hotel gift shop is a good spot for quality souvenirs, whatever your budget. Remaining open while the…

  • Antiques of the Orient

    Singapore

    Snugly set in a mall filled with Asian arts and crafts shops, Antiques of the Orient is a veritable treasure chest of original and reproduction vintage…

  • Supermama

    Little India & Kampong Glam

    Tucked around the corner from Arab St, this gallery-esque store is a treasure trove of contemporary giftware. Circle the huge central bench while you pore…

  • Raffles Hotel Arcade

    Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

    Part of the hotel complex, Raffles Hotel Arcade has been home to some of the world's most notable retailers. Set to reopen in mid-2019, as part of the…

  • Kinokuniya

    Singapore

    Browse more than 400,000 titles in Singapore’s largest, most comprehensive bookshop. It also stocks stationery, DVDs and collectable toys.

  • Exotic Tattoos

    Exotic Tattoos & Piercings

    Singapore

    Visitors looking for a tattoo shop with a definite pedigree should know about this place, for it's here that you'll be able to get exquisite work from…

  • Nam's Supplies

    Nam’s Supplies

    Chinatown & the CBD

    The curious paper objects on sale around Chinatown – from miniature cars to computers – are offerings burned at funeral wakes to ensure the material…

  • Anthony the Spice Maker

    Anthony the Spice Maker

    Chinatown & the CBD

    If you want to recreate the aromas and tastes of Singapore at home, make a beeline for this tiny stall where little brown airtight packets, which don't…

  • VivoCity exterior

    VivoCity

    West & Southwest Singapore

    More than just Singapore's largest shopping mall, VivoCity offers that rare commodity: open space. There's an outdoor kids' playground on level two and a…

  • Curated Records

    Curated Records

    Chinatown & the CBD

    Flip through the stacks at this pocket-rocket record shop and you'll find everything from punk and French baroque pop to drone, hip-hop and neo-folk. It's…

  • In Good Company

    Singapore

    One of Singapore's most lauded home-grown fashion labels has experienced a spectacular rise, just three years since the design house opened its flagship…

  • Ong Shunmugam

    Holland Village, Dempsey Hill & the Botanic Gardens

    The gallery-esqe shop of Priscilla Shunmugam, one of Singapore's top up-and-coming designers, is just as stunning as her modern interpretations on Asian…

  • Little Shophouse

    Little India & Kampong Glam

    Traditional Peranakan beadwork is a dying art, but it's kept very much alive in this shop and workshop. The shop's colourful slippers are designed by…

  • Dustbunny Vintage

    West & Southwest Singapore

    This vintage veteran is not in the most convenient location, tucked away on an HDB (housing and development board) estate, but the well-curated collection…

  • Haji Lane

    Little India & Kampong Glam

    Narrow, pastel-hued Haji Lane harbours a handful of quirky boutiques and plenty of colourful street art. Shops turn over fast due to exorbitant rents,…

  • Tanglin Shopping Centre

    Singapore

    This retro mall specialises in Asian art and is the place to come to for quality rugs, carvings, ornaments, jewellery, paintings, furniture and the like…

  • Ngee Ann City

    Singapore

    It might look like a forbidding mausoleum, but this marble-and-granite behemoth promises retail giddiness on its seven floors. International luxury brands…

  • Kim Choo Kueh Chang

    Singapore

    Joo Chiat (Katong) is stuffed with bakeries and dessert shops, but few equal old-school Kim Choo. Pick up traditional pineapple tarts and other brightly…

  • Independent Market

    Holland Village, Dempsey Hill & the Botanic Gardens

    Tucked away in Holland Rd Shopping Centre, this tiny shop is absolutely stuffed with wonderful Singaporean themed gifts and homewares. You won't find any…

  • Cat Socrates

    Singapore

    Complete with friendly feline 'assistant shopkeeper', this eclectic boutique is filled with wares from independent local and foreign designers. Creatives…

  • Isan Gallery

    Singapore

    The home gallery of Percy Vatsaloo showcases exquisite hand-picked antiques from places such as Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. The intricately…

  • Bungalow 55

    Holland Village, Dempsey Hill & the Botanic Gardens

    Colonial chic hits overdrive in this beautifully curated store brimming with Chinoiserie lamps, tropical scented candles, overstuffed cushions and…

  • Scene Shang

    Little India & Kampong Glam

    Heritage Asian designs with a contemporary twist is what you'll discover in this beautifully curated shophouse emporium. There are plenty of small items…

  • Threadbare & Squirrel

    Singapore

    An oasis of independent clothing labels, Threadbare & Squirrel stocks quirky accessories, individualistic clothing and artisan jewellery. Look out for…

  • Utterly Art

    Chinatown & the CBD

    Climb the stairs to this tiny, welcoming gallery for works by emerging contemporary Singaporean and Asian artists. While painting is the gallery's focus,…

  • Mustafa Centre

    Little India & Kampong Glam

    Little India's bustling Mustafa Centre is a magnet for bargain hunting shoppers. It's a sprawling maze-like place, selling everything from electronics and…

  • Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

    Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

    From Miu Miu pumps and Prada frocks to Boggi Milano blazers, this sprawling temple of aspiration gives credit cards a thorough workout. Despite being one…

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