Shopping & Style

Your comprehensive guide to the best Singapore shopping, style and fashion

Pop-up lifestyle and art markets to check out
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Pop-up lifestyle and art markets to check out

Flea markets are old hat – check these ones out for artisanal products, affordable art and locally made knick-knacks

Best gyms in Singapore
Sport and fitness

Best gyms in Singapore

Our pick of the best fitness centres, yoga and pilates studios, and martial art gyms

Best shops in Singapore: Home and living
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Best shops in Singapore: Home and living

Come home to stylish digs when you pick up a few pieces from these home decor stores

Singapore's best spas

Heavenly Spa
Health and beauty

Heavenly Spa

Step into the lift at The Westin Singapore and you’ll be taken straight up to heaven – the hotel’s Heavenly Spa, that is. Located 35 floors above the ground and boasting spectacular views of the CBD and Chinatown, it’s definitely not a bad place to clear your head and unwind. The spa has six rooms – one of which is a couple suite – that are decked out with minimalistic décor in soothing, earthy tones. Guests are advised to arrive early to take advantage of the other facilities in the gender-segregated changing rooms, including an Experiential Shower (choose between the hot ‘tropical’ and cold ‘glacier’ modes), a sauna room, and a whirlpool filled with very hot water. After your treatment, feel free to stay awhile longer in the relaxation lounge to nibble on dried fruits and nuts while browsing through magazines. Treatment to try Lavender’s often regarded for its relaxing properties, and the 90-minute Lavender Spa Journey ($250/single and $450/couple) does just that. It starts with a hydrating scrub made from pure sweet almond oil, natural sea salt and therapeutic lavender essential oils aimed at improving circulation. You’re then given time in-between to rinse yourself in the adjoining shower, before being treated to a 60-minute massage with yet more lavender oil. The scent never overpowers, though, and your masseuse adjusts the pressure of the massage accordingly to ease bodily tension and encourage complete relaxation of the mind. In fact, you’ll likely drift to sleep and awaken feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Or pick the spa’s signature Revitalize Massage ($160/60 mins; $220/90 mins) that combines techniques drawn from three cultures – Chinese, Malay and Indian, in that order. The masseuse starts off by releasing the tension in the shoulders and back by targeting meridian points, followed by a gentle abdomen massage. To round off the treatment, a metallic Kansu bowl is rolled around your soles, which is said to dispel body heat, leaving you feeling both relaxed and energised. 

Remede Spa at The St Regis
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Remede Spa at The St Regis

Decadence is the name of the game at Remede’s first branch in Asia. Located on the hushed end of the Orchard Road stretch, this place takes the relaxing experience up a notch with exotic teas, bubbly champagnes and floral-scented chocolates from the hotel’s LaBrezza restaurant. Filled with steam chambers, a Finnish dry heat sauna, a Vichy shower, a hydro massage pool and a peaceful outdoor hot whirlpool. What it lacks in space for outdoor cabanas and sweeping pools like other spas, it makes up for with indulgent amenities. There's the Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio by Bastian Gonzalez (for you to pamper your nails as well – it’s worth it, trust us), and the spa’s treatments include body scrubs, cooling facials, customised massages or facials, body wraps and more. If you're thinking of a staycation, they have packages available (depending on time with price upon request), which include spa treatments or complimentary vouchers.  Treatment to try St Regis Signature Warm Rassoul Wrap ($230/one hour). Start off with a body brush, then lather up with warm, orange blossom-scented Rassoul – a type of mud renowned for mineralising and moisturising effects. As you relax on a warm marble slab while wrapped in cotton muslin, you’ll be treated to a gentle argan oil facial massage, followed by a Vichy shower. 

g.Spa
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g.Spa

Probably the closest to a public bath in Singapore, this independent spa complex is reminiscent of a Chinese hot springs resort. Upon entering, you’re directed to either the men’s or women’s side and given a locker – swimming trunks, robes and towels are provided, so there’s no need to bring anything. The locker rooms have a hot pool (plus a cold pool for the men – it supposedly improves circulation), sauna and showers. In the common areas, you can relax on comfy couches with personal TV screens, plus there’s an all-you-can eat buffet throughout the day, making it quite easy to spend a full day here (and well worth the basic $68 entry price). Treatment to try Gateway to Vitality (members $122/one hour, non-members $155/one hour). The spa’s standard deep-tissue massage uses Shiatsu-style techniques – you can choose to use oil for a smoother, more relaxing treatment, or non-oil for more direct pressure-point massage. The price includes free roam of the spa’s facilities and buffet.

St Gregory Spa at PARKROYAL on Beach Road
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St Gregory Spa at PARKROYAL on Beach Road

Revamped in 2013, this spa at PARKROYAL on Beach Road’s new annexe features a rooftop pool, a jacuzzi, a bar serving healthy cocktails and spa cuisine, as well as a gym and fitness room that you can enjoy. With a total of seven treatment rooms (including one for couples) available to book, St Gregory at PARKROYAL on Beach Road specialises in skin treatments using clinically trialled skincare products by British brand Elemis, and has in-house Traditional Chinese Medicine physicians and masseurs to diagnose and alleviate most common bodily complaints.Treatment to tryTraditional Chinese tui na massage ($180/60 minutes). Combining the techniques of massage and acupressure as practiced in ancient China, such as pushing, pulling and kneading, the spa therapy session will stimulate key pressure points in the body to relief tension and increase your 'qi' energy.

AWAY Spa
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AWAY Spa

Definitely one of the funkier spas we've checked out, the rainforest-inspired AWAY Spa, in W Singapore, oozes trendiness and elegance all at once. The massage rooms are bathed in a unique, soothing blue light, and each comes with its own private outdoor shower. Guests can also make use of the many facilities, such as the warm vitality pool in the decompression area (complete with a hydro back bench and jet features) and a fun, experiential shower called Aqua, which has options like Tropical Storm and Cold Mist – with various water settings and light effects to match. Choose from treatments like customised massages, the luminous crystal facial, a bust-reviving therapy to lift, firm and tone, a cleansing and exfoliating facial for men, and even a tension-easing massage for sports buffs. Treatment to try AWAY Body Treat ($380/two hours). Using products from UK-based company Ila-Spa, the treatment starts off with an exfoliating body scrub with Himalayan salt crystals and a body mud wrap, while the second part involves an invigorating tension-reducing massage. A special soundtrack by Ila is played throughout the session to complement the long, gentle movements of the masseuse.

ESPA
Health and beauty

ESPA

The 10,000-square-metre space houses a series of hot and cold facilities, including a Japanese-style onsen set on the edge of small jungle, a crystal steam room, gymnasium, yoga studio and Tangerine serving up healthy cuisine by chef Ian Kittichai. On top of soothing massages and stress-relief rituals, ESPA's staff include a naturopath trained to deliver useful advice on living and eating healthier, as well as perky gym trainers who conduct classes in their impressively kitted-out workout room. Patrons who purchase treatments worth more than $200 are welcome to use the various pools and exercise classes. ESPA's after-treatment facilities are also unrivalled. Thoughtful extras like the special spin dryer that whirls your swim suit dry, and the sleeping room with pods to take a nap in after your treatment – don't you hate abruptly navigating the bustle of public transportation after a massage? – are compelling arguments to go to ESPA and make a whole day of it. Treatment to try The Day Spa Retreat ($380/Mon-Thu, $450/Fri-Sun). Centred around themes 'Fit for Life', 'Weight Management', 'Intro to Detox' and 'De-stress', this package is a good primer to ESPA as a lifestyle destination, and includes a consultation with a lifestyle or fitness staff member and two treatments: one 60 minutes and another 45 minutes long (try the Indulgence Hammam Ritual, a Turkish bath ritual in Singapore’s first hammam steam facility). The package also includes a two-course meal at Tangerine, with a menu that recommends dishes based on the retreat you’ve enjoyed.

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The best shops in Singapore

Fashion
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Fashion

The best shops and boutiques for clothing and accessories

Home and living
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Home and living

Hit up these furniture and home decor stores to build your dream home

Men's
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Men's

Looking for a swanky suit to match that necktie, or a pair of kicks to go with those jeans? Here's where to go for all your manly needs

Kids
Kids

Kids

Visit these shops to stock up your kid’s wardrobe, bookshelves and, why not, the entire bedroom

Novelty and hobby
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Novelty and hobby

From art-inspired knick-knacks to a cool bike shop, these are the boutiques that satisfy all your quirky needs

Record stores
Music

Record stores

Crate-diggers, listen up: here are seven record stores to get your vinyl fix

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Where to work out

Running events in Singapore
Sport and fitness

Running events in Singapore

Get your blood pumping and adrenaline going with Koh Chuin Ying’s calendar of upcoming running events

Five trampoline parks to check out in Singapore
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Five trampoline parks to check out in Singapore

How high can you go? We bounce on the trampolines to find out

Best gyms in Singapore for express workouts
Sport and fitness

Best gyms in Singapore for express workouts

Don’t break a sweat when it comes to finding a gym to sweat in. These five ensure you get your dose of endorphins in about the same amount of time you take to wolf down your lunch – because spending hours at the gym is so passé.

Barre classes in Singapore
Sport and fitness

Barre classes in Singapore

We get our pliés and sautés on in the latest fitness trend to assemblé on our shores: barre, a workout that combines yoga, Pilates… and ballet

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Best toy stores for grown-ups in Singapore
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Best toy stores for grown-ups in Singapore

Who says grown-ups can’t play with toys? No, not 'those' kind of toys. Here are five collectible toy stores that’ll bring out the kids in us all

Alternative wedding venues in Singapore
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Alternative wedding venues in Singapore

We chat with seven couples who’ve rejected hotel banquets for these left-of-field venues

Unusual beauty and wellness treatments to try in Singapore
Health and beauty

Unusual beauty and wellness treatments to try in Singapore

From smearing bird poop on your face to having your fat frozen, we tried and tested five of the weirdest and bizarre beauty treatments

Best henna artists in Singapore
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Best henna artists in Singapore

We chat with six henna artists who are reinventing the traditional art form

Best tattoo artists in Singapore
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Best tattoo artists in Singapore

Planning to get a tattoo? Well, whether you're looking for a simple design or an intricate art piece, get inked by these sought-after needle experts.

Crafters and makers in Singapore
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Crafters and makers in Singapore

We suss out five local artisans who craft their handmade products one item at a time