The best shopping malls in Singapore

In a town where shopping belts choke with the same ol' high street brands, here are the malls with far more exciting finds
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
By Michelle Ng and Cam Khalid |
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Shopping is one of Singapore's national pastimes and we've all spent time walking from mall to mall (sometimes to escape the sweltering heat). But do you know which one's the best for camping gear, the best to bring your kids to or the best markets to head to? Here we round up the best shopping centres and more, all for your retail therapy. Shop hard. 

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Plaza Singapura

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Plaza Singapura's recent makeover has been given a new lease of life with the addition of stores like Muji, Sephora, Kiehl's and Uniqlo, along with popular Asian restaurants like Tim Ho Wan, PappaRich and Bangkok Jam, located at its new wing. With over 320 stores and services under its roof, previous anchor tenants such as Best Denki, Spotlight and Yamaha still remain. As for the little ones, take them shopping at Hamley's toy store as they pick out their next stuffed animal to bring home.

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The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

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Won the jackpot? Hit this three-storey luxury mall for high-end retail brands like Chanel, Fendi, Gucci, Miu Miu, Yves Saint Laurent, Hermès and more. When your feet start killing you, take a sampan ride down a man-made canal. If you're feeling peckish, check out celebrity chef restaurants on the first and first basement levels, or tuck into Asian food – hawker-style – at the 24-hour Rasapura Masters food court on the canal level, which overlooks an ice-skating rink that's now converted into a digital light installation.

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VivoCity

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You may need a map to navigate your way around VivoCity, but one thing’s for sure: this sprawling mall has everything under one roof. Cool down at the rooftop mini water playground, treat yourself to a blockbuster at Golden Village’s Gold Class, or calm those hunger pangs with its extensive directory of eateries. If you need to keep the little ones busy, sign them up for some kid-friendly activities on level 2 and 3.

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ION Orchard

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It claims to be the ‘centre of gravity’ in the Singapore retail scene – and with jaw-dropping frontage, cutting-edge design, and more than 300 stores, it makes a good case. Apart from the obvious reason for coming here – shopping – be sure to check out the extra bells and whistles. There’s ION Sky, a double-storey observation deck on the top two floors, an art gallery that boasts 4000-square-foot of art space, as well as restaurants and shops that  houses designer brands such as Cartier, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton, and Prada, as well as the dependable staples from Topshop/Topman, Uniqlo and Zara.

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Paragon

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Upmarket Paragon is Singapore’s sleek epicentre of fashion. Give your wardrobe a luxe update with Gucci, Prada and Givenchy boutiques, among others, while stocking up on your accessories and shoe collection at Aldo, Longchamp and Jimmy Choo. There’s also a massive Marks & Spencer, spas and beauty parlours, a gourmet supermarket and dining options like Shimbashi Soba, Ginza Kushi-Katsu, P.S. Cafe and Paul.

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313@Somerset

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This eight-storey mall is a stone's throw away from the Somerset MRT station, and one not to be missed when doing your rounds of shopping in Orchard. 313@somerset houses mid-market fashion brands like Forever 21, Mango, and Zara, as well as local fashion labels The Editor's Market and Love, Bonito. For all your lifestyle needs, check out Muji and Smiggle. Feeling peckish? The top floor has a sprawling Food Republic food court with staff selling beverages on a Segway.

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Mandarin Gallery

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Luxe brands such as Paul Smith, Vertu and Victoria's Secret, clad the façade of Mandarin Gallery, but that's not all to this Orchard Road mall. Shop for Japanese lifestyle products at Atomi, go bold with Bimba y Lola, or get your high-end fashion purchases altered at Haute Alteration Initiative. Then, take a break from shopping and sip on teas from Antoinette or The Providore. If it's nearer to dinnertime, fuel up with main courses from Sacha and Sons or Tonkatsu by Ma Maison and you're ready to continue with your retail spree.

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Orchardgateway

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Consisting of two curved towers straddling both sides of the street, Orchardgateway links directly to Somerset MRT (with underpasses to 313@somerset and Orchard Central) and Emerald Hill across the bridge. The larger 21-storey main tower features six retail levels, which includes library@orchard on the third and fourth floor. It also houses the 502-room Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore, with an infinity pool on the 19th floor. Across the street is the 11-storey Orchardgateway @ Emerald, with seven retail levels, as well as the adjoining Singapore Visitors Centre, now housed in a double-storey conservation shophouse. Shopping-wise, look out for international labels like gym wear specialists Under Armour, British cult label Religion’s first standalone store, and plenty of high-street fashion brands like Swatch, Dr Martens, i.t and more. A number of notable local brands such as Actually, The Authority, SECTS Shop and even retail-and-salon shop SUPERSPACE, which features local brands like Revasseur, Feist and more.

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Capitol Piazza

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Sharing space with the legendary Capitol Theatre, Capitol Piazza is bedecked with ritzy interiors that house international as well as homegrown brands and multi-label stores. Shop fresh, stylish threads from local fashion lines Sabrinagoh and Benjamin Barker, vibrant prints from Finnish brand Marimekko and lush Korean skincare products from Sulwhasoo. Alternatively, you can snap up cult brands such as Maisone Kitsune, Costume National and Diptyque under one roof at Manifesto.

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United Square

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Located at Novena, this family-friendly mall features over 150 shops that caters to your child's everyday needs, from educational playthings to childrenswear to kid-friendly hairdressers. Pop by Flexa to pick up some quirky furniture pieces for the littles ones or if you've got a tween living under the roof, then stop by Tweenage and shop for apparels fit for the young adult. Click here for more cool shops in the mall.

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Velocity@Novena

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From running shoes to camping gears to winter wear, this sports-themed mall is brimming with fitness shops and centres that carry well-known brands like Nike, Light My Fire and The North Face.  Shop through Running Lab's wide selection of shoes and accessories for all your track and field needs. And for outdoor enthusiasts, get your travel equipments in order at stores like The Big Country, Outdoor Life and Marmot. Click here for more cool shops in the mall.

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