Shopping is one of Singapore's national pastimes and we've all spent time walking from one shopping mall to another similar air-conditioned haven, sometimes to chase the best deals and also to escape the heat. In a town where mall culture is strong, it can get a little hectic when it comes to navigating shops at different malls. Besides, do you know which mall is the best for camping gear, shopping for the kids or stocking up on groceries? We do. Here we round up the best shopping malls and more, all for your retail therapy. Time to shop hard.
After three years of redevelopment, the mall formerly known as Funan DigitaLife Mall is starting a new chapter. It is now home to a variety of more than 190 brands clustered around the themes of tech, craft, play, fit, chic and taste. Keeping it modern, industrial-chic is the aesthetic of the mall with many vibrant corners and spaces within the mall like the Tree of Life, the Kinetic Wall, a seven-storey green wall and even an urban farm operated by Edible Garden City on the rooftop. On top of retail stores and eateries, Golden Village opens its 14th multiplex at Funan offering a more premium cinema experience and boutique gym TFX is where you can go for an intense workout session before taking a dip in the pool.
Entertain yourself throughout the night at the latest lifestyle concept, Jewel Changi Airport. This majestic dome is home to over 280 dining and retail outlets, with some open around the clock – think dining at ungodly hours at American fast-food chain A&W or food court Five Spice, or killing a couple of hours with a movie at 24-hour Shaw Theatres. You can also catch the hourly light and sound show at the HSBC Rain Vortex, the mall’s 40m-tall indoor waterfall, from 7.30pm to midnight.
Loud, proud and local, Design Orchard is less of a mall and more of a hub where you can buy all things local. It features a fresh selection of Singaporean designers and makers. With over 60 brands like Kydra, Onlewo, The Animal Project, Pinksalt Swim and more calling the two-and-a-half-storey space home under the tagline 'Where Local Brands Flourish', the homegrown labels are part of an incubation programme run by local multi-label retailer Naiise which will guide them through marketing, merchandising, and expansion strategies. Besides retail therapy, there is an incubation workspace exclusively for designers and a public amphitheatre that plays host to a range of dynamic events all year round.
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, Marks & Spencer and Yamaha still remain. For experiential shopping, head to multi-label concept store NomadX, where some of your favourite stores like Taobao come to life.
This massive red granite building with two towers is the lifeblood of Orchard Road, drawing throngs of locals and tourists. It’s also known as Takashimaya Shopping Centre (aka Taka) after anchor tenant Takashimaya department store. It contains more than 130 shops, including Japanese bookstore Kinokuniya, perfumers Diptyque, makeup megastore Sephora, Aesop, Guess, Shanghai Tang and more. The hungry ones can satisfy their hunger at eateries like Crystal Jade Palace, Takashimaya Food Hall, Bali Thai and Coca.
The three-storey mall is named after the classic crowd gesture seen at football matches during Singapore’s footballing heydays. For the fashionable and sporty types, there's plenty to browse at stores like Hoop Factory, H&M (with an extensive collection of activewear), New Balance, Weston Corp, Runner's Edge and more. The mall also has a huge rock-climbing wall you can take on if you're feeling adventurous, or you could also keep occupied at snooker hall, Cue Guru.
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.
Leaving out the ancient Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre, the shopping culture in Singapore’s North-East region is next to zilch – if not for the beacon of Nex. And even then, the mall is one gargantuan sanctuary for all your shopping and playtime needs. Climbing up to seven storeys, Nex brims with a mix of retail, entertainment and dining offerings. Some highlights include 24/7 supermarkets of Cold Storage, FairPrice Xtra, Japanese department store Isetan, international brands such as H&M, Sephora and M.A.C, and entertainment hubs like Shaw Theatres, arcade centre Virtualand, and even the Serangoon Public Library for some quiet reading.
A sense of direction is required if you drop by Suntec City Mall, lest you get lost in its concrete labyrinth of play. We’re talking a mall that sprawls up to 82,500 square metres, a massive space that the management has considerately divided into four zones for easier navigation. Apart from its boast of more than 380 retail outlets and over 100 dining options, the lifestyle haven includes a movie theatre, fitness hubs, and SuperPark, a crazy fun indoor playground for both the young and old. On level 3 of Suntec City Mall’s Sky Garden, Eat at Seven beckons with seven diverse Japanese culinary concepts such as Tempura Kohaku and Menya Takeichi that serve tendon and chicken ramen respectively. After hours, the clubs of Wan and Commas call on your party people to dance the night away.
A runner-up to Orchard Road’s world-famous shopping district can be said to be the Bugis precinct, indicated by the trio of Bugis Junction, Bugis Street and Bugis+, alongside the nearby hipster hideout of Haji Lane and Arab Street. But there’s a certain appeal that Bugis+ possesses that draws shoppers in droves. Could it be the myriad of shopping options such as a two-storey Uniqlo brunch, Sephora and home-grown fashion boutique Editor’s Market? Or the culinary highlights of Genki Sushi, Flaming Don, Bangkok Jam and many more? Don’t take our word for it, but quite possibly it is the mall’s range of entertainment centres, including a cinema, a karaoke outlet, a dart bar, and even a dog-petting café.
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. After shopping at the likes of Kiehl's, Aesop, H&M, Tangs and more, cool down at the rooftop mini water playground. Afterwards, treat yourself to a blockbuster at Golden Village’s Gold Class, or calm those hunger pangs with its extensive directory of eateries.
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.
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, Halcyon and Crane, Tambuah Mas and Paul.
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 or take your pick from eateries like Haidilao, Marche, Masizzim and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 equipment in order at stores like The Big Country, Outdoor Life and Marmot. Click here for more cool shops in the mall.