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Singapore is known as a shopper’s paradise, thanks to its plethora of malls and shopping centres that offer something for everyone.
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The famous Orchard Road shopping belt offers countless shopping options with its many malls.
Start at Palais Renaissance which houses upmarket fashion, shoe and hair boutiques. Then, cross over to family-oriented mall Forum The Shopping Mall, which houses Toys ‘R’ Us, Nurture Craft and Kids 21 for the little ones, as well as fashion labels Calvin Klein Platinum and Tsumori Chisato, and mulit-label boutique Club 21 Forum.
Next door is Hilton Singapore Shopping Gallery, home to luxury brands such as Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Issey Miyake, Jill Sander, Missoni, Pomellato and Rolex.
The collosal and futuristic-looking ION Orchard houses fashion-forward brands such as Alice & Olivia, Comme des Garcons, Bimba Y Lola and BCBGMAXAZRIA spread across eight floors. It also houses duplex flagship stores including Louis Vuitton and Prada.
Photo: ION Orchard
Next door is Wisma Atria, boasting a new multi-faceted façade. The mall houses brands like Coach, Tory Burch and Seafolly, and is anchored by department store Isetan. It also has links to Ngee Ann City, home to anchor tenant Takashimaya which has over 180 specialty stores, boutiques and restaurants offering a wide selection of chic designer labels, iconic food brands and lifestyle merchandise.
Over at Wheelock Place are British retailer Marks & Spencer’s flagship store and American shoe company TOMS which is known for its one-for-one movement. TANGS Orchard department store offers a wide range of items under one roof, while Scotts Square is home to Michael Kors’ first stand-alone boutique in Singapore.
Just across Ngee Ann City is the upmarket Paragon. Its Orchard Road façade is fronted by top international brands with duplex stores like Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod’s and Miu Miu. The Gucci flagship store has a five-storey exterior which is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.
Mandarin Gallery has four duplexes which house Max Mara, Michael Kors, Rimowa and Victoria’s Secret, and new-to-market brands such as atomi and Bathing Ape.
The star of Orchard Building is the 30,000sqft Southeast Asian flagship store of Swedish fashion retailer H&M.
Just above Somerset MRT Station is 313@somerset which has mid-level fashion and lifestyle outlets including Zara, Mango, Forever 21, Promod, Cotton On, Love, Bonito and Rip Curl. Next to it sits Orchard Central, Singapore’s tallest vertical mall, which houses European designers, indie labels and local couturiers, and a range of world cuisines.
Located just across Sentosa Island is VivoCity, Singapore’s largest shopping mall. It is home to fashion boutiques including Gap’s first store in Southeast Asia, eateries and Singapore’s largest cinema multiplex.
Some of the world’s most desirable luxury brands can be found at Luxury Fashion at Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island. Stores include Victoria’s Secret, Coach, Michael Kors, Tumi, Versace, Kate Spade New York and Swiss Watch Gallery.
Marina Bay Malls
For more luxury shopping, head over to The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. One of the mall’s star attractions is the Louis Vuitton Island Maison store – housed in a one-of-a-kind, glass and steel floating Crystal Pavilion – where shoppers enter via an underwater tunnel.
Designed with an emphasis on Chinese geomancy, Suntec City boasts over 380 retail establishments, and is famous for its Fountain of Wealth which was accorded the status of “World’s Largest Fountain” in the 1998 edition of the Guinness Book of Records.
At Millenia Walk, you'll find bespoke apparel and shoe stores Ed Et Al Shoemakers, Rossi, Mr. Bulli & Sons and van Laack, and desirable brands like B&W Bowers & Wilkins, Bose and The Hour Glass.
A stone’s throw away is Marina Square which offers a wide range of high-street fashion boutiques such as Desigual, Massimo Dutti and Zara; as well as consumer technology and lifestyle products.
Located above City Hall MRT Station and linked to Marina Square and Suntec City Mall via the Marina Link and One Raffles Link walkways is Raffles City Shopping Centre. The four-storey mall has a number of luxury stores including agnès b., Coach and Kate Spade, and Robinsons department store.
A short walk away is Bugis Street, Singapore's largest street shopping location. With 600 concept stores offering a vast range of products, it has something for everyone.
Linked to City Hall MRT Station is CityLink Mall, Singapore’s first underground mall. Another subterranean mall is Marina Bay Link Mall, situated directly below The Lawn @ Marina Bay and connected to the Raffles Place MRT Station through an underground pedestrian network.
IMM, Singapore's largest outlet mall, is home to more than 90 outlet stores that offer up to 80 percent discounts all year round. Outlet stores include agnès b., Coach, Furla, Juicy Couture, Nike, Nine West, Sacoor and Under Armour. The mall is a 10-minute walk from Jurong East MRT Station via the J-walk sheltered pedestrian link bridge.
One of Singapore’s most family-friendly malls, City Square Mall houses around 200 retail, dining, entertainment and lifestyle stores, and enrichment centres. Besides family-friendly facilities such as diaper-changing stations and parents/nursing rooms, the mall also offers parents complimentary use of its baby strollers and kiddy carts. Its 49,000sqft urban park City Green has an eco-playground, complete with swings and wheelchair-friendly merry-go-round, where families can enjoy some outdoor fun while shopping.