There are close to none stand alone stores in Singapore which makes for a stark contrast to shopping anywhere in Europe or the UK, most shops form part of a huge and sometimes maze-like shopping centre. I have conveniently decided to live right behind Orchard road but I’m still undecided as to my favourite spot to shop, here’s my take on a few of the major shopping centers here and my advice to newbies or visitors.
SHOPPING SOUTH OF THE ISLAND
This complex is enormous and overwhelming and has one of the most confusing layouts I have ever come across – shops are laid out in a very nonsensical way with retailers you would expect to be nearby each other actually miles and floors apart.
For designer and luxury names you’ll definitely find it here, fortunately it is rarely over crowded and the shops are significantly spaced apart, the interior is beautiful and extravagant so I find I spend a whole load of time walking around distracted rather than doing much actual buying.
Ideal for buying from both international and national stores, the food court in Marina Square also offers a good choice of mid-shop bites to eat. It’s relatively quiet at Marina Square during the week and only fills up with a wave of business workers during lunch who use the free lunchtime shuttle from Raffles Place.
This small shopping complex, is great for it’s Parco department store which houses Parco next NEXT a unique part of the department store that supports an incredible range of next generation local designers and boutiques. It’s probably one of the best places in Singapore to get something unique and one-off-ish and is not as highly celebrated as it should be.
SHOPPING ON ORCHARD ROAD
Together these two are a great combo for when you know what you want and which retailer you want to visit, as between them they have all of the stores that sell most of the things you will ever need to buy.
This place comprises a collection of the finest names selling their latest catwalk collections, and trendy upcoming brands plus it also houses the designer collective boutique, Club 21’s 1st ever and flagship store.
This relatively older centre and has quite the random selection of stores – seeming prominently high end on the face of it, the stores inside fails to follow this theme. It is usually less crowded than it’s competitors on Orchard road so is great for popping in to if there’s a branch of a specific shop you want to visit located there.
For international recognised high street brands such as Topshop, Zara and H&M, Ion wins hands down, it also houses a few smaller high street stores and brands that has received a lot of attention recently, such as Kate Spade and Bershka. Th downside to this is it is without a doubt always busy and I try to avoid this place as best as I can.
I’m looking forward to the opening of this new SC next year as it looks as though it will offer an interesting shopping experience with an already impressive list of shops, plus its won a handful of green awards – everyone likes a green initiative!