Shopping in Singapore
Singapore has some of the best shopping anywhere. Not only does it boast a huge amount of high-class malls and bustling markets, the prices are also attractive owing to low taxes and a competitive market. Singapore shopping offers huge value for money, quality and excellent services. Be it European high fashion or Asian designer products, traditional crafts or the latest, high-tech electrical and electronic goods, Singapore has it all. The best thing about shopping in Singapore is that it is a duty-free port offering all goods at prices lower than those existing in their original country of production. Many shops are open seven days a week and for at least 11 hours a day.
Consumer electronics are the best deal in Singapore, and there are dedicated shopping malls for cameras and computers. Fabrics are also well priced and there is a great range of duty free items. If you’re in town in July, be sure to check out the Grand Singapore Sale
When to Shop and Where
Orchard Road is the king of shopping in Singapore City. This lengthy tree-lined thoroughfare lies to the west of the city centre and boasts mall after mall of quality shops.
Even those not into shopping can’t help but be impressed. It is nice just to window-shop along Orchard Road, although bargains can often be found.While every range of clothing store is available in Orchard Road, nearby Holland Village is certainly one-up in the designer stakes with its exclusive boutiques. It is also known for its stylish cafés and bars.
Singapore is big in electronics and computers. Little Italy is especially good, with its iconic Sim Lim Square. However, you really need to know what you’re looking for here, as there’s a good chance of getting ripped off. The Funan IT Mall is a better bet in that respect. Peninsula Plaza, near City Hall, is especially good for cameras.
Little India and Arab Street are reliable bets for fabric shopping, with local batiks and imported silks. Unfortunately, there’s not much in the way of genuine local Singapore handicrafts, as most are brought in from Thailand, Malaysia and China. Products are usually of fair quality, though, and you can haggle.
Singapore Bugis is an interesting place where you can spend your whole day shopping, tasting local Singapore food, taking photo and shop for electronic goods. What make Singapore Bugis an interesting place? There are three famous shopping malls, Bugis Junction, Iluma, OG Albert Complex and also the famous electronic paradise Sim Lim Square which is just a stone throw from OG Albert complex. Beside the shopping malls, there is a hawker centre between Bugis Village and OG Alebert complex selling cheap Singapore food.
There is also the Bugis street bazaar to shop for cheap flea market goods. You can also take good picture of the famous Buddhist temple Kwan Im Tong Hood Cho Temple and Sri Krishnan Indian Temple located side by side.
Bugis Junction in Singapore is situated above Bugis MRT Station and features Singapore’s first glass-covered, air-conditioned shopping experience. The surrounding areas of Bugis Junction have a vintage ambience which creates nostalgia.
Great Singapore Sale
Between June and July Singapore is the place for the Great Singapore Sale. The entire retailers industry of Singapore comes together to put up an island-wide sale. This is a celebration of shopping as an art form and everything from clothing, electronic goods, toys and food items are marked down by heavy margins. At the same time other exciting events are also organized and the sale also coincides with the annual Singapore Food Festival. For an interesting shopping experience Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam offer traditional goods, everyday articles and interesting goods.
A 5% GST is levied on goods and services purchased in Singapore. It is advisable to shop at establishments that are part of the GST Tourist Refund Scheme. Participating shops display a ‘Tax Refund’ sticker. If goods of at least S$100 are purchased from the same shop or the same chain of shops then the visitors can apply for a GST refund.
Note - Call the Singapore Tourism Board’s hotline if you think you’ve been ripped-off at a shop.
Tel: +1 800 736 2000