Shopping for Singaporeans would have to be considered a national sport. They have become the number one spot for social gatherings, foodies, and shopaholics to explore and consume. As such, shopping malls have become a big deal in Singapore. Every couple of years, a new enticing design will sprout from the ground, and Singaporeans rush to its gate. The over-the-top architecture and each mall’s individual attraction are what makes Singapore’s malls unique.
For those visiting the island city – aside from visiting the many cultural and futuristic sites eating and shopping is amongst the favorite things to do. After years of shopping across Singapore, I have comprised a list of some of the most unique and excentric malls worth a visit.
If you came to Singapore to experience a ‘futuristic-like’ city and an assortment of modern technology, then visiting the Funan mall is for you. Located just a stone-throw away from the National Gallery Singapore, the newly renovated Funan mall is a technologic dome complete with shops, food, and a bike lane running through the mall!
The mall uses tech to redefine the shoppers’ experience. For example, the interactive wayfinders use facial-recognition to help recommend and discover items for you and where to find them. There is a rooftop garden packed with fresh herbs and plants where you can relax and take in a beautiful view of the city after a long day of shopping. There’s even a BBQ-pit at the top! The over-the-top mall is guaranteed to entertain you.
Jewel Changi Airport
This mall is a pure shopping paradise, and there is a question as to why. Singapore’s newest architecture phenomenon is this extraordinary dome of glass and steel, which cascades the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. As many tourists swarm to take photos at the now-famous spot, Jewel Changi Airport is also a prime place for high-end retail therapy. It promotes local brands and quirky gift shops alongside the rails of designer stores. As it’s located at the airport, its a create place for tourists to get last-minute souvenirs and presents for loved ones back home before heading off on another journey. It’s a spectacular place to explore, and a trip to Singapore would now be incomplete without a picture by this beautiful gigantic waterfall.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
For those who are looking for somewhere with all the glitz and glamour of a Beverley hill styled shopping experience, there is no better place to go than The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Without a doubt, the superstardom mall offers a whole different experience to dining and shopping. Incorporated with the Marina Bay Sands franchise, it offers a variety of high-end, luxury brands from Fendi, Tom Forn to Louis Vuitton. As well it offers a range of celebrity restaurants where you can dine-in before catching a top Broadway or West-end show at their Theatre. For the celebrity experience, this is the perfect mall to visit.
My all-time favorite and, in my opinion, a true Singapore classic. Vivo-city is located at HarbourFront and connects the city to Sentosa Island via the Skytrain. I remember only being a small child when its doors first opened to Singapore’s buzzing citizens. It was a pretty big deal, and I remember really being struck by its varsity – it has a ridiculous amount of shops!
Not only is it the perfect destination for shopaholics but also avid foodies. There are several different restaurants and bars from local favorite Sushi Tei to British pub The Queen and Mangosteen. There is also a native hawker center located by the MRT station if you want to stick to cheap traditional food from the heart of Singaporean culture. The design is a little bit like a maze, and you might find yourself walking in circles around the mall.
Ngee Ann City
Another timely classic. Ngee Ann City, also known as Takashimaya, is located on the famous Orchard Road shopping strip. The mall has several floors, all with a variety of fashion stores, including Hugo Boss, Zara, and Armani. Besides the designer brands, there are also beauty salons and bookstores, which are perfect additions for some retail therapy. It is also known for its wide assortments of food options from Italian gelaterias to fusion Balinese and Thai cuisine.
*SCAPE is an underground mecca for bespoke stores and unique shopping. It was designed back in 2010 as a vibrant and charismatic place for young people to explore their dreams and hang-out with their friends. The individual boutiques and stores allow you to explore and challenge your style. It boasts facilities like dance and recording studios as well as a skate park nearby. Over the past years, it has become quieter and doesn’t attract as many customers as its cousins do on Orchard Road; however, it’s still a funky underground mall worth a visit.
Another haven for millennials is Bugis+. Situated in the cultural district near Bugis Junction and Bugis Street, it’s a hotspot for teens and trendy fashionistas. Again with this mall, you are spoilt for choice. There are numerous shops and restaurants to explore. A specialty of this mall is its entertainment options with dog cafes, karaoke, arcades, and even indoor prawning space. Its location is also what makes it notable as you can continue your day exploring the stunning streets of the distinct rich in culture and art.