Part 2: Top 10 Places to Shop in Singapore

Ann Siang photo source: William Cho - Butterboom
By Butterboom Writers  /  June 25, 2010

The guide to shopping in Singapore continues. Following Part 1 of our Top 10 Places to Shop in Singapore story yesterday, here’s the complete list that makes for a fun-filled shopping trip. Besides the well thought out shopping districts and air-conditioned malls, Singapore offers up interesting multicultural and chaotic local shopping experiences you won’t want to miss! Check out 6 to 10 below:

6. Ann Siang Road

Singapore’s Soho area. Ann Siang Hill, located next to Singapore’s financial district, is filled with old style Straits shop houses that have been remodeled on the inside into chic little fashion boutiques, bookstores, cafes and lots of cool concept stores. Shops to visit include Asylum – a studio/gallery/retail store – Fred Perry Laurel, Books Actually, Front Row for Singaporean designers, The Patissier, and Screening Room – a rooftop cinema and bar.

7. Parco Marina Bay

The newly opened Parco Marina Bay just got a S$10 million dollar make-over. This i85,000 square feet complex is located in Millennia Walk and offers lots of quirky retail and eating spots, many of them new to Singapore.

Where? 9 Raffles Boulevard HK03-02 Millenia Walk. Parco Marina Bay is near Promenade MRT station exit A.

Sungei Road, Top 10 Places to Shop in Singapore - Butterboom

8. Sungei Road Thieve’s Market

Located along the banks of the Rochor River on Sungei Road is the infamous Thieves’ Market. It is the oldest flea market starting back in the 1930s as a meeting point for criminals to hock their stolen wares. Today, it’s a gathering ground for vendors selling bric-a-brac like old electronic goods, clothing, accesories, toys, decorative objects and basically old stuff.

Where? Along Jalan Besar Road, between Kelantan Road and Weld Road. Open daily from 11 am to 7pm

China Town - Top 10 Places to Shop in Singapore - ButterboomPhoto source:

9. Chinatown

This place is packed with traditional Chinese medicine shops and night-time hawkers. We recommend eating here rather than shopping as there are lots of great hawker style food here. Places to visit – Backstage Bar for a nice cocktail amongst boys who love other boys. Chinatown Food Center is also Singapore’s largest and oldest food center and is great for claypot rice, Tiong Shian porridge and double boiled soups. The fried kuey thiow is a must.

Where? Get off at the Outram MRT station at the Tat Hong Road exit.

Little India - Top 10 Places to Shop in Singapore - ButterboomPhoto source: Sengkang

10. Little India

Messy, loud and chaotic. Lots of art galleries, dirty restaurants and vegetable stalls. Check it out to experience the multicultural heritage of Singapore.

Where? Take the northeast MRT line to little India Station and exit at Racecourse Road.

Cnngo has a more extensive guide to Chinatown and Little India if you are planning on checking these places out.


Leave a Reply