In all honesty; there are a wealth of reasons to travel Singapore. This stunning city-state boasts a variety of museums and artistic hotspots. If you want to get cultured during your time away, Singapore has got what you need. Watching a concert at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is sure to set anyone’s heart racing. Equally, you’ll struggle to leave the ArtScience Museum without having learned something.
But, sometimes, culture isn’t your aim when you go away. Everyone needs downtime, and vacation is the ideal chance to get it. Luckily, Singapore has got you covered here, too. While it may not be the first thing you think when you book a Singaporean vacation, the place is teeming with shopping malls. In fact, there are over 100 malls! They’re everywhere you turn, and they could be the ideal way to experience the country. After all; few things are better than helping you relax than a little retail therapy. With that in mind, let’s look at how can you shop your way around Singapore.
First, get acquainted with the malls. As mentioned above, there are a lot. Often, you’ll find that the shops are much the same in each. In that sense, Singapore is no different to any other country. But, you may as well try as many as possible, right? The differing destinations and appearances are enough to make every option appealing. Here are some to consider.
You’d be quite right in assuming that Orchard Road isn’t a mall. It is, in fact, a 2.2 kilometer stretch of megamalls. How’s that for retail therapy? As well as boasting individual shops, the strip is home to some of Singapore’s most iconic malls. In ION Orchard, you’ll find 330 outlets, over eight floors. In Lucky Plaza, you’ll find over 500 retailers, as well as medical centers and places to eat. Frankly, we could go on. But, you get the idea. There are an awful lot of shops in this area! So much so that would struggle to get it all done in one day. Instead, plan your trip beforehand, and take note of the malls which appeal the most.
There’s no way you can hit Singapore’s shopping malls without visiting its largest – VivoCity in Bukit Merah. Let’s be honest; any mall with ‘city’ in its title is sure to be impressive. And, VivoCity doesn’t disappoint. As well as providing shops galore, this multi-faceted mall offers some striking architecture. Let’s be honest; the majority of malls are pretty unappealing to look at. By comparison, VivoCity, designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito, offers a feast for the eyes. As well as the shops, there’s a rooftop amphitheater, promenade, and even a third-floor wading pool for the kids. Oh, and did we mention there are 15 cinema screens? It’s a city within a city and a must-visit for your Singapore shopping journey. The Shoppes If you’re afraid of missing out on the culture of Singapore, fear not. A visit to The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands has got you covered. The architecture here is a sight to behold, even for the non-shoppers out there. That said, the 800,000 square feet of shops are definitely a plus point. And, the central water feature, with boats and all, is reminiscent of Venice in a way. So, the cultural shoppers among you are sure to enjoy a trip here. Heck, most of the shoppers among you will enjoy a trip here. The designers on offer range from world-renowned to up and coming. As such, there’s sure to be something for everyone!
As you’ve probably guessed, there are a few 24-hour malls available. You know; in case you fancied a late night shopping sesh. Anyone’s who’s popped to the supermarket for a light-night Christmas session will already know about the magic of night-time shopping. Plus, you could argue that seeing Singapore at three in the morning is a sure way to get a good idea of the culture. You can get just about anything you could imagine here, from jewelry to midnight snacks. So, why not give it a go? When in Singapore…
Obviously, Singapore malls offer the standard designer labels. You’re sure to find a few Chanel shops if that’s what you’re after. But, as you’re experiencing another culture, it might also be worth looking out for some of the top Singapore designers while you’re away. As well as often being cheaper than world-wide names, these are a sure way to snapshot your travels. Some of the most notable names for the moment are: Carrie K. An innovative jewelry designer, Carrie K. is known for her unique designs. She takes her inspiration from sources such as Alice in Wonderland. As you can imagine, her pieces are magical, fun and well worth your time. Dzojchen It may be a mouthful, but androgynous clothes brand Dzojchen is taking Singapore by storm. Their pieces are edgy and are sure to make an impact wherever you wear them.
Beyond The Vines If you prefer to stick to the familiar, Beyond The Vines could be the brand for you. While only a year old, this minimalist brand is already doing the big time in Singapore. Jump on that bandwagon so that you can say you were there before all your friends!
Don’t forget your downtime As fun and therapeutic as shopping can be, it’s also exhausting. So, look out for a room for rent in Singapore which allows you to rest your aching bones. Shopping is exhausting work, after all! It’s also worth considering where you opt to stay. As we’ve mentioned, there are shopping malls everywhere. But, some are more worth your time than others. Consider these when picking accommodation. You don’t want to travel miles with all your shopping, after all! Somewhere central would be your best bet. That way, you can fan out in a different direction each day, and pick the mall which seems most highly regarded!