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Expat's guide to shopping in Singapore

Updated 23 Oct 2018

From huge modern malls to atmospheric side-street markets, Singapore is a shopper’s paradise, with all sorts of retail experiences to choose from.

Most of the Western stores in Singapore have prices that may be well above what one would find in the US or the UK. But that doesn’t mean good deals are hard to come by, and the biggest opportunity to save comes annually in the Great Singapore Sale from May to July.

Shopping districts in Singapore

Some of the most popular retail areas in Singapore are:

Orchard Road

This shopping boulevard boasts more than 20 shopping centres and is the retail and entertainment hub of Singapore, not to mention a major tourist attraction. Expats heading to this easily accessible area of the city will be able to spend their hard-earned cash on everything from luxury treats from boutique stores like Louis Vuitton and Prada to basic items at large department stores. There are also plenty of dining options, as well as a selection of cinemas and nightclubs.

Haji Lane

Tucked in the heart of the Muslim quarter and originally a sanctuary for Malay immigrants, this lovely little shopping street is a fashionista's paradise. The small alley is lined with independent designer stores and cafes that have thrilled international celebs and local shoppers alike. Super trendy and a little bohemian, Haji Lane is known as the meeting place for the city’s anti-mall crowd.


Singapore’s Chinatown is packed with souvenir shacks, temples, traditional Chinese medicine shops and interesting hawkers. Called Chinatown by the British, the name has stuck and most locals refer to it as such, even though its Chinese name is Niu Che Shui.

Shopping malls in Singapore

The city-state of Singapore has a bountiful selection of high-end shopping malls and the range of stores on offer is vast.

Here are a few more of the best shopping malls in Singapore:


Set on the Harbour Front, this is Singapore's largest shopping centre. It's also home to the city-state's largest cinema and biggest toy store, as well as an amphitheatre, wade pool and several food courts.

Mustafa Centre

Mustafa Centre is a 24-hour shopping mall on Syed Alwi Road in Little India. With a wide variety of products and services at affordable prices, shoppers on a budget are sure to find some great deals at the centre.

Paragon Centre

Paragon is an upmarket shopping centre on Orchard Road. This 20-storey mall is a shopper's paradise, boasting over 200 shops on six floors.

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