Hey everyone! In today's blog post I am going to be talking about the places that you should shop at while you are in Singapore.
I moved here 6 months ago from the US and I learned a thing or two about shopping here. Keep reading to find out where my most favorite places are to go!
Fashion and Women's Apparel:
- Orchard Road for a lot of high end and low end fashion such as Forever 21, Sephora, H&M, TEMT, Robinsons, Mango, Zara, Cotton On, etc. There are a lot of Rolex shops, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Tiffany & Co., etc. But this street has many different malls to shop from for anyone with any kind of budget.
- Bugis Street Flea Markets for cheap and cute boutique clothes. I go here the most often because you can find a lot of cute and local fashion made by local designers for really cheap. The only downsides to it is that they don't let you try on the clothes first, they try to scam you into paying more, it's really hard to find, and it's a nightmare to walk through especially on the weekends. Use good bargaining skills here to score yourself a good deal. I never pay what is on the price tag. I usually pay a few dollars less or sometimes even half the price if you're lucky. To find these shops, go to the 2nd and 3rd floor of the building with all of the souvenir stands. It is underneath a sign that says "Bugis Street" which can be seen by the main road. I have filmed a haul from the time that I went shopping there. Go check it out HERE.
- IMM is Singapore's only Outlet mall but it has a large variety of stores. It is nothing like the outlet malls in America but it's still pretty good with a lot of good brands such as Nike, Hush Puppies, etc. It's quite far from the city but you can easily get there via MRT to Jurong East.
- Zalora.com is where a lot of expats and local get their clothes online. I personally haven't shopped from there but everyone I know here has and I still need to give it a try. Apparently they have a lot of good sales.
- Asos.com ships to Singapore FOR FREE! They also do free returns and exchanges because sometimes the item we bought is not always the one we want.
- Modcloth.com is for the girly and vintage lovers like me that appreciates cat puns and dressing up like the characters from Mad Men. They also have FREE shipping if you spend a certain amount. Watch my haul HERE.
- Shopbop.com is a great place to go shopping to especially if you love higher end fashion and cute home decor. The shipping is really fast too.
Grocery Shopping and Supermarkets:
- Cold Storage is really expensive for everyday stuff such as bread, fruits, veggies, etc. But it is a good place to go if you are looking for a special item in particular such as hummus, cheese, a specific brand of something, etc. It has a pretty good variety of American products.
- Mustafa is located in Little India and it is HUGE. It'a a very large department store with really tight isles but it has everything you need there. Did I mention that it is the cheapest place in Singapore to buy anything? Including groceries. I can find a lot of vegan products here and stuff that you cannot find in other supermarkets.
- Marketplace is a high end grocery store that is very very over priced. I live very close to one and I check the sale section all the time. Sometimes I get very high quality and organic things for very cheap that would normally cost a fortune so I recommend just stopping by every once in a while to check out the sales.
- Red Mart is an online grocery delivery service. Most of us don't have cars here so grocery shopping here can be quite the difficult task. If you don't want to go through that then I recommend shopping on Red Mart! They deliver to your home for a reasonable price. This is great for the days that I am too busy or sick. The only downside is that they have a very limited stock and you usually have to plan a few days in advance.
- Sheng Siong is a Chinese Supermarket that mostly sells Chinese things but you can find a lot of fruits, veggies, dairy, and meat for a lot cheaper than the other supermarkets. The one that I went to is open for 24 hours too.
- Wet Markets for fresh produce and flowers. Look up where you local wet markets are and bring some cash. These are just small little produce stands on the side of the road but the cheapest place to get fruit, veggies, and flowers in Singapore!
- Fair Price is also a Chinese supermarket but it has a lot of western things as well all for a really good price.
- Fair Price Finest is a higher end supermarket with a lot of specialty items for the vegan, diabetic, and gluten free. You can usually find fancier stuff here but it is not that cheap.
- Giant is basically a Walmart for Singapore. You can get clothes here, cleaning supplies, furniture, groceries, bikes, camping gear, and basically anything that a Walmart would have. I was quite disappointed with this store because it is not as nice as Walmart and it makes me really miss Target. I wish Singapore had something equivalent to Target here.
- Robinsons is a very overpriced department store. Only come here if you are looking for something specifically. I personally never bought anything from there because their bathroom scales are about $200. A very overpriced store.
- Daiso is actually a $2 dollar shop but it is where I get a lot of things for the home such as cooking utensils and home decor. I love this place the most.
- Marks & Spencer is a department store from the UK and it reminds me a lot of Macy's or JC Penney. I really like going here when they have sales!
- John Little is another department store with cute clothes and everything that you need. It is equivalent to a Khols in the US.
- Before you purchase anything anywhere, check out carousell.com because a lot of people sell their lightly used furniture for so cheap on there. It is kind of like a craigslist but for Singapore.
- IKEA is probably the cheapest and most trustworthy place to get furniture. I basically got everything from there. Singapore only has 2 locations for IKEA so get ready to stand in long queues.
- Check out JEM which is a mall nearby IMM. They have a lot of nice furniture there for pretty inexpensive compared to other parts of Singapore
- Join Facebook groups relating to Singapore furniture selling because a lot of people go on there just to give away furniture for free because they are moving very soon and need to get rid of it.
I hope this helped anyone who is moving to Singapore in the future or to expats that already live here. Thanks for reading and have a great time shopping here!