The Ultimate Singapore Shopping Guide

From luxurious super-malls to ultra-hip neighbourhood boutiques, here’s everything you need to know about Singapore’s exciting shopping scene from the experts at Sheerluxe, your one stop for style…

A Bucket-List Destination

A Bucket-List Destination

Singapore, the small city-state at the southernmost tip of peninsular Malaysia has transformed in recent years, shedding its old reputation as a sterile stopover to become a bucket-list destination in its own right. Asia’s ‘little red dot’ has an eclectic foodie scene, diverse cultural influences (almost 40% of Singaporean residents are foreign nationals) and hotels opulent enough to rival Dubai, but it’s the shopping options that really put this island country on our radar..

Orchard Road

Orchard Road

Probably the most famous retail destination in all of Southeast Asia, Orchard Road is a gleaming 2.2km strip of grandiose shopping malls. You’ll likely need an entire day to peruse this concentrated cluster of consumer temples (imposing ION Orchard alone spans eight retail floors and 333 stores) so it wouldn’t hurt to take a strategic approach and create a shopping hit-list.

When it comes to luxury, ION and Paragon have you covered. Their store listings read like a Vogue directory, boasting fashion and beauty from big-name brands including Burberry, Prada and Valentino. Looking for something you won’t be able to buy back home? TANGS (which looks like an ornate Chinese palace) is a shopping institution full of local labels, while Keepers bills itself as ‘a collaborative showcase of Singaporean designers and artisans’ where you can buy everything from fashion to homewares while watching makers in action at two on-site studios. Small wonder then that for many shopaholics seeking the ideal stop over to Australia, Singapore is their obvious choice.

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

At this Vegas-style integrated resort, no expense has been spared in the name of luxury (just check out the promotional video starring David Beckham, smouldering in front of rooftop infinity pools and night-time skyscraper views). Besides a museum, two large theatres, seven ‘celebrity chef’ restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, a skating rink, a sky park, and the world’s largest atrium casino (phew!), Marina Bay Sands also has a pretty incredible shopping mall. Naturally, it’s almost exclusively high-end (think 3.1 Philip Lim, Proenza Schouler and Tom Ford), with the exception of a handful of affordable options, like Club Monaco, Sandro and universally-beloved Zara.

Ann Siang Hill

Ann Siang Hill

On the fringes of teeming Chinatown you’ll find Ann Siang Hill — a quaint neighbourhood of restored shophouses which now contain a variety of hip cocktail bars and boutiques behind their elegantly-shuttered windows. Pick up homeware, stationery and global fashions at idiosyncratic treasure-trove Egg3; Bespoke men’s’ tailoring, accessories and footwear at Finespun Clothiers or Son of a Gan and aromatic skincare products at stripped-back Australian beauty brand Aesop.

Haji Lane

Haji Lane

Blink and you might miss tiny Haji Lane. Tucked away in the Arab Quarter, this small enclave of independent stores provides welcome respite from the intensity of Orchard Road’s mega-malls.

Shop Wonderland was born from a wedding and event styling business and it’s evident in the Pinterest-worthy botanical stylings of this flagship space. On the ground level you’ll find a skilfully-curated lifestyle store, plus a small studio which plays host to calligraphy, watercolour painting and flower arranging classes and when you’re done perusing the shops, pop downstairs to The Pantry to refuel with quiche, coffee and cake.

Similarly, Mondays Off began as a collection of prints emblazoned with inspirational quotes before evolving into a store. Stop by for art, books, stationery and other homewares with a contemporary Scandinavian feel. It’s the perfect place to pick up a gift or two before the long flight home.

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