Shopping is one of the favorite past times in Singapore. True enough, you can find big and small shopping malls in Singapore. Sales, expos, and IT shows are held every year and the most notable ones include the great Singapore Sale which usually happens in May until July and the quarterly IT expos. Tourists can enjoy tax-free shopping with the government’s Tourist Refund Scheme. You can get a refund for your Goods and Services Tax (GST) when you depart at the airport or at the cruise centers in Vivo City and Marina Bay for those departing Singapore via cruise ships.
Paragon is an upscale shopping mall located along Orchard Road. The mall houses designer brands such as Gucci, Escada, and Alfred Dunhill. You can also find a Marks and Spencer in the mall. If you own a Fitness First gym membership, there’s a gym located on the 8th floor.
Suntec City is one of the largest shopping malls in Singapore. It is located at the Marina Center and is divided into 4 zones – the Galleria, Tropics, Fountain Terrace, and the Entertainment Center. It houses 360 retail and dining outlets. One of the world’s largest fountains, the Fountain of Wealth is located in the center of Suntec City. IT Shows, conventions, and expos are held in the convention centers. The mall’s largest tenants include Giant Hypermarket, Cold Storage, Harvey Norman, and EW Cinema.
Vivo City is the largest shopping mall in Singapore with over 100,000 square meters of retail space. It is located along the Ayer Rajah Expressway and is accessible by bus, train, or car. Vivo City has a station for the tram going to Sentosa Island where visitors can use their EZ link cards or purchase tickets at the ticketing center on the 4th floor. It features a boardwalk and wide open spaces facing the sea and Sentosa Island. It also has a big rooftop deck where children can run around and play and where events are hosted from time to time. Vivo city is a few meters away from where cruise ships dock and it is also where you can take the ferry going to Batam, Indonesia and the coach to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Funan Centre is the go-to place for computers, gadgets, and phones. The building has 6 floors of mostly computer and phone accessories. Because of the stiff competition, products are sold for cheap and prices are usually negotiable.
Mustafa is a 24-hour mall located in Serangoon. It has everything you need from grocery items, jewelry, clothing, electronics, textiles, currency exchange and travel bookings. Because it is located in the Little India area, it is a perfect place to experience Indian culture in Singapore. You will rarely find Mustafa without a bustling crowd. It is always so packed with tourists and locals that you might need to squeeze yourself in. The prices are reasonably low compared to other malls in the city and many tourists come to Mustafa for the designer perfumes, chocolates, and souvenir items that are significantly cheaper compared to malls in Orchard Road.
ION is an upscale mall located along Orchard Rd. It houses a number of flagship stores of many luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Giorgio Armani, Cartier, and Dior. It also houses a lot of fine dining restaurants. Visitors who spend at least $5000 will get a free limousine service going to the airport when they depart Singapore!