Singapore is well-known for being a melting pot of different cultures, all living together harmoniously together. There are many things that bind us all together, and one thing every single one of us loves is shopping. In fact, Singapore is one of the best places for some good old retail therapy, with shopping malls all over the island. There’s no other country in Asia with a greater number of malls per capita, and Singapore attracts people from all over the world to come and shop till they drop.
With so many places and malls to shop at, it can be a bit daunting and disconcerting for unfamiliar visitors who do not know where to go for whatever they want to buy. In this short article, we’ll show off some of Singapore’s best shopping malls — from the high-end malls that appeal to lovers of luxury, to the mid-range malls for people who love bargains.
The Shoppes At Marina Bay Sands
You’ve probably seen plenty of photos of Marina Bay Sands on the web, and for good reason. This towering structure is one of the most unique sights you’ll see in Singapore, with three tall buildings and a superstructure built on top of it. At the foot of these towers is The Shoppes At Marina Bay, a haven for people seeking some opulence in their lives.
Near the heart of the city, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands are accessible through the Bayfront MRT station, and the shops here are not for the price-conscious folks. This is strictly a high-end shopping complex, where many international luxury brands set up their shops. You’ll see brands like Armani, Balenciaga, Chanel, Versace, Prada, and Louis Vuitton here, so this mall is not for the faint of heart. It’s not just the retail shopping — the culinary options here are also spectacular. Internationally-renowned chefs like Wolfgang Puck and Gordon Ramsay have opened restaurants — CUT by Wolfgang Puck, and Bread Street Kitchen — here where people can feast on their wondrous meals and dining experiences.
Grand Entertainment And Architecture
Even if the shopping is too pricey for your taste, you can still enjoy yourself here at The Shoppes. The Marina Bay area has become a huge tourist hot spot in recent years, and that’s because of its close proximity to some of Singapore’s largest entertainment venues. One of Singapore’s two casinos can be found here, and many tourists come over to try their luck and get a jackpot. If you’re more about arts and culture, the ArtScience Museum is right next door, where visitors can marvel at the interactive displays and observe the many contemporary exhibits around. There’s even fun for the whole family, with an indoor ice skating rink right in the mall itself. Want to get a breath-taking view of Singapore? Head up to the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark and take in the urban landscape around you, and brings your cameras to enjoy the sunset views over the sea.
The Royal Treatment
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands makes everyone feel like royalty. There are personalized shopping experiences available, where shopping experts will help you to pick and choose what to wear or buy as gifts for your loved ones. Valet parking services are also available, so you can spend more time shopping and less time looking for a parking lot.
Orchard Road is Singapore’s designated shopping street, with many malls for people to visit. The most prominent one would be ION Orchard, right in the heart of Orchard Road and conveniently located right next to Orchard MRT.
With four floors above and four floors below ground, ION Orchard offers a wide range of retailers and stores. The upper floors are dedicated to many high-end luxury fashion boutiques, so you’ll find brands like Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, and Gucci here. Interestingly enough, the price point of stores decreases every level down. The lower floors are where shoppers can find more affordable brands like Uniqlo, Zara, and H&M.
ION is a tourist hot spot, and the mall helps and caters to them through the implementation of concierge desks on almost every corner. If you need help with anything, approach a concierge desk — you’ll find information on what stores you can find there, the latest discounts and offers, and even get help to make a reservation at a restaurant, or getting a taxi to head elsewhere. If you’re a big spender, you’ll get an exclusive limousine ride as a complimentary airport transfer, but you’ll have to spend a minimum of S$5,000 first.
When you’re all shopped out and need to catch a breather, head on up to the ION SKY Lounge. 56 floors above Orchard Road, you’ll have a bird’s eye view of the entire city below you, with 360-degree views all around. If you’re feeling peckish and in need of good food, the Salt Bar & Grill promises a unique and memorable dining experience up there too.