Shopping: Singapore’s National Sport

Singapore's Orchard Road

Shopping is a national sport in Singapore – there is an enormous range to choose
from, both locals and visitors pack the streets daily to browse an unimaginably wide variety of goods and services to meet every need and desire.

The artery of Singapore’s shopping life is Orchard Road where most of the largest department stores and specialty shops are clustered. Besides Orchard Road, there are also many shopping centres and markets scattered around the city and suburbs.

Anyone who is after a bargain, for example in home electronics, is smart enough to check on prices at home before leaving, just to have something with which to make a comparison. Not everything is cheap but watches, clothes, cloth, gold, and spices and jade at a good price.

We have listed some great areas for shopping in Singapore.

Orchard Road

Orchard Road is the main shopping street in Singapore. There are department stores and shopping centres with choices to suit everyone, both young and old. You can easily spend a few days to walk up and down Orchard Road, soaking in the sights and sounds of a buzzing metropolis.

Nearest MRT stations: Orchard, Somerset, or Dhoby Ghaut


Chinatown is just below the financial district’s skyscrapers – colourful, bustling and with the typical fragrances of the Chinese district (spices, herbs, medicines, fruits). In Tanjong Pagar there are traditional tea shops. Here are also masks and other works of art. In the narrow
Smith Street, Trengganu Street, Temple Street and Pagoda Street it is easy to find all kinds of bargains. Don’t forget Sago Street with its porcelain shops. The Peoples Park Complex shopping centre is a must, not least for the local street life. And don’t miss OG Peoples Park, which has suddenly become hip with its fashion boutiques, jewellery and cosmetics.

Nearest MRT station: Chinatown

Kampong Glam & Arab Street

Kampong Glam and Arab Street are the main Middle Eastern / Muslim districts and there are lots of small, bazaar-type shops selling fabric, baskets and mats. Muslim religious and ethnic origin (prayer mats and headdresses for example) artefacts can also be found.

However, fabric is still the number one reason for visitors to Arab Street - silk and cotton in all their forms. Here is also batik imported from other parts of Asia.

Nearest MRT station: Lavender (plus an additional 5 minute taxi ride or 15 minute walk)

Little India

Serangoon Road and the adjacent streets is the centre for Singapore’s Indian community - hence called Little India. Little India offers wonderful fragrances and impressions of Incredible India. Go shopping for silver and silk, all while the fragrance of incense spreads over the streets like the heavy scent of spices.

Nearest MRT station: Little India

Riverside and Clarke Quay

At Clarke Quay, there are a number of newly renovated harbour warehouses, accommodating 150 shops. They sell antiques, clothes, souvenirs and other odds and ends. Here is also a flea market on Sundays.

Immediately adjacent is Liang Court where there are a number of Japanese designer shops. Riverside Point is an exclusive shopping centre in the area.

Nearest MRT station: Clarke Quay

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