The Best Places to Buy Souvenirs in Singapore

Chinatown, Singapore
Chinatown, Singapore | © Kaizuri Yazid/Flickr
Prianka Ghosh

With a booming tourist industry, there is no shortage of ways to commemorate your trip to Singapore. Here we’ve rounded up a list of places to find souvenirs scattered across the city, at various price points. One is even open 24 hours!

1. Bugis Street Market

Market

An extension of the Bugis Street made famous by Leonard Cohen, here you’ll find the Bugis Street Market. With hundreds of tightly packed stalls, this market feels a bit like Bangkok’s Chatuchak market. Here you’ll find a great selection of cheap souvenirs including Singapore printed tote bags, T-shirts, purses, sunglasses and more. What many people don’t realise is that there are multiple floors, so head upstairs to get the full experience.

2. Mustafa Centre

Shop, Shopping Mall

Mustafa Centre Shopping Mall in Little India, Singapore.
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Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the size of several city blocks, the rumour is that you can buy literally anything at the Mustafa Centre in Little India. They have a large collection of Singapore souvenirs; some of our favourites are the small wooden tea boxes with Singapore icons and durian chocolates (if you don’t actually like the person you’re buying the souvenirs for!)

3. Lucky Plaza

Store, Shop, Shopping Mall

Lucky Plaza on Orchard Road
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Conveniently located along Orchard Road, Singapore’s busiest shopping district, visitors who are ready to haggle should head to Lucky Plaza. The mall is one of the oldest in Singapore and has hundreds of small shops packed into its corridors. Be on the lookout for camera and phone accessories, magnets, scarves and more.

4. Joo Chiat Complex

Shopping Mall

Traditional Malay clothing at the Joo Chiat Complex
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For visitors staying on Singapore’s east coast, head to the giant Joo Chiat Complex to find authentic Malay stores. The souvenirs here are much more unique than those sold in Chinatown or Little India. Travellers who love to embrace the fashions of the places they visit should look out for traditional Malay clothing. Some of the shops in the mall also carry Peranakan souvenirs, including traditional pottery and jewellery.

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