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!
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.
Chinatown is the best neighbourhood for the budget traveller, with everything from cheap food to accommodation to souvenirs. Head to Pagoda Street, where you’ll find a mix of cliche Singapore kitsch — think t-shirts with the slogan “Singapore is a FINE city” with a list of things you can be fined for, or Merlions in every conceivable iteration. If you need to buy souvenirs in bulk, look out for the store ‘3 for $10’.
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!)
Haji Lane is the place to head for more subtle souvenirs. The narrow alley of shophouses is home to many local designers. Here you’ll find all kinds of jewellery, clothing and accessories that may not have “Singapore” printed on them, but they were actually made here.
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.
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.