Being a fusion of east and west, Singapore offers endless shopping opportunities, and there is an impressive mix of both tradition and modernity, noticeable in the shopping as well as everywhere else. In the city center and surrounding areas, there is a huge variety of markets and malls, making it possible to discover both foreign luxury fashion and pieces of local culture. Undoubtedly, in Singapore, you can find anything and everything.
Being one of Singapore’s most elaborate malls, ION Orchard is, indeed, huge. The eight-story shopping center is located toward the end of Orchard Road, just a couple of steps from Ngee Ann City. Located partially underground, the center is filled with stores ranging from high status to basic brands. At ground level and above, you’ll find well-polished floors and a luxuriously decorated environment matching the couture brands located there. Further down, find a large variety of noticeable stores, such as the Japanese dollar store, stocking everything you might need.
If you’re looking for pure luxury without having to walk around outside in the heat between boutiques, then Marina Bay Sands is the place to go. The newly built complex opened in 2011 and features a large variety of fashionable brand stores in its mall section. There is also a casino, a costly sky park, along with the expensive resort hotel. Stop by if you want classic luxury and glamour — better-polished floors and shinier windows have never been seen.
So Gelam Market in Singapore is a pop-up market not to be missed – if you are in Singapore at the right time. The vibrant market held on the last weekend of each month is a quintessential Singaporean flea market, filled with food and drink stalls, as well as those selling knick-knacks like homemade beauty products, candles and art prints. In true Singaporean kampong spirit, try out some traditional kampong games like five stones and spinning tops; or buy some yummy snacks and lounge around on a mat on the central lawn for a picnic. This is the best way to immerse yourself in the laissez-faire atmosphere of Kampong Glam.
As the name suggests, this market located in the Peranakan neighbourhood of Katong offers all things vintage. Whether it’s watches, vintage jewellery, haute couture, vinyl records, curios, art or anything else you can think of that is bohemian with a tinge of nostalgia, you can find it here. The Katong area is also a culinary institution where you can get some of the best local food like katong laksa or old school kaya toast – the perfect round-up to your vintage shopping day.