December 18, 2016
With the very first step you take in the city-state, you can feel an invisible yet throbbing sense of fashion surround you. Cast your eyes and you will see a variety of styles, colours, cuts, and prints flow around you. Right from the cool brands to hipster names to quirky statements: Singapore lives and breathes its fashion. The good news is that you too can be a part of this varied, vibrant fashion culture with the complete shopping experience that the island-nation provides.
Shopping is a way of life in Singapore. People here like to go to the malls and markets to check out bargains and new deals as much as they like to go to the park. You are presented with a range of options that encapsulates different tastes and different budgets. There are exclusive high-fashion stores, quality brands, and budgets and bargains—all spread under length and breadth of the city-state. However, do not expect to find the prevalent counterfeit branded goods you see in other Southeast Asian countries.
It only takes the mention of Orchard Road to conjure images of plush, luxurious brands. This stretch of Singapore’s fashion and shopping nerve is like paradise for the shopaholics and fashionistas. You can take your pick from Gucci, Armani, Louis Vuitton, and other high-street brands. All you need to do is step into ION Orchard or Paragon, two of the most elite shopping experiences, and you can spend hours just drifting from one glorious window to another.
Another must-visit destination for premium fashion is The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Home to brands such as Tom Ford, Miu Miu, and Burberry, you can also indulge in some sparkling jewellery from Cartier and the iconic Tiffany & Co.
A Mix of Quality And Budget
For those looking at quality and affordability, the Mustafa Centre offers a one-stop shop where you can find fashion, accessories, jewellery, gadgets, and anything else you can think of. The best part is that the shopping mall is open 24/7. Feel free to waltz in the wee hours of the morning, or late at night.
Bugis offers an excellent option as well for affordable shopping. You can browse through brands such as Charles & Keith for shoes and bags, Challenger for electronics or BHG department store for various lifestyle products at Bugis Junction. Just opposite Bugis Junction lies the popular Bugis shopping street that offers budget fashion for all types of fashionistas. The is also a string of snack stalls that offer a cheap and quick bite for the marathon shoppers.
If you are searching for the best bargains and a true-blue budget experience, then head to the Haji Lane in Arab Street. Not only will you find quixotic fashion items, but you can also indulge in the locality’s rich cultural atmosphere. Now that’s what we call a win-win.
The Great Singapore Sale
There is, perhaps, no better excuse to shop until you drop than the Great Singapore Sale, popularly known as GSS. Shoppers from all over the world converge to get their favourite brands for a steal, almost literally. With prices cut up to 70%, you can indulge without burning a hole in your pocket. The GSS occurs between June to August each year.
Why Shop @ Singapore
Apart from being spoilt for choice, you also get a special tourist refund. Known as the GST (or VAT) Refund, you are eligible to get back the 7% tax levied on products if you shop for $100 or more on the same brand in a day. The GST Refunds can be claimed upon departure at the airport or cruise terminal. For more details please go to this website.