The best malls not on Orchard Road
Get off the strip.
What we say:
Maybe Singapore is a nation of shopaholics – or maybe Singaporeans and visitors here just love free air-conditioning – but the city-state has more than its fair share of shopping malls. Most can be found along Orchard Road, but there are mega-malls in every area of Singapore. Here are our top picks for malls not on Orchard Road.
VivoCity: This massive mall is the gateway to Sentosa Island as well as a great place to shop. Anchor tenants include
the National Geographic Store, Marks & Spencer, Forever 21, home-grown department store Tangs plus Japanese bargain store Daiso where everything costs S$2. If you work up an appetite, Vivocity has two food courts, dozens of fast food chains and even a waterfront dining area. For entertainment it’s got a 15-screen cinema and a pedestrian bridge linking it to the St James Power Station nightclub complex.
Update: NatGeo store has moved elsewhere the Straits Times reports.
Nearest MRT station: Harbourfront
Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands: Even if you can only afford to window shop, it’s worth visiting this mall that’s so posh it has a Louis Vuitton island (seriously!). Don’t worry about feeling out of place — the location linked to the Marina Bay Sands hotel and casino means there are tons of tour groups. In addition to the branded boutiques, the Shoppes is home to celebrity chef restaurants, an artificial skating rink and public art installations.
Nearest MRT: Bayfront
112 Katong: In spite of its cheesy name (you’re supposed to pronounce it “I Want 2 Katong”), this new mall in Eastern Singapore is lots of fun. Highlights include affordable fashion, a Sanrio store packed to the rafters with Hello Kitty merchandise, the world’s only Peranakan-themed movie theatre and a rooftop water playground for kids. There’s also some great dining options like Trung Nguyen Vietnamese coffee and Chinese dumpling masters Din Tai Fung.
Nearest MRT: Paya Lebar (then a free shuttle bus to the mall)
Bugis Junction: Located above the MRT station of the same name, this central shopping mall is where you’ll find every teenager in Singapore hanging out. Catering to their customers, the stores tend to be trendy-but-affordable with brands like Topshop, Fox and Charles & Keith plus a branch of Japanese bookstore Kinokuniya which also sells DVDs, music and manga. Unique to this mall is the indoor street market with kiosks selling hand-made jewelry and accessories for your iPhone. It’s also one of the best malls for entertainment with a massive arcade in the basement and a movie theatre.
Nearest MRT: Bugis
Funan Digital Mall: If you’re in the market for electronics, we highly recommend shopping at this mall over sketchy Sim Lim Square. There are five floors of reputable electronics stores like Harvey Norman, Challenger and Courts with very competitive prices. Though it’s known for IT, in Funan Mall you’ll also find sporting goods stores, stationery stores and Singapore’s only Japanese-style maid cafe.
Nearest MRT: City Hall