Here are our top five best budget shopping places in Singapore and why you should consider it for your shopping spree:
At first glance, the building doesn’t look like a shopping center because of its unique design. It was designed by top architectural firm Benoy, who is behind one of UK’s top shopping centers Bullring. It reflects a futuristic take on how orchards look like and grow, with pillars looking like tree trunks. The center currently has 300 stores with 6 of them being the flagship stores of 6 of the world’s top luxury brands. It also has a large food hall featuring a wide variety of local and international favorites.
Aside from shopping, you can also check out the other attractions within ION Orchard. One of them is the top deck of the shopping center where you can check out Orchard Road’s skyline and watch a special multimedia show created by award-winning Singaporean singer and songwriter Dick Lee. ION Orchard also has an art gallery within the premises and it features both international and local artwork in various mediums.
For tourists, ION Orchard offers several perks which they can avail during their visit. Some of the perks include a global tax refund for purchases, limousine airport transfer, complimentary WiFi and card promotions. The mall also has a branch of the Singapore Visitor Center, self-service lockers and taxi and restaurant reservations.
If you want to visit ION Orchard, you can access it by train, bus, car or taxi travelling to Orchard Road. It is open daily from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm.
VivoCity was designed by top Japanese architect Toyo Ito, who is well-known for combining nature, open spaces and the country’s climate in its design. In the case of VivoCity, it would remind visitors of sea waves as each space forms one wave as if it was flowing. The shopping center currently has 340 shops and establishments in its roster, featuring both local and foreign brands. Every month, the establishments in the center offer discounts and other perks so shoppers can get more for their money.
Tourists visiting and shopping at VivoCity can avail the shopping center’s various promotions just by showing your passport. They would also get complimentary WiFi access by getting the code from their customer service counter and they can even request for a coach drop-off to their hotels. Mobile charging stations are also available in key areas of the mall.
VivoCity is open daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm and can be accessed through train, bus, taxi and car travelling to HarbourFront Walk.
The area was developed as a tourist destination in 1988 and it slowly developed became a shopping haven, hosting 600 shops and dining establishments. Small businesses and entrepreneurs also have a space in the area, enabling them to grow and be discovered by international and local shoppers alike.
Tourists visiting and shopping at Bugis Street can also avail various perks by showing their passport. They can also get a special gift when they drop by the Singapore Souvenir Center with their passport.
If you wish to shop at Bugis Street, you can take the train, cab or taxi travelling to Bugis Junction or Bugis Street. The shops in the area open from 11:00 am to 10 pm.
IMM hosts 90 different outlet stores of some of the world’s top brands, making it the largest outlet shopping center in the country. Discounts in the center can be as high as 80% for the entire year. Aside from these outlet stores, there are also 220 retailers in the area for other products like furniture, hardware and lifestyle products. IMM also has its own giant hypermarket so you can do your grocery shopping at the same time. When you get hungry, IMM has 50 restaurants, kiosks and cafes you can choose from. For kids, IMM has large playgrounds they can enjoy while their parents go shopping.
For tourists, they can receive their perks by presenting their passports at the mall’s Customer Service Counter. When you present your passport to the staff, they will give you a Tourist Privilege Booklet which has all the discounts and other perks you can avail during your shopping spree. They also offer free shuttle bus service around International Business Park.
Interested in shopping at IMM? It is open daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm and can be accessed via train, bus and taxi travelling to Jurong East Street.
Paragon is one of Orchard Road’s luxury malls, consisting of six floors for retail stores of some of the world’s top brands and Singapore’s favorite local names. It is also where Spanish fashion house Loewe has its first Southeast Asian concept store, as well as APM Monaco. Paragon also hosts Lumas, an art gallery that features 1,800 high quality artworks by 200 brilliant artists. If you get hungry, the shopping center also has a variety of restaurants and cafes to choose from like French bakery Paul and café P.S. Café. Aside from shopping, art, and food, Paragon is also home to Paragon Medical, a one-stop medical service facility where visitors can seek treatment for a variety of ailments.
If you are a tourist visiting Paragon for your shopping needs, you can receive a variety of mall vouchers once you reach a certain amount of purchase. They also offer free valet service, complimentary WiFi and a money changer in house.
Paragon is open daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm and to go to the shopping center, simply ride the train, bus or taxi heading to Orchard Road.
Any trip to Singapore is not complete with a little bit of shopping and Singapore’s shopping spots is an experience you should not miss. If you are in a budget, these shopping spots would definitely help you with your souvenir shopping and even give you a shopping experience you will never forget. So, plan your trip now and add these shopping places to your itinerary!