Shopping in Singapore - Shopping-Tipps
Those who feel like shopping is in Singapore in exactly the right place! If there is then additionally the Great Sale of Singapore (closing sale from end of May up to end of July) it is even double as fun. Then, one can get up to 70% discount in each of the shops in the huge shopping mall.
But unfortunately, multiple bargain hunters rush with oneself through the corridors. This is why it is better to come in the mornings for shopping, then the rush is still bearable. In any case one should avoid to come in the week-ends, as then everybody is on the way. The shopping-malls open from Monday to Sunday permanently from 10.00 .m. up to 10.00 p.m..
The most important and best addresses for an extended shopping tour are the shopping centres described in the following text. Further shopping centres (not described in this text) are: Raffles City, Far East Plaza, Lucky Plaza, Millenia-Walk and Marina Square.
Consisting on five towers, it is the biggest and according to my opinion also the most beautiful shopping centre of the city. Four of the towers
are arranged on 45 floors, the smaller middle sized tower has 18 floors. The Suntec Towers accommodate approximately 200 shops, offices and exhibition rooms for trade fairs and a supermarket of the French chain Carrefour.
One should not miss in any case the biggest fountain of the world: Fountain of Wealth, around which one has to walk some rounds in order to be lucky; Around this fountain there are also small restaurants from all countries. Tip: Bali Thai, a small Thai restaurant where one can get the best green curry of Singapore. From the MRT City Hall, a shuttle bus departs that is free of charge.
Sim Lim Square
The shopping centre for electronic items par exellence is the Sim Lim Square. From the MRT Bugis, one walks through the Bugis Street to the building (1 Rochor Canal Road). Thereby, one should hve n quite exct idea if that what one is looking for. Otherwise one can easily lose the overview; from computers, TVs, camers, DVDs, handys and software, everything is offered here.
I got the information from local people that the bargains are only available at the upper floors; The businessmen from there apparently think that the tourists are too lazy to have a look at the upper floors. One should also not miss to compare the prices, as they can vary a lot. Faked devices are not recommendable at all, not only because of the poor quality of these goods but also due to the forbidden export of them.
On the famous Orchard Road, the department stores are side by side to each other. Such a thing is not imaginable in Europe! One day would not be enough to get into each shopping centre, as the buildings are huge and abundant. And there are always coffee shops in American style, Starbucks, San Francisco Coffee and countless luxury hotels as the Hilton.
The appearently most expensice and exclusive department store established here is the Ngee Ann City, in which all famous luxury brands are represented. For those with less money there is the Takashimaya beside it, a Japanese chain store. Here, young and trendy fashion is offered at moderated prices. Further addresses are Tangs, the Paragon and the Wisma Atrium Centre.
The shopping centre at the MRT Harbour Front mainly accommodates those shops of famous European brands as Zara, Esprit, Mango and many other. Nevertheless, there are also several smaller national boutiques and promotion stands. Beside the Food Court(Kopi tiam = Coffee shop) in the lower floor one can also eat very well and to a reasonable price at the Food Republic in the upper floor. Moreover, one pases this shopping mall on the way to the holiday island Sentosa, as from the upper floor, the so-called skytrain takes one to this island.
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Author: Natascha Nißl; Copyright: Patrick Wagner, www.tourist-guide.biz