Tampines 1 is Singapore’s newest sub-urban mall in the East and is set to bring a breath of metropolitan lifestyle to the Tampines area with key tenants that include Cold Storage, Challenger as well as international fashion brands such as Esprit, Springfield, Promod, Topshop, Topman and Uniqlo. Shoppers will be spoilt with a wide range of food choices at Tampines 1. Or visit the cluster of double-storey food and beverage outlets overlooking a serene landscaped garden terrace on Level 4.
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Weird mix of shops...
Tampines 1 confuses me with their range of shops. I think the creators of this mall was trying to go for the high-class concept but the mix of shops is quite off-putting and makes the whole experience weird. There's an array of shops that you can't step in if you have a certain budget yet there are other shops where the most penny-pinching people shop at, and sadly, where the most poor quality things are sold. I understand if the idea was to create a place where both those who are really tight on cash and those who are "richer" can shop at and I've seen the idea executed pretty awesomely at malls like Bedok Mall, but Tampines 1 just messes it up. Maybe its the really wide array of stores that jump about really abruptly from one end of the spectrum to the other.
Also, the placement of the shops is weird. Some shops that just don't go together are clustered in the same place and just makes me go "what?". Though, I like that they have UrbanWrite, Muji and Coffee Bean. I personally think Tampines 1 should stick to the concept it was going for (the whole "classy" thing) and not stick in shops that deviate too much from that.
My essential mall
Nothing beats having three malls clustered all together just beside the MRT station and bus interchange. Tampines 1 is a very important mall to me as I get my basic necessities there. My make up at skin food, different life necessities at Daiso and not forgetting my favorite Korean Ssikkek barbeque buffet.
It is also a good place to visit with your friends to catch up with each other as they have various cafes there. You can visit the rooftop if your child needs some entertainment as they have a miniature playground there. Why not catch some fresh air while watching your children have some fun.
There are also a number of choices to choose from if your tummy starts to rumble. There is Kim Gary, Subway, Carls Jr and some snacks outlet to satisfy your tummy. I recommend you to try decorating your own cake at The Icing Room at the Basement level! You can get really cute cupcakes there too.
Lucky East siders
I was born and raised in the West, so going to the east has been an eye-opener. It has been etched in my mind the memory of arriving at Tampines the first time — the crowds here give Orchard Road a run for their money. So I suppose the opening of Tampines 1 has been met with much anticipation! The selling point for Tampines 1 for me is, of course, Topshop. Now the east siders can get to enjoy high street fashion at a neighbourhood area — colour me jealous!
Tampines 1 has other attractive food places like Sushi Tei and Kim Gary, which are slightly difficult to find at suburban malls. Without doubt, it is my favourite mall in the East area.
The newest shopping center in Tampines
I was a “Tampines kid”, always roaming around Tampines during my younger days. Vaguely recall that the this new shopping malls lies on the land of previously Sogo and the “Pavilion”, a cool and hip place to hang out at that time with arcade, pool centre, LAN gaming and karaoke. Naturally, seeing Tampines One now brings back lots of memories despite being totally different in outlook and building structure.
I usually patronise Tampines One for Sushi Teh, which serves considerably good Japanese foods as compared to other multi-location Japanese food restaurant chains, like Sakae. Do note that the queues for Sushi Teh, especially on Friday’s and Saturday’s dinner, are horrible. Recently, they face a new competitor, MOF, just a few shops down the stretch, also serving Japanese cuisine. It’s a great addition for me since I’m a fan of Japanese cuisine. More choices is always good and MOF doesn’t serve sub-standard food too.
There are usual amenities in the mall, a food court at the top level, an arcade which I disliked since it’s small in size and the games are catered more for young children, Amara spa (only for ladies if I’m not wrong) and Raffles Medical clinic within the building. While the shop ranges from retailing stationeries, clothes, gifts and practically everything under the sun, I seldom do my shopping here. Then again, I’m not usually a shopping type of person so I usually patronise Tampines One for the variety of food served.
Favourite mall in Tampines
The shopping at Tampines 1 is fantastic. Housing several high street fashion brands like Dorothy Perkins, TopShop and New Look that are typically found around town area, Tampines 1 allows heartlanders to enjoy quality shopping comparable to that in Orchard without actually having to travel to town. It even features Japanese fashion brands like Dip Drops, and one can be assured that he will not leave Tampines 1 empty handed with such an extensive variety of fashion stores.
Tampines 1 even caters to children, with a built in rooftop playground, where children uninterested in shopping can have fun and entertain themselves at.
The dining at Tampines 1 is a little limited though, as compared to the likes of Tampines Mall and Century Square. However, there are quite a few notable restaurants at Tampines 1 such as Sushi Tei and Fish and Co, and there are tiny eateries selling finger food on the go at the basement.
Tampines 1 is definitely my favourite mall in Tampines. Despite being small in size, it is able to offer shoppers a refreshing and entirely satisfying shopping experience.
Another mall? nah. Some may think three malls concentrated in one area is kind of ridiculous but to people like me who love to shop i Don't think its redundant at all To have The additional tampines One.in fact, Tampines one Is unique and carries merchandise And facilities that the other malls do not carry such as a rooftop water playground. Tampines One creates convenience and Variety to its patrons . One thing that is unique about tampines One is how it's basement is so nicely designed to make you feel like buying everything you see. It is the perfect place to shop for clothing and or to just chill and have a drink at cafes such as bakerzin. It has almost everything and anything you would need.Tampines one is basically a million good things stuffed into one. You should definitely visit the mall If you decide to have a shopping spree.
Puts the 'heart' in 'heartland mall'
Tampines 1 breathes life into the tired shopping scene at Tampines. Even with Tampines Mall and Century Square, the shopping at Tampines was growing a little stale before Tampines 1 was constructed. Bringing retailers like Payless ShoeSource, Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins and New Look to Tampines, Tampines 1 is like a little slice of Orchard Road for the residents there.
The exterior of the mall is modern and grand, and the interior classy and bright. The mall is organized with the boutiques and retailers on the lower floors and the restaurants and eateries on the higher floors. In the basement, there are pushcarts selling clothes for a cheaper price. A cardigan would cost approximately $10 - $15 there. There are also stores selling finger food such as hot dogs and pretzels in the basement, so you can easily grab some food and go.
Tampines 1 is one of the best heartland malls in Singapore and provides a fantastic shopping experience for the inhabitants of Tampines. The residents living there can easily spend an entire day shopping and eating in Tampines 1 despite its small size, and when growing bored of it, can simply mall-hop to the nearby Century Square or Tampines Mall.
Yet another shopping mall
Tampines is a heartland area, a neighbourhood not unlike Sengkang, Clementi, and the numerous other locales Singapore is largely comprised of. Which is why it surprises me when years ago, I learnt that Tampines 1 was in the midst of construction. They already had an existing mall, and I honestly fail to see the relevance of building another mall.
However, that's not to say it is a bad mall. It is just an average place, one that you can find any other place out there. From popular brands such as Topshop to food franchises, you can probably find something here to interest you, should you wish to shop. The fact that Temasek Polytechnic is located close to T1 doesn't hurt their business as well; you can often find students shopping on weekdays, instead of it being a white elephant where no one frequents (a la Heeren).
My least favorite mall in Tampines.
It might be the newest mall in Tampines, but there's just something about it that doesn't make me a fan. Sure, they carry some of my most favorite shops like Topshop, Daiso, Uniqlo, etc.. but it just doesn't have the "IT" factor that keeps me coming back. I feel like the whole mall is rather.. cold and impersonal.
Two words that comes to mind when Tampines 1 is mentioned: bad architecture. Seriously, the way the whole mall is designed is awful. The layout and placements of the shops is atrocious and even though at first glance it looks all shiny and pretty, upon closer examination, it's just horrible. And I think that's why I find it so hard to not dislike Tampines 1.
I guess I'm just not a fan, and never will be.
Quite the waste of space
I never understood what Tampines 1 is for.
Tampines is such a stronghold of malls already. Everything here is sheer entertainment and it's good enough for the easterners. So this was a bad experience for me. The shops here are not too shabby, the place feels cold and unassuming, nothing too special.
An alright place to go to if you are just looking for new places to go to but you're okay with disappointment. There's also stores of a higher end here so if that floats your boat, sure. If not, stick to Tampines Mall.