Shopping malls in Singapore
Singapore is known for being many things – a food paradise, a clean and green city, and a shopaholic’s wonderland. In every neighbourhood, there’s a shopping mall to be found and it’s pretty much where most of us spend our weekends.
Depending on what kind of shopper you are, we’ve shortlisted the 8 best shopping malls in Singapore where you’ll find something for the audiophiles, the sporty folks, and even those who enjoy the more touristy ventures.
1. Funan – For tech geeks
Boasting one of the most impressive glow-ups, Funan reopened in 2019 with a slew of cool features including an indoor cycling track and an IG-worthy underground pathway. One thing didn’t change though – it’s still known as the go-to shopping mall in Singapore for getting all sorts of techy stuff.
For a variety of electronics and appliances, you can head to the larger department stores – Best Denki and Courts. Many major brands also have their authorised stores at Funan including Dyson, DJI, Razer, Dell, Lenovo, and Nikon.
Activities and entertainment options are plenty too with an indoor rock climbing wall by Climb Central, plays by Wild Rice Theatre, and GV Funan to catch the latest flick.
Offering respite from the concrete jungle is a rooftop urban farm that’s open to the public from 10am-7pm daily and features a number of swings to relax. You can access it by taking the lift at Lobby A up to Level 7.
Address: 107 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179105
Contact: Funan website
2. Kallang Wave Mall – For sporty folk & sneakerheads
You’ll find snowboards, surfboards, and skating gear at The Ride Side.
Image credit: @arialilylisa
Located right next to the Singapore Sports Hub, Kallang Wave Mall is the one-stop shop for sports gear, sneakers, and more casual athleisure wear. Sports enthusiasts can check out the specialty stores too – The Ride Side for skateboarders, Western Corp for soccer fans, and CycleOxygen for cyclists.
The CycleOxygen store sells Brompton among other bikes.
Image credit: @crankycatscycle
Those looking to get some action can look to Climb Central, O-Ride Singapore Mini Segway Tours, and Paco Funworld for kids’ games.
Address: 1 Stadium Place, Singapore 397628
Contact: Kallang Wave Mall website
3. Design Orchard – For designer fashionistas
We can’t talk about shopping and not mention Orchard Road – the OG when it comes to finding global brands. But today we’re putting a spotlight on Design Orchard – a home for local brands and labels. Fashionistas can get access to accessories and clothes from well-known local designers including Ginlee, Ling Wu, Lustre, and Photo Phactory.
There are also a number of local skincare brands such as Rooki Beauty and Re:erth that have their retail space at Design Orchard. If you’re on the lookout for something unique, check out the dedicated space showcasing innovative products from budding designers.
As one of the newer retail spaces, the shopping mall stands out for its rooftop sitting area which can be spotted from the outside while strolling down the stretch. For a mid-shop coffee break, make your way to the slightly hidden Alchemist rooftop cafe where you can enjoy a cuppa.
Address: 250 Orchard Road, Singapore 238905
Contact: Design Orchard website
4. Plaza Singapura – For artsy DIY-ers
For anyone who enjoys arts and crafts, Plaza Singapura is where it’s at. With 2 major retailers – Spotlight and Art Friend – you should have no problems finding all kinds of art supplies to suit your DIY project. The Spotlight at this mall is SG’s largest and has everything from fabrics and sewing tools to stationery and jewellery-making bits.
Plaza Singapura is one of the shopping malls in Singapore where it’s fun to hang out with your friends. You can play arcade games at Timezone or catch a movie at GV Plaza Singapura. As far as dining options go, there are many restaurants, cafes, and food kiosks.
Address: 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839
Contact: Plaza Singapura website
5. The Shoppes At MBS – For the global shopper
The image of Marina Bay Sands (MBS) has become synonymous with Singapore’s skyline. This high-end shopping mall is packed with international designer brands – you name it, they have it. Dior, Versace, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, and Bottega Veneta, just to name a few.
Watch lovers and collectors will have a field day at the row of stores near the casino. If we’re name-dropping, MBS houses Audemars Piguet, Rolex, IWC, and Omega.
There’s lots more to do at MBS too. If you need a break from the shopping, take a Sampan Ride ($10/pax) to the Rain Oculus or check out one of the exhibits at the ArtScience Museum. The Spectra light show that takes place every night is another one to watch.
Spectra – A Light & Water Show
Venue: Bayfront Event Plaza
Showtimes: Sun-Thu 8pm & 9pm | Fri & Sat 8pm, 9pm &10pm
Contact: Marina Bay Sands website
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Contact: The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands website
6. The Adelphi – For audiophiles
Anson Audio has 4 units in the mall, selling all sorts of audio equipment.
With an unassuming exterior, you might just walk past The Adelphi without realising that this mall is a mecca for audiophiles. A majority of the retailers here sell audio equipment for all sorts of budgets. You’ll find everything from high-end home theatre set-ups to more affordable speakers.
All the big names in the industry have authorised distributors here. We’re talking brands such as JBL, Yamaha, Seinheiser, Deviolet, Bowers & Wilkins, SONOS, and Marshall. If you’re looking for a karaoke system to install in your home or good quality headphones, you know where to go.
Intermix Records sells records for as low as $20.
While this may be a niche interest, we had to mention the retro record stores in the basement. A little birdie told us even non-record player owners buy records here simply for the unique album artworks for display in their homes. But if you’re a true listener, you can find old and new records at these stores at an average price of $45 per record.
Address: 1 Coleman Street, Singapore 179803
Contact: The Adelphi website
7. Bras Basah Complex – For book collectors
If nothing else, the bookstores make a pretty backdrop for the ‘Gram.
Calling all bookworms and lovers of bookstores. We know there’s nothing like the smell of old books and you’ll get plenty of whiffs at Bras Basah Complex, known for its secondhand bookstores. Besides fiction and non-fiction, there are also stores selling comic collections, textbooks, and speciality guides.
You may have many choices when it comes to finding a gift or souvenir unique to Singapore but Wheniwasfour is worth a visit for its quirky knick-knacks. Everything here exudes nostalgia. For example, there are milo plush toys, kueh lapis cushion covers, and jotter book sling bags.
Address: 231 Bain Street, Singapore 180231
Contact: Bras Basah Complex website
8. Jewel Changi – For every traveller visiting Singapore
This one’s a no-brainer. Jewel Changi is a must-visit shopping mall when you’re in Singapore. In fact, it could be the first mall you visit upon landing at Changi Airport given the convenient internal link from any of the terminals.
There is no dearth of shopping options here. Some highlights include the Nike flagship store where you can customise your kicks, Muji, Tokyu Hands, and Urban Revivo.
Did you even go to Jewel Changi if you don’t have a pic with the giant waterfall?
Of course, you can’t miss the Rain Vortex which has a light show at hourly intervals daily from 7.30pm-11.30pm. Check out the Changi Experience Studio for light projections and interactive games.
There’s also a Canopy Park on the top floor with walking nets, a mirror maze, and a number of other attractions at Jewel Changi.
Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore 819666
Contact: Jewel Changi Airport website
Shop till you drop at shopping malls in Singapore
With close to 200 shopping malls in Singapore, there’s so much to explore and shop. We’ve just highlighted the tip of the iceberg with these 8 malls but you can find great options even in the heartlands.
For visitors to our little island, add these places to your itinerary if you’re on the hunt for something specific or for souvenirs for your loved ones.
This post was brought to you by the Singapore Tourism Board.
Photography by Ron Sim.
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