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13 Best Malls In Singapore Based On Types Of Shoppers, From Tech Geeks To Bookstore Lovers

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 13 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.


What shopping malls in Singapore have loyalty programmes?


The shopping malls that have loyalty programmes and cards include:

To sign up for these memberships, most malls would require you to set up an account with either their website or through their app. Only those who are a minimum of 16 years old (some 18) and have a registered Singapore phone number or a valid email address are eligible for these programmes.


Which mall in Singapore is pet-friendly?


One Holland Village is a pet-friendly shopping centre stocked with handy amenities to allow you and your furry buddy to roam around the mall hassle-free.

These features include water dispensers to save you from carrying an extra water bowl, hooks for leashing your pets outside shops, and designated pet lifts for senior or disabled pets to move between floors effortlessly.

As for pet-friendly restaurants, you and your pet can dine at Fireplace by Bedrock, Plain Meredith, Surrey Hills Grocer, Extra Virgin Pizza, and Ginkyo by Kinki.


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 in 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-10pm 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 via Instagram

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 via Instagram

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, Pearly Lustre, and Photo Phactory.

There are also a number of local skincare brands such as Rooki Beauty and Re:erth and Solyp 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 NOWAFTER Cafe  to enjoy a cuppa along with various Korean-inspired desserts.

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


Carrying more than 170 premium outlets, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is a high-end shopping mall teeming 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 ($15/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
Admission: Free
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 8pm and 9pm. 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 many other attractions at Jewel Changi.

Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore 819666
Contact: Jewel Changi Airport website


9. Lucky Plaza


For the thrift shopper


Image credit: Tara Tan via Google Maps

Lucky Plaza is one of the best shopping malls in Singapore for clothes if you’re looking to upgrade your wardrobe without breaking the bank. Lucky Thrifty is one of their bigger thrift stores as they have three units available within the complex with prices ranging from as low as $2-$12.

Otherwise, there are other stores that you can consider such as Vivi K, LPB Thrift, Thrift Apparel, Lucky Flea Market, and Ok Ukay Ukay to get the most out of your thrift haul.

Address: 304 Orchard Rd, Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863
Contact: Lucky Plaza Website


10. Ngee Ann City


For manga lovers


Ngee Ann City is a highly esteemed premier mall that offers a blend of luxury and local brands but that’s not all the mall is known for. It also has one of the biggest bookstores in Southeast Asia – Books Kinokuniya, which carries over 500,000 books in stock.

They have a wide collection of all the most popular mangas so anime fans can stay up to date with the latest chapter of Jujutsu Kaisen or Chainsaw Man. There’s even a stationery section where you’ll find figurines, toys, and other merch from popular Japanese manga and anime.

Address: 391A Orchard Rd, Singapore 238873
Contact: Ngee Ann City Website


11. Far East Plaza


For the beauty queen


Image credit: @ccahairsg_official  and @nailqueenfep via Instagram

Far East Plaza is well-known for being one of the best shopping malls in Orchard to visit for an affordable self-care session. Here, you’ll find that most beauty salons offer various services ranging from haircuts and nails to brows and lash extensions, for a reasonably lower price point.

For that leading lady, K-drama look, you can check out Team Creative Korean Hair Salon to get your hair done by a professional stylist without the expensive price tag. Perms start from $148, while a dye job is only $155. Plus, you won’t be charged extra for having long hair.

Otherwise, head over to Nail Queen to get your nails done for as low as $10 during their monthly promotions.

Address: 14 Scotts Road Singapore 228213
Contact: Far East Plaza website


12. GR.iD


For dancers


Beyond their retro-inspired architecture and trendy cafes, GR.iD offers a variety of activities for those looking to take a break from shopping. You’ve got dance studios such as MADDSPACE and O School that offer classes for both kids and adults regardless of your dance background.

Whether you’re interested in hip-hop, street jazz, dancehall, or K-pop, you can take your time exploring different types of dance styles at their trial classes before deciding to commit to a package. Otherwise, you can also check out the indoor skatepark at Por Vida Skateboarding to take your skateboarding skills to the next level.

Address: 1 Selegie Rd, Singapore 188306
Contact: GR.iD website


13. Mustafa Centre


For the all-day shoppers


Operating from 9.30am-2am daily, you can quite literally shop all day at Mustafa Centre. Spanning 6 storeys across 2 buildings, this shopping mall boasts an extensive range of over 300,000 items, from fitness shoes to electronics.

However, the main draw of Mustafa Centre is its jewellery collection, where you will be able to find gold accessories at an affordable rate. And if you’re lucky, you might be also able to snag quality vintage cameras and vinyl albums for a bargain.

Address: 145 Syed Alwi Rd, Mustafa Centre, Singapore 207704
Contact: Mustafa website


What is the biggest shopping mall in Singapore?


VivoCity holds the title of Singapore’s largest mall, with approximately 340 shops spread across seven floors, catering to shoppers of all ages. Fashion enthusiasts can peruse the latest collections at Tangs, Bimba Y Lola, and H&M, while kids can enjoy exploring the country’s largest Toys “R” Us store.

Plus, the mall is also located near the Harbour Front. So if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the shopping crowd, you can step outside for a breather and take in the sea view.


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 for. We’ve just highlighted the tip of the iceberg with these 13 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.

Find out more about shopping in Singapore


This post was brought to you by the Singapore Tourism Board.
Photography by Ron Sim. Last updated by 22nd March 2024.

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