Bugis Junction, located above Bugis MRT Station, features Singapore's first glass-covered, air-conditioned shopping streets amidst a nostalgic architectural setting. From Straits Chinese-style facades to shop houses with five-foot walkways, Bugis Junction exudes a touch of historical charm while serving the needs of the modern shopper. The exciting retail space houses friendly shops and sidewalk cafes, delighting you with an old town atmosphere within a new city. At Bugis Junction, you are invited to discover and explore while sauntering under a comfortable sun or shopping under the stars. Bugis Junction is a place where people come together to shop, dine, be entertained and enjoy the unique shopping experience. Having won the "Best Shopping Experience - Shopping Centre" twice as well as the "Best Decorated Building" in Christmas of 2000 & 2001, we continue to provide a memorable and refreshing shopping experience to you with every visit.
My major gripes with this location, however, would be the Arctic temperatures that result in your food going cold before you can even get to your table in the food court, and the foul stench that emanates from the bathroom, especially those on the first level.
Bugis Junction does boast quite a few good brands such as Topshop and Dorothy Perkins, and has an extensive range of cafes catering to different palates. It also has a movie theatre and a departmental store, BHG. Right opposite it is the famous Bugis Street where you can buy clothes at a steal.
However, it is just way too crowded for me and I'd much rather go to other malls.
If Bugis Junction does not appeal, Bugis Street is simply opposite from the mall itself. Sometimes after I'm actually done patronizing Bugis Junction, I like to take a walk down to Bugis Street to check out cheaper clothes and accessories. Bugis Junction is also located near Bugis + (Iluma) where huge stores like Unicqlo are available. You might have to come back another time to finish looking through all the shops in Bugis.
Just by walking from one end (the escalator from MRT station) to the other end (with the escalator going up to the first level) might prove to be tedious with the crowd standing around, mostly queuing for the snacks from the stalls along the stretch. I don't blame them for it for this also happens to be my favorite part of the mall. While it used to be a food court long ago, it is now housing at least 30 different food options, ranging from restaurants like Itacho sushi or Soup spoon to snack stalls like Fei Siong fishball or Dong Dae Mun. Till date, it has never failed to satisfy my craving for food, regardless of anything I've in mind. The only drawback is having to endure the bustling (what I'm trying to say is that it's really noisy in a nicer way) as well as the disorderly queues while trying to my food. It might differs from one to another but that deterrence is not and never sufficient for me to stop patronizing the shops around here.
The mall is usually very crowded, especially during lunch and dinner period. The whole place, especially at B1 is flooded with people. Together with the complicated layout, it's hard move about without bouncing off people.
The layout of the mall is a little confusing, because it seems to be 3 different buildings lined with connectors. However I do find a hotel (Hotel Rendezvous) situated within the premises of Bugis Junction to be alittle awkward, especially when they are connected. Not a big issue though. Just my two cents.
Despite being connected by a linkway, the differences between Bugis Junction and Bugis+ are vast. Bugis+ is clearly the trendier mall to be in, whereas Bugis Junction seems to have been stuck in a limbo.
I personally find the shopping at Bugis Junction horrible. The mall generally houses independent local brands, but the prices in these stores are pretty much sky-high. Some of the designs in these stores are really rad but I really can't seem to bear to fork out $60 for a shirt of quality that is comparable to Forever 21, despite how unique it may be.
Bugis Junction also has an area dedicated to pushcarts selling various sorts of goods ranging from plush toys to technological gadgets like portable batteries. Unfortunately, some of the items from such pushcarts seem to be of dubious quality - my friend bought a portable battery from one such pushcart only to have it spoil after a mere two months, and even though I am aware that I am making a sweeping generalization, I can't seem to bring myself to trust such pushcarts much again.
The food scene at Bugis Junction is definitely better than its shopping scene. Housing several restaurants like Sakae Sushi and Seoul Garden, Bugis Junction definitely doesn't lack in food variety. However, several of these restaurants can be a little pricey, and the only wallet-friendly food options in the mall would be fast food and perhaps Pastamania, so students like myself tend to feel a little stifled when choosing what to eat.
Bugis Junction generally houses shops that are overpriced, and isn't much of a friendly mall for teens and young adults. Perhaps it could do with a revamp as well.
I personally use the mall as a walk thru towards the national library or Bras Basah Complex where I get my Art materials and books from. The shops do not interest me as there are no real quality brands. BHG, the anchor tenant is the only decent place to get departmental store-ish goods.
Cheaper goods of lower end brands don’t do well here. Little wonder why as across the road is a haven for bargain goods and street fashion in the form of Bugis Street.
It has a lively little water playground for kids on the ground floor though. That. Is always a hit!
Most of the time, the mall is crowded with people. Paired with the clustered food area, it makes it difficult to navigate around and I constantly find myself bumping into things or people while trying to hurry out of the crowd. The mall has its own stand-alone area that has 3 levels exclusively to BHG departmental store while the other section of the mall is dedicated to about a hundred other small random shops selling a variety of things. The ground floor of Bugis Junction is in such a way that it looks like its outdoor but it is actually sheltered, with carts placed at a distance from each other. Although there are many food places to try, all conveniently placed in one area, other than for the company of friends I would not favour this mall as it leaves me giddy and tired at the end of the day after having to spend much of my time navigating around instead of looking at the products. Either that, or the products that are actually being sold by the stores at the mall are very similar.
Superman apparel store gives a slim fit lining and I like the designs, simple yet sophisticated. There are many eateries such as MOF, Ajisen Ramen and food court that provides delicious local cuisines. If you find the apparels and accessories prices are high, you may visit Bugis Street which is opposite Bugis Junction.
At the outside, there are many push carts selling different things. I like walking past and browsing their stuff. There’s also many food stores! My favourite is Ajisen and Nandos. The queue for Nandos is almost always very long though and if you want to dine there, be sure to make a reservation beforehand.
I will recommend anyone to try the drinks at Ice Rockery too. There is KOI opposite Bugis Junction but it’s priced higher than the average bubble tea and not worth it in my opinion. So why not give Ice Rockery a try? They have many flavours too! My favourite is the Roasted Black Tea with Coconut Jelly!
At the “in-building” part, there is Kinokuniya and shops that sell stuff catered for the youths. The basement is a wonderful place to be at too because there’s so much food! There is much to be explored at Bugis Junction and I recommend everybody to explore that place. I love Bugis Junction because there’s always something new! And if you really get bored eventually, head to Bugis Village for some cheap shopping!