CityLink Mall is the unique retail component of the One Raffles Link development. It provides around 60,000 sq.ft. of retail space in an air-conditioned subterranean mall, and links One Raffles Link to the City Hall and Esplanade MRT Station. The stunning subterranean mall with over 50 shops, offers international fashion names, exquisite gifts & accessories, home accessories and some of the best eateries in Singapore.
Citylink has all sorts of shops: those that sell food, including chocolates and popcorn, those that sell clothes and even a music store which unfortunately closed down if I don't remember wrongly. The walk may be long but it is enjoyable. The mall connects many places and is a huge dose of convenient.
Nonetheless, Citylink has quite a few finds as it stretches a long way. It has a variety of shops like Charles and Keith, New Look, Citychain, Etude house, TCC, which are very popular shopping places.
I will not go Citylink for just that purpose of patronizing Citylink and i believe others are similar, Citylink is strategically located as an access passage way for the crowd heading from the Cityhall MRT so it wouldnt hurt to pop by some of the shops while heading to your destination or waiting for friends at the MRT station
CityLink Mall is not only a sheltered link way but also a whole stretch of boutiques and restaurants and cafes. There are many well-known retail shops such as Levis, Aeropostale, New Look and Calvin Klein located at CityLink mall. There are also restaurants and cafes such as The Asian Kitchen, Toast Box and StarBucks located there for the customers to grab a quick bite or have a lunch while walking through the mall.
I think it fully utilise its passage way to meet the needs of the people.
Shops that stand the test of time since the start will give you a glimpse of what can work in a mall like this and one of it is Guardian Healthcare. In essence, this whole shopping mall has to follow the idea of 7-11 to succeed.
Food has been changing again and again and its hard to state which is good but from my experience, breadtalk and starbucks are good choices of food for the morning or evening commuters whereas Thai express, Yomenya and tcc are great additions to kick back and enjoy great tasting food.
Shopping wise is a bore as it follows the concept of heartland mall; just about any fashion shops with little emphasis on well-known shops to support this mall up. Adidas, giordano and rubi are good addition but does little compared to the many novelty clothing stores coming from other countries and has yet to make a much-neeeded dent in the local market.
The mall in itself is not that complete because it merely just serves as an appetizer for the hungry shoppers as they proceed on from mall to mall. It is fitted with a few restaurants, and a few shops on the way but I personally would not specifically go to Citylink mall to shop because of its limited range of shops. That aside, it still has its value. Holding shops like Garrett's Popcorn and Gelato, dessert junkies would definitely flock to the likes of this mall just to satisfy their sweet tooth cravings. Most importantly it also serves as an air conditioned walkway to the malls, imagine having to walk all the way from city hall mrt to suntec city without the comfort of the air con in the blazing hot heat!
For its purpose, I think CityLink does a good job. For those working in the vicinity who have ended work, they can grab dinner at one of the many restaurants before taking the MRT home. In the morning before work, they can have breakfast at the bakeries or cafés.
I don't hate or love this mall; it is merely there for me to be entertained whilst walking to my destination. I cannot help it if I end up purchasing something along the way though.
Citylink Mall is generally empty and spacious to walk at. My guess is many people also treat it like a bridge to cross over to their destination. If you are really keen on visiting this place, do not be expected to be thrilled or surprised. Nothing is extraordinary here...
The only good thing I can think of for this place is that if Marina Square and Raffles City are too crowded for you to eat at or shop at then Citylink Mall can be a place for you to shop and eat at. :)