Parkway Parade is one of Singapore’s first major and biggest suburban malls. It has understood and catered to the needs of local families for the past 20 years. Parkway Parade is the destination of choice, offering the largest range of stores on the East Coast of Singapore. With over 250 stores conveniently located over 6 levels including Best Denki, Giant Hypermarket, True Fitness, Isetan, Treats and Timezone just to name a few, you’re sure to find everything you need.
As malls go, it is stylishly unpretentious, easy to navigate and has pretty well everything you need. And if it doesn't, pop over to the food courts, local shops and wet market next door or wander across to the Roxy on the other side of Marine Parade for a pedicure or hair treatment.
No hair? That can be fixed too. Swnesons don't only sell ice cream, but sadly they have been relocated... (the hair place, not the ice cream place.)
I do have one problem with PP and it is not unique to Parkway Parade: parking. The parking centre seems to have been designed and built after the mall was finished! None of the main parking lot floors are designed to allow you to walk straight into the shopping floors. Staircases are the order of the day and that can be awkward when trying to get your trolley to the car.
That aside, be smart and go to level four and five where additional floors lead straight into lifts.
This is a mall that is a pleasure to visit. It has a good range from upper to lower caste pleasures and a fine range of restaurants of varying quality.
And if you don't drive, e wary: the taxi line can be long. But if you think that's bad, try and find a cab outside a mall in the city. At least in Parkway you won't die of exhaustion and dehydration whilst waiting for one.
Its a great place to find everything. All the food is on the lower floors and there's a huge variety of food options available ranging from a Japanese market to a froyo shop. Upstairs you have your usual retail shops like Marks and Spencer and Cotton On and then you have a lot of boutique stores on the higher floors if you're on the hunt for more unique pieces too.
With the addition of a Daiso and the pre-existing Giant, Parkway is truly a one stop shop for everything and I totally love it.
I love the variety of food places that Parkway has. From cheap food at the humongous food court with a classic vintage style to restaurants such as Thai Express, Din Tai Fung and Kenny Rogers, one will simply be spoilt for choice. There are lots of gifts and lifestyle shops at the basement too, such as photo developing services and art&craft shops.
Parkway is located in the heartlands, so there are many cheap hawker centres and small shops nearby. Also, it is linked to East Coast Park, so one can just easily walk over for a nice stroll or picnic there. The only downside of Parkway is that it does not have a cinema, if not it would be the best mall in Singapore.
It is large enough so that crowds do not become overwhelming. It has everything you could want in a shopping mall from supermarkets, to electronic stores, to bookshops, video shops and many more.
Its exterior has not changed much and reflects its classic nature in comparison to the new-fangled designs of newer malls like VivoCity or Nexx.
The only thing missing here is a movie cinema.
The basic layout of the building has not really changed except for the new additions from the last major upgrade. I remember the huge entertainment arcade where I spent some time after school or during my weekends out with friends.
There used to be a Malay barber at the basement where I had my haircuts. At one point of time, there was MPH Bookstore before Borders occupied the space until it went bust all of a sudden. I loved hanging out at the bookstore browsing and when the situation demands it, buy some books for keeps.
Nowadays, outings to Parkway Parade would be for grocery shopping at Giant or having a meal with the family before going off to do a spot of shopping. It's hard to imagine that the place is close to 30 years old, there's plenty of life to it yet.
The outlook of Parkway Parade has never changed much, remaining in this historical brown complex as I've recalled at least 2 decades ago. Sometimes change might not be a good thing for even till today, while Parkway Parade has remained its outlook and interior, I still see shoppers flooding the mall, especially on weekends.
The one thing that I missed most about Parkway Parade is the olden amusement center available in the mall, where it's really huge and themed to be like the zoo. There's a full-scale merry-go-round available and while I'm not a fan of it, how often do you see one outside a circus and inside the amusement park of a mall? One can even ride the mechanical animals around the compound, combined with the dark trees make it an unique and special arcade experience. The Timezone now available in the mall is really doing a bad job compared to the previous one.
However, I do have one grouse about Parkway Parade - its location! Parkway Parade is situated a little more out of the way than other malls, as there are no MRT Stations nearby, and is pretty much inaccessible unless by car or by bus. For a student like myself who does not own a car, the inaccessibility of the mall definitely deters me from making a trip down to the mall for a shopping trip unless accompanied by my parents.
The shopping at Parkway Parade is great. The mall houses fashion power brands like Cotton On, Esprit, and Marks and Spencer. For the artsy folks, the mall even has stationery shops like Stationery Island and Scraplicious, in which exquisite parchment paper and stickers can be found.
Dining options at Parkway Parade are extremely varied as well, and I can always find something good to eat while I'm at the mall. There are restaurants like Swensens, Jack's Place, and Crystal Jade at Parkway Parade so shoppers will definitely be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing what to eat.
I wish a train station could be built near the mall though. It's such a lovely mall, and it is definitely a huge waste to be placed in such an inaccessible location!
One downside of Parkway is most probably the lack of a MRT station nearby - it is only accessible by bus or walking if you stay in the area.
However, I really must applaud the mall for having practically EVERYTHING. From the most well-stocked Cotton On to a bookstore at the top floor selling books at $1 - I perhaps have gone to every shop in this place! The presence of a Giant here also makes it a great place for students who are planning some events and need drinks and food etc.
There's also a good variety of food choices available. Mos, Pastamania, Starbucks, Yoshinoya, KFC, two food courts and counting! The range allows for dinner after almost every CCA session still enjoyable! (:
A great heartland mall that's far better than its counterparts!
One thing I noticed about this mall, is that it is constantly under renovation. New shops are always coming in and old shops are always leaving. I think one of the big hits of PP, was Borders - which sadly no longer exists. There aren't many huge fashion labels over there, but there are alot of boutiques selling different type of fashion items that seemed pretty interesting.
I'd say that this mall is sufficient as a heartland mall. It has pretty much everything, and it's also one of the malls that I feel comfortable enough to just roam around in shorts and a tshirt.
Parkway Parade is an old building but nevertheless it is like a second home for many as it is just right beside marine parade central where there is a hawker centre, wet market and coffee shops.
This is not a place to make a long, arduous journey for but if you are around the area or live nearby, you will love it here.
It is a definite plus to be living near this mall - One special shop it has is the lego shop that has the Star Wars keychain series that I have been looking for. Another one is the Scrapbook shop that sells all the scrapbook materials (they usually have stuff on sale which is a steal!).
One not-so-good thing about this place is its food court - think the only one is Banquet and the selection there is not that great.