Sun Plaza has a striking color with its bright yellow façade. You can enjoy shopping with 6 levels of shops, restaurants, entertainment centre and services surrounding around a centre atrium. It is conveniently located next to Sembawang MRT Station and bus interchange
One time, when i need to settle in the mall, i went to the food court at the highest level of the mall. To my dismay, a few of the shops are not opened, and the choices are quite limited. Also, one bad thing about sun plaza is that the ATM machines are located at the top of the mall, so drawing money is a bit of a drag.
There is an arcade in the plaza that i went to burn a bit of time too. A nice mall which can be quite busy during lunch and dinner times.
Sometimes when I arrive in Sembawang much earlier before my tuition assignment, I would go to Pastamania for a quick lunch before going up to the library for some reading and relaxation. That much, I can have no complaints.
But if I had to go to the toilet, I swear that I would rather go to the bushes than use the toilets there. They look like the facilities manager lacks the budget to maintain the toilets. A huge shame.
Within the shopping mall, there a number of big tenants such as NTUC at the bottom, with Fei Xiong's EAT and Bak Kwa. There is also a food court upstairs and Star Factory arcade centre. Near the exits, there are some fast food outlets and a HK cafe. I think there was supposed to be a cinema there as a I saw an escalator going up further to another higher floor with the word cinema labelled, but when i went there, the escalator was sealed off.
Although Sun Plaza has quite a number of storeys, the stores are pretty much the same, it is like a mixture of neighbourhood retail store plus some of those we see commonly at the bigger ones. Other than that, in terms of shopping, there is nothing special or much to window shop. It is more of a place for the nearby residents to purchase their daily needs.
I think it could be because there are many HDB flats around Sun Plaza that their prices are rather affordable. The food sold at the food court are rather nice and affordable. It is not really an interesting place to shop in.
There are quite a number of shops in Sun Plaza. For instance, Gain City, FairPrice, OSIM, Watsons, SaSa, Yamaha Music School, etc. From the entrance, you might have spotted few fashion stores along with dining restaurants like Pastamania. The interior of the shopping centre looked rather old, with yellow-white theme tiles. However, do not be fooled by its appearance. They do have yummy meals there and several restaurants like Sakae Sushi, Thai Express, etc. There is an apparel store which sells rather nice female dressed and tops. However, they might be rather pricey for the quality you’re paying as compared to these shops in the town area. It’s comparable to nearby shopping centres like Causeway Point and North Point.
If you have realized, there isn’t any book store in this entire building, which I think it’s kind of ridiculous where most residents get their necessities from. I believe that there are other shopping centres which are much better in terms of variety as compared to Sun Plaza. I’ll give it a miss.
Unlike shopping malls like Bugis Junction and Marina Square, Sun Plaza is rather small. I find myself having a tough time walking through crowds, especially during evenings. You have been warned.
However, don't let this image fool you. The cherry looking shopping mall is home to 93 shops. It is full of exciting and interesting goods. Take Japan Home for instance. NTUC Fairprice, Gain City, Virtualand, Kopitiam, Pets's Street and Yamaha.Book lovers, fret not! There's a public library at level 3. Simply said, there's something for everyone.
It's extremely convenient to get there as well as the shopping mall is located just right beside Sembawang MRT station. Again, it's no surprise that Sun Plaza's crowded with people.
The prices are affordable as well. A plate of chicken rice from Kopitiam costs about $3.50, while a necklace from Aries can cost about $5 onwards.
The minus? The parking charges are rather expensive, as each entry requires you to spend $3.30. Thankfully, the car park at HDB flats made up for this fallback. No worries regarding the walking distance as it's just right at the corner. Note to drivers: Park your car at the HDB Car Park instead. You didn't hear this from me.
All in all, an enjoyable experience.