Suntec City Mall
Suntec City Mall is a shopping centre in Singapore, located within the Marina Centre subzone of the Downtown Core Planning Area. Opened in 1994 together with initial phases of the Suntec City development, it was the largest shopping centre in Singapore with 888,000 square feet of retail space until the opening of VivoCity in 2006. It also offers a club house called the Suntec City Guild House located on the fifth storey.
Well, it’s too late to ask for the restructuring of the entire building so I would have to settle for better directions around the mall. There are too many ‘towers’ and ‘atriums’ within this mall, not as if it’s set in the world of the Lord of the Rings. Finding the MRT is one of the biggest problems. I’m always like a lost sheep in this mall.
I would only ever unwillingly visit this mall if the situation calls for it. (a.k.a if my friends vehemently want to meet over there)
For one thing, Suntec is huge. It leads from Esplanade station to Promenade station, and I remember taking the walks that used to slaughter my feet. Now, there is a newer section of shops nearer to the Esplanade side, and they sell a whole lot of items.
All the eateries in the mall are conveniently located in the centre of the mall, between the two MRT stations, which really frustrated me because I had to walk all the way in just to eat. The fountain of wealth is also nestled comfortably deep inside the mall, and offers a nice sight to see.
There is also a cinema here, and if you are aiming to watch a movie while avoiding the crowd, I suggest you try the cinema.
The one attractive feature about Suntec City is probably the Fountain Of Wealth, an iconic place in the middle of the complex popular with both locals and tourists. I'm rather glad that they did revamp the place a little, adding shops like H&M and Uniqlo to make shopping at Suntec a little more exciting. Otherwise, there is nothing really much to do in Suntec City; the entire place is huge and the layout might be messy to some. Still a quiet place worth visiting for a meal with family and friends though.
There are lots of shops, to be sure. There are some areas where the restaurants are great: for example on the top floor above where Carrefours used to be there is a great Japanese all you can eat buffet (Kuishin Bo) and a very good Turkish cafe next door. But now that the place is being 'remade'-yes, remade-try and find your way there without getting lost?
As far as the shopping is concerned, as I ask in relation to every mall in Singapore, what is different? Nothing. Simply lots of the same as everywhere else but more of it.
Advantages? Parking is ample, but for heavens sake record where you parked.It is almost a kilometer (750 metres to be more precise) from the promenade end to the Esplanade end, so you don't want to forget and end up dying of thirst as you collapse from heat exhaustion whilst trying to find your car.
And you still want to go there? Since when is the choice of five frozen yogurt stalls or two Hush Puppies stores more attractive?
Of course you could spend the time looking at the Fountain of Wealth or relaxing on the Roof Garden. These are listed as its main attractions.
Anyone for an exciting game of spectator draughts?
For example, the food restaurants around the fountain of wealth are recently closed either due to revamp or bad business. In addition, the cinema at Suntec is under Eng Wah Cinema, which is my least desired choice due to the uncomfortable seats and lacklustre TV screens. The stores at Suntec city are also pretty common which can be found at other major shopping malls
I will not really patronize Suntec City UNLESS there are events such as IT fair, food fair that are occuring in the Suntec City Convention Centre. These events are mainly the crowd-drawers to Suntec City.
Walking around there makes my feet sore. To find a shop, there are so many turns I feel as though I am in a maze whenever I am in here. It takes me such a long time to reach the outlet of my choice and by the time i'm there, I do not feel like shopping anymore. What makes things worse is that the nice outlets it had has now been replaced with mediocre brands.
At Suntec, the only things that will attract you in going is during IT Fair, go for their Royce chocolate, Astons, and nothing else I can think of. Their cinema is also recommended to go to as little people will go there to watch so it will be quite empty, but making it all the more enjoyable with little people, (since I like it that way). Their seats are also comfy and all.
Don't bother stepping in to their Carrefour, it's also like practically empty, under construction or I don't know. Their goods are being shifted away and I just see plain water of 1.5L everywhere I go. You can look around to find if there's any things that might be still there if you need, but I recommend you to Fairprice/Cold Storage/other places of Carrefour, since unless you want to buy plain bottles (1.5L) don't bother going in there.
I haven't tried their food, restaurants yet. So looking at some of the reviews, maybe it's still worth going but if you're looking for a time-killer by shopping, please don't go suntec!
-edit- Carrefour is closing down Singapore outlets already by year-end, that explains for the lack of items in the mall.
It's a pretty interesting mall and what I remember of the mall is that is is HUGE. In terms of how spacious it is and also the height of the ceiling (which makes the place look even bigger than it already is). You can easily get lost here so maybe you might want to get a map (no I'm kidding I doubt they have maps).
There are small stores all around selling finger food and you might just spend a bomb here from buying all the finger food!
They also have a cafe there which looks inviting but I haven't had the chance to go there yet.
It is really crowded especially during lunch time so if you don't like crowds, steer clear! It is after all a mall in the CBD district.
They have a wide variety of shops: sports, supermarket, food, general shopping, electronics... Yep you get me. There's even a cinema!
A great mall in the CBD district which houses offices too should provide decent food. For suntec city, the good food are really good and the bad, well are very bad indeed. If you have the time and the patience, stick with the food court or any of the fast food joints like MacDonald's, KFC and Subway. the food court at the basement is a must try. People like me who have flock to Suntec during the weekends for their convention like IT show or Cosplay event will understand that Suntec has loads of sumptuous food to choose from; the chinese Chai Png store, the Yu Kee Braised Duck Rice with its chilli and the long queue fishball noodle. These are my recommendations will satisfaction guaranteed of over 5 years of visiting this place monthly. The Chai Png has an amazing variety of dishes which cater to many of our palette, while the duck rice strikes a beat in my heart with its braised duck and spicy chilli which they created. For those who prefer noodles, the fishball is so bouncy and juicy that it is suffice to say is the reason for its long queue day after day.
Shopping is not really an awesome feeling here as the shops here are either usual boutique that are already famous like La Senza or Guess. However, it does have a few business worth mentioning like the Puzzle Shop near to Carrefour. This place stocks up the latest jigsaw puzzle from disney and with their friendly staff, it ensure puzzles fly off the shelve daily.
I am side tracking a little, but I can’t help but to share. The only reason why I step into Suntec City Mall is because of the food. And yes, despite having so many restaurants there, I go for the food court. This particular stall selling Chinese mixed rice got me craving for more.
They sell DELICIOUS dishes and when you order a plate of rice, it comes with a free bowl of healthy soup as well! Most of their dishes are usually sold out by 7pm and during lunch time, the queue is massive. So, I would suggest you to visit the stall at about 2 – 3pm when the crowd subside. Also, above the malls are office towers. So please avoid going there for lunch if you’re a tourist!