Tampines 1 is Singapore’s newest sub-urban mall in the East and is set to bring a breath of metropolitan lifestyle to the Tampines area with key tenants that include Cold Storage, Challenger as well as international fashion brands such as Esprit, Springfield, Promod, Topshop, Topman and Uniqlo. Shoppers will be spoilt with a wide range of food choices at Tampines 1. Or visit the cluster of double-storey food and beverage outlets overlooking a serene landscaped garden terrace on Level 4.
Also, the placement of the shops is weird. Some shops that just don't go together are clustered in the same place and just makes me go "what?". Though, I like that they have UrbanWrite, Muji and Coffee Bean. I personally think Tampines 1 should stick to the concept it was going for (the whole "classy" thing) and not stick in shops that deviate too much from that.
It is also a good place to visit with your friends to catch up with each other as they have various cafes there. You can visit the rooftop if your child needs some entertainment as they have a miniature playground there. Why not catch some fresh air while watching your children have some fun.
There are also a number of choices to choose from if your tummy starts to rumble. There is Kim Gary, Subway, Carls Jr and some snacks outlet to satisfy your tummy. I recommend you to try decorating your own cake at The Icing Room at the Basement level! You can get really cute cupcakes there too.
Tampines 1 has other attractive food places like Sushi Tei and Kim Gary, which are slightly difficult to find at suburban malls. Without doubt, it is my favourite mall in the East area.
I usually patronise Tampines One for Sushi Teh, which serves considerably good Japanese foods as compared to other multi-location Japanese food restaurant chains, like Sakae. Do note that the queues for Sushi Teh, especially on Friday’s and Saturday’s dinner, are horrible. Recently, they face a new competitor, MOF, just a few shops down the stretch, also serving Japanese cuisine. It’s a great addition for me since I’m a fan of Japanese cuisine. More choices is always good and MOF doesn’t serve sub-standard food too.
There are usual amenities in the mall, a food court at the top level, an arcade which I disliked since it’s small in size and the games are catered more for young children, Amara spa (only for ladies if I’m not wrong) and Raffles Medical clinic within the building. While the shop ranges from retailing stationeries, clothes, gifts and practically everything under the sun, I seldom do my shopping here. Then again, I’m not usually a shopping type of person so I usually patronise Tampines One for the variety of food served.
Tampines 1 even caters to children, with a built in rooftop playground, where children uninterested in shopping can have fun and entertain themselves at.
The dining at Tampines 1 is a little limited though, as compared to the likes of Tampines Mall and Century Square. However, there are quite a few notable restaurants at Tampines 1 such as Sushi Tei and Fish and Co, and there are tiny eateries selling finger food on the go at the basement.
Tampines 1 is definitely my favourite mall in Tampines. Despite being small in size, it is able to offer shoppers a refreshing and entirely satisfying shopping experience.
The exterior of the mall is modern and grand, and the interior classy and bright. The mall is organized with the boutiques and retailers on the lower floors and the restaurants and eateries on the higher floors. In the basement, there are pushcarts selling clothes for a cheaper price. A cardigan would cost approximately $10 - $15 there. There are also stores selling finger food such as hot dogs and pretzels in the basement, so you can easily grab some food and go.
Tampines 1 is one of the best heartland malls in Singapore and provides a fantastic shopping experience for the inhabitants of Tampines. The residents living there can easily spend an entire day shopping and eating in Tampines 1 despite its small size, and when growing bored of it, can simply mall-hop to the nearby Century Square or Tampines Mall.
However, that's not to say it is a bad mall. It is just an average place, one that you can find any other place out there. From popular brands such as Topshop to food franchises, you can probably find something here to interest you, should you wish to shop. The fact that Temasek Polytechnic is located close to T1 doesn't hurt their business as well; you can often find students shopping on weekdays, instead of it being a white elephant where no one frequents (a la Heeren).
Two words that comes to mind when Tampines 1 is mentioned: bad architecture. Seriously, the way the whole mall is designed is awful. The layout and placements of the shops is atrocious and even though at first glance it looks all shiny and pretty, upon closer examination, it's just horrible. And I think that's why I find it so hard to not dislike Tampines 1.
I guess I'm just not a fan, and never will be.
Tampines is such a stronghold of malls already. Everything here is sheer entertainment and it's good enough for the easterners. So this was a bad experience for me. The shops here are not too shabby, the place feels cold and unassuming, nothing too special.
An alright place to go to if you are just looking for new places to go to but you're okay with disappointment. There's also stores of a higher end here so if that floats your boat, sure. If not, stick to Tampines Mall.