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My essential mall
(Updated: November 21, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Value 
 
3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
Overall Rating 
 
3.5
Nothing beats having three malls clustered all together just beside the MRT station and bus interchange. Tampines 1 is a very important mall to me as I get my basic necessities there. My make up at skin food, different life necessities at Daiso and not forgetting my favorite Korean Ssikkek barbeque buffet.

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.

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CW
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Lucky East siders
(Updated: February 02, 2013)
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4.0
I was born and raised in the West, so going to the east has been an eye-opener. It has been etched in my mind the memory of arriving at Tampines the first time — the crowds here give Orchard Road a run for their money. So I suppose the opening of Tampines 1 has been met with much anticipation! The selling point for Tampines 1 for me is, of course, Topshop. Now the east siders can get to enjoy high street fashion at a neighbourhood area — colour me jealous!

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.
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The newest shopping center in Tampines
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4.0
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3.5
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4.0
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3.5
Satisfaction 
 
4.0
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4.0
I was a “Tampines kid”, always roaming around Tampines during my younger days. Vaguely recall that the this new shopping malls lies on the land of previously Sogo and the “Pavilion”, a cool and hip place to hang out at that time with arcade, pool centre, LAN gaming and karaoke. Naturally, seeing Tampines One now brings back lots of memories despite being totally different in outlook and building structure.

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.
LL
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Favourite mall in Tampines
Overall Rating 
 
4.0
The shopping at Tampines 1 is fantastic. Housing several high street fashion brands like Dorothy Perkins, TopShop and New Look that are typically found around town area, Tampines 1 allows heartlanders to enjoy quality shopping comparable to that in Orchard without actually having to travel to town. It even features Japanese fashion brands like Dip Drops, and one can be assured that he will not leave Tampines 1 empty handed with such an extensive variety of fashion stores.

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.

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Puts the 'heart' in 'heartland mall'
(Updated: November 12, 2012)
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4.0
Tampines 1 breathes life into the tired shopping scene at Tampines. Even with Tampines Mall and Century Square, the shopping at Tampines was growing a little stale before Tampines 1 was constructed. Bringing retailers like Payless ShoeSource, Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins and New Look to Tampines, Tampines 1 is like a little slice of Orchard Road for the residents there.

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.
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Yet another shopping mall
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Value 
 
3.5
Service 
 
3.5
Quality 
 
3.5
Satisfaction 
 
3.5
Overall Rating 
 
3.5
Tampines is a heartland area, a neighbourhood not unlike Sengkang, Clementi, and the numerous other locales Singapore is largely comprised of. Which is why it surprises me when years ago, I learnt that Tampines 1 was in the midst of construction. They already had an existing mall, and I honestly fail to see the relevance of building another 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).

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An OK mall with upmarket clothing shops
(Updated: October 21, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Satisfaction 
 
3.0
Overall Rating 
 
3.5
A part of a trio of malls in the surrounding area, Tampines 1 is the newest to be opened in the busy central tampines area. Conveniently located just outside the exit of Tampines MRT station, it's very easy to make a quick stop here.

I used to think that Tampines 1 was a completely unecessary addition to the other two malls nearby, Tampines Mall and Century square. Both the other malls already had stores that covered everyone's needs. 2 Cinemas, 2 arcades, electronic stores, restaurants, cafes, everything was already there. Only highlight of Tampines 1 is the more upmarket clothing stores (Topshop, Topman, Newlook etc), the japanese & korean minimarts. But recently T1 has had new additions to the current shops. One of the new shops is DAISO. DAISO is a huge favourite with its price tag of $2 for everything, its addition to the mall certainly brought a crowd it.

Fast food, snacks are all mostly at the basement with the exception of the food court at the top level of the mall. Food at basement's quite yummy, usually I'll just buy a couple of things from a few food stalls and call it a meal cause the food court's always crowded during lunch time. Other places to eat would be the restaurants scattered across the levels.

I wouldn't say that Tampines 1 is a mall I would die without or incredibly useful seeing there are almost-duplicate malls in walking distance, but it has it's unique shops and it's uses.
GS
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Used to Hate it, now I love it
Overall Rating 
 
4.0
I live in the East, so when Tampines 1 opened, I really wondered if Tampines needed 3 Shopping centres within the same location. I was mainly concerned with the crowds, but in small country like Singapore, I suppose you generally can't avoid crowds no matter you go.

Initially I did not like Tampines 1, because I found the shops offered there to be pretty lacklustre. With the exception of Uniqlo, which was a novelty to be had.

However, with the recent renovations, and the additiion of stores like Muji and a Daiso (coming soon) , as well as several new eateries in the Basement floor, I do believe there is not much reason for me to be heading to town to get my shopping done.

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FR
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Bringing the Metropolis to the East
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Service 
 
4.0
Quality 
 
4.0
Satisfaction 
 
4.0
Overall Rating 
 
4.0
When Tampines 1 was launched in 2009, there was much hyped about the sub-urban mall. At first I was doubtful of Tampines 1. To tell the truth, I found that its "chic" existence within the Tampines heartland would make a rather awkward combination. Nonetheless, I was proven wrong. Till today, Tampines 1 continues to be jam-packed with visitors not only in weekdays but weekends as well. This proves that the mall is a popular spot for customers.

Perhaps one of the reason why Tampines 1 continues to be popular is its ability to provide an apt metropolitan feel to visitors living in the East without having the need to travel to farther away places like Orchard or City Hall. Indeed, Tampines 1 aims to "bring a breath of metropolitan lifestyle to the Tampines area". The mall certainly lives up to this by offering a wide-range of urbane shops, from dining to entertainment to fashion. The shops available in Tampines 1 are exceptional in the sense that they could not be found elsewhere in Tampines and are usually located within the central area like Orchard.

For one, the mall has Cold Storage. The eateries available are also more in-tune with fine dining like "BBQ Chicken" and "BBQ Delights". In terms of shopping, urbane fashion is brought to the heartland with the opening of noted stores like "Uniqlo", "Topshop" and "Topman". Personally, one of my favourite shops is "Urban Write", which sells chic yet durable stationery for its customers. The shop's presence in Tampines 1 is significant because it is the only other outlet aside from one situated in Orchard Central.

Tampines 1 also frequently puts in place discounts and special offers to further simulate
customers' interests in visiting the mall. For instance, coming 23 and 24 June, Tampines 1 have hourly specials at selected malls. The previous year in 2011, Tampines 1 also engaged visitors by holding Facebook contest that entitled the winner up to S$320 shopping vouchers! While retaining its classy feel, Tampines 1 has not failed to continue to woo its visitors, making it a metropolis favourite to many visitors.

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Top mall in the East
Overall Rating 
 
4.0
For Easties (Singaporeans living in the East) Tampines 1 is easily the best mall in our area. It has all the amenities and facilities that you can find in the average Orchard Mall shopping centre. Short of the luxury brands, you can get a lot of the top fashion brands here - Topman, Dorothy Perkins and now MUJI.

Tampines 1 also provides a good mix of high-end and regular food offerings. For example for the bakeries you have Toast Box, Rive Gauche and Yamazaki Boulangerie on the same floor to choose from.

My only complaint is the layout of Tampines 1. The first floor has hardly any open space. And since the only open space is nearly always taken up by some sale booth or another, the ground floor is perennially overcrowded. Remember a lot of pedestrians walk through the mall just to get from the MRT to the other malls. Since this is an architectural problem, you can't avoid it unless you go during quieter times - which is nearly never.

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