Bugis Street

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Great Place For Inexpensive Shopping
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4.0
To those not in the know, Bugis street may seem like just a row of stalls selling tacky touristy souvenirs. However, ride the escalator to the second floor, and you’ll discover a whole new world.

Upstairs is a whole different ball game from the first floor. Air conditioned and filled to the brim with small shops peddling cheap clothes and shoes, Bugis Street is the go to place for teenagers and young adults to buy their fashion items.

You’ll normally be able to haggle with the store owners over the price, especially if you buy more than one piece, so you can put your bargaining skills to good use here!
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Shop till you drop
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3.5
Value 
 
3.5
Service 
 
3.0
Quality 
 
3.5
Satisfaction 
 
3.5
Overall Rating 
 
3.5
Be systematic about it - This is the number one rule when shopping in Bugis street, especially for the uninitiated. If you see something you like, and decide to come back later, because you want to see if you can get it for a cheaper price at another store, or because you want to think on it, chances are you won't be able to find it unless you remembered your landmarks or you have a good sense of direction. If it's your first time there, Bugis Street is extremely confusing.

There is a shop I frequent on the second floor because it is extremely cheap and they always have a really wide variety of clothes, but it is like the Room of Requirement from Hogwarts, sometimes I get lucky and stumble upon it, other times I just cannot seem to find it.

Nevertheless, Bugis Street is a good place to find clothes that are currently in trend, whether it's blogshop clothes or clothes that the latest K-Pop idol is wearing, or even just pretty shoes and accessories. While I like shopping on Orchard Road because it's more organised and less crowded, Bugis Street is a good choice when you want to buy basics or items that you've seen online, or when you are on a budget. Definitely a must go when you come to Singapore, if not only to experience the crowd. If you get hungry, there are snacks at the entrance and on the second floor as well. The crepe shop on the second floor is especially good for a sugar rush after the hunting for good bargains.

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Something for everyone
Recommend to a friend:
Yes
TG
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Shopping paradise for the low maintenance girl
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4.0
Value 
 
5.0
Service 
 
3.5
Quality 
 
3.5
Satisfaction 
 
4.0
Overall Rating 
 
4.0
Bugis street is my most favourite shopping place in Singapore. I am a very low maintenance girl who doesn't really care about having expensive and branded clothes and bags. As such, Bugis Street really suits me. =)

Here are some advantages of this place

1) They have new stock every 2-3 weeks and the type of clothes vary according to seasons. As such, I am able to find winter wear here in November/December which is comfortable, fashionable and very reasonably priced

2) You can haggle with the store owners. Most of them are Malaysians or Chinese-speaking so using Putonghua or Cantonese puts you at an advantage

3) The clothes here look really good and are imported from Thailand, China, South Korea and HK. Though not the best in quality, it doesn't really matter to me as I get bored of clothes rather quickly and don't usually wear them for years.

However, do watch out for the weather and crowd as it can get very hot and stuffy on weekends.
JP
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An affordable shoppers' paradise
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3.5
Value 
 
4.0
Service 
 
3.5
Quality 
 
2.5
Satisfaction 
 
3.5
Overall Rating 
 
3.5
Bugis street is a stone throw's away from the MRT station, hence making it a popular spot for both locals and tourists looking for bargains.

This is the place to be for the young and trendy - One look at the overexcited young and fashionable shoppers and you will be able to tell straight away. Indeed, the items sold in the arrays of shops here follow the latest fashion trends and styles. Korean-inspired clothes, bags and accessories seem to be all the rage now, judging by the amount of related shops found on Bugis street.

I noticed that many of the shops seem to be selling similar, if not identical, items. This is where your kiasu spirit and hard work kicks in. Do your homework by walking around to check out and compare prices at various shops to get the best deal. Bargain. Hard. Most of the shops are open to bargaining, and give you cheaper prices if you buy more from them.

Alas, the only problem is the quality of the items sold here. I once bought a bag, only for the bag strap to break only after carrying it for a couple of times. Clothes, especially printed ones, tend to peel or wear off easily. Not surprising, judging by the cheap prices they are being sold at.

Shopping at Bugis Street is fun and interesting, There will always be something for everyone. You just have to know how to walk around and find a good deal. At the end of the day, the multiple shopping bags in your hands and the exhilarating feeling after shopping will definitely be worth all the walking and squeezing with the crowds.

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Average Spent:
30
Best Part:
Affordable prices and wide variety
Recommend to a friend:
Yes
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Great place to tease out latest trends
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Value 
 
3.5
Quality 
 
2.5
Overall Rating 
 
3.5
To cut a long story short, Bugis street is THE place to go if you want to get a sense of “what’s in” with the younger crowd. Trying out new styles without tearing a hole in my pocket definitely scored much brownie point with me. Being the style idiot, spotting the common seasonal themes among the myriad of shops is a no brainer – one cannot go wrong trying to fit in by doing so.

Having said that, clothes sold at Bugis Street are meant to test out trends. Considering the price of clothes sold, it leaves the quality and durability of the products much to ones imagination. Let me reiterate this point: there is nothing wrong purchasing clothes there, but if one is looking for clothes to last, you might want to turn your attention to the shopping centers nearby. On the other hand, if you are looking for “throwaway fashion”, by all means, shop away! I remembered I purchased a regular printed tee with my friends from a shop. It started to peel just after the first wash. Not the first time.

And an additional note, I realized that it seems as if most shop owners purchase their suppliers from the same source, so I tend to look around for a better bargain before making my purchase. Saved me a couple of dollars for refreshments haha.
KE
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I always lost my way in Bugis Street
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.0
Service 
 
3.0
Quality 
 
3.0
Satisfaction 
 
3.5
Overall Rating 
 
3.5
Bugis Street is always crowded with people, especially on weekends. There are many narrow walking lanes with shops on both sides and I always lost my way because all the lanes look similar to me. If I see an item I like, I have to buy it. Once I say "keep in view and I will come back later to buy it", chances are, I will not know how to walk back to that shop later on.

Bugis Street is the place to go if you are looking for cheap clothes, accessories, shoes and bags. It can be as cheap as $10 for a dress and $3 for a hairband. There are many shops selling wide varieties of items. However, do not pin high expectations on the quality, and some of the shops do not have fitting rooms.

Its the place to go if you are not too particular about the quality and are looking for trendy and new apparels. It suits me because I like my wardrobe to be added with new clothes every now and then!

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Average Spent:
20
Best Part:
Cheap and wide varieties
CZ
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The crowd never dies down
Overall Rating 
 
4.0
Always bustling with activity, Bugis Street is definitely not a place for those who dislike crowds. But there is a reason for those crowds.

A big fan of shopping myself, Bugis Street is a shopping paradise for teenagers. The casual clothing style paired with affordable prices attract flocks after flocks of young people.

From past experience, do not buy an item the first time you see it. Walk around and explore the other shops, there may just be one selling the exact item at a cheaper price. Also, it is very likely to bump into someone on the street wearing the same clothes as you if you purchase the common items.
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Spoilt for choice, not for quality.
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3.5
Value 
 
4.0
Service 
 
3.0
Quality 
 
3.0
Satisfaction 
 
3.5
Overall Rating 
 
3.5
Bugis Street isn't for everyone. Yes, it is crowded, but I do believe we have one of the highest population densities in the world, and the government is only expecting it to go up, up, up. I find the crowd at Bugis street more easy to navigate during weekday afternoons, and would not risk a trip during the weekend unless you really can't find any other time to go.

A thing of note about Bugis street is that it does have clothing geared towards males that are considerably cheaper than what you would find around town. The sad fact is, there is a limited selection for the men of Singapore, fashion-wise. So if you're a guy with a deep need to look good/dress well, I would recommend walking around Bugis street at least once.

Women can definitely find something at Bugis street--but if you are looking for quality, you should turn tail, head back to the MRT, and go for Orchard road instead. However, if you are looking to make a fashion statement, or have a particular style in mind, you can definitely put together an outfit at Bugis street for nothing more than $50. There are bargains at Bugis street to be made/had, and some shopkeepers are not averse to a little bit of haggling. If you're lucky, you can get two good-quality shirts for $25 dollars. If you're looking for cute/fashionable shoes, you can find a pair of two going from $10 to $20. I wouldn't look to Bugis street for items that last though, but the younger crowd and students with a small budget should definitely take a looksee--you won't go back empty-handed. There is something for everyone at Bugis street, for sure.

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Average Spent:
50
Best Part:
So many choices!
Recommend to a friend:
Yes
RT
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Cheap, fast and young fashion
(Updated: February 02, 2013)
Overall Rating 
 
3.5
Mention Bugis Street and you’d be bound to receive “hot and crowded” comments from every other person. This place has been advertised and known for cheap and fast fashion, which makes it a number one choice for students with a budget. And in order to cater to this targeted group of customers, prices are therefore super affordable and with that comes the lack of quality. The uniformity of the type of clothes offered here could be passed off as “trends”, but it merely suggests the possibility of retailing from the same wholesalers (to me).

In my personal opinion, the place has evolved into a “teeny-bopper” paradise for young teens and not suitable for young adults like myself anymore. A visit here every once in a while would be good for cheap bargains though.
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Cheap thrills yet almost identical clothes
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3.5
Value 
 
5.0
Service 
 
3.5
Quality 
 
2.5
Satisfaction 
 
3.5
Overall Rating 
 
3.5
Cheap thrills never fail to make me happy! Clothes here sell for 10 to 20 bucks with a variety from shoes to wallets to accessories to clothes. All for an affordable price and each time I go, I spend at least 30 bucks! However, all shops sell rather similar clothes so you might not be able to know which shop exactly sells the same top for the cheapest price. Sadly, such cheap thrills do not allow people to try the clothes on as usual. The crowd also makes it a little unpleasant to hunt around for clothes.

Besides the usual accesories and clothes, I found an interesting shop that sells comestic products and other daily care products such as a silicon brush for brushing blackheads that supposingly is the latest technology that is delicate to the skin yet able to remove the blackheads away. Many shops there also sell hair remover tools from Korea that appear to be invented from latest technology allowing hair to be able not to grow out for 2 months!

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Recommend to a friend:
Yes
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