Whether you’re a couture aficionado, an indie style maven or a high street honey, you’ll find it hard to leave Singapore empty-handed.
Brace yourself for a world-class shopping experience in Singapore. Besides the glittering snake of mega malls that make up the main shopping drag that is Orchard Road, there are many smaller shopping precincts to explore. Shoppers looking for something other than the same-old, same-old will find independent multi-label boutiques right up their alley. Not only do you get a varied selection of merchandise that goes beyond fashion, you also get to soak in the atmosphere of the cultural enclaves, such as Kampong Glam, Little India and Chinatown, that many of them are located in. Some also offer you the chance to update your wardrobe with a uniquely Singaporean look, thanks to a thriving local design scene…
Here are some shops we recommend:
If you are into hard-to-find cult labels, or seeking designer brands that have not succumbed to the global luxury conglomerates, you should definitely check out Surrender. Located at the Raffles Hotel Arcade, it stocks labels that are not widely available anywhere else in South East Asia such as Band of Outsiders, Maison Martin Margiela and Raf Simons 1995. A trek to Surrender also provides a chance to explore the iconic hotel that it’s located in. Art galleries and quaint tea-rooms dot the hotel’s arcades, offering tired shoppers respite as well as a cosy escape from busy impersonal malls.
Over on Erskine Road in the heart of Chinatown, Egg3 stocks an inspiring mix of inventive home accessories and stylish clothing from independent furniture and fashion designers around the region – watch out for statement lacquered vases, woven poufs and pretty Chinese-influenced dresses.
In September 2012, Wisma Atria, a forerunner of Orchard Road’s luxury malls, officially launched their new S$31million makeover. Originally erected in 1986, the new undulating 123m façade hides a warren of exciting new shops including Workshop Element, a design commune store that brings together an ensemble of Singaporean fashion designers under one roof. Also known as W.E, the airy space has an industrial, stripped down aesthetic that spotlights each designer’s work in special vitrines. All-local, the brands combine new hipsters, emerging designers and veteran designers in a fresh mix.
For those jaded by the sameness of shopping malls, Black Market is the destination boutique to check out. This fashion/art/lifestyle store is another great place to go for uniquely Singaporean pieces. Apart from showcasing local collections from home-grown designer labels such as Evenood, Reckless Ericka, WanderWonder and FruFru&Tigerlily, it also stocks underground labels from Japan, Indonesia and Thailand, thus proving that not all innovative design comes out of the West. Clothes are not all that it sells and you’ll also find lots of trendy gear from sunglasses to skateboard decks – a perfect hunting ground for presents for any younger family members or friends, in other words.
Discreetly tucked away in one of Singapore’s prime residential districts, Fraser Suites Singapore enjoys easy access to the city’s financial hub and Orchard Road, a world-renowned shopping belt sporting numerous malls and boutique stores. The vibrant riverside corridor of Clarke Quay and Boat Quay – host to a myriad of themed restaurants, al fresco dining, chic cafés, pubs and specialty shops are also located close by.
Comprising 255 spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom serviced residences, plus newly refurbished executive floor serviced residences. All are stylishly furnished with well-equipped kitchenettes and fitted with high quality entertainment systems.
For leisure, there’s a refreshing swimming pool with kids’ pool, plus an outdoor jet pool and a spacious gym. An outdoor kids’ playground treats youngsters to fun, too. This property also benefits from a charming restaurant known as The Dining Room, a perfect spot for entertaining friends or enjoying a cosy supper with a loved one. Meanwhile at The Retreat, guests can take some time out of their busy schedules to simply relax with an indulgent session in a massage chair.