Singapore is renowned the world over as shopping paradise. In the city-state, you can find everything you will need and want. Hundreds of shopping malls and thousands of shops are spread over on more than a dozen shopping districts. These shopping places house all possible goods and every conceivable product from the most advanced and sophisticated Western items to the more unique, quaint, and exotic goods and crafts.
Aside from affordable and highly competitive pricing, Singapore makes sure that shoppers enjoy the best of shopping conveniences through very cold air-conditioning to beat the tropical Asian weather, covered walkways, and the concept of having everything under one roof. In Singapore, only your energy to shop can challenge the appetite of the shopper in you.
Standing close to the Orchard (NS22) MRT station, this 4-storey shopping center has more than 100 shops that cater to every imaginable shopping need. It offers fashion, furnishings, sports and leisure items, needs for hobbies, laundry services, photo-processing, and a whole lot more. A well-stocked supermarket is also located at the basement. The one-stop lifestyle mall spread over 145,000 square feet of space, strategically located at the junction of Tanglin Road and Grange Road, also offers 500 car park lots for shoppers. The mall which is 100% leased has anchor tenants such as Tanglin Market Place, Royal Sporting House, Why Pay More, Barang Barang, Oaks Grill & Bar, Patara Fine Thai Cuisine, and Food Junction. It also houses boutiques filled with regional handicrafts for the home and ethnic fashion pieces from Singapore’s neighboring countries.
Located along Temasek Boulevard and nestled in the heart of the bustling Marina Bay shopping district, with the City Hall (EW13/NS25) MRT station as the closest, this gigantic mall rests on 83,850 square meters of shopping space. One of the largest malls in Singapore, Suntec City is divided into four thematic zones of Galleria, Tropics, Entertainment Centre, and Fountain Terrace. The mall houses the G2000 flagship store, Mango’s largest Asia store, and the first Singapore branch of the world-wide French hypermart Carrefour. Found at the heart of the mall is the Fountain of Wealth, recorded in 1998 by The Guinness Book of Records as the largest fountain in the world. It also houses the British furniture and appliances store Courts. The official operating hours for Suntec City Mall are 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.
Singapore’s biggest mall houses 300 retailers, restaurants, entertainment areas, even a rooftop and a kiddie wading pool. The mall is walking distance from the HarbourFront (NE1) MRT station, and within minutes of Sentosa Island. Inspired by waves on the sea, the harbor front promenade, three-storey main atrium, and rooftop play pool were designed by internationally renowned architect Toyo Ito. Receiving nearly a million visitors only after its first week of operations in December 2006, Vivo City houses the largest Golden Village (GV) multiplex in Singapore with 15 screens and 2,500 seats, the largest hypermarket Dairy Farm, and the award winning department store Tangs as one of its three anchor tenants. The shopping complex has a total floor area of 1.5 million square feet. It has 5 floors that include 2 basement floors. The gigantic complex has a total of 4,000 car park lots and loading and unloading bays.
IKEA and Courts MegaStores
IKEA and Courts are gigantic retailers in Singapore whose respective shopping floor areas measure hundreds of thousands of square feet. IKEA is a buzzword for home and office furnishings. It offers delivery, assembly, and repair services. The business establishment is known to offer a wide range of well-designed and functional furnishings that ordinary citizens can very well afford. The megastore’s two branches, IKEA Alexandra Store and IKEA Tampines Store, have had a total of 4.2 million visitors and 90,000 home deliveries to date. In 2006, Courts heralded the arrival of out-of-town destination shopping in Singapore with a revolutionary retail concept. Courts offers the guarantee of refunding 110% if the product bought is not delivered within 7 days. In 2007, Courts launched Courts IQ–The Technology Store at VivoCity, offering best selling consumer electronics and IT digital products.