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Singapore is a shoppers’ paradise and is well recognized as one of the best shopping capitals of Southeast Asia. Shopping can easily be counted as one of Singaporeans' favorite activities. Shopping in Singapore is a delight - shopping malls are well and comfortably designed and constructed, shops have regular sales and promotions, the selection of products is incredible, and the customer service is at the highest standards. You can get good deals to buy bags, shoes and summer knitwear as well as the latest electronic devices and all kinds of electronics in general.

Most of the supermarkets, shopping malls and small boutiques are open daily from 10:00 to 21:00, some of them up to 22:00 (Mustafa Center is the only shopping mall in Singapore which operates 24/7 and it is located near Little India district).

The main shopping area in Singapore is, of course, the Orchard Road. Countless shopping malls and boutiques, as well as restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels and entertainment centers are located in this area.

fe949c30e2ee1f81098e03d7e5060514 Paragon Shopping Centre 

It is one of the most famous shopping malls in Singapore, located on Orchard Road Street. The mall consists of luxury designer brands such as Prada, Gucci, Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna, Tod's, Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, ETRO, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino, Ralph Lauren. After hours of shopping, you can satisfy your hunger at one of the many restaurants in this shopping mall.

Address: 290 Orchard Road (MRT Orchard)

Opening hours: 10:00 - 21:30

 

 

e76412a7d69035010855a005ab3e47da Takashimaya Shopping Centre 

In Takashimaya, you can find the most expensive designer brands. Boutiques such as Cristian Dior, Fendi, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Coach, TOD'S, and Burberry are all lined up in this shopping center. 

Address: 391 Orchard Road (MRT Orchard)

Opening hours: 10:00 - 21:30

 

 

 

95f7c8add8d242233269cbd61c67546a Palais Renaissance Shopping Centre 

A shopping mall with a luxurious interior and designer brands. It is also recommended as one of the best places to buy expensive watches and jewelry.

Address: 390 Orchard Road (MRT Orchard)

Opening Hours: 10:00 - 20:00

 

 

 

ce99ad4398d0aa844b19c4a62a725dba Suntec City Mall 

This is one of the largest shopping malls in Singapore, with an area of 83.850 square meters. Suntec City Mall is divided into four thematic areas - Galleria, Tropics, Entertainment Centre and Fountain Terrace. In addition to well-known brands, you may also find brands and items from Singaporean manufacturers in Galleria. The famous Fountain of Wealth is located near the shopping mall.

Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard (MRT City Hall)

Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00

 

 


4661635801c33ba857c011346fe48b7e VivoCity Shopping Centre 

A big shopping and entertainment center with a distinctive design. VivoCity is very suitable for both locals and tourists. It consists of many boutiques that are mainly represented by affordable mid-priced brands. Many cafes, restaurants and a cinema will compliment your shopping experience.

Address: 1 Harbour Front Walk (MRT Harbour Front)

Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00

 

 

 

06db676bcaf551418f5201c2ca792e27 Raffles City Shopping Centre 

Raffles City complex was designed by a famous interior designer I.M. Pei. It consists of two hotels, a variety of restaurants, the Congress Center and large shopping center. Here, you can find many casual retail brands which are focused on everyday life use as well as sports clothing, watches, jewelry, sunglasses and famous branded boutiques.

Address: 252 North Bridge Road (MRT City Hall)

Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00

 

 

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It is the largest electronics and IT center in Singapore. If there is no price tag on the item, it is usually quoted a little higher by the seller giving you room to bargain. Be bold to ask for at least 25% cheaper and spare some time to compare and look around.

Address: Rochor Canal Road (MRT Bugis)

Opening Hours: 10:30 - 21:00 daily

 

 

 

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Another paradise for IT and electronics geeks. This is the place to find an abundance of video/audio and computer technologies! You will be dazzled from the selection of plasma screens, laptops, monitors, mobile phones, cameras, digital cameras and other electronics - 7 floors are packed to full capacity for you to enjoy the latest electronic inventions!

Address: 109, North Bridge Road, Singapore 179097 (5 minutes’ walk from City Hall MRT)

Opening Hours: 10:30 - 22:00 daily

 

 

 

 

Useful shopping tips 

Prices

Prices in branded shops are usually fixed, whereas in others, you can ask for discounts and see whether bargain is appropriate in each particular store.

Information on sales /discounts 

Sales are held frequently in Singapore, but the largest of them run from late May to mid-July, and at the end of the year during Christmas and New Year festivities. 

Method of payment

Most of the stores accept international credit cards or cash but only in local currency - the Singapore dollar (S$). 

Cash 

For travellers' checks encashment and other financial issues, kindly contact the banks or Money Changer Bureau in the city. Banks usually open from 09:30 to 15:30 or 16:00 from Monday to Friday and from 09:30 to 11:30 on Saturdays. ATMs can be found everywhere for your convenience, some of them close at night, while others operate 24/7.

Warranty

Make sure that your purchase warranty certificate contains the correct details of the product and store stamp. International warranty for many goods usually lasts for 12 months from the date of purchase, but some of the products sold at lower prices often have a local guarantee or do not provide a warranty certificate at all. There are some restrictions for certain international warranties, and they may not apply in certain countries. In most stores you will be given a warranty upon your request, otherwise it is better to buy the same item from a different branch.

Store receipts & return policy

All supermarkets, department stores and small shops issue a cash receipt or a check when you buy their goods. Larger shops and department stores will exchange goods if they are returned in good, original condition. However, returns are usually accepted only within a specified number of days from the date of purchase and upon presentation of the original receipt. Smaller shops may not be so accommodating, so before you purchase anything, it is always better to carefully check the quality of the product and read the return policy of the store. If you are unsure whether to buy a product in a department store and would like a bit more time to consider, just ask the sales assistant to keep the item for you. Items reservations usually last a maximum of three days and is up to the store keeper’s discretion.

Tax Refund

Foreign citizens can return Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 7% at the airport upon presentation of a correct receipt. Please note that you should ask the sales associate to provide you with a receipt for Tax Refund, or you can go to Customer service, where you will be issued a receipt. Refund is made at the airport only with presentation of this GST Refunt Reciept. Prior to flight registration, head over to the Global Refund counter, and submit your receipts and passport, for the documents to be stamped. After registration, look for the Global Refund stall in the Duty Free area, show your receipts, and your money will be returned to you in any currency. The money can be given in cash or transferred to a card.

Export permit

The export of all weapons (including souvenir swords and daggers) requires a special permit, which is given by the Singapore Arms and Explosives Branch at 391, New Bridge Road, # 02-701, Police Cantonment Complex, Singapore 088762, Tel.: (65) 6557 5822. Singapore and many other countries place restrictions on items from endangered species, such as ivory and skins. In case of doubt, before exporting such products back home, check with your national diplomatic representative whether you need a special permit.

Souvenirs permitted to export from Singapore

You can bring drawings and prints of local artists back with you from Singapore, as well as rare antiquities, Chinese silk and Malaysian batik, local and national ornaments and jewelry, specially packaged ground spices and curry powder. We recommend purchasing gold plated orchids and art pieces made of semi-precious stones. These will make perfect souvenirs of a long-lasting memory of your trip to the Merlion City. 

Places to buy souvenirs with symbols of Singapore

• Airport Changi / Duty Free Zone;

• Chinatown / MRT Chinatown;

• Little India / MRT Little India;

• Mustafa Center, 145 Syed Alwi Rd. /MRT Little India

• Arabic Neighborhood Kampong Glam / MRT Bugis and Lavender.



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