Shopping in Singapore
The merchant will be able to go completely crazy in Singapore and clear his
account in one afternoon. And those of us who have aversions to shopping malls
and markets are facing heavy days.
Singapore is probably more famous for the selection than for the prices, but
you can still shop for items like fashion clothing, electronic items and
jewelry. It's teeming with pirate goods, though, so if the prices seem too good
to be true, that's probably exactly what they are.
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Singapore's premier shopping street is Undoubtedly Orchard Road,
where you will find large shopping centers close by. The area is probably more
expensive and more exclusive than the rest of the city, but the selection and
quality are not many people complain about. Most major designer stores like
Armani, Gucci and Calvin Klein can be found in the Hilton Shopping Center, or
across the street in the Palais Renaissance.
The largest of the shopping centers is Ngee Ann City, with
more than a hundred specialist stores (at Orchard Road 391 ) as well as
it also includes the flagship Takashimaya, which is a huge
Japanese department store, see image first in the article.
In Chinatown you will find countless small shops offering souvenirs,
jewelry, herbs and medicines, food and clothing. Especially in the streets of
Trengganu Street and Smith Street it is teeming with
Little India stands out with spices, jewelry, crafts and fabrics, especially
in Serangoon Road and the side streets. Here you will also find the
large Mustafa shopping center, open 24 hours a day, which
mainly sells electronic articles at fixed low prices. The address of Mustafa
shopping center is at 145 Syed Alwi Road.
Also very popular is Sim Lim Square in 1 Rochor Canal
Road, a four-storey shop at Bugis Junction that sells affordable data,
photo equipment, music systems, camcorders and other electronic items. They also
have a solid selection of affordable but pirated CDs and DVDs.
A general about shopping in Singapore
A few tips in the end: Check that the products you buy can actually be used
in Europe. Many articles are adapted to their own Asian systems or power.
International guarantee certificates are important to bring, with stamp, product
number and date. Singapore has a VAT of only 5%, but this can be refunded at the
airport upon departure. And if you are in town during the period May / June, you
will get super sales, with most stores cutting their prices by up to 70% to make
room for new items.
Eating in Singapore
Singapore's multinational melting pot has brought the best of both Indian,
Chinese, Malaysian, Arabic and European food traditions. In addition, you will
find hundreds of new and exclusive restaurants of most nationalities.
Singapore also offers cheap, satisfying and varied cuisine at the various
outdoor booths you will find throughout the city. In many places you will find
so-called food halls, with many kitchens gathered under the same roof, where you
can walk around and pick what you want and put yourself in a common dining area.
Here you can eat well and saturated for a cheap money while choosing and
wasting a variety of both exotic and well-known dishes. An example is the image
above. It's from the basement of the huge Ngee Ann City shopping center in
In Little India you will find the best in Indian food, in Chinatown this is
the Chinese food that applies and in "Arabia" you get food from the Middle East.
Otherwise it is no problem to find all types of kitchens around the city center
or downtown. on the island of Sentosa.
The Banana Leaf Apolo
If you want to try something truly culturally authentic and want a colorful
dining experience, maybe the South Indian restaurant The Banana Leaf Apolo at
Race Rouse Road 54, in Little India, is for you? Here, curries and
sambal, fish, seafood and vegetarian dishes are served on thick banana leaves,
and you eat with your fingers. Most dishes cost a few bucks, and the service is
brilliant, although the premises themselves may have some cafeteria fare.
The Raffles and Empire Lounge
At the other end of the scale, you can try some of the most elegant in
Singapore. Travel to The Raffles, the world-renowned hotel in 50 Raffles Place,
where lifelong masters are closely watching as you eat lobster or pigeon breast
and noble French red wine in the light of large crystal chandeliers. Sure it is
expensive, but the quality is difficult to surpass.
Drink in Singapore
Perhaps because of the Western influence coming from the British government
for over a hundred years, Singapore has not established any tradition of wine.
You can of course buy wine at better restaurants, but it is relatively
expensive, since it is almost always imported.
The British, on the other hand, have managed to leave their pub culture,
where workers go out after work and make a few pints. For that reason, there are
often Happy Hour in the pubs in the time between noon. 17 and 20.
There are countless English and Irish pubs in Singapore, with a good
selection of beers on bottles and barrels.