Places To Stay & Shop In Singapore

Singapore, the Lion City is one of the world's smallest yet best trading centers. Be it electronic appliances, designer clothes or traditional arts and crafts you're looking for, Singapore is surely the place to shop around. Though it's a tiny country, the choices of accommodation are galore and more importantly they all suit your needs and exceed your expectations. To save you time, we've sorted the best places to stay and shop in Singapore, so that it’s easy for you to organize your plans and make the most of your stay in the city.

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Where To Stay In Singapore

Orchard Road Area

Orchard Road is the key shopping area in Singapore and houses a bunch of glossy shopping malls, such as the 313 @ Somerset, Mandarin Gallery, Orchard Central and ION Orchard. Much of this one-kilometer stretch is inhabited by impressive malls and coffee shops, bookstores to pump up shoppers. If you are a fashion freak, then Orchard Road is the ideal choice for you to stay. Some of the notable hotels include Goodwood Park Hotel, York Hotel, The Elizabeth Hotel and the Quincy Hotel.

Marina Bay Area

Marina Bay, located south of Orchard Road close to the River's mouth, hosts a chain of finest 5 star hotels. The beautiful Armadillo shape of the gigantic Esplanade-Concert hall brings in Singapore arts right to the bay. The Suntec City's quadruple towers mark the city's 2nd largest shopping mall. You can find many high-end to mid-range hotels like Marina Mandarin, Pan Pacific Hotel, Fullerton Hotel, etc in Marina Bay Area. One of Southeast Asia's tallest hotels – the Stamford offers breathtaking views of the entire city.

Chinatown Area

Chinatown, the Island's business area is tightly packed with glittering skyscrapers on the Singapore River's south bank just above Raffles Place-MRT Station. Chinatown, as the name implies is the Singapore's Chinese ethnic center. Here, you'll find traditional temples and shop houses. There are lots of high-end as well as budget hotels in this region that can meet the needs of all types of travelers. But in real Singapore fashion, this area is a bit neat and clean. You can enjoy eating traditional pots and pans and shopping trinkets and souvenirs here.

Clark Quay Area

Clarke Quay area is a bit costlier compared to the others places in Singapore. It is appropriate for both entertainment and business setting. It is mostly populated by business buildings and huge shops. It's well known for its high-end nightlife world. Since the Singapore River flows through this area, Clark Quay is naturally among the most panoramic spots in the city. But this area became a lot more dazzling when a huge complex was constructed near the river. This building is populated by the finest dining establishments, coffee shops, night clubs and bars in the city. Everyone goes to the Clark Quay area to party all the night, to see and to be seen. You'll be very happy to know that you can reach Marina Bay Sands and Merlion Park in a couple of minutes by walk from Clark Quay.

Little India Area

Little India is undeniably the area in Singapore which stands apart ethnically. If you're on a budget or are trying to find the area with a lot of character in it, then Little India is the perfect area to stop in. You'll see plenty of Indian restaurants, flower garland and veggie stalls, jewelry shops and many fascinating Indian temples. A must visit spot in Little India is the 24×7 Mustafa Shopping mall located on Syed Alwi Road. Some of the best hotels to stay in Little India are ParkRoyal Hotel, Classique Hotel, Madras Hotel and Perak Hotel.

Sentosa Island Area

Sentosa Island – Asia’s most popular playground is situated just fifteen minutes from the city and is a home to a thrilling array of beautiful attractions, thriving rainforests, exotic seashores, holiday resort accommodations, spa retreats, popular golf courses, and magnificent residences. Spread around 500 hectares, the lively island destination is great for both leisure and business. You can stay in any of these wonderful resorts – Shangri-La's Rasa Resort, Festive Hotel, Siloso Beach Resort. These resorts are perfect for family with kids as they have range of amenities like huge swimming pools, kids’ park, children clubs, spas and much more.

Balestier and Newton Area

Balestier and Newton area not particularly appealing from a traveler's perspective, but they're favorite for short term stays in the city – calm and affordable, but certainly close enough to be comfortable. Balestier presents one of Singapore's biggest clusters of low-cost hotels, next to Geylang. Newton is famous for its well-known Newton Circus Hawker Centre. It can be easily reached on the North-South MRT Line. Value Hotel, Quality hotel in Balestier and Hotel Royal Singapore in Newton are some of the best hotels to stay in.

Bugis and Kampong Glam Area

If you are budget conscious, then Bugis and Kampong Glam are one of the ideal choices to stay in Singapore. They host both high-range like Intercontinental Singapore and mid-range hotels like Beach Hotel, LandMark Village and SummerView Hotel. Bugis is at walking distance from Orchard street, Little India and Arab Street, making it a good choice for shopping fans.

City Hall Area

Modern Singapore was started in the City Hall – here you will find not just the city's most popular historical attractions, you will also discover tall office structures and some of the very best shopping too. Tech people visit Funan Digital-Life Mall for their most up-to-date gears, while fashion geeks get all their trendy goods at Marina Square or Suntec City. Commutation is also convenient if you stay in City Hall area – thanks to City Hall MRT station. A few of the best hotels to stay in are Swissotel The Stamford, Raffles Hotel and Fairmont Singapore.

Best Places To Shop In Singapore

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Many shopping malls can be found in Chinatown area. Some of the major ones worth checking out include Chinatown Point, Chinatown Complex and People’s Park Complex. These shopping centers not just sell a broad collection of Chinese goods but also supply inexpensive electronic products, fabrics and cheaper cosmetics and clothing. To get a shopping experience that integrates ancient Chinese traditions with modern offerings, the Chinatown is a must visit on your visit to Singapore.

Thieves' Market – Sungei Road

If you are sick of the city's classy shopping centers and want a vibrant street purchase where you can grab a bargain, then you should visit Sungei Road Thieves’ Market. Back in the past, it had been the place to go to purchase ‘stolen' goods – thus the origin of it's name – however nowadays, all the goods are legal and genuine. With over 400 sellers trading almost everything from cheap watches, clocks, old cams, tasty food items to Buddhist talismans and trekking boots.

Vivo City

If you don't like to shop in the town, then Vivo City is your next best choice. Located to the South of Singapore, right before the popular Sentosa Island, Vivo City is a comparatively a huge mall with an extensive shopping listing. Here, you can stay entertained with a lot of activities – Shop at the popular brands like Tangs, Zara; wine and dine at the amazing restaurants, fast-food chains and eateries.

Bugis Street

Bugis Street in Singapore is luring shopping buffs by offering the coolest and latest fashions at budget friendly, unbeatable prices and also providing shoppers fascinating ‘street-shopping' experience. Bugis Street houses over 600 shops, and many of them are supplying fashion clothes, shoes and beauty accessories. Accessories starting as low as S$3 for a pair of ear-rings, and it's simple enough to find clothes at S$10 each.

Holland Village

Holland Village is a miniature of the Singapore city, and offers a range of shopping and amusement options. Holland Road Shopping Mall is a treasure chest of cultural arts and crafts. It includes Lim’s Arts and Living, a huge store that showcases a lot of antique items and other products like Moroccan tableware and bird cages. Apart from home decorating goods, you may also find a couple of stores selling retro clothing. Down Lorong Mambong, you will find a modern blend of live music concerts, elegant restaurants and relaxed wine bars.

Mustafa Centre

Mustafa Shopping Centre, which covers two big complexes in the heart of Little India, is open all the day 24/7 and is known to stock every little thing from antique jewelry to the hottest electronics. A lot of people tourist head to Mustafa Centre for last-minute purchases, so if you wish like to avoid the large numbers, go early in the morning hours or right after night time.

Little India

Wondering where to shop for ‘last-minute' gifts? Noisy and messy but enchantingly energetic, Singapore’s Little India area attracts anyone from thirsty backpackers to local people on a shopping sprint. It owns many art galleries, restaurants and veggie stalls all properly stuffed into 700×500 meters space.

Orchard Road

Undoubtedly everybody’s favorite shopping zone in Singapore. Far East Plaza has an entire cove of tiny shops with favorite finds, from old-fashioned products to budget-friendly designer wears to digital cameras. Ngee Ann City and ION Orchard are the undeniable spots for the luxury consumers, where the global luxe labels gather and mess up you with a lot of choices. Expect all-time favorites like Christian Dior, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Plaza Singapura and Somerset are two stylish shopping malls with arrays of outlets, restaurants and spas.

And so no matter what your travel plans in Singapore may be, keep in mind that selecting the right area to reserve your hotel will make exploring Singapore a comfortable and memorable experience.