Singapore is known to be a city of too many malls. It can be overwhelming specially if you are a tourist just here for a few days. There are too many choices where to shop but would you want to know where to buy at the cheapest rate? You read it right, CHEAPEST! Even if Singapore has been declared as the most expensive city to live in there are things that you can buy here cheaper than in Manila. Not to mention the rebate of 7% GST if you are a tourist (you can claim it in at the airport). With almost three years of staying in Singapore I have mapped out my always to go malls. So without further ado, here is my list:
This shopping center is specifically for sports related stuff. From your Nike shoes to Nalgene bottles they have it. This is where i found cheap Osprey mountaineering bags! You can also spot a number of stalls selling Doc Martens boots. My husband also bought a pair of trendy safety shoes. Affordable and aesthetically pleasing I should say. haha! If you happened to be here, you might not want to miss the Laksa at Janggut Laksa, one of the best for me so far.
Just beside Queensway shopping center is Anchorpoint where you can find the outlet shops of Charles and Keith, Pedro, Billabong, G2000, Cotton on and Typo. The selection in the Charles and Keith store is better than its outlet store in Changi point. I usually buy my plain dresses from the Cotton On shop here and some board shorts for my husband in Billabong. Also, if you are a fan of home furniture shopping go to the opposite shop, Ikea Alexandra. Best meatballs and cheap but sturdy home needs.
If you like Nike shoes, New balance, Adidas, and Birkenstock, you may want to drop by this mall. It can be far from the city but it is just 2 stops away from the airport. My personal favorite there is the Crocs outlet and the Royal Sporting House. I always get some good deals from those stalls. Owww, in case you are a Lacoste fan, you can also visit their outlet shop there. If you want to taste a famous Filipino dish called Lechon, head over to their food court and go to Mang Kiko’s stall.
Singapore has baby fairs every quarter but the one in Ang Mo Kio is better according to moms I have met. So if you have a kid to shop for, you might want to take a look.
This is a bit rundown mall where you can find trendy clothes that is being sold in blog shops here in Singapore. It is good that you will go with your other girlfriends who loves fashion because everything is cheaper if you buy wholesale. Refash is also there, a physical Carousell store where people can buy 2nd hand good quality, trendy clothes. All of these are on their 3rd floor. Plus, do not forget to eat at Arnolds! One of the best fried chicken ever! For my Muslim friends, it is Halal!
If you do not have time to drop by a physical store, you can download the app Carousell. You can buy 2nd hand things from playpen to Goyard bag through this phone application. I myself have sold and bought merchandises a couple times here. Others also sell brand new things. Just a tip: read the feedback section of the seller so you will have at least a feel of his/her authenticity as a seller and the quality of his/her merchandise.
Someone mentioned to me that this is a mall owned by Imelda Marcos (wife of then President Marcos of the Philippines) that’s why its called IMM. I do not know if it is true but if it is, it is infuriating (backstory next time). This is the biggest outlet mall in the island. It can be a bit far because it is in Jurong. There are free shuttle buses from the Jurong East MRT to the mall. You can find outlet shops of Billabong, Coach, Agnes B. Adidas, Furla, Onitsuka Tiger and a lot more. You can spend the whole day just going through the mall!
This mall is open 24 hours, isn’t that cool? I go here to buy Vintage Casio watches. Some say G shock watches are cheap here but others say its cheaper in Bencoolen. There are also cheap perfumes and Ipanema sandals sold at 10sgd only! Looking for Authentic Indian food? there are alot near this mall.
Singapore have a lot of expos the whole year round. From Laptops, Cameras to House furniture, Sport Apparel and Baby Supplies they have it. Just google for expos on the date of your travel. Laptops are not that cheap per se but on events like this there a lot of freebies that comes with the purchase. Tip: Go on a Sunday as some stores offer much big discounts on the last day.
P.S. Click on the name of the shopping center to find your way going there. Happy Shopping! One more thing, from May to July every year there is a Great Singapore sale where huge discounts are given as advertised. I have not scored any good deal from it so I did not put it on my list.
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Very timely! 😀 Thanks for the tips Krystle!
Let me guess, going Queensway center then? Hahaha!
hehe! sayang nga eh kakabili ko lang ng laptop bag :))
Hehe! Sayang kakabili ko lang ng laptop bag pangpasok 😦 wala nang pangshop :))