In a country where shopping is the de facto national pastime, you are guaranteed that there is no shortage of options. Singapore’s central shopping belt, running from Tanglin Road to Orchard Road to Marina Bay Sands, has been compared to New York City’s Fifth Avenue for good reason: World-class shopping abounds.
In recent years, the Lion City has shaped its retail landscape to become one of Asia’s top shopping destinations following a multibillion-dollar facelift with high-profile malls like ION Orchard, 313 @ Somerset, Robinsons Orchard and Orchard Central, to name a few. Even Louis Vuitton built an “island”—a glass pavilion, with a luxurious cruise liner-themed interior, that floats on the water across the Marina Bay Sands.
Shopping enclaves are also popping up in the city’s less touristy areas, like Haji Lane, Ann Siang Road, Bugis Junction, Tiong Bahru, Bishan, Tampines, Bukit Batok and Boon Lay. From the heart of the financial district to the off-the-beaten track neighborhoods, shops are tucked in all the corners of the island. Here, we give you three shops you should shop in when you make the trip.
Hilton Hotel Singapore, #581 Orchard Road
Club 21 is a multi-label concept boutique for the disciples of high-end fashion. It’s safe to say that it has been one of Singapore’s purveyors of luxury fashion, thanks to its judiciously edited collection of brands like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Carven, Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, Marni and several other labels. In fact, it was Club 21 that introduced Jil Sander and Giorgio Armani to Southeast Asia. The shop also offers style services that let you engage the expertise of in-house style advisors to address your wardrobe needs.
IN GOOD COMPANY
TANGS, Orchard Road
Timeless pieces in wash-and-wear fabrics for city gals best describe the design philosophy of this label. In Good Company releases a minimum of four collections per year that do not necessarily chase after trends. It makes an (anti-)statement by following a boldly monochromatic palette and reinventing silhouettes to create its own contemporary standards.
#260 Orchard Road
Not to be confused with our local Robinsons chain of malls, Singapore's Robinsons has an illustrious heritage spanning 155 years that basically shaped the shopping culture of the country. The new flagship store on Orchard Road offers a world that beckons to shopping lovers with its six storeys of expertly curated products and services from over 380 brands, 280 of which are exclusive to Robinsons Orchard. Customers can also avail of the personal shopper service free of charge, wherein in-house stylists let you avail of VIP services, like style consultations, shopping from pre-selected items, and head-to-toe prep for special occasions. For tourists, privileges are many. Simply present your passport at the concierge and enjoy traveler's discounts and specials, as well as an easy Goods and Services Tax (GST) refund process.