Singapore is a shopper’s paradise. It is a mecca of both international and local designers and despite its small size… did you know London is more than 2 times the size of Singapore? …it manages to squeeze in a hell of a lot of malls (over a 100 actually), which contain an even higher number of shops. So how do you tackle this shopping city-state? Having lived here for almost 4 years now I’ve got around. Figuratively speaking, and I have discovered 3 tips which no one ever tells you, which will ensure you are always in the know when it comes to where to go.
I don’t know about you but I never really visited shopping fairs back in the UK, well not since school anyway and they always seem a bit, well naff. However, Singapore seems to have worked out how to make them desirable to attend. A major factor is the extortionate rental landlords charge for retail space here so many small businesses simply can’t afford to rent a physical space. This is when the shopping fairs come into their own.
The best one in town has to be Boutiques Fairs. Held twice a year this stylish event is curated to showcase the best independent brands in Singapore housed all under one roof. The next one is coming up on 4-5th November.
Get off Orchard Road
Yes Orchard road has 40 out of the island’s 100 malls jam packed along its 2.2km stretch but venture elsewhere to discover new designs and brands. Places like Haji Lane are full of independent designers from fashion and home ware to bike shops and barbers. Yong Siak Street in Tiong Bahru is also a great place to visit for some quirky boutiques.
Some of the Facebook groups in Singapore are like the oracle. Literally. If you want to know where to find a mermaid outfit to searching for a hairdresser who isn’t going to dye your head purple then this is the place to come. Within these groups, the members often share their favourite boutiques, newly launched brands and the perfect gift ideas so it can be a great way to discover somewhere new.
There you have it… enjoy every shopping minute!