Favourite stores and websites for kids’ stuff!
If you’re just about to make the move to Singapore, you may be wondering what children’s gear you should stack your container with. The good news is you don’t need to bring much. Shopping in Singapore is easy – it’s actually a national pastime! There are malls everywhere, plus you’ll get to shop for American, European and Asian brands. We’ve compiled some of the best places to pick up kids’ clothes, toys, furniture and gifts for kids.
So where should you start? There are international chains in the big shopping malls like VivoCity and Suntec City Mall to luxury and designer labels on Orchard Road, available at Paragon and ION Orchard. Then there are smaller malls with more independent boutiques like Cluny Court, Forum and Tanglin Mall. United Square and City Square Mall are both dedicated shopping malls for children and babies. So here’s our round-up of the best children’s shops in Singapore!
Best shops for kids’ clothes and accessories
#1 Mode Mini
Bringing in a wide variety of fun and playful kids’ brands from all across the world, Mode Mini has everything from clothing, shoes and backpacks to lunchboxes and dining ware. Many of the brands have a focus on sustainability, such as using recycled materials and making a point to minimise waste. There’s also free shipping on local orders and a 30-day return policy, so you can easily request for a return if you change your mind!
The store’s clothing caters to children aged two to eight years and offers a good balance between fun and functionality. You’ll find cute outfits for your mini-me that are not only fashionable but durable and practical, especially in our tropical climate. For comfy and stylish footwear, check out the sneakers from Novesta and sandals from We A Family, amongst others. Other cool accessories to browse include the selection of Studio Ditte backpacks that come in fun designs – they’re made from recycled PET bottles!
#2 Château de Sable
Launched in Singapore, but now spread around the world, when you deck your children out in kids’ clothes brand Château de Sable, you’re getting the best quality fabrics, detailing and comfort.
This online shopping outlet has the latest designer and up-and-coming brands of kids’ clothes for ages zero to 14. Browse from the comfort of your sofa – plus, your order will be shipped within 24 hours.
If you’re looking for cute matching kids’ clothes, as well as for yourself, you need to check out Ksisters. This is a Korean-style online boutique run by Jungmin Lee, who is a Korean mom of two kids.
Big chains that sell kids’ clothes here: H&M, Marks & Spencer, Zara Kids, Uniqlo Kids & Baby, Next Online, Fox Kids & Baby, Cotton On Kids, Seed Heritage, Decathlon, Royal Sporting House.
Best kids shops for toys
#5 White & Black Trading
Get the kids out for some active fun! As the official Micro distributor in Singapore, White and Black Trading’s range of scooters and accessories are a lifesaver for busy mums and dads. You’ll find varieties that are suitable for kids of all ages, even for those as young as 18 months. For the littlest ones in your brood, we’d recommend the Mini2go Plus, which has a parent handle, detachable drawer and seat. Pair your new rides with safety equipment such as helmets and lights, which come in fun vibrant colours that kids will love. To add to the fun, the store also carries other great outdoor toy options, from Penny Skateboards, Ezyrollers and Waboba beach balls to Crazy Catch, Swingball and QuickPlay sport products.
Browse the extensive range on the online store. Items can be dispatched within 48 hours (perfect for that last-minute gift!) and, best of all, orders above $100 enjoy free delivery.
#09-123 Enterprise Hub, 48 Toh Guan Road East
#6 The Better Toy Store
Be warned – you’ll want to chuck out the contents of your child’s toy box and replace the whole lot with quality wooden pieces from The Better Toy Store. Shop for award-winning kids’ toys that are environment-friendly, with 100 percent organic toys for babies, from brands like Plan, Djeco and Haba. We love their water-play toys from AquaPlay, too.
Located at Tanglin Mall, Paragon and Jewel Changi
#7 Cuckoo Little Lifestyle
A one-stop-boutique shop for kids’ toys, furniture, gifts, partyware, décor and fashion (for mums too!), this little store at Dempsey will have you swooning and filling your whole house!
Block 6B Dempsey Road
If you are looking for kids’ toys that entertain, educate, and are stylish, smart, safe, then head to Playhao.
#02-15 Forum The Shopping Mall
#9 Secret Chamber
Do you have a Lego-mad small human in your house? Get them down to the Secret Chamber – it’s wall to wall with Lego! From Duplo, Lego Friends, Juniors, movie-themed to Mindstorms robotic Lego, their kids’ toys range is huge!
Located at Thomson Plaza and Parkway Parade
#10 Hamleys Singapore
There is something simply magical about walking into a Hamleys store. Their Singapore store reflects their London heritage of being the oldest and biggest toy store in the world. Super helpful staff are on hand to advise those of us who like to browse in wonder, while children will be captivated by the sights and sounds!
#B1-57 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
#11 Growing Fun
Grab your imagination and head to the Growing Fun website or store. Well-priced and conveniently grouped into suitable ages from one to 12, there are all sorts of kids’ toys, from games, robotics and jigsaws to science experiments and puppets! Solve all your responsible birthday present gifting in one go.
#02-16 United Square
Also, there are big name chains with multiple stores in Singapore: Toys R Us, Early Learning Centre (at Mothercare), Lego Store.
Best shops for children’s furniture and accessories
#12 Kuhl Home
When picking furniture for your little one’s bedroom, safety and durability are key. Kuhl Home stocks beautiful and functional Nordic furniture that has been hand-crafted using toxin-free materials from sustainable solid pine wood from Scandinavia – good for your kids and the environment. Also, with the modular designs on offer, your toddler’s bed could be used until they leave home!
The Lifetime Kidsroom range has canopies, slides and tent tops. Are they beds or playhouses? Let your kids’ imagination run wild! They’ll love, learn and imagine, while you take comfort knowing that it’s all to the highest global safety standards.
#01-01 Century Warehouse, 100E Pasir Panjang Road
From low-to-the-ground single beds and wooden play centres, to bunk beds with additional trundles, to study spaces and shelving, Flexa adapts as your children grow. The solid pine and oak used in all Flexa furniture comes from sustainable sources and has a tough, eco-friendly UV-lacquered finish. This means you can relax knowing those little nashers won’t chew off any harsh paint or chemicals.
Located at United Square and Forum The Shopping Mall
#14 House of AnLi
From princess carriages to treehouses, tents to mini-caravans, three-storey bunkbeds to beds with study desks, the Mathy by Bols children’s bed range at the House of AnLi will make bedtime easy (well, easier!). Turn the kids’ rooms into awesome adventure and imagination zones.
#02-21/22 and #03-17 Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road
Others to check out: Piccolo House, Kids Haven, Ibenma, LittleWode, Deer Industries, Liliewoods, HipVan
Best shops for babies
This is one of our go-to online stores for premium baby gifting in Singapore! Started by an expat mummy-and-daddy duo and named after their two gorgeous sons, the locally-based brand designs eco-friendly baby products with style, comfort and our tropical climate in mind.
Featuring sustainably-sourced, high quality Oeko-Tex certified bamboo textiles and apparels that are oh-so-soft and perfect for the Singapore weather, Raph&Remy also offers personalisation across a range of their products (including teethers!) for that extra special touch. All items come beautifully packaged and are shipped around the world. You can shop the brand online, or at selected stores across the island, including Tangs at Tangs Plaza (Level 2) and Robinsons The Heeren (Level 5).
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This store (branded as “thelittleonesinmylife”) stocks high-quality Korean baby and mummy products. From feeding to carrying, changing and even playtime, you’ll get it all at this online store
If you’ve lived in the UK, you’ll be familiar with the Mothercare brand. The products support you and your children from pregnancy onwards.
Need something urgently for your baby but can’t get out? Motherswork will deliver within two hours and stocks only the highest quality international and local brands.
#19 Pupsik Studio
Everything you need for your baby! From basics like nappies and wipes to toys, clothing and books, there are over 200 brands and 5000 products here!
This local online store carries all you need for feeding your little one, from bottles and milk storage containers to even breast pumps and accessories. Their specially made bottles will allow you to express, store and feed using a single container – all you need to do is switch out the lid or head.
Best shops for children’s shoes
#21 Happy Step Store
Is your little one starting to totter around? Are you looking for a pair of perfect shoes for your tiny runner? The Happy Step Store’s collection of girls and boys shoes are orthopedist-recommenced and as fun as they are well-designed. Offering stability and comfort, the range has a semi-hard heel to give the right support to growing bones and muscles. For confident walkers, there are lots of fashionable options too.
The store’s shoes are made of natural materials like leather and suede, which lets the feet breathe and helps to prevent bacteria and fungus from growing.
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#22 The ShoeCo.
A stylish shoe shop with items for junior, including brands like Richter, Kavat and Pediped, plus a range of school kicks, with the obligatory pair of nostalgia-inducing Mary-Jane’s thrown in for good measure.
Located at Tanglin Mall, Delfi Orchard and The Centrepoint
#23 Ten Feet Tall Shoes
If you’re looking for properly fitted school shoes and runners, head to Ten Feet Tall. Not only does the store stock proven term-time footwear, but it also has Trutex uniforms.
#02-16 Holland Road Shopping Centre
Looking for casual canvas sneakers for your kids? The Superga Junior range is fun, colourful and cool. Check out the seasonal collaborations with brands like Disney and for Mums, Alexa Chung!
Located at Westgate, Wheelock Place and VivoCity
Waterproof, comfortable, light and available in every colour, there are over 210 million pairs of Havaianas sold every year! They’re perfect for when the kids want to run around on the grass, dig in the sand and splash in the water.
#26 Hopla! Kids Shoes
Kids shoes that look fantastic, support proper foot development and breathe in this hot and humid weather? Yes, please! That’s what you’ll get at this store.
Located at United Square and Cluny Court
And a few others: Stride Rite, Clarks, Shooz4Kids, Elly Store.
Best places for children’s gifts and party goods
#27 Groovy Gifts
Don’t be stuck for a gift your hundredth kids birthday this year. Visit Groovy Gifts for presents, party bag fillers – and pick up a gorgeous prize for yourself while you’re there!
#02-03 Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road
#28 My Greatest Child
Keep your little bookworms entertained with books, books and more books! They’re award-winning, educational and fun, and you can join as a member for extra discounts and events.
Located at City Square Mall, Plaza Singapura, SingPost Centre and Chinatown Point
#29 The Children’s Showcase
The products at The Children’s Showcase are truly beautiful. The colourful range covers gifts, décor, kids’ toys, party accessories, arts and craft, and even cool tableware. It’s all high-end and sourced from around the world; you’ll soon be asking “Where was this store when I was a kid?”
Located at Tanglin Mall and Cluny Court
Deck your kid out with the latest pencil cases, backpacks, lunchboxes, water bottles, headphones, hair decorations and stationery around. Colourful, fun and fashion-forward, Smiggle gets it just right. Be prepared to spend a few hours here, as your kids will want to pick everything up!
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Children’s clothes & baby Gift ideas – Bonpoint
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For budding adventurers, dandy explorers, seafarers, pioneers or born globe-trotters,
Summer 2021 at Bonpoint will cover every landscape: jungle, savanna, countryside, tropics and the seashore. Our collection honors the immensity of the horizon!
There is an outfit for every occasion! A dress, a pair of pants, a bodysuit or the nicest overalls.
From powder pink to baby blue, as well as floral prints, stripes and the emblematic Bonpoint cherries.
A wind of romantic nostalgia announces the return of warmer weather with smocked dresses and tops featuring printed pastel florals.
Striped ensembles or tie dye with tropical colors, shirts printed with palm trees,
or t-shirts showcasing a cheerfulness.
The perfect gift for a baby shower, a newborn or a birthday!
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Shopping Guide in Singapore – Unique Singapore
Shopping is an integral part of our life, and for the fair sex it is generally the most beloved! We’ve put together a quick guide to Singapore shopping for you, including malls, local designer stores, outlets, and our recommendations on where and when to go in Singapore for the latest clothing and technology collections, local artists and designers, and for discounts.
Shopping centers in Singapore
In large malls there are not only shops, but also excellent restaurants and places for all kinds of entertainment. Here you can have an interesting time, often even a whole day. The main shopping activity in the city is concentrated on Orchard Road. These are more than two kilometers of various shops and malls.
The boutiques of world famous brands and the shops of stylish Singaporean designers are located here. Stores of brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada are concentrated in ION Orchard and Paragon Shopping Center. Both expensive and more democratic brands are collected in TANGS Plaza and Robinsons department stores.TANGS Plaza has a huge selection of hipster clothes, Robinsons has a lot of cosmetics, as well as a large selection of various brands of clothing and shoes. In both centers, you can find items of Singaporean designers, for example, the stylish brands In Good Company or Womb.
Takashimaya or Ngee Ann City – it is worth looking here primarily for the sake of Japanese brands, especially cosmetic ones. In the center are mainly luxury brands like Hugo Boss, Juicy Couture, Fendi, Jo Malone, Christin Louboutin, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Versace.Here you will also find many shops for home accessories, a bookstore with a playground for children, Kinokunya, and much more. The floors are fragrant with subtle aromas, and downstairs don’t forget to drop by the Laduree pastry shop with the freshest macaroons. In addition to her, there are other cafes like PAUL, from where it is pleasant to watch a cup of hot coffee over the lively, colorful and at the same time shady Orchard Street.
313 @ Somerset is worth checking out if you’re looking for unusual mid-range items.There are boutiques of Singaporean designers, for example, Love, Bonito, whole shops of sneakers, stylish caps and backpacks, as well as a huge Food Republic food court, which occupies the entire fifth floor.
In Raffles City you can shop in popular stores with an average price tag, visit Robinson’s on the first floor, and as for the cafe, it will be interesting to go to Awfully Chocolate and forget about such a word as “diet”, it’s so delicious there! Din Tai Fung should go for Chinese dumplings, and Tiong Bahru Bakery for coffee with the freshest croissants. It is located in the center near the City Hall metro station, across the street from the famous Raffles Hotel.
Marina Bay Sands has over 170 boutiques from the world’s leading brands such as Bottega Veneta, Chaumet, Roger Dubuis and Saint Laurent, under the roof of The Shoppes, who have created limited edition collections that are sold only here. Do not forget about the famous boutique island Louis Vuitton. Marina Bay Sands is especially distinguished by luxury brands of children’s clothing – Armani Junior, Bonpoint, Fendi Kids, Ralph Lauren Children and Dolce & Gabbana Junior.In the shopping complex itself, you can, for example, ride a gondola that floats along an artificial canal past luxury boutiques.
VivoCity, the largest mall in Singapore, is a safe place to go with your family. It is located in the southeast of the island and overlooks the picturesque entertainment island of Sentosa. Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste, Zara, Timberland, Bebe, Desigual – there are many family brands with an average price tag. The veranda on the street offers stunning views of Sentosa, the colored monorail cars and the cable car.The complex has many good restaurants and cafes, both Asian and European, as well as playgrounds for children’s entertainment.
It is worth going for equipment, for example, to Sim Lim Square and Challenger Singapore. Here you can buy the newest, high-quality electronics, computers, cameras, printers, etc. at reasonable prices. Challenger Singapore also has a repair service for phones, PCs and cameras. Fans of Apple technology will love the Apple Store – here you can not only purchase a device, but also get advice from a specialist, as well as take part in a master class.
Interesting equipment, at good prices, can be purchased during one of the major IT fairs regularly held in Singapore: IT Show, PC Show, COMEX and SITEX.
From a painting by a young artist to handmade bed linen – what is there not in Singapore’s art markets!
More than 150 shops with original designer items – clothes, accessories, wallpaper, furniture.
Held several times a year, the next one can be found on their Facebook page: facebook.com/BoutiquesSingapore and on Instagram: @BoutiqueFairsSG
Gillman Barracks Gallery
This art gallery in a former military barracks is famous not only for its contemporary art and performances, but also for workshops and art fairs.
You can follow the updates here: www.gillmanbarracks.com
Artists, designers, jewelers, photographers and other talented young people gather here.Thanks to MAAD Market, you can become the owner of a one-of-a-kind dress or T-shirt, a hand-drawn postcard, an excellent and inexpensive picture (who knows, maybe in a couple of decades it will cost more than one thousand dollars?), And even some original piece of furniture, listen to live performances of local bands and DJs, visit entertaining exhibitions, at the same time and get a little part of the Singapore bohemian get-together.
The market meets every first or second (as it goes) Friday of the month and is open from 5 pm to midnight.
Address: Red Dot Design Museum, 11 Marina Boulevard.
Zouk Flea and Easy
Bazaar takes place in one of the famous Singapore nightclubs every three months. Fashionable young people love him – here, in about a hundred shops and stalls, things of young designers, second-hand and vintage accessories are sold.
Address: Zouk Club, 17 Jiak Kim Street.
Discounts and Outlets
Singapore Great Sale
It takes place every year, and at this time the city turns into a kind of insane asylum for several weeks. Supermarkets, brand boutiques, shopping malls all cut prices up to 70%. At this time, there is an opportunity to buy really good things at a very competitive price.
Sale site: www.greatsingaporesale.com.sg
* It is important to add that a similar sales period begins at the end of the year, before Christmas. The New Year Sale starts in early November and lasts until mid-January.
Mustafa Shopping Center
This huge store in Little India impresses with its assortment: here you can buy almost everything, from carrots to gold. Prices here are the lowest in Singapore, and the center is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, all year round.It is especially worth paying attention to lovers of everything Indian – there are many original goods from this country.
Bugis Street and Shopping Center
Here is a paradise for lovers of inexpensive designer clothes and gifts: more than 600 shops, prices starting at $ 10. In addition, it is very atmospheric here: bright windows, the rumble of voices and the breathtaking smells of street food will accompany you all the time.
SCAPE Underground Store
A budget classy store right on downtown Orchard Road is something of a fantasy.However, he is there! Moreover, it employs students and young people still living on pocket money given by their parents. Buying something in SCAPE Underground, you can support a working student who is not always easy to live in expensive Singapore.
This center has many famous brand outlets such as Charles and Keith Outlet, Pedro Outlet, G2000 Outlet, Giordano Outlet, Cotton On Outlet, Billabong Outlet, FOX Outlet, Capitol Optical Outlet and TYPO Outlet.Discounts in them reach up to 70%, that is, you can not wait for the Great Sale. There are surprisingly few people here – mostly locals know about this center.
Address: 370 Alexandra Road
IMM Outlet Mall
The largest outlet mall in Singapore. Among the brands that are constantly represented here are Calvin Klein Jeans, BillBong, Club 21, Clarks, City Chain, Furla, Converse, Hush Puppies, Juicy Couture, New Balance, Nine West, Nike, Adidas, Puma, Winter Time, Timberland, Onitsuka Tiger, G2000. Discounts go up to 80% all year round.
Address: 2 Jurong East Street 21
Discounts for tourists and residents
Large malls often give discount and gift cards upon presentation of a passport with a visa (if you are a tourist) or proof that you are a resident of Singapore. Ask at the information counters inside the malls.
Traditional Singaporean souvenirs
Porcelain with colorful traditional painting or sarong with national drawings of the Peranakan people will be an excellent truly Singaporean souvenir.You can buy it, for example, at the True Blue Shoppe in the Peranakan Museum.
Mooncake is a traditional Chinese dessert with various fillings. They are usually eaten and given to each other with good wishes during the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations. But you can just give it to your friends. Sold all year round in all supermarkets.
The Singaporean national tea brand has about 1000 types of tea.And this is not surprising – the English tradition of afternoon tea has firmly taken root in the country, and they love and understand it here. There are beautiful gift sets, and for an expensive gift the famous “golden” tea is suitable, precious in every way: a rare variety, gold particles inside and, of course, the price … There are several TWG tea boutiques, one located inside the Marina Bay Sands resort.
Singapore Sling marmalade
Singapore Sling Marmelade will remind you of the taste of the famous cocktail, but will not let you get drunk.
Cookies with orchids
Take a look at The Cookie Museum. There are Wanda Miss Joaquim orchid biscuits and even sweets flavored with Peranakan laksa noodles.
Green sweet coconut paste is a must on a classic Singaporean breakfast. Spread it on toast, add a soft-boiled egg and coffee to your meal, and take a moment again to Singapore morning or bring friends and family there.Sold in all supermarkets.
Orchids in gold RISIS
Fine gold jewelry that will leave a good memory of Singapore for years to come. A live flower is processed using a special technology, creating a multi-level coating that allows the decoration to be strong enough and at the same time exquisite. Layers of 24-carat gold and rhodium, a platinum-group metal, are applied last. With such an orchid, you can buy a brooch or necklace.A more budget option is earrings. True, they usually do not use fresh flowers, otherwise the decoration will turn out to be too fragile. One of the most well-known companies producing orchids in gold is called RISIS ( www.risis.com ), and its shops can be found throughout the city, as well as at the airport.
Singapore Sling Cocktail
This traditional cocktail was invented by a Chinese bartender at the beginning of the 20th century. A drink for dates was thought of – it was customary for them to treat beautiful ladies.The legendary cocktail includes gin, cherry brandy, pineapple juice, lime juice, grenadine, Benedictine and Cointreau liqueurs. Bottled sling can be purchased, for example, at the Raffles Hotel or at the airport. It will be very pleasant to open such a bottle at home and treat friends, indulging in the memories of a trip to Singapore.
Tax Free: Product Tax Refund
In Singapore, all goods are subject to a 7% GST tax, which tourists can return before departure from Changi International Airport.In order to receive a tax refund, you must spend a minimum of S $ 100 in one store that has a “Tax Free Shopping”, “Premier Tax Free” or “Tax Refund” sign at the entrance.
The actual refund amount will be less than 7% as the service charge will be deducted from this amount. You will find out the exact amount of this fee from the refund check that you will be given at the store.
Use the eTRS self-service kiosk at the airport, which, after scanning the receipts, will automatically give you a complete list of all your purchases made in Singapore.
Until you have completed all the paperwork for the tax refund, do not check your items in your luggage, as they may be required for a physical examination. The eTRS self-service kiosks located in the Departure Hall operate in several languages, including Russian.
The terminal will give you a receipt with a notification, which will indicate the status of the tax refund. If it says “Approved”, then you can safely check in for the flight, check in the goods in luggage and go through immigration control, after which you will receive money.If the check says “Not approved”, it means that the goods must be inspected by an officer. Therefore, just in case, keep the original receipts – they may be asked to show.
You can choose the tax refund method: directly to your bank card in the eTRS self-service terminal or in cash. If you choose a cash refund, you can go to the central tax refund counter in the departure hall (after passing through immigration control – GST Refund) to receive money.
Shopping in Singapore, Tax-free in Singapore
Singaporeans joke that shopping is their national sport.Indeed, it takes truly Olympic stamina to get around the local shopping malls. Anyway, we adore Singapore stores with their endless selection and attractive prices. Unless it is very cold there 🙂 Therefore, we recommend that children and those who do not like the draft of air conditioners take something over their shoulders. For these purposes, Singaporean women carry with them thin beautiful scarves or pashminas, which, by the way, can be bought at every step at a modest price. Well, for those who do not tolerate heat, shopping centers are a real refuge! Moreover, in any of them, in addition to shops, there are restaurants, food shops, beauty salons, massage parlors, cinemas and much more . .. and in shopping centers! It’s hard to imagine how the helpful salespeople in the ultra-modern store, with all its cash registers and official price tags, would react to this.So if you’re looking to save some money, take advantage of mall loyalty programs, special offers and seasonal sales. I would also like to note that there are no discount clothing stores, such as outlets in Europe, here, but they are more than compensated for by the Great Singapore Sale.
Great Singapore Sale
One of the most anticipated events in the city Great Singapore Sale usually takes place in May-June (we announce the dates every year on this website in advance) and allows you to save up to 70% on any goods in all retail outlets cities and also win valuable prizes! Locals prepare for this event all year long, making lists of future purchases and accumulating money.During this period, the tourist flow increases, as many travelers plan to combine their vacation with very profitable purchases. Many shopping malls offer additional loyalty programs for tourists, which makes both the prices and shopping in Singapore even more attractive.
Below we will tell you about the most famous shopping centers in Singapore.
Marina Bay Sands Resort Mall
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands at 10 Bayfront Avenue, Bayfront MRT with access to the mall.
This is the grand shopping arcade of the magnificent resort hotel with the famous rooftop pool Marina Bay Sands . Here is a highly abbreviated list of his brands: BALLY, Banana, Republic, Birkenstock, BOSS HUGO BOSS, Burberry, BVLGARI, Cartier, CHANEL, Dior, Emporio Armani, FENDI, Ferrari Store, FURLA, Gucci, Harley-Davidson, Hermes, Herve Leger , Hide Yamamoto, Jimmy Choo, LA PERLA, La Senza, Louis Vuitton, Max Mara, MIU MIU, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Yves Saint Laurent.The creators of the shopping center made sure that shoppers can quickly find the desired store using touch panels that are located on each floor.
It is hard to imagine the existence of another, more modern, more luxurious and comfortable shopping center than Marina Bay Sands Singapore! You don’t want to leave it – you want to live in such a place.In addition to a variety of purchases, this complex can provide leisure for the whole day: magnificent cafes and restaurants, a wonderful inexpensive food corp with a huge selection of national Asian dishes and dishes Singaporean cuisine .
More live music and a skating rink! Yes, a 600-meter ice rink with changing lockers and skate rentals! And yet, as incredible as it sounds – boating, a Chinese wooden boat Sampan. There is a river flowing in this fantastic mall! It originates from an incredible cascade – a stream of water falling from a 22-meter height from a giant bowl. This 90 tonne construction was created by designer Ned Kahn.
Of course, the world’s first boutique-island Louis Vuitton, built on water from glass and metal by architect Peter Marino, deserves special attention. The three-story store, which offers the most complete collection of one of the most luxurious brands in the world, also houses a gallery displaying masterpieces of contemporary art.
The main goal of all shopping lovers in Singapore is the famous street Orchard Road … ruined a mysterious disease.Apparently, its true destiny was to become a street of luxury hotels, restaurants, nightlife and, of course, shops where you can buy whatever your heart desires. Here are some of her shopping centers:
- ION Orchard at 2 Orchard Turn, Orchard MRT metro station with access to the shopping center.
No, this is not a space station or the embassy of the Republic of Mars. This is a luxury mall with boutiques such as Giorgio Armani, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Cartier and 300 other great stores.Recommended!
- Paragon Shopping Center – 290 Orchard Road, Orchard MRT Station.
This mall houses the magnificent five-story Gucci flagship store. Boutiques Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod’s, Miu Miu, BVLGARI, Burberry, Canali, Dunhill, Ermenegildo Zegna, Etro, Jimmy Choo, Armani Exchange, Banana Republic, BCBG Maxazria, Calvin Klein Jeans, CK Calvin Klein, DieselKNYNY / , Evisu, G-Star, Guess, Miss Sixty, Raoul and others.
- Ngee Ann City – 391A Orchard Road, Orchard MRT station.
This magnificent shopping mall is primarily famous for the Japanese supermarket Takashimaya. The brands Armani Exchange, Alfred Dunhill, Burberry, Celine, Chanel, Chloe, Christian Dior, Fendi, Guess ?, Harley-Davidson Motor Clothes, Hugo Boss, Juicy Couture, La Perla, Louis Vuitton, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Massimo Dutti, Versace. The gallery also houses the Kinokuniya bookstore, the Best Denki electronics store and many others.
The shops on Orchard Road are well worth a few days. Therefore, lovers of good shopping choose hotels in the immediate vicinity and do not regret it – there are simply no bad hotels here. Searching for a suitable hotel in Orchard Road with the best available rates is possible using this online service. His confirmation of booking is accepted by the Visa Center for obtaining a Singapore visa :
What to see in Singapore if you are traveling for a short time
If you only have three or four days to Singapore, we will tell you what to do with them in order to get the most vivid impressions and want to come back for another – at least for a week.
In collaboration with the Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore Changi Airport.
Itinerary for three to four days with a stopover in Singapore
In 3-4 days you won’t see the most interesting things in Singapore, but you can still skim the cream off. Read on where to go and what to try so that even a short vacation in the Lion City turns out to be rich.
How to Save on Attractions in Singapore
To enjoy discounted access to Singapore attractions and spend less on public transportation, purchase the Singapore Tourist Pass 1-3 days.
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First Day in Singapore: Explore the City
Arab Street in Kampong Glam
Morning: Kampong Glam
Start your first day in Singapore with breakfast in the picturesque Kampong Glam area, where the Malay nobility lived before British colonization. Here, every stone is steeped in history.
The Malay quarter of Kampong Glam is full of excellent eateries serving excellent Indian and Muslim dishes.For a Singaporean style breakfast, stop by the Singapore Zam Zam Restaurant and try the fish curry with flatbread prata – fuck you up!
Then stroll down the bohemian side of Hadji Lane, dotted with independent vintage clothing stores and charming knickknacks. One of the obligatory points of the program here is the multi-brand Mondays Off boutique.
Day: Little India
Prata Diner in Little India
After a stroll through Kampong Glam, head to the Little India Ethnic Quarter to lose your head over spicy flavors and choose jewelry in Indian shops.
Try something South Indian for dinner, such as the fish curry at Banana Leaf Apolo. If you want to buy souvenirs for family and friends or please yourself, finally visit the Mustafa Center shopping mall, which is open 24/7.
Singapore River Cruise
Evening: Singapore River
To whet your appetite for dinner, it is a good idea to go on a river cruise on a traditional wooden boat – book on the official website of the Singapore River Cruise.From the water, Singapore’s famous landmarks such as Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay enjoy their best.
As you disembark, head straight for Clark Quay to dive headlong into the vibrant nightlife and gastronomic delights.
After a hearty meal, head to the Highlander Bar & Restaurant in the same area for single malt whiskey and live music to round off your first day in Singapore perfectly.
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Second Day in Singapore: Explore the Neighborhood
Baba House Peranakan Culture Museum
Morning: Joo Chiat / Katong
In the Joo Chiat area, it is better to have something authentic for breakfast – for example, toast with coconut jam kaya at the Chin Mee Chin Confectionery.
It is great to spend the rest of the morning walking around the area known as the “home of the Peranakans” without a map. The Peranakans are the descendants of Chinese immigrants from the 15th to 17th centuries in Singapore, the Malacca Peninsula and the Sunda Archipelago. You can get a closer look at their culture in the Rumah Kim Choo boutique – even if you have a little time, you will have time to try on colorful traditional clothes and taste Peranakan dishes.
Pagoda in Singapore Chinatown
In Singapore’s Chinatown, first visit the Maxwell Food Center.A must-see here is the incomparable rice and chicken at Tian Tian and a glass of iced sugarcane juice.
Picturesque Chinatown will keep you busy for the rest of the day: it’s great to wander around on foot, discovering wonders around every corner. Be sure to set aside at least a couple of hours to visit the Chinatown Cultural Heritage Center and don’t miss the Tooth Relic Temple with an interesting museum and indulge yourself with traditional Chinese desserts and edible bird nests at Mei Heong Yuen Dessert Cafe – and have an unusual snack and rest from the heat.
Nothing unusual, just a lion buying fruit at the market in Tiong Bahru
Evening: Tiong Bahru area
In the evening, catch a taxi and go to another unusual quarter of Singapore. Tiong Bahru is perhaps the oldest district in the city, and here the amazing mixture of the past and the future is especially evident.
Book a table at Bincho for excellent egg noodles in the afternoon mi pok, and in the evenings the place turns into a favorite local yakitori bar.
Also in the Tiong Bahru area, it’s interesting to look into the hipster BooksActually bookstore and the Curated Records vinyl store.
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Third day in Singapore: relax in nature (plus some shopping therapy)
Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve in northeastern Singapore is another great vacation spot if Botsada doesn’t seem to be enough
Morning: Singapore Botanic Gardens
Lush with greenery and full of tranquility, the Singapore Botanical Garden is rightfully included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Gardens with a 150-year history are a wonderful option for resting from skyscrapers and the bustle of the metropolis, and also an excellent escape from the heat. You can easily spend the whole day here, but if time is short, drop by at least the National Orchid Garden with the world’s largest collection of these exotic flowers.
Orchard Road in Singapore
Day: Shopping and entertainment street Orchard Road
Get energized at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, head to the shopping mecca.Orchard Road is home to world-renowned boutiques and local designer shops. Don’t miss Design Orchard, where you can find traditional and fashionable clothing, jewelry and accessories from Singaporean artisans, as well as handmade natural cosmetics.
If you’re hunting Gucci and other luxury brands, Paragon is your go-to, and * SCAPE is your go-to for budget shopping. When you feel like it’s time to dine, check out The Marmalade Pantry at ION Orchard.There they are treated to delicious European cuisine – for example, risotto with truffles and toffee pudding melting in your mouth for dessert.
Singapore Night Safari
Night Safari Singapore Night Safari
It will be interesting for both children and adults to take a night safari on a mini-train and see how a fishing cat hunts. You can go on an exciting Night Safari excursion very close to the Singapore Zoo – in 1994, the world’s first zoo was opened here specifically for night animals.
Bonus. Day 4 in Singapore: Check the boxes next to the main symbols of the Lion City
Gardens by the Bay Cloud Forest Greenhouse
Morning: Gardens by the Bay
Get up early to see Gardens by the Bay without the crowds. At 9 o’clock in the morning, the feeling that the bizarre “Supertrees” are stretching upward just for you.
Visit the Flower Dome Conservatory, where Mediterranean olive groves and plants from Australia, South America and South Africa are grown in a mild, dry climate, and the Cloud Forest.This greenhouse recreates the humid climatic conditions of the tropical mountain regions of Southeast Asia, Central and South America. Here you can climb the 42-meter “Cloud Mountain” by elevator, and then descend from it in a spiral, admiring the waterfall, inhaling the aromas of orchids and enjoying the coolness.
By the way, returning to Gardens by the Bay in the evening is also a great idea. Every day at 19:45 and 20:45 an extraordinary light and music show Garden Rhapsody takes place here. The entrance is free.
View from the observation deck Sands SkyPark
Day: Observation deck Marina Bay Sands SkyPark
For a stunning 360-degree view of Singapore, climb to the SkyPark Observation Deck on the 57th floor of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel Towers.
In an area sufficient to park 4.5 Airbus A380 aircraft, in addition to the observation deck, there is the legendary Singapore “Boundless Pool” on the roof. Here you can also dine in the chic Italian bar-restaurant LAVO or an institution called CÉ LA VI. Great views included.
Tanjong Beach Club on Sentosa Island
Another interesting option for a day trip in Singapore is to visit Sentosa Island, which houses one of the world’s largest amusement parks Universal Studios Singapore, the Merlion statue, Fort Siloso, MegaZip Adventure Park. Marine Life Park aquarium, iFly Singapore wind tunnel and other interesting sights.
Great priceless ride on the Sinapura Ferris Wheel
Evening: Singapore Flyer and
The last sunset before leaving Singapore is great to admire from the Singapore Flyer. In half an hour on the ride, you will definitely fall in love with this panorama.
Enjoy a fantastic light show for free every evening near the Event Plaza in the Marina Bay Sands complex.Spectra – A Light & Water Show lasts 15 minutes. From Sunday to Thursday, shows start at 20:00 and 21:00. Fridays and Saturdays at 20:00, 21:00 and 22:00.
For the rest of the evening at altitude, head to one of the rooftop bars: Singapore is famous for its stunning panoramic rooftop bars. Drinking in such a legendary cocktail “Singapore Sling” is the perfect way to consolidate your acquaintance with the Lion City.
Atlas Bar in Singapore
Best bars in Singapore and around the world
according to the version of the World’s 50 best bars website and the tourist portal VisitSingapore
Towards the end of three or four days in Singapore, you probably won’t want to leave.
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90,000 What to do at Singapore airport: shopping, duty-free, reviews
Singapore airport is truly impressive. This is not just a huge air harbor, but a real entertainment complex. Even locals often come to Changi on weekends: for shopping or just to relax.
There is only one airport in Singapore, and it is located very close to the city center: no more than half an hour by metro, bus or shuttle.Of course, a private transfer can also be booked in advance.
Changi Airport consists of four main terminals and a separate VIP building. The fifth will be built soon. You can move between sections without leaving the street and on free shuttles.
Duty-free, souvenir shops, boutiques, entertainment and cafes are in each building. There are more than 330 of them. Singapore Airlines and the airline’s partners are based in the second terminal. And there is also an amazing themed garden: interactive, unusual, and most importantly – free.Changi Airport Terminal # 3 is usually used for Asian flights.
Tax-free checkpoints are available at the Global Blue counters in each terminal in the departure areas.
Singapore Airport regularly holds prize draws for passengers. Up-to-date information about the rules and terms of new lotteries is always available at the information desks and on the official website of Changi. Most often, to participate, you need to buy goods in Duty Free for a certain amount or purchase a lottery ticket.The prizes are excellent: most often the Singapore airport raffles for luxury cars or a million dollars.
The duty free zone at Singapore Airport is considered one of the best in the world. Changi is almost a shopping center with many products sold at really good prices. There are duty-free shops in every terminal and on almost every floor.
What is worth buying in Singapore duty-free (profitable at prices):
- electronics, gadgets;
- accessories: headphones, storage devices, chargers, etc.etc .;
- toys, goods for children;
- cosmetics and perfumes from Asia;
- Asian products;
- alcohol on promotional offers.
Look for clothes and accessories of world luxury brands in selected boutiques. However, keep in mind that buying them at Duty Free Changi is not entirely profitable – the prices are much higher than in Europe. The same goes for European and American products, perfume, cosmetics.
We have already written about how prices are formed in duty-free.Read this article to understand what is profitable to buy and what is not.
For souvenirs and original gifts at Changi airport, you can go to shops:
- Discover Singapore (souvenirs from Singapore – in all terminals).
- ZakkaSG (Japanese trivia for home – Terminal 4).
- Singapore Zoo (T-shirts, toys on the theme of the Singapore Zoo – Terminal 2).
- Pashma (scarves, shawls, stoles – Terminal No. 2).
- Mini Toons (gifts, pleasant things – Terminal 2).
An excellent selection of souvenirs in the classic Duty Free zones – they always have departments with goods from Singapore and other Asian countries. Also check out the Irvins Salted Egg for the iconic salted egg snacks. And at Garrett Popcorn – for unusual popcorn.
Is your flight delayed? No need to put up with it! If you have experienced a cancellation, overbooking or delay in the last 3 years, you may be eligible for compensation up to € 600.It’s easy to check with AirHelp.
Things to do besides shopping
If you are in transit through Singapore and the connecting time is more than 5.5 hours, it makes sense to take advantage of the Free Singapore Tour offer. This is a free bus tour to the city – very interesting!
Singapore Airport has a beautiful botanical garden with butterflies and golden fish in a pond. While waiting for your flight to Changi, you can go to the cinema or multimedia center. Or you can swim in the pool right on the roof of the airport, go to the spa.Children will also have something to do here: there are more than enough entertainment venues. And in the terminals of Changi, exhibitions, interesting shows, large-scale holidays are held and often live (!) Music sounds. Don’t forget to spot the famous Kinetic Rain installation at Singapore Airport.
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Orchard Road Shopping Route
Orchard Road, the main shopping street in Singapore, is known to every tourist who has visited Singapore at least once. Any brands, any goods, and even often with discounts – what could be more attractive? But there is one problem – there are so many stores in this quarter that there is no way to go around them at once.Therefore, we offer you a specific 4-hour itinerary that is guaranteed to bring satisfaction from shopping therapy.
So, head to Orchard MRT station and then be sure to visit the following shops.
1. ION Orchard (more →)
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
A true jewel of Orchard Road, full of great brand boutiques like Sephora or Kate Spade Saturday, as well as chic restaurants like Salt Grill And Sky Bar or TWG.
2. TANGS (more →)
Address: 310 Orchard Road, Singapore 238864
It is impossible to pass by this building, which looks like a Chinese palace. One of the city’s oldest stores where you can find local brands – IN GOOD COMPANY, Aijek and Carrie K.
3. Paragon (more →)
Address: 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859
This place can be called a temple of luxury shopping, the store has sheltered under its roof almost all brands of the top segment, such as Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Givenchy and even the kids’ luxury brand Kids21.
4. Robinsons The Heeren (more →)
Address: 260 Orchard Road, Singapore 238855
Legendary store with 157 years of history, 5 floors of signature boutiques including brands such as The Kooples, Karen Walker or See by Chloe.
5. Orchard Gateway (more →)
Address: 277-218 Orchard Road, Singapore 238858
The newest shopping center, recently built.It boasts the presence of popular Superspace and Actually department stores inside, but the real highlight of the mall is the 5-story Crate And Barrel store.
6. Orchard Central (more →)
Address: 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
Finally, round off your retail journey with a visit to some of Singapore’s most famous brands such as SABRINAGOH, The Reckless Shop and PACT.
Singapore | GQ-Travel
Singapore is an incredible combination of East and West, an amazing fusion of old and new.Nowhere in the world can one find such green, shining streets; Singapore even got the name `garden city`. Three great Asian cultures are represented here. In addition to the Chinese region, Singapore also has Little India, Arab Street and an area dominated by Malay culture. The stories full of exoticism and vices about Singapore during the war are not entirely fair: there are not so many rickshaws and not only are there no opium smokers on every corner, on the contrary, there are some of the most stringent laws prohibiting the distribution of drugs.However, today’s Singapore is no less interesting than yesterday’s Singapore. Nothing disturbs the living and dynamic unity of the past with the present in this city-state. In no other country in the world is the eternal drama of the departure of old societies, the replacement of old values by new ones so easy and calm as in Singapore.
Currency – Singapore Dollar
Language – English, Chinese, Malay, Tamil
Visa – issued at the Singapore Embassy.There is also a type of transit visa for 96 hours, in order to obtain such a visa you must fly from one country and fly to a third country. A visa to Singapore opens from the moment the documents are submitted to the Consulate and is valid for 5 weeks.
Geography – City-state in Southeast Asia, consisting of the main island, Pulau Ubin, Pulau Tekong, Sentosa and more than 60 tiny islands. The island of Singapore is separated from the Malacca Peninsula by a narrow Strait of Johor (about 1 km wide.), in the northern part connecting with Malaysia by a dam along which the highway passes. In the south, it is separated from Indonesia by the Singapore Strait, which connects the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea.
The main tourist attractions of are located in three tourist centers of Singapore: CBD (Central Business District), Sentosa Island, Jurong. The state of Singapore is located at 2 S latitude. just two hundred kilometers from the equator on the island of Singapore, which makes up 3/4 of the country’s territory, the island of Sentosa, as well as hundreds of small islets around.
CBD (Central Business District) is the heart of the city, its very center. This central area includes the colonial, Chinese and business districts, the main shopping street Orchard Road, bustling gay neighborhoods with hundreds of restaurants and cafes – Boat Key and Clark Key. The most popular and fashionable hotels are also located here.
Chijmes Building is a former monastery building and part of Singapore’s national heritage. Here you can eat well, shop and just have a good time.Concert evenings and theatrical performances are held in the Chimes Hall Chapel. Lau Pa Sat is the largest Victorian cast iron structure in Southeast Asia. The building is located in the heart of the business district and is a favorite meeting place. The Merlion Park has an interesting sculpture, which is half fish and half lion. It is the symbol of Singapore.
The Raffles Hotel, built in 1886, has always been a favorite retreat for famous writers and film actors, and is also the birthplace of the Singapore Sling cocktail.The complete renovation of the hotel cost S $ 160 million. The hotel is adjoined by arcades with shops, boutiques, a museum and a theater.
The statue of the founder of Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles, is in front of the Victoria Theater, and a copy is located near the North Boat, where, according to legend, Raffles first entered the land of Singapore.
History of the country. The first mentions of Singapore are in the Chinese chronicles of the 3rd century. The island was the stronghold of the Srivijaya empire, centered in Sumatra, and bore the Javanese name Temasek.Temasek was once an important trade center, but then fell into disrepair. There is very little evidence of the city of Temasek, other than a few archaeological finds. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Singapore was part of the Johor Sultanate. During the Malay-Portuguese War of 1617, Singapore was attacked by Portuguese troops. In 1819, Sir Raffles, a representative of the British East India Company, concluded an agreement with the Sultan of Johor to set up a trade zone in Singapore, allowing the immigration of various ethnic groups.In 1867 Singapore became a colony of the British Empire, the British attached great importance to Singapore as an important stronghold on the way to China. During World War II, Japan occupied Malaysia and won the Battle of Singapore, which the untrained British lost despite considerable superiority in manpower; on February 15, 1942, Singapore passed to Japan until the defeat of Japan in September 1945.Since 1959, Singapore became a self-governing colony, Lee Kuan Yew served as prime minister after the elections.In 1963, as a result of a referendum, Singapore entered the Malay Federation along with the states of Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak. On August 7, 1965, as a result of the conflict, Singapore was expelled from the Malay Federation, and on August 9, 1965 it received official independence. From 1959 to 1990, during the reign of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore, deprived of resources, was able to solve many internal problems and made the leap from a third world country to a highly developed country with a high standard of living. On August 10, 2004, the 63-year-old Prime Minister of Singapore, Go Chok Tong, who held this post for the past 14 years, submitted a formal letter of resignation to the President of the Republic of S.R. Nathan. The government will be headed by 52-year-old Lee Hsien Loong, the eldest son of Singapore founder Lee Kuan Yew. He will also retain the post of Minister of Finance. Himself 80-year-old Lee Kuan Yew, who served as senior minister after his departure from power, will now simply be an adviser to the government, which will be headed by his son.
Authorities. The head of the Republic of Singapore is the President. The Cabinet of Ministers is appointed by
by the president with the approval of a unicameral parliament of 84 members. As a rule, the leader of the parliamentary majority party becomes the prime minister.Deputies are elected in general elections every 5 years. The climate is tropical. The northeastern monsoon blows from December to March, the southeastern monsoon from June to September, during this period the European, unusual to the heat, breathes easier. In the intervals between monsoons, in April – May and October – November, there are often short and heavy showers and thunderstorms often thunder. There is a large amount of precipitation, about 2500 ml per year. The first sensation that a tourist experiences when stepping on the land of Singapore: a thin wet film envelops from head to toe.The air humidity here is 99%, you should pay attention to this when choosing a wardrobe.
Money. Credit cards are widespread and are the main means of payment. Singapore even plans in the near future to switch to non-cash means of payment when paying for goods and services. All establishments accept American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa, as well as local bank cards. You can pay with cards even in a taxi, but it is better to find out the payment terms before boarding, as a rule, when paying for taxi services with a credit card, an additional commission of 10% of the fare is charged.
Culture. Since the indigenous Malay population of Singapore is only a small percentage, and the majority are Chinese, Indian or Arab immigrants, it is difficult to talk about a specific Singaporean culture. However, Eurasian Singaporeans and Perankans (descendants of Chinese immigrants and their Malay wives) can be distinguished. But the prosperous national situation led to the diffusion of different cultures, and in a short time, a distinctiveness inherent only in Singapore emerged. Introduced through schools, English has also acquired a street form – the so-called “Singlish”, to which you can also add the mixed Malay-English language Manglish.Nevertheless, Singaporean literature and official institutions try to use classic English.
Singapore has many ethnic areas such as Little India and Chinatown. The districts came about as a result of Raffles’ plan to accommodate new immigrants through national ghettos. Now these areas have lost their former importance, but they remain cultural centers, where national goods are also sold and national restaurants operate. The government strictly enforces the principle of tolerance, including freedom of religion.Singapore has several Hindu temples, Buddhist and Taoist temples, mosques and Christian churches. Unorthodox religious groups are also present. The cosmopolitan focus of Singaporean culture has resulted in a variety of arts, music and theater. In 2003, the new Esplanade Theater was built and opened in Singapore with a large number of seats, where performances and performances are held.
Museums. Maritime Museum – here visitors learn about the history of shipbuilding since ancient times.Primitive fishing boats sit side by side with modern ship models. Singapore is one of the largest ports in the world. And confirmation of this is the exposition of the museum, which presents a rich collection of models of historical ships and real life-size ships, collections of rare nautical charts, photographs, navigation equipment. Wax Museum – dedicated to the discoverers of this paradise. The history of Sentosa from ancient times to British rule is presented in persons. The Museum of Rare Stone, Coral and Reefs showcases the beauty and secrets of the underwater world.The Lost Civilizations and the Ruined City expositions will be especially interesting for children and adolescents. Clothes. It is recommended to take light summer clothes with you. Do not go to places of worship in clothes that might seem defiant to believers.
Medicines – Pharmacies are located almost on every corner, but most medicines are available on prescription or have unusual names for Europeans. Therefore, it is better to take the necessary medicines with you.
Food and water – Tap water is safe to drink.Food of the highest quality.
Shopping – Singapore is a shopper’s paradise. Here you can buy relatively inexpensive but high quality goods. Mostly foreigners buy electronics, textiles, perfumes, cosmetics and orchids. The only problem is to buy something from clothes of large sizes and heights.
Code of Conduct – Smoking is prohibited in all public places where there are more than five people at the same time, including outdoor areas.Smoking in the wrong place is subject to a fine of 1000 SGD.
Large fines are levied for crossing the street in the wrong place, for littering the territory, even if you just missed the trash can, for spitting on the street, and also for forgetting to flush after yourself in a public toilet. Chewing gum is generally outlawed and can only be bought at a pharmacy with a doctor’s prescription. The use of drugs is punishable by a long prison sentence, and their import and sale is punishable by the death penalty without the right of appeal.In most cases, foreigners who violate local norms are treated quite leniently, but a second offense or a clear reluctance to respect local laws can end very badly.
Holidays. January 1 – New Year, January-February – Chunjie (Spring Festival, Chinese New Year), December-March – Muslim holidays Hari Raya Haji (holiday of sacrifice) and Hari Raya Puasa (end of Ramadan, April-May) , April-May – Good Friday and Easter, May 1 – Labor Day, May 6 – Vesak (Buddha’s birthday), August 9 – Republic Day, October-November – Deepavali (Diwali, festival of lights), December 25 – Christmas.
Nature and animals – Humid equatorial forests remained only in the central part, where the natural reserve Bukit-Timakh is arranged, in the rest of the territory equatorial forests have been cleared. Mangrove forests can be found in the northern part of the islands of Singapore and Ubin. Most of the territory is occupied by the secondary ornamental vegetation of the tropics – the royal bougainvillea palm. The fauna is represented by anteaters, cicadas, flying lizards, macaques, crocodiles.
Religion – More than 42% of Singapore’s population is Buddhist, about 15% is Islam and 14% is Christian.Hinduism, Confucianism and Taoism are also widespread. A significant portion of Singaporeans, especially among educated people, are atheists. Health risks. The vast majority of tropical diseases do not exist in Singapore, with the rare exception of tropical fever disease outbreaks. Sanitary standards. No special vaccinations are required to stay in Singapore. It is recommended to observe basic sanitary and hygiene standards.
Communication – Singapore is connected to almost all countries of the world through its own modern telecommunications network and postal service.Two satellites provide high-quality communication with fifty countries of the world. Through the international direct dialing system or through an operator, 170 countries can be contacted. The call fee is charged at the rate of 4.5 SGD Calls from a pay phone are paid in dimes. We provide services for sending letters, documentation, parcels. Souvenirs made of gems, pieces of jasper, agate, jade.
Customs regulations – The import of drugs, psychotropic drugs, firecrackers, lighters in the form of weapons, toy coins and paper banknotes, pornographic literature and video tapes, meat and meat products is prohibited.For the export of weapons, explosives, animals, poisons, medicines, precious stones and jewelry (in quantities exceeding personal needs) from the country, a permit is required. Passengers departing on an international flight are subject to an airport tax of $ 12. The tax is not levied on passengers who do not leave the transit area and children under 2 years of age. A vaccination certificate is not required. Baggage allowance – 20 kg. Above – surcharge for 1 kg. weight at customs control.
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Transport – Currently, Singaporeans have an amazing transport system, consisting of subways, suspended highways, light railways, and buses and minibuses, which practically eliminates such painfully familiar traffic jams. First of all, this is Singapore’s mass high-speed transit – modern air-conditioned trains have routes throughout the city. Cheap. The cards can be bought at any store. The intervals between trains are from 3 to 8 minutes.There are also buses, taxis, trolleybuses. You can also rent a car.
Singapore Tours – Any time of the year is suitable for a trip to Singapore. At the beginning of winter, you
can have fun and watch local festivals. There are big sales and food festivals in July. Cosmopolitan Singapore celebrates a wide variety of holidays throughout the year. At the beginning of winter, Chinatown does not close his eyes, celebrating the arrival of the Chinese New Year. During Ramadan, trays with oriental sweets appear in the evenings in the Arab quarter.The bustling three-day Hari Raya Puasa festival concludes the Muslim holy month. In mid-spring, believers release the birds, marking the onset of the Buddhist festival of Vesak. In May or June, you can watch the Dragon Boat Festival, during which a large regatta takes place in Marina Bay. In September, Chinese opera actors appear on the streets of Singapore to participate in the Hungry Ghost Festival ceremonies. In October, there is an interesting Hindu festival called Taipusam, which is banned in India due to its masochistic bias Festivals.The most colorful and colorful national festivals are the celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Hindu holidays of Ponggal and Thaipusam (February), the Hougang Spring Festival (end of February), the Birthday of the Child God (Birthday of the Third Prince, May 1), the spring festival of Kin-Ming, Dragon Boat Festival (May-June), Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival (July), Birthday of the Monkey God (September), Moon Cookie Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival (September), Nine-day Navaratiri Festival (October), Chettar Temple Festival (holiday classical Indian dance and music) and the Timiti fire purification ceremony (October), the Feast of the Nine Divine Emperors (October-November) and the country’s most important Hindu holiday – Deepavali (November-December).Of the social events, the most interesting are the famous National Food Festival or Singapore Food Festival (July), the Spring City Festival (January-February), the Singapore Fashion Festival (early March-late April) and the Singapore Jewelry Festival (September-October).
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Shopping in Singapore / Travel.Ru / Countries / Singapore
Singapore can be safely considered one of the best shopping places in Southeast Asia. Initially developing as a commercial port, in recent years this island-state has only expanded its capabilities in this matter, rebuilding all kinds of rows of old shops in dozens, if not hundreds of ultramodern shopping centers, which also house many restaurants, beauty and massage salons, children’s playgrounds, cinemas and much more.
Features of shopping in Singapore
As in many other countries in the world in Singapore, you can save money by refunding tax on purchases. To do this, you need to purchase goods for more than 100 Singapore dollars (about 62 euros) in one store, ask for a tax-free document, put a stamp on it from the customs officers before departure, and then you can get about 6 percent of the check amount.
The national currency of this country is Singapore dollars, so in large stores you can only pay with them, but merchants sometimes also take ordinary dollars or euros, albeit at a very unfavorable rate.Almost everywhere they accept plastic cards of the main payment systems, problems with them can arise only in very small private shops.
If you are going to devote a lot of time to shopping, keep in mind that the most powerful air conditioners work in huge shopping centers, so if you don’t want to catch a cold, dress warmly!
Prices for goods in large shopping centers are fixed, and bargaining is not accepted in them. In the markets and in private retail outlets, it is quite possible to try to discuss with the merchants how much you want to pay for this or that product.
Dealing with mall sellers and market traders is not difficult: if you speak English, they certainly do too, because English is one of the official languages of Singapore.
Pick up a special Singapore shopping guide from the counter at the airport and follow its advice. You can also use information from dozens of specialized sites dedicated to this issue (www.shopping.sg).
“Pitfalls” of shopping in Singapore
When buying clothes and shoes, keep in mind that most of the models presented are sewn according to Asian size standards and other patterns, therefore sometimes they are not suitable for taller Europeans.And the models themselves can be completely different: too bold styles, extreme colors – such that you can hardly wear in your homeland.
Prices for electronics, at first glance, may be disappointing, since they hardly differ from Russian ones. If you want to buy something really profitable, you will have to work hard before the trip: find outlets on the Internet, compare prices and choose those where promotions will take place.
An attractive price can be for equipment that is sold without a worldwide guarantee.Often, unscrupulous sellers do not inform buyers about this, so the terms of warranty should be checked.
Fixed prices for equipment are indicated only in large shopping centers. In the markets and in some shops, prices are negotiable, while there are cases when, after a long bargaining, a tired customer was replaced with a product, cheaper or broken appliances were slipped.
There are still “helpers” in Singapore who offer to organize a tour of the “best stores” or help to buy cheap branded goods.It is not worth using their services: they will not show anything particularly interesting, but they will receive a commission for the brought buyer, and the purchased items may turn out to be of poor quality.
When buying any product, be sure to inspect and test it well, because it is quite difficult to return a purchased item back in this country. In large stores, you can do this upon presentation of your receipt, but only for a very short time (usually only three days) after purchase. In small shops, most likely, they will not take anything back from you.
Shopping centers in Singapore
Choosing a particular shopping center in Singapore to visit is a thankless task. There are so many of them here, and the assortment is so diverse that in most cases the best choice is a matter of luck and chance. However, the most famous are The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (10 Bayfront Avenue) and Resorts World Sentosa within the eponymous resort complexes, a huge “bush” of fashionable shopping centers Raffles City (252 North Bridge Road), Suntec City (3 Temasek Boulevard), Millenia Walk and Esplanade Mall with the Citylink Mall underground complex; VivoCity (1 Harbor Front Walk) and HarborFront (1 Maritime Square) Harbor Area, Far East (14 Scotts Road), Funan Digitalife Mall (109 North Bridge Road), Toys “R” Us mega-stores, 24-hour Mustafa Center in Little India and many others.
And, of course, the famous Orchard Road with its shopping centers Wheelock Place, Wisma Atria, The Heeren, Plaza Singapura, ION Orchard, Paragon, Ngee Ann City – Takashimaya, Mandarin Gallery, [email protected], Lucky Plaza, Centrepoint (176 Orchard Road), Delfi (402 Orchard Road), Forum (583 Orchard Road) and arguably Singapore’s finest cosmetics and fashion store CK Tangs. For especially zealous shopping lovers on Orchard Road, a special shuttle has even been launched between the most popular shopping centers (www.shopping.sg/shopaglore/the-great-trolley/).
To buy souvenirs, it is best to visit Chinatown and Little India, where the number of all kinds of shops of this type is simply not
lends itself to description.
In addition, numerous markets – both outdoor and indoor – provide the widest variety of locally produced goods, clothing, footwear, jewelry, arts and crafts, food, beverages and more. The most famous sites of this kind include Newton Food Center, also known as Newton Circus (500 Clemenceau Avenue), Tekka market at the beginning of Serangoon Road, which lies literally across Little India Arcade, Maxwell Food Center (1 Kadayanallur Street) in Chinatown, Telok Ayer Market (Lau Pa Sat Festival Market) south of Raffles Square (18 Raffles Quay), a flea market on Sungei Road, and so on.
Most stores are open from 10:00 to 21: 00-22: 00. Malls are open on weekends, while smaller shops may be closed on Sunday. There is also a unique giant Mustafa Shopping Center in Singapore – it works around the clock! Small private retail outlets have an individual schedule, which is always displayed in the window.
Discounts and Sales in Singapore
The large sale villages that can be found in many European countries are not popular in Singapore.However, some outlets are still found in the shopping centers IMM, Changi City Point, Arc. You shouldn’t count on something incredibly cheap in them: there may not be the required sizes, prices are not much different from those that can be seen in ordinary stores.
On the other hand, Singapore has numerous loyalty programs, bonuses, special offers and seasonal sales throughout the year.
The most famous of the sales is undoubtedly the Great Singapore Sale, which usually falls in late spring or early summer, usually in May-June.Discounts during this period reach 70%, plus each establishment forms its own bonus system. Don’t miss your chance to participate in the lottery – you can win a valuable prize. However, it should be borne in mind that the number of tourists in Singapore these days is increasing many times, so hotels for the dates of the sale should be booked several months in advance.
Also in Singapore there are seasonal sales: in winter – before the Chinese New Year (its exact date is calculated each time on purpose), in recent years, many shopping centers have reduced prices before European Christmas and New Years.
And, of course, in most stores all year round you can find items from the past season, sold at discounts from 10 to 50 percent.