Design Orchard – Visit Singapore Official Site
Located along the bustling streets of Orchard Road—Singapore’s premier shopping belt—Design Orchard is more than just a retail space.
Conceptualised by award-winning architecture firm WOHA Architects, this vibrant new enclave brings the pulse of creativity and inspiration to the heart of the city.
The space fulfils a trinity of roles—creative incubator, vibrant events space and a dazzling showcase of some of Singapore’s most beloved brands, lauded designers and talented newcomers.
Take a step inside, and discover world-class designs proudly made in Singapore.
Inspired by design and technology
Located on the ground floor, the Textile and Fashion Federation (TaFF) is appointed as the new operator of the retail showcase.
Whether you’re a discerning homeowner looking to spruce up your abode or a fashionista wanting to express your individuality through bold fashion statements, you’re bound to discover works of inspiring craftsmanship.
True to Design Orchard’s spirit of innovation, the space features retail technology that will make your shopping experience a breeze. Interactive mirrors placed throughout the establishment will provide visitors with insights into the brands housed within the showcase, act as product catalogues and highlight each brand’s story.
This naturalistic space showcases over 60-homegrown designers, ranging from skincare to furniture and fashion. Some of Singapore’s retail brands have set up shop here, including homeware brand Onlewo, fashion retailer Minor Miracles and local accessories brand Intrigue.
Besides design labels, Design Orchard also offers a plethora of lifestyle services and food options. Visitors looking to shop for souvenirs can purchase fragrances from Singapore Memories or peruse a range of handcrafted scented candles and diffusers from Temple Candle.
Hub, home and enclave
If you’ve always wanted to gain insight into the craftsmanship and creativity that exemplifies design, stop by the second floor. Managed by the Textile and Fashion Federation, this incubation space is home to co-working facilities, photography studios and creative spaces for some of Singapore’s brightest young talents.
Conclude your visit to Design Orchard by heading up to the public events space on the building’s top floor. This outdoor amphitheatre showcases a range of exciting activities, from dazzling displays of local jewellery to exhibitions where the worlds of fashion and food intertwine.
30 local designers we love and how to find them: Shopping in Singapore
When it comes to shopping in Singapore, it’s normal to take the safe option for fashion and hit the mass chain brands on Orchard Road. And while this might feel faster and easier, it can be nice to find something different instead – particularly if you’re dressing for a special occasion. We’re fortunate to have a growing pool of talented local designers and Singapore-based labels. To steer you in the right direction, we’ve rounded up a big list of homegrown fashion brands – from casual wear, handbags and jewellery – you can shop online or in shops in Singapore.
Forbidden Hill by Ruth Pestana & David Aumonier
Forbidden Hill’s offerings include distinctive jewellery collections that fuse modern aesthetics with regional motifs. Inspired by Ruth’s multicultural Straits ancestry, these local designers draw inspiration from the rich tapestry of Southeast Asian cultures, bringing traditional crafts and heritage together with contemporary style and materials.
The brand’s unique creations are designed in Singapore at a studio near the original Forbidden Hill (today’s Fort Canning) and made regionally. Highlights include the silk bangles, which are vibrant pieces of arm candy with interchangeable inserts of pure Thai silk nested in precious metals, adding a gorgeous pop of colour and character to any outfit. The silk cuffs also come with interchangeable silk slides and medallions.
Pair the bangles with eye-catching earrings of coloured resin set in gold and rhodium, or in sterling silver with interchangeable gemstones in designs inspired by Singapore locales. And be sure to check out the cufflink collections too!
Little Match Girl by Angis Tiew
With this sustainable local fashion brand, the latest trend isn’t a seasonal print or colour, it’s commitment to slow fashion. They’ve come a long way since it was established in 2003. The founder, Angis Tiew, began reevaluating her approach to the industry after becoming a parent. She believes it is our duty to leave the next generation a sustainable planet. Today, the socially-conscious fashion retailer is the first label in Singapore that sells a full range of sustainably-sourced fabrics crafted from Tencel to make their casual chic clothing more eco-friendly.
Think your favourite dress, but upgraded with oh-so-soft fibres and enhanced breathability that’s suited for the Singaporean tropics. But it’s not just the clothes that get a makeover: the brand also ensures its tailors are fairly treated and compensated.
Lustre Jewellery by Anaita Thakkar
If you’re looking for an alternative to the usual silver or gold accessories, gemstones are a great option. For affordable, contemporary designs, head to the website of homegrown label Lustre Jewellery. Founded by self-taught local designer Anaita Thakkar, Lustre delivers quality semi-precious jewellery without the hefty price tag.
Anaita picks some of the finest semi-precious stones and has her designs handcrafted in extremely limited quantities in ateliers around the world. Her passion for detail and flair for design has helped her develop a loyal following; the Lustre studio is now a hidden gem where women visit to treat themselves to jewellery that’s unique and lasting. And, if you needed another reason to satisfy your online shopping cravings, there’s also free shipping worldwide on orders over $300!
White Ginger by Emma Femminile
White Ginger has been an expat favourite for many years, and while easy-to-wear feminine pieces are at the heart of the collection, the store is now a treasure trove of gifts, homeware and accessories too.
Having recently opened a store in the UK, Emma continues to design styles and prints, which are then produced in Bali. She says that supporting Indonesian communities has never been more important to White Ginger, with each purchase helping to improve livelihoods through charitable initiatives.
Bright, cheerful patterns have been at the forefront of recent collections. “Brighter colours can elicit a more positive mood, so we have focused on cheerful shades,” says Emma, who especially loves green. “Wearing green definitely gives me a boost of energy!”
Visit the store in Tanglin Mall, or go to the website to check the latest styles today; there’s fast and free delivery to Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
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Shopping at Tiffany’s by Tiffany Maughan
Australian-born Tiffany Maughan now has three fashion stores across Singapore, along with her own design collection, Kenz & Kate. Her biggest inspiration comes from travel, and her Kenz & Kate collection reflects that. Whether it’s a jumpsuit, kaftan or cool summer dress, these are flexible styles that can work from day to night, and from shopping to bar hopping.
The Kenz & Kate collection supports sustainability and fair trade, and is ethically produced in India and Bali – it’s made for women by women.
Capsule Collection by Juliette
Juliette is a true Parisian girl, a French fashion designer reaching to all corners of the globe for conscious inspiration, and a mother of two. She couldn’t find what she wanted for that professional-yet-versatile, elegant-yet-easy-to-wear outfit, so she designed it herself! First came her all-time favourite – and now signature outfit and best seller – the jumpsuit. Then came dresses, skirts, trousers, playsuits and tops. And they all maintain the focus of being timeless slow fashion in natural fabrics and ethically produced.
As a working mum, Juliette knows exactly what it means to juggle a busy schedule! So, she wanted to create clothes for her friends and all women like her who are trying to do, be and feel their best in their hectic everyday lives.
Weekend Sundries by Michelle Chan
Clothing that is considerate of Singapore’s perennial humid climate is key for local designer Michelle Chan. Her focus is on dressing with ease, and offering versatility and breathable comfort – these are the things that help to anchor the brand.
Local fashion brand Weekend Sundries’ designs focus on quality, timelessness and comfort, catering to a more conscious way of living. The brand’s approach is that fashion should be helpful rather than harmful, hence its penchant for textiles that are natural, eco-conscious and traceable. So, the materials used are natural, low-impact fabrics personally sourced from textile mills in Japan, along with Lenzing Tencel and other sustainable fabrics that are kind to the environment. The seamstresses are based in Singapore, as well as in various partner workshops in Indonesia and Vietnam.
Weekend Sundries also keeps its collections season-less and in small batches; and it initiates pre-orders as a way of using resources more responsibly and reducing overproduction and waste.
Other local fashion brands
The Jersey Shop
Gen Woo is British and moved to Singapore in 2016. The fabric she uses at The Jersey Shop is super comfortable “fine knit” lightweight jersey, made from cotton and cotton blends (viscose polyester, linen and elastane). The store has just expanded to include a baby wear line, too, and this season the girls’ wear has been split into two lines – a younger range for ages two to eight years and a tweens’ range for eight to 14.
Gen and her husband are very passionate about sustainability, reduced waste and recycling. They continually strive to make their Bangladesh-based factory as green as possible for large-volume manufacturing; they’ve also created heaps of new projects to reuse leftovers and minimise waste.
Gen’s fashion idol is Stella McCartney – she finds her business model an inspiration, from supply chain transparency and sustainable raw material sourcing, to recycling and leather alternatives. The Jersey Shop products are available through Zalora – and watch out for the new website!
When the economic crisis affected Turkey in 2018, a 25-year-old Turkish textile business was going to be closed down. But, an idea came to family members based in Singapore and inspired them to rethink things. The idea was to make very comfortable yet fun men’s underwear – pieces with bold prints and quirky messages on the inside for the wearer to look at for a confidence boost or a laugh, or even to show off!
Underwear is easy to manufacture with a small team, and doesn’t require specialised machinery; it’s also easy to ship. So, the business was brought to life here, while all the manufacturing still takes place in Turkey.
The Fancies team have had loads of fun picking prints, colours and slogans, and working on designs for packaging. And the good thing is, because it’s a family business, they can source high-quality materials and keep costs, and therefore prices, low.
High-quality, stylish active wear and yoga leggings with an exciting twist. It’s a brand to inspire and thrill the discerning modern woman who values aesthetics, style and comfort.
It’s a refreshing brand with an Eastern touch, in a range of unique designs, made with top-grade sports materials for women.
Stones that Rock
From necklaces to bracelets and earrings, all Stones that Rock pieces are made with hand-selected freshwater pearls, semi-precious stones or crystals, and often feature silk and leather accents. Try the versatile lariat necklaces, which come in an array of colours to dress up any outfit. Enjoy free shipping in Singapore!
This local fashion brand was founded by Belinda Lee and Su May, who felt that the local swimwear scene was lacking options, PinkSalt merges both style and function into its swimwear design, creating pieces that are stylish and contemporary but still classy. Each season the duo design an original print as the focus of each collection, too.
Founded in 2014 in Singapore, this local designer brand creates luxury swim, active and resort wear for women. Designs and prints are inspired by multi-cultural elements of Singapore.
These summer essentials – think maxi dresses and roomy jumpsuits in bold prints – will take you from home to beach to bar! Materials are sourced from Bali and are oh-so-comfy.
Collate the Label
Setting itself apart as a luxe yet affordable designer for style-savvy ladies, Collate the Label has a growing loyal following thanks to its versatile and feminine silhouettes. Favouring tailored silhouettes like shift dresses and peplum shapes with nipped-in waists, this label will have a place in wardrobe for years to come.
Focusing on quality construction, cut and fit, Ong Shunmugam is a contemporary womenswear label that has pioneered the reinvention of traditional Asian silhouettes such as the cheongsam and qipao. We love how founder Priscilla Shunmugam puts a creative spin on traditional textile techniques and silhouettes to create wearable and elegant ready-to-wear pieces. The label also takes on custom bridal and evening-wear design requests, too.
If it’s a feminine and flirty outfit you’re after, look no further than whimsical local label Aijek. Inspired to make real women look and feel fabulous, designer Danelle Woo creates stunning dresses, skirts, tops and trousers in natural fabrics that will ensure you stand out for all the right reasons!
Elohim by Sabrina Goh
Well-loved for it’s oversized androgynous designs, local fashion designer Sabrina Goh’s collections are easy to wear and are expat-figure friendly. From oversized shift dresses to flattering dresses and culotte pants, there’s a style to suit every shape.
Award-winning local designer Silvia believes that women can be powerful and independent without losing the grace and poise of their femininity. The local label only works with trans-seasonal collections (fashion pieces that can be worn across all seasons) unfettered by the trends, reinforcing the concept of slow fashion.
This local fashion label specialises in handcrafted artisan jewellery made of sterling silver or semi-precious stones. You’ll love the quirky yet modern take on jewellery design.
For comfortable handmade and quality ballet flats and other leather accessories.
Looking for a boutique handbag, a fun clutch or an evening purse? Based in Singapore, this namesake bag label uses top-notch leathers and fabrics in creating one-of-a-kind, Asian-inspired designs.
A long-established Singapore fashion label offering androgynous and minimalist collections for women.
Inspired by Bali and Ibiza, Baliza designs timeless, sustainable resortwear clothing perfect for summer. Shop unique garments ethically made by women in Jaipur, India, using sustainable fabrics and traditional techniques of beading and block printing.
Handmade in a small family-run factory in Bali, UBU offers fun and functional swimwear made from recycled fabric that’s derived from post-consumer materials like old fishing nets.
Eden & Elie
This Singapore fashion brand offers ethical jewellery handmade with premium and responsibly-sourced materials like delica beads from Miyuki, a manufacturer in Japan.
Ling Wu Bags
If you’re after leather bags, you should check out local designers Ling Wu’s gorgeous designs crafted in python skin and leather in modern designs.
Handcrafted by experienced craftsmen in Italy, local label Maeso’s shoes are made to last. The star of the show is the material used: high-quality, full-grain vegetable-tanned leather sourced from leading tanneries in Italy.
In Good Company
This concept label creates capsules of casual wear collections in a palette of neutrals perfect for Singapore’s climate, from simple shift dresses to crepe camisoles and cotton pants.
For more, see our Style section.
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Danish Design Co | Designer Furniture & Sofas in Singapore
A decade over ago, Danish Design Co started with a single showroom and a small collection of authentic furniture brands from the shores of Scandinavia and Europe. Slowly but surely, our designer furniture shop grew and adopted several other renowned brands. This allowed the furniture store to expand and refine the designer furniture it offers. In the beginning, Singapore expats were the targeted audience as our furniture was in line with their tastes. However, as Singaporean locals become increasingly global and knowledgeable, they began to develop an interest in what we have to offer as well. Today, we serve everyone who drops by our doors. On occasion, we also serve visitors from neighbouring countries as well, including Indonesia and Malaysia.
At this Scandinavian furniture store based in Singapore, we are known for our exquisitely comfortable sofas. The secret behind these Eilersen sofas is this – solid frames, down feather filling and quality materials. It is assured that these designer sofas will last in the years to come.
We are also known for our beautiful dining sets, a good number of which are solid wood. Solid wood tables are great to have as you can sand the surface down if there are stains or scratches on the dining tables. We also carry several extendable tables, which do not appear extendable at first glance. The extension systems are mostly hassle-free and do not require extensive effort to use them. Last (but most certainly not least), we are known for our beautiful outdoor furniture. Our Outdoor furniture is designed to look like indoor furniture but with added durability. This helps it to stand strong against the fickle Singapore weather.
NEW DESIGNER FURNITURE BRANDS
In order to keep abreast with the competition, Danish Design Co is always on the lookout for new furniture brands that it can add to its collection. The newest brands are Duxiana, Cane-line Outdoor Furniture, and MiaCara. Duxiana is furniture company that specializes in engineering the best bed known to man. DUX beds have been scientifically proven to provide its users with deeper sleep. Houe offers affordable Scandinavian furniture that are practical and aesthetically pleasing. Finally, there is MiaCara, offering an adorable pet furniture range that are long-lasting for your furry friends.
2018/2019 FURNITURE REBRANDING
In the tail-end of 2018, Danish Design Co absorbed the living room, dining room and lighting brands from her sister company, Kuhl Home. These brands form the New Modern Collection in the new Danish Design Co. The brands that originally belong to Danish Design Co are collected under the Iconic Collection. Kuhl Home then became a brand that sells exclusively kids furniture.
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See Singapore’s Colorful Shop-Houses | Travel + Leisure
When my wife and I moved to Singapore last year for her new job, I expected to be traveling into the future. On my previous visits, Singapore’s famously efficient airport, Changi, had seemed like the principal node of a gleaming network of expressways, subway lines, and skyscrapers, all designed to maximize the flow of people and capital. It is a place where your car automatically pays for parking, where the traffic lights are controlled by artificial intelligence, and where the cityscape is gilded with ever more fantastical architectural forms. Marina Bay Sands, a triple-towered hotel and casino, is capped by a horizontal sky garden resembling a marooned spaceship. Gardens by the Bay, the park next door that had a starring role in Crazy Rich Asians, is dominated by a cluster of towering metal trees that look like they were designed by a robot with a taste for horticulture.
So when I arrived I was surprised to find myself immersed in history. We moved into an apartment in Joo Chiat, a neighborhood on the city-state’s eastern coast that was developed in the 1920s. Our apartment is in a shop-house, a style of building imported by Chinese settlers in the early 19th century that formed the warp and weft of the city’s architectural fabric for more than a hundred years. The template was simple. Shop-houses were built two or three stories high, and were designed to contain businesses on the ground floor and living spaces upstairs. Out front were covered verandas called “five foot ways,” open-ended to create shaded colonnades. Inside, light wells with a clear view of the sky formed miniature courtyards brightened by the sun and cooled by the rain.
A row of traditional shophouse’s on Spottiswoode Park Road, in Singapore
Jimmy Seah’s residence, center, on Spottiswoode Park Road, has Singapore’s oldest frescoed shop-house façade. | Credit: Darren Soh
Ours was built between the two world wars and, with its simple white façade, has an elegant austerity. The same cannot be said for others around the corner. On my way to get my morning coffee I walk down Joo Chiat Road, the district’s main thoroughfare, which is lined with shop-houses decorated with Corinthian pilasters, stucco leaves, and grids of colored tiles depicting pomegranates, peaches, pineapples, peacocks, and hummingbirds.
On weekends we often get breakfast at Mr. and Mrs. Mohgan’s, a stall that sells Singapore’s finest roti prata, a fried Indian flatbread. Diagonally opposite the stall, a one-block stretch of Koon Seng Road has grand old shop-houses painted in Instagram-friendly shades of pink, pistachio, emerald, and primrose. Beneath the upstairs windows, herons flap their wings and tigers hunt their prey, forever frozen in plaster relief.
If Singapore once seemed like a city intent on replacing the past with the future, it is now taking a backward glance.
Shop-houses are records of Singapore’s multicultural history. After its founding in 1819 by British politician and empire builder Stamford Raffles, the city grew into a powerful entrepôt, attracting merchants and traders from all over the world. They brought their architectural tastes with them, and left their mark on the shop-houses they inhabited. The dwellings in Joo Chiat were built by Peranakans, people of mixed Chinese and Malay descent who settled in Singapore and whose culture was a rich blend of Chinese, Malaysian, Indonesian, and European influences. Elsewhere in the city you can see shop-houses with Islamic latticework, rococo curlicues, Dutch gables, and French shutters.
The richness of these buildings did not comport with my preconceptions, which I quickly realized were out of date. It is true that more than 50 percent of Singapore’s old city was demolished by the march of modernity between the 1970s and 90s. It is also true that much of the urban sprawl has the flavorless internationalism of an airport terminal. But in the past decade Singapore has entered a more preservationist phase, with shop-houses being restored and renovated all over town—and snapped up at eye-watering prices.
Simon Monteiro, a local realtor who specializes in old buildings, likens this boom to an art-market bubble: “People are buying them like Picassos.” If Singapore once seemed like a city intent on replacing the past with the future, it is now taking a backward glance.
One recent morning I went to meet Jimmy Seah, a vivacious man in his mid fifties who owns a shop-house on Spottiswoode Park Road, just north of Chinatown. The street is part of Blair Plain, a district developed in the 19th and early 20th centuries by local merchants, or towkays. To show off the sophistication of their tastes and to outdo their European counterparts, these merchants constructed some of the grandest shop-houses in Singapore. They incorporated all manner of international flourishes; several even have loggias on their top floors, the kind you see in a Venetian palazzo.
Seah bought his house in 2009, and at first glance it struck him as unprepossessing. Low and plain, it had broken shutters, a moldering white façade, and a collapsed roof. But then he began to chip away at the plaster covering the front of the building and started to see layers of color underneath—first blue, then flecks of red and green. Slowly, over the course of two months of careful chiseling, these traces coalesced into an image of birds perched on branches and, above them, faded reddish-brown shapes that Seah thinks originally depicted a cloud of bats in flight.
Exterior details seen on two shophouses in Singapore
From left: 28 Blair Road, a shop-house turned into a co-living space; a “five foot way” veranda on Petain Road. | Credit: Darren Soh
The fresco dated from the 1860s. This makes it not only the oldest painted shop-house façade in Singapore but the sole survivor of a time when, according to one French visitor who came to Singapore in 1831, all the shop-houses were “covered with brightly colored frescoes.” The dull-looking building Seah had bought suddenly became a unique piece of architectural history and a window onto Singapore’s beginnings.
In the 1960s, when Seah was growing up in a shop-house, Singapore had only just gained independence from Malaysia and was a poor island in a state of disrepair. To keep housing affordable, the government instituted strict rent controls, the downside of which was that landlords had neither the money nor the incentive to keep their properties in good order. Seah’s family was crammed into a warren of tiny rooms. The roof leaked constantly, and he sometimes repaired the damage by fashioning makeshift guttering out of shuttlecock canisters. “My sisters and I used to complain,” he said. “Why do we have to live in this crappy old house?”
So they were only too pleased when, in the 1970s and 80s, the government began to knock them down to make way for new condo towers and public-housing blocks. “Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore, had a great vision,” Seah said. “You have to give people a roof over their heads before you can think of other things.”
But some felt that the focus on growth and efficiency stripped away soul, and Singapore developed a reputation for corporate blandness. Visiting in the 1990s, the sci-fi novelist William Gibson wrote that “the physical past, here, has almost entirely vanished.” The contemporary confection that had grown in its place felt to him like Disneyland.
A few historically minded officials at Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the government body responsible for city planning, began to worry that the destruction was going too far—that Singapore was in danger of demolishing its identity. So they began slowly to acquire shop-houses all over the city to protect them from developers, and then to sell them to owners interested in preservation.
A woman walks in front of shop-houses along Singapore’s Petain Road
Shop-houses along Singapore’s Petain Road. | Credit: Darren Soh
Around the corner from Seah’s place is one of the most spectacular beneficiaries of this preservationist trend. The Baba House is a restored shop-house that now operates as a museum. It was built in the 1880s by the Wee family, who had made a fortune in shipping. The house was protected by the URA in the 1980s, but by the early 2000s, unoccupied and unrestored, it was weathering badly.
In 2006, it was sold to the National University of Singapore, whose architects and historians embarked on a renovation. They found traces of the original paint beneath more recent layers and gave the building back its original bright-blue coat. They re-created the ceramic appliqué cockerel that once strutted above the door and renovated the plaster panels that depict phoenixes and peonies, representing happy lovers.
For the inside, they sourced authentic furniture, much of it from the Wee family, who had kept heirlooms like the wooden wedding bed, with its elaborate carving and gilding. The Baba House became a showcase for careful restoration, and was a prelude to the popularity this kind of building has since enjoyed.
Koon Seng Road has grand old shop-houses painted in Instagram-friendly shades of pink, pistachio, emerald, and primrose.
There are few places in Singapore that exemplify the shop-house boom better than Keong Saik Road. Until the late 1990s this neighborhood was a red-light district. Its streets are lined almost entirely with shop-houses, but because nobody wanted to live or work in them, their owners were forced to rent them out to the only tenants they could find: brothels and massage parlors.
Today Keong Saik Road is thoroughly gentrified and is known for a different kind of hospitality: a string of fashionable bars, restaurants, and hotels. KeSa House is a boutique hotel owned by Ashish Manchharam, a developer who owns four other shop-house hotels in the city, with another planned for 2021. Manchharam spent his childhood in a shop-house in Kampong Glam, where his grandfather, originally from the Indian state of Gujarat, had set up a successful textile firm. By the late 2000s Manchharam, now in the property business, had already converted shop-houses into ateliers for several young fashion designers in need of studio space. But tourism was growing dramatically—between 2005 and 2018 the number of visitors to Singapore doubled—and he saw a market among people who wanted a taste of the old world instead of the city’s glitzy novelties.
KeSa House, like Manchharam’s other hotels, is an exercise in dramatic reinvention. The exterior has been faithfully maintained, the pilasters and swags picked out in bright white against the turquoise walls. But the interior has been transformed into a minimal, contemporary space—all pale wood and polished concrete. This kind of “façadism,” where the exterior acts as a historical gloss on an otherwise 21st-century experience, has plenty of detractors, who feel it robs the buildings of their original spirit.
But the basic template of the shop-house has proved to be endlessly adaptable: KeSa House sits opposite Potato Head, a three-story restaurant and club that opened in 2014. Located on an acutely angled corner, it’s housed in a majestic Art Deco shop-house that resembles a white cruise liner from the 1930s. Bauhaus and Brutalist examples can be found elsewhere in the area. Shop-houses have always changed with the times and reflected architectural fashion.
Aerial view of shophouse rooftops in Singapore’s Chinatown area
An aerial view of Chinatown. | Credit: Darren Soh
A few days after meeting Jimmy Seah, I headed back to Blair Plain to talk to Fang Low, a 32-year-old entrepreneur who runs a company called Figment. Low’s family has been collecting shop-houses for more than two decades, and under the Figment brand he now commissions Singaporean architects and designers to repurpose them into upscale “co-living spaces,” where people on extended stays in the city can rent rooms and live together. “It’s like shop-houses used to be,” he told me, “with multiple families living in the same building.”
I met him at 28 Blair Road, once his childhood home and now his company’s latest project. Above an ornate pair of traditional, saloon-type shop-house doors, or pintu pagar, is a panel bearing the Chinese characters for “Low Family Residence.” That is where the old world ends. Inside, the house is completely white: white walls and floor, white furniture, white-painted porcelain on a white shelf, white ceiling lamps made by a local artist from upcycled plastic wrap. But as you explore the house, you see small areas of wall where the bare brick shows through, or tiny circles on a porcelain pot where the original decoration has been left unpainted—fleeting glimpses of the history that lies beneath the new gloss. A little like Singapore itself.
How to See Singapore’s Shop-Houses
KeSa House (doubles from $100), in Chinatown, occupies a row of shop-houses from the 1920s. Its 60 compact rooms have bright, contemporary interiors; some have private roof terraces.
The Michelin-starred Zén (tasting menu $320), in a shop-house in the Bukit Pasoh area, is the most exclusive restaurant in Singapore. With space for about 15 guests, it serves an eight-course tasting menu that mixes Scandinavian and Asian flavors.
For something more casual, try Potato Head (entrées $10–$25), an elevated burger joint with a rooftop bar in a corner shop-house that resembles the prow of a ship.
Part of the National University of Singapore, Baba House is a restored shop-house with exhibits dedicated to the city’s Peranakan culture. Jane’s Tours runs guided architectural tours of Singapore. Shop-house sare included in several of its itineraries, including Emerald Hill, Chinatown, and Joo Chiat. Tours generally last half a day and cost $55 per person.
The Best Showrooms And Design Stores That You Can Find In Singapore
Singapore is an island city-state in Southeast Asia. This city architecture exhibits a spectrum of influences and styles from different periods and places. This varies from the eclectic style and hybrid forms of the colonial period to the tendency of more contemporary architecture to combine trends from around the world.
Make sure you head on over to our own showrooms for more inspiration!
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Castlery is a store in Singapore which looks to reinvent how furniture retail works. They design and produce furniture with exceptional aesthetics and also great quality!
2- Da Vinci Lifestyle
Asia’s leader in the Italian Luxury Designer industry, the Da Vinci Group is the first and most successful to establish spaces across major countries in Asia. Da Vinci Lifestyle’s furniture store, located on Orchard Road in Singapore, showcases luxury furniture, contemporary furniture, designer furniture, modern furniture, and bespoke furniture.
3- For The Common Goods
For The Common Goods is assumed on two ideas – for the common good, and goods for the common people. They aim to bring furniture that is thoughtfully designed and sustainably produced, empowering a better appreciation of good product design and craftsmanship.
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A harmony of styles, colours, textures and rugs of all shapes in one place.
HipVan, founded in Singapore, cares about creating the home of your dreams! They want the clients to experience their furniture in person at their Showroom Pop-up, so they can help you build the home that inspires you and your loved ones every day.
5- Maison Affluency
Maison Affluency is Asia’s premier luxury design and crafts destination!
Located in the vibrant heart of Singapore, it is a luxurious and interactive home where you can see, touch and feel the exquisite craftsmanship, the details and the passion behind great design.
Marquis offer clients over 22,000 square feet of designer displays to celebrate a collection of unique individual tastes and styles. There are six collections, the finest names in Italian home furnishings, housed in their distinctively elegant showrooms. You will fall in love with pieces that are pure refinement!
At P5 they reimagine and create breathtaking dream homes. They have an impressive selection of renowned designer furnishing and home decor brands of excellent craftsmanship and quality. You can find luxury home products across all styles and categories, from contemporary designer furniture and décor to modern and sophisticated lighting, opulent wallcoverings, and exquisite home accessories.
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8- Roche Bobois
Roche Bobois celebrates french art around the world!
They are a world leader in furniture design and work with renowned designers. Roche Bobois offers a large range of exclusive designs, manufactured with high quality and with the possibility of customisation in small European workshops. You can see and experience their art in several showrooms.
9- Space Furniture
Space Furniture has developed into South-East Asia’s largest and most progressive retailer of contemporary design. Today Space has five purpose-built showrooms, including in Singapore, each with architect-designed interior environments that represent the quality and rigour of the furniture collection.
TaylorB is a high-end and luxury furniture store. It is Singapore’s largest available inventory of modern, eclectic and oriental furniture at Mohamed Sultan Road with 55,000 square feet.
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5 places in Singapore to shop designer furniture, Lifestyle News
While shopping for statement furniture online is possible, it’s often best to visit a physical showroom to get a feel of the piece. Here’s where to go in Singapore.
Founded in 2009, Grafunkt is a forward-thinking lifestyle brand that promotes good design through carefully curated furniture selections from brands such as Louis Poulsen, Flos and Hay as well as its house brand Grafunkt and Folks by co-founder Nathan Yong.
Grafunkt is at #04-01 to 06 Funan Mall, tel: 6336-6046/6238-8372.
2. Proof Living
Proof Living is known for collections that work in harmony – even if you purchase pieces by different designers. Its brands include Knoll, Occhio and Kundalini. It also has an in-house office furniture line called Proofwork.
Proof Living is at #04-06, Ion Orchard, tel: 6509-0555.
3. Space Furniture
You can’t miss the Space Furniture Asia Hub showroom in Bencoolen Street. The building spans 40,000 sq ft and houses brands such as B&B Italia, Emeco and Kartell. Each collection is showcased in an immersive display inviting you to try the furniture.
Space Furniture is at 77 Bencoolen Street, tel: 6415-0000.
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4. W. Atelier
Founded in 1979, W.Atelier specialises in curating luxury pieces that are timeless and storied from such brands as Lasvit as well as Fritz Hansen and Vitra that have monobrand stores within the store as well as other furniture, lighting, kitchen and bathroom brands.
W.Atelier is at 201 Henderson Road, #01-01 & #03-01, tel: 6270-8828.
It started as an eclectic store sporting alternative design brands in a pre-war shophouse. Today, Xtra is one of Singapore’s top furniture stores with brands such as Carl Hansen, Herman Miller and Louis Poulsen.
Xtra is at #02-48 Marina Square, tel: 6336-0688.
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This article was first published in Home & Decor.
Shopping malls in Singapore | We love Singapore
People in Singapore often say that shopping is their national sport. To bypass shopping centers will require great endurance and patience, because they beckon to themselves with bright colors, a huge selection of everything that can be imagined and appetizing prices. The only drawback of shopping centers is the cold, as air conditioners are constantly running, but such a small obstacle never stops foreign tourists or local residents.For those who do not like the heat, shopping centers become a real refuge in a sunny season. All shopping centers are luxuriously designed, each more beautiful than the other, but there are some that stand out.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is a luxurious arcade built in a resort hotel. Located in the heart of Singapore, a few kilometers from the business center. There is a huge swimming pool on the roof, where you can swim and at the same time admire the beautiful landscapes.Boutiques lure with beautiful branded clothing. Here you can buy such brands: Gucci, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, HugoBoss, Max Mara and others.
There are touch panels on each floor, with the help of which visitors can quickly find their way to which store they need and not have to travel around the floors unnecessarily. Having visited The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, you will come back more than once, because you do not want to leave there at all. After shopping, you can visit the amazing cafes and restaurants, where a variety of cuisines and drinks.There is also a food corridor, where the selection of national Singaporean dishes will surprise everyone.
In addition, in the shopping center you can enjoy the gentle sounds of live music. Sports enthusiasts and skaters can skate on the huge ice rink.
The main feature of the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is the river. Its source begins from a twenty-meter height of the water flow. The river flows through the entire shopping center. Anyone can ride a Chinese wooden boat.
Particular attention should be paid to the boutique-island Louis Vuitton, built on the water.The thinnest glass and metal were used for its construction. The three-story building offers a wide selection of the world’s most luxurious brand. There is a gallery next to the clothes that shows off the masterpieces of art.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Harbor Front Shopping Center – not too chaotic and moderately pretentious. You can buy absolutely everything here: cosmetics, clothing, electronics. In total, the shopping center includes three hundred and forty stores. Brands such as Nike, Zara, Pandora, Lacoste will impress even the quietest and most modest shopaholics.
On the second floor there is an official Apple representative in Singapore – Infinite store. Here you can buy both the main products of the company and various accessories to it. Prices for a smartphone are much lower here than in other countries.
Tired of shopping and having plenty of shopping, you can relax. The shopping center has many small restaurants with different cuisines. There is a Swiss cafe and a Japanese restaurant on the roof of the building. The latter serves excellent sushi.Well, where without our beloved McDonald’s, which is located on the ground floor.
Paragon Shopping Mall Singapore
Another shopping center Paragon Shopping Mall Singapore. It is smaller than the previous two, but that does not mean that it is worse. More than two hundred shops are located on its six floors. They all offer designer items, fashion accessories, kids toys, luxury jewelry. Thanks to well-known brands, the shopping center is often visited by the most inveterate shopaholics, connoisseurs of beauty and fashion.DKNY, Calvin Klein, Esprit, Miu Miu, Prada, Versace, Gucci present their collections. The last store was opened in 2010 and its advertisements occupied as many as five floors of the building’s facade. Here you can also look at the Metro and Marks & Spencer chain stores.
The shopping center boasts a huge number of catering establishments, of which there are about forty. Here you can dine at a prestigious restaurant or sample the vaunted local Starbucks coffee.
Paragon Shopping Mall Singapore differs from its competitors in its small area.People do not waste their precious time to move through huge areas and to find the right product, because all the best is in one place. Therefore, shopping will be enjoyable and relaxing.
The shopping center is located on the main shopping street and is open daily from 10:00 to 21:00, even on holidays, on Saturdays and Sundays.
Paragon Shopping Mall Singapore
Takashimaya Shopping Center
Takashimaya Shopping Center should not be overlooked. It is the largest network of Japanese stores that offer the most fashionable clothes, electronics, jewelry.First of all, the shopping center is aimed at a wealthy audience. It starts from the basement, where a car parking with security is equipped for visitors. On the second tier there are clothing stores for different ages, souvenir shops, grocery departments and restaurants. The next level is famous for famous brands. Here you can buy branded clothing at affordable prices, as well as fashion accessories, comfortable shoes and prestigious watches.
Parents with children are required to visit the fourth floor of the commercial building.The departments of sports and various children’s goods will not leave indifferent even the biggest whims. On the top floor, a modern fitness room invites for training.
Takashimaya Shopping Center
Suntec City Mall
Suntec City Mall – a huge shopping complex, consisting of several towers, a little intricate in shape. In general, it looks like a small town, which is spread over an area of 650,300 square meters. The complex includes five office towers.shopping mall, exhibition center and congress center. All buildings border each other and create the appearance of a human hand. The shopping center is conventionally divided into four zones: Tropics, Entertainment Center, Terrace with a fountain, Shopping gallery. Also on the territory of the complex is the famous Fountain of Wealth.
Almost all shopping centers in Singapore receive customers from 10:00 to 21:00. No important holidays and weekends will be a reason for the closure of stores. Here you can buy everything to pamper yourself with a new thing and your family and friends with unique souvenirs.
Suntec City Mall
90,000 The most amazing brands have rented almost 90% of the retail space in Jewel
As the 2019 launch of the Jewel complex at Changi Airport draws near, tourists and Singaporeans alike are eagerly awaiting the opening of new shops, cafes and restaurants on site. Jewel will be Singapore’s first marketplace for brands such as Shake Shack, Pokémon and Läderach.In addition, the first A & W restaurant in Singapore will open in Jewel. Among the companies represented will be well-known Singapore brands: Tiger Beer, Naiise and Supermama, which will develop completely new store concepts for Jewel.
Jewel will be the first multi-functional lifestyle space in Singapore to combine nature, entertainment and shopping. More than 280 trade and catering enterprises will be represented here, of which approximately 60% will be brands new to Changi Airport, and more than 30% will be cafes and restaurants.The marketplaces at Jewel will be located around the Forest Valley Gardens and Rain Vortex Falls and will provide visitors with a unique shopping experience.
There will be no boundaries between nature and shopping, and shoppers can seamlessly move from Forest Valley’s garden promenade to the shops. Carefully designed café and restaurant concepts with views of the terraces overlooking the picturesque Forest Valley garden will give guests an idyllic mood and allow guests to experience nature without leaving the premises.The unique two-level trading floor will feature large retail stores, which will enable retailers to organize space in such a way as to ensure that shoppers are fully immersed in the brand concept. Interesting opportunities for recreation and entertainment can be found in the heart of Canopy Park, located at the top of the complex and is the perfect completion of the Jewel image. Offering visitors a range of different experiences, Jewel promises to be truly legendary.Guests will come back here again and again for shopping therapy or to relax surrounded by luxurious nature, or maybe just to have fun with family and friends.
Jewel will present new brands for Singapore, as well as world novelties
With a strong presence in major cities in Japan, the Pokémon brand is heading to Singapore. Pokémon Center Singapore will be the brand’s only full-fledged store outside of Japan.It will include a wide variety of Pokémon merchandise sold in Japan, as well as original merchandise created especially for the Jewel, such as toys, stationery, Pokémon card games, and video games.
The Jewel will also host Singapore’s first Shake Shack, offering diners the opportunity to sample signature dishes including ShackBurger®, Shack-cago Dog®, classic fries and custard ice cream.
Chongqing aficionados can enjoy authentic delicacies at Xiao Bin Lou and Yu’s Kitchen, renowned Chinese food brands with a rich history.Xiao Bin Lou is a gourmet restaurant with over 50 years of history that hosts theatrical performances of Chinese culture and art, as well as traditional handicrafts. Yu’s Kitchen is an everyday restaurant that brings together a collection of popular Chongqing brands in Epicurean traditions under one roof. Together, restaurants strive to provide diners with the opportunity to better understand the culture of Chongqing through food.
In 2019, the fast food empire is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and A&W fans will be delighted to know that Jewel has been selected to host the iconic restaurant that is reopening in Singapore.The menu will feature international favorites such as Coney Dogs, A&W Root Beer floats, as well as Jewel-tailored offerings from the world’s bestsellers, such as A&W Cream Cheese Burger from Japan or Golden Aroma Chicken from Indonesia.
Pink Fish, the world’s first fast food fish restaurant, will begin its journey through Southeast Asia in Singapore and open in Jewel, forcing guests to reimagine the concept of fast food.Cooked in just five minutes, premium salmon straight from the Norwegian fjords will be served in a wide variety of dishes: salads, rolls, burgers, pots or poké bowls.
Fans of unusual flavors should definitely check out the TONITO restaurant with a completely new Peruvian concept that embodies the authentic taste of Latin America. Classic ceviche with a characteristic Peruvian flavor and the iconic Pisco Sour cocktail will soon be available at Jewel.
Dessert lovers will be delighted with the opening in Jewel of the first Läderach store in Southeast Asia, a popular Swiss handmade chocolate brand. In addition, Läderach will present a line of gift wrapping specially designed for Jewel.
Sports giant Nike will open its largest flagship store in Southeast Asia in Jewel, which promises to deliver a completely new shopping experience by offering the brand’s most complete line of sports and casual wear, unlike other Nike stores.In addition to an expanded assortment of jogging, workout, daily fashion items, and products with soccer and basketball team logos, customers will be offered custom-made T-shirts.
Favorite Singapore Brands
Tiger Beer, a national symbol with a globally recognized name, will become one of Singapore’s flagship brands in the Jewel complex, opening the world’s first Tiger Street Lab store there.The conceptual site will combine cafes and traditional retail elements. Tiger Street Lab will showcase exclusive seasonal beers inspired by Singapore and brewed with local ingredients. The impressive menu will include a selection of Tiger beers and the finest Singaporean street food, giving visitors the opportunity to fully experience Singapore’s unique ambiance.
Local designer store Naiise will introduce a completely new concept in Jewel.It will be called Naiise Iconic and will combine a boutique and a cafe, transforming the store from a regular retail outlet into an interactive lifestyle platform.
The local boutique Supermama, another Singaporean brand known for exquisite gifts and souvenirs, will delight guests with custom-made porcelain designs created especially for Jewel.
Jewel will also serve as a platform for developing local culinary talent.Specifically, the complex will house the COLLIN’S® brand El Fuego, a custom-built European halal restaurant run by 25-year-old chef Ko Han Jie. Chef Ko is the first Singaporean to win the prestigious Young Talent Escoffier Asia 2018. This restaurant is a collaboration between industry veteran chefs Edmund Toh (President of the Chefs Association of Singapore) and Collin Ho (founder and chef of the restaurant chain COLLIN’S®).
The list is completed by the magnificent Violet Oon, a well-known socialite in Singapore and the owner of the largest restaurant in the country today. At Jewel, her restaurant will cover over 350 square meters and will serve popular local delicacies such as Dry Laksa, Beef Rendang, Satays and Roti Jala. Those wishing to bring a piece of Singaporean homemade cuisine with them from their trip can pay attention to edible souvenirs, for example, the Gula Melaka dessert or pineapple tartlets, which are sure to please family and friends.
“Singapore meets the world and the world discovers Singapore”
Ms Hong Jin , Chief Executive Officer of Jewel Development at Changi Airport, said, “We hope that Jewel will be a unique place unlike any other. The carefully crafted mix of cafes and shops here reflects our commitment to making Jewel a place where “Singapore meets the world and the world discovers Singapore.”We hope to show Singapore to the world as a platform where international tourists can experience local brands; at the same time we strive to bring new and already well-known global brands to Singapore.
Today, passengers have become more demanding in terms of flights and the choice of transit airports. Therefore, we hope to create a one-of-a-kind multifunctional complex at Changi Airport that will meet the needs of passengers. We are convinced that the unique shopping facilities in Jewel will make Changi Airport even more attractive to the millions of tourists who transit there and will generally increase the tourist flow to Singapore.I would like to especially emphasize that this path of creating unique trading solutions in Jewel would not have been possible without the active support of the brands we represent, many of which strive to create special concepts for their stores for Jewel. We are deeply grateful to them for the fact that they share our position and are open for cooperation in the implementation of creative ideas in the field of trade and services. ”
Shopping in Singapore – Shopping
Singapore is where shopping is a great pastime.We’ll tell you at least ten places to shop. So get your cash and credit cards ready.
So, you want to know where is the best place to shop in Singapore? Shopping in this city is something of a local national tradition, so you will have somewhere to go.
Top 10 places in Singapore where people spend the most money
This place is the oldest trade point in Singapore.Hadji Lane is an alley lined with a number of delightful boutiques where you can find whatever your heart desires for a good price.
You can buy almost everything you need here, but don’t waste all the money, leave at least something for visiting other places, because there are still stores ahead of you such as Dulcetfig, Loft, Soon Lee, Rusty Buttons and Ohsofickle.
How to get there: Haji Lane is a stone’s throw from Bugis MRT station, in the Kampong Glam neighborhood.
Parco Marina Bay
Recently, another one has been added to the huge network of shopping centers in Singapore – the Parko Marina Bay shopping center. Tens of millions of dollars were spent on its construction, the center occupies 85,000 squares, located in the Millenia Walk area. There are many quirky shops and places to eat here. Not surprisingly, getting here, the ladies disappear for the whole day.
How to get there: Millenia Walk area.Parko Marina Bay is located near the Promenade metro exit from station A.
Mustafa Center is located in the heart of Little India, consists of two complexes, is open around the clock, known for the fact that you can buy everything here: from ethnic jewelry to the latest electronics. Both tourists and locals are very fond of this shopping center, and there is never enough time to walk around here. So, if you want to avoid a large crowd, then you should come here either in the morning or late at night.
How to get there: 145 Syed Alvey Road.
Ain Orchard (ION Orchard) – a huge shopping center
Did you know there is a monster mall in Singapore? This is the shopping center Ain Orhard. It is rebuilt in a futuristic style and resembles a spaceship. Eight floors are occupied by more than 333 stores of famous fashion brands, restaurants are also located here, the remaining 48 floors are residential. $ 2 billion was spent on the construction of this center.
How to get there: Orhard metro station area.
According to SI-EN-EN: this is where the best tailor-made suits are made.
Sungei Road Thieves’ Market – a large flea market
If you love to hunt for retro clothes or all sorts of shabby items, then the Sungay Road Thieves Market will not disappoint you. It’s actually not as dangerous here as you might think from the name (the name goes back to 1930). This oldest flea market in Singapore is located between Kelantan Road and Weld Road.
How to get there: along Jalan Besar Street, between Kelantan Road and Weld Road.
Singapore Chinatown is one of the fastest growing in Asia. Here you will see bright splashes of souvenir shops, facades of Indian temples, encounter traditional Chinese medicine, notice the bright lights of night shops. If you’re planning to stroll through this intricate chain of stores, CNN recommends purchasing an interactive walking map so you don’t get lost and enjoy your walk to the fullest.
How to get there: Kitay-Gorod district, near Outram metro station.
Where is the best place to buy gifts for friends and family? Of course, in Little India. It is a noisy, a bit dirty, but at the same time bright and inviting place. Both tourists and locals flock here to stroll along the long shopping malls. Here you can admire art galleries, visit inexpensive restaurants, and buy something at vegetable stalls.
Everything here is very beautiful and compactly located only on some 700 square meters of area. Little India is a must-see for any tourist. Be sure to read CNN’s walking guide to getting around before heading out to explore Singapore’s Little India.
How to get there: on the northeast of the Little India line. Little India is bordered by Hippodrome Road, Sayed Alvi Road, and Jalan Besar.
Ann Siang Road -design boutiques
Ann Xiang Road is located in the creative center of Boho designer boutiques, where you can also find French pastry shops and bookstores.The square is decorated with the facades of colorful shops, so the walk will be pleasing to the eyes.
How to get there: Ann Xiang Road is a five minute walk from Chinatown MRT Station.
Books Actually – a large bookstore
For book lovers, it will be interesting to find out where the largest selection of books is in Singapore. Singaporeans prefer Cooks Actually. It is an independent bookstore on Ann Xiang Road that specializes in selling fiction.Once in the quiet atmosphere of a charming bookstore, you elude the hectic pace of Singapore. This is the perfect place to dive into yourself. If you’re lucky, you might even stumble across the first edition of the Lemony Snicket’s rare copies.
How to get there: BooksActually is located next to Ann Xiang Road.
Bugis Junction shopping center
Bugis Junction is a huge glittering shopping mall with glazed streets. There is also another attraction – the dancing fountain.Children love to climb into the outdoor fountain in Piazza Bugis.
How to get to the shopping center: Bugis Junction is located in close proximity to the Bugis metro station.
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Among tourists, Singapore is referred to as a “shopper’s paradise”. And this is no coincidence. If we hear “tourist shopping” somewhere, we immediately have associations – satisfied travelers wearily dump a bunch of local souvenirs that are not particularly original on the hotel bed.So, Singapore completely breaks stereotypes. Here buyers can purchase an incredible variety of goods that will please the most capricious tourist!
And there is nothing surprising in the fact that some go to Singapore not only for rest, but also for shopping! Goods to this small state flock from all over the world, and the largest shopping centers in Singapore are open every day.
Where is the most profitable way to go? If you want everything and everyone, and even right now, you should go to the street with the beautiful name Orchard Road (street of orchards) – the most famous shopping centers with a huge variety of goods are located here.
By the way, the indicated street looks quite harmless, but this is only at first glance. In fact, it costs nothing to get lost here. Therefore, anyone who has visited Singapore for the first time and has not yet mastered the dense network of lanes should buy a special guide showing all the outlets on the street of “orchards”. In turn, we will provide a brief description of the most famous shopping centers in Singapore.
Shopping malls in Singapore
Centrepoint .Perhaps the most popular and interesting complex for recreation and shopping. Everything your heart desires is sold here – everyday clothes, household items, optics, sporting goods, oriental carpets, antiques, books and the most interesting (in the opinion of a European person) – exquisite objects of Asian culture. The pearl of this shopping complex is the sensational and widely known Robinsons & Co store, which is a laureate of the Tourism Awards 2002 (nomination – “Best Retail Store”) – an award given annually to the best retail outlets in the world! Robinsons & Co specializes in the items needed to create a cozy home atmosphere.
Delfi . A shopping center with shops selling first-class accessories and high-quality clothing. But shoppers are attracted by something else – a huge selection of excellent crystal from the well-known companies Wedgwood China and Waterford Crystal.
Far East . In this shopping complex you can find various goods, but only 2 shops are of the main interest of buyers. One of them – House of Hung – specializes in the sale of jewelry made of precious metals and stones (especially diamonds) of the highest quality.The other, Kwok, is essentially a gallery featuring rare porcelain, antique ivory carvings and unusual jade sculptures.
Forum . In this shopping arcade you can find a fairly well-known toy supermarket under the unpretentious name “R”. The store offers a variety of toys for children of all ages that can make any child’s dream come true! Adults in Forum are highly recommended to visit boutiques of famous brands such as Max Mara, Calvin Klein, Song + Kelly 21.
Shopping gallery at the Hilton . This is not only a hotel, but also a shopping gallery. Do you like clothes from famous designers? In this case, you are here! It has everything your fashionable soul desires – Paul Smith, Gucci, Valentino, Giorgio Armani and other trending brands.
OG Orchard Point . It will appeal to everyone who leads an active, vibrant life. As the saying goes, “without leaving the checkout,” at OG Orchard Point you can buy household goods, toys, watches, cosmetics, jewelry, fashionable clothes and even groceries!
Suntec City Mall .This is a large-scale, slightly futuristic shopping complex, consisting of several strangely shaped towers and built with money from Hong Kong investors. The construction of the center was completed in 1997. It is a kind of mini-city on an area of 650,300 sq. meters. The complex itself includes 5 office towers, a shopping mall, a congress center and an exhibition center – all these parts are connected to each other and look like a human brush. Also Suntec is divided into 4 thematic zones – Shopping Gallery, Tropics, Entertainment Center and Terrace with a fountain.As for the shops, the Shopping Gallery has plenty of them – from 7-Eleven to Carrefour, from Clarks to Red Wing, from Bossini to Lacoste. There are about 300 stores in total. In addition, the most interesting events are held here almost every day, so it is difficult to call Suntec just a shopping center.
Vivo City . It is one of the largest shopping centers in Singapore with 97,000 sq. meters of retail space. A distinctive feature of the complex is its large spacious rooms and aisles, where not only dozens of shops and fashion boutiques are located, but also all kinds of shows, etc.since Vivo City also has an entertainment component. The nautical-inspired design of the shopping complex was created by renowned Japanese architect Toyo Ito, known for his desire to create buildings in the image of natural landscapes and a desire for large spaces. Located next to the port, the mall has a variety of trendy shops such as Ben Sherman, GAP, Levi’s, Tommy Hilfiger and Topshop. However, business is not limited only to clothes – there are a huge number of other shops, beauty salons, a huge cinema, etc.etc.
Ngee Ann City . Located on Singapore’s famous Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City shopping center was opened in 1993 with the participation of the country’s Prime Minister Go Chok Tong. Residents of the city often call this shopping mall “Taka” – after the Japanese supermarket Takashimaya located here. The shopping center building consists of 7 levels, the total area is 110 450 sq. meters. In total, there are about 130 stores inside, among which there are status boutiques such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Burberry and many others.The area in front of the Takashimaya Supermarket often hosts wonderful fairs and events.
Raffles City Shopping Center . This shopping mall is located in downtown Singapore opposite the old Raffles Hotel, but in addition to shopping areas, the complex also includes two hotels, namely Swissotel The Stamford, a convention center and many restaurants and cafes. The Raffles project began in 1980 and was finally completed in 1986.On several levels, there are shops of various types, from boutiques with fashionable clothes and accessories to department stores, beauty salons, cafes, etc.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
One of the largest shopping centers in Singapore, it seamlessly merges into the Marina Bay Sands hotel, of which it is a part. The shopping center mainly houses premium brands and well-known world brands, so it’s not a paradise for lovers of budget shopping.There are some preferences for guests of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, and on sales days.
Singapore Sales 2018
In terms of the number of outlets, the variety of goods presented in them, as well as the quality, Singapore is a recognized Mecca of shopping. In addition to regular sales organized by all outlets at the turn of the seasons, as well as sales dedicated to major holidays (Chinese New Year, “European” New Year, etc.), one of the most anticipated by shopaholics around the world of Singapore events is the “Great Singapore sale”.This shopping festival is held annually. The 2018 sale will run from June 8 to August 12.
Almost all shopping malls and shopping malls in Singapore participate in the event; during this period, discounts of 70-80% can be found everywhere. In addition, in addition to grand sales in shopping centers, lotteries are held in which each participant has the opportunity to win prizes.
Tourists are preparing for the event, the flow of which is noticeably increasing at this time, and local residents who make lists of necessary purchases and save money for this.
Shopping Areas in Singapore
But what if the plan of goods that can be purchased in shopping centers is overfulfilled, and the soul still wants something unusual with an oriental flavor? There is only one answer – you should visit small outlets full of ethnic goods in the Indian (Little India) and Chinese (Chinatown) quarters of the city. And if in shopping centers the prices are fixed, in private street shops bargaining is appropriate. But do not be zealous – traders do not overcharge their goods too much.
Chinatown is a clean, cozy place in Singapore, located not far from the modern skyscrapers of the business district and strikingly different from them. Here you can buy excellent souvenirs at the lowest prices – the Chinese in their original pre-war shops will do literally everything to make the client happy! Moreover, on the shelves of the same store you can find both an exquisite product made of the finest silk and original jewelry, as well as ordinary T-shirts with the national symbols of Singapore and handicrafts.
It is quite interesting to visit the shops of Chinese medicine, where you can buy healing herbs and medicines for various ailments. Tea lovers should visit specialized tea shops, where you can find dozens of high quality teas at a reasonable price.
The Indian Quarter is strikingly different from Chinatown and, unfortunately, not for the better. The streets are in chaos, and the quarter cannot boast of its cleanliness either. In addition, there is a tart, sugary and mixed smell of various spices and flowers in the air, which makes it almost unbearable for some tourists to be here.
However, a surprise awaits patient travelers – multi-colored national Indian clothes (saris), beautiful jewelry and all kinds of copper and silver products at a very low price from year to year delight crowds of shopping lovers. But the main feature of the Indian quarter is the sale of specific and rare spices and seasonings that give food an excellent taste and exquisite aroma.
In addition, in Little India, tourists are advised to visit the largest grocery stores in Singapore – Mustafa and Tekka.All products are sold here at the lowest prices in the city!
Tax Free in Singapore
Shopping in Singapore allows you to subsequently get a VAT refund upon leaving the country. Refundable tax is 7% of the purchase price. You can get VAT refunds at Singapore Changi Airport. Leaving the country by sea or land transport, the tax will not be refunded. The minimum purchase for a VAT refund is $ 100 per unit. In this case, you need to have a tax free check with you, which can be requested at the checkout in the store.This check must be kept together with the cash register. Products cannot be unpacked and used.
You can get VAT refunds with the help of Global Blue and Premier Tax Free companies. Refunds are made at the airport. A check is presented at the customs, on the reverse side of which is stamped. Money can be received at the Global Blue and Premier Tax Free counters – in cash or by transaction to a card (a small percentage is withdrawn). In Russia, taxes can be returned in the same way at the offices of VTB, Intesa, Master Bank.No more than 2 months should pass from the date of purchase.
Singapore Shopping Video
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Shopping centers and shops on the map of Singapore
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Istanbul has been a major commercial city and shopping center for high society since the Byzantine Empire.At that time it was called Constantinople and was an important point on the Great Silk Road. Today, the city on two continents continues to attract those looking for unique things, from inimitable handmade carpets called “kilim” here, bright colored lanterns, fragrant spices and precious metal trinkets to boutiques of the most fashionable brands, modern ceramics and luxury leather goods. Most travelers, of course, start their shopping trip from the Grand Bazaar.The indoor complex and the surrounding area unite more than 4 thousand shops and shops that sell almost everything in the world. It is one of the largest and oldest markets in the world and the predecessor to modern malls. There are more than sixty streets here, but getting lost in them is not as difficult as it might seem at first glance.
If you are looking for a more traditional shopping experience, don’t miss the two major shopping malls in Istanbul, Kanyon and Istinye Park. Kanyon Mall offers 160 shops, a 9-screen cinema and a fitness center.It is a true oasis in the city that was home to the first Apple brand store in continental Europe. The award-winning Istinye Park complex brings together the traditional Turkish food market and global brands including Zara, Max Mara, Dior and Dolce & Gabbana.
Once you cross the Golden Horn Bay, shopping becomes a real fun and adventure. The stone-paved narrow, winding streets of the Galata area stretch in different directions from the Galata Tower, with shops and studios of the best Istanbul designers awaiting you.To the northeast of Galata are the pleasant walking districts of Chukurjuma and Jihangir, which are considered the best places to buy antiques. The Ortakey, Kurucheşme and Bebek neighborhoods, located right on the Bosphorus in the Besiktas region, are popular with locals who prefer modern, casual clothing. Nearby is another shopping mecca – Akaretler Row, a street lined with renovated neoclassical-style residential buildings from the late 19th century, where boutiques of world and Turkish fashion brands operate today.A little further north is the Nisantasi quarter, an iconic shopping area in Istanbul. If you have a limited time, this is the place to be.
Here are some of the places we recommend for those visiting Istanbul.
Abdulla Natural Products
Everything in this original store is 100% natural: hand-woven and organic dyed towels, bedspreads and linens, various types of olive oil, washcloths and other tools that will allow you to turn your bathroom into a real Turkish hammam.
This tiny boutique has a variety of antiques in silver, beautiful crockery and ceramics. Epoque offers a large selection of vintage and antique jewelry. Here it is imperative to ask the seller about all the offers, since only a small part of them is displayed on the showcase.
One of the best shops offering traditional Turkish ceramics. Named after the famous town of Iznik, where classic ornament originated, this store offers tiles, accessories, crockery and vases, some of which reproduce the shapes and designs of the 16th century.You can also find modern models here.
Since the age of 12, jeweler Sevan Bıçakçı, who is also called the “Lord of the Rings”, creates jewelry with micromosaics, calligraphy and gemstone inlays. His products are presented in shops in Dubai and in an Istanbul boutique.
It is rumored that the leather and fur craftsman Ilyas Koç has collaborated with world-class designers such as Roberto Cavalli.His three-story store in the Grand Bazaar is filled with exclusive leather coats, plush suede jackets and jackets, as well as fur coats and accessories.
Mehmet Çetinkaya Gallery
Mehmet Cetinkaya Gallery is able to satisfy even the most sophisticated collector or simple lover of Turkish textiles, carpets and kilims. The store owner Mehmet Cetinkaya is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Belgium. He tries to offer his customers only works of artistic or ethnographic value.
The seven-story Armaggan Nisantasi department store contains the finest examples of traditional Turkish crafts, from handmade long oriental robes to kitchen items and jewelry, most of which are handmade. The second Armaggan store is located in the historical part of Istanbul near the Grand Bazaar.
Raen Spa & Natural Care
Your bathroom probably doesn’t look like a hammam, but you can easily create a traditional Turkish bath atmosphere with soaps, creams, scrubs and other products from this modern pharmacy shop.Most of the ingredients are of local origin. Can’t find a face cream that’s right for your skin and has a pleasant scent? Local specialists will prepare an exclusive product for you.
Urart is a place that presents the fruits of joint creativity of jewelers and artisans based on the heritage and traditions of ancient Anatolia and Asia Minor. A variety of bracelets, rings, necklaces, cufflinks and cutlery and accessories, of course, are not cheap, but many of them are worthy of display at the Istanbul Archaeological Museum.The authors of these works are well aware of the rich history of this region and reflect it with grace in their works.
Yastik by Rifat Özbek
Pillows, pillows, pillows! The very word Yastik in Turkish means “pillow”. This store features limited collections of over 100 different designs, from antique traditional floral designs to modern prints.
In the Atıl Kutoğlu collections, items made of silk, cotton, cashmere and leather are decorated with oriental ornaments.This is the flagship boutique of a contemporary Turkish designer.
CHUKURJUMA AND DZHIHANGIR
A La Turca
Unlike most of the popular antique shops in the area, offering portraits of sultans and other unique souvenirs, in A La Turca you will find exclusive things: kilims, Ottoman textiles, stamped copper and much more. The four-story store looks a little cluttered but rather cozy.
ORTAKEE, KURUCHESHME AND BEBEK
Meşhur Bebek Badem Ezmesi
The confectionery opened in 1904 is famous for its original Turkish marzipan ( badem ezmesi ), which differs slightly less (The name of the store refers to the famous traditional almond paste from Bebek.) Other Turkish delights are also on display, including excellent Turkish delight and akide şekeri , a type of candy that is considered one of the oldest products in Ottoman cuisine.
In a pleasant boutique owned by fashion designer Banu Bora and architect Tayfun Mumcu, some of Turkey’s most popular contemporary designers are represented. Daring dresses and silk pants from Zeynep Erdoğan, rose gold hand rings from Milka’s Kismet collection, leather bags with traditional Turkish ikat designs from Mehry Mu. The shop owners also sell their works here – luxurious and very comfortable clothes, furniture and accessories.
In no other store of the brand does its mission to be a “culture engine” seem so urgent. In a pleasant atmosphere, book lovers will find here a variety of publications dedicated to everything in the world, from Epicurean art to travel and lifestyle.
Autoban Gallery Akaretler
This concept store is the best gallery and designer boutique in the area.Its owners are also the creators of many other stylish projects in Istanbul. Here you will find furniture from the classics of the middle of the last century to the modern, from Scandinavian design to Turkish.
An original Turkish brand specializing in high quality textiles and accessories inspired by the traditions of the Ottoman Empire. Bed linens, bathrobes, scented candles, soaps and other accessories convey the craftsmanship and superior aesthetic taste of their creators.
Doors by Ümit Ünal
Ümit Ünal is a real universe of fabrics. Loose clothing made from natural materials from this Turkish designer exudes comfort, staying on top of fashion and capturing the attention of others. The shop and atelier are housed in a historic building with wood floors and the owner’s drawings on the walls.
The designer’s fix is a modern take on traditional leather goods.This is reflected in Simay Bülbül’s contemporary collections, featuring leather dresses, jackets and accessories. You can also find lightweight knitwear and silk products in the store.
It is here that the rich and famous residents of Istanbul buy fashionable items from Turkish silk, as well as little black, trendy cocktail dresses. The boutique is worth a visit if only to see its interior with traditional ornamental floor tiles, brick walls and arches.
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Top 5 Shopping Places in Singapore – Tourist Library
Singapore has long been one of the main shopping centers in Asia.It is understandable, because representatives of many nationalities live and work in this multifaceted city, which means that you can buy absolutely any goods.
It is bad manners to have a rest in Singapore and not go to local shops, but so that you do not have to run around a huge city in search of quality shopping, we have selected for you the five best places worth visiting.
1. Orchard road
Those who are accustomed to the European level of shopping should go to Orchard road, where dozens of huge shopping centers are located.In these modern malls you can find all the world’s brands, as well as exclusive designer items.
Prices depend solely on the policy of the store itself, so you can find the same thing with a 100% difference in price in two adjacent buildings. Therefore, as well as for the sake of searching for sales and discounts, it is worth visiting at least three or four shopping centers.
By the way, the lowest prices can be found in the Lucky Plaza shopping center, but for quality items you should go to Takashimaya.
Those who are not interested in civilized shopping, bored in Russia, go for exotic things to the local Chinese Town. This is a quarter of shops with Chinese goods, sellers from the Middle Kingdom and a special oriental flavor. Here you can buy both casual clothes and shoes, as well as exotic objects of worship and religion, health products, spices and jewelry.
By the way, there are also restaurants and cafes here, so you can taste real Chinese cuisine without leaving the center of Singapore.
And the cheapest supermarket in the entire quarter is Mustafa Center.
3. Little India
However, in multifaceted Singapore you can find not only small China, but also miniature India, located in the next quarter. This market is not as big as its neighbor, but no less interesting. Locals and seasoned travelers alike head to the area to purchase handcrafted jewelery with precious and semi-precious stones at bargain prices, admire master jewelers at work and replenish their stock of spices.
By the way, here you can taste amazing sweets, enjoy Indian dances in several restaurants and buy carvings, gold-embroidered silk and sets of spices as a gift for your family.
4. Shopping center Bugis +
A huge shopping center covered with rhinestones became a landmark of the city in the middle of the last century. Back then, tourists from all over the world came here to see transsexuals gathering at the Bugis. Thirty years ago, the area was given up shops, and today it is home to 90 outlets and hundreds of brands.
Tourists gather here in the same way, but not for the sake of spectacles, but for excellent shopping, the opportunity to visit a modern cinema, dine and relax from the children, who, meanwhile, enjoy numerous children’s rooms and educational games.
5. Shopping center Vivo City
The architect behind this largest shopping mall in Singapore believed that the building should “give people energy and awaken feelings.” True, shopaholics note that it copes only with the second part of the task.
Thousands of shops are spread over 140 thousand square meters, giving shopping fans a sea of feelings, but taking away all the energy, and at the same time money. After all, the prices in Vivo City are relatively low, almost any currency is accepted, as well as credit cards, so you can stop only by falling from powerlessness or finding an absolute emptiness in your wallet.
By the way, unlike many shopping centers, Vivo City works around the clock and seven days a week, so even at night you can meet discount hunters here.
Even if you are in Singapore on business or do not like shopping, be sure to set aside at least half a day to visit its fabulous shopping districts and feel the real rhythm of life in this city.
90,000 24 reasons to travel to Singapore
_ Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom, 51 Imbiah Road, Sentosa, +65 6275 0013, entrance $ 15._
Although Sling is served almost in any bar in Singapore, tourists traditionally go to the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel, where almost a century ago the bartender Ngiam Thong Boon first mixed gin, cherry liqueur, benedictine and pineapple juice. In the bar, peanut peels crunch pleasantly underfoot – this is the only place in the country where you can litter without fear of a giant fine. Bartenders serve a variety of versions of Sling with huge amounts of ice, far from the original, like freshly squeezed pineapple juice from a packaged one.But the hotel itself – a whitewashed colonial-style building, one of the oldest in Singapore, history, famous guests and the tree under which Somerset Maugham wrote his stories – deserves a separate visit.
1 Beach Road, +65 6337 1886, cocktail from $ 21.
18. Admire the orchids
The greatest honor Singaporeans can do is to name an orchid after you. For example, Princess Diana orchids bloom in the Orchid Park in the Botanical Gardens.After her son William and Kate, who came to the park directly from the plane, admired these flowers last September, they also named one of the recently bred flowers in their honor. So Singaporeans respect their former colonialists.
_ Singapore Botanical Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, +65 6471 7361, open from 8:30 to 19:00, entrance $ 4._
I was in Singapore in 2005, when the hosts of the 2012 Olympics were determined there.We worked hard and practically never left the hotel. But every night I went for a walk on Clarke Quay. Colorful houses, old junks and small shops – for me this is the most romantic place in all of Singapore. And there are also many restaurants with delicious seafood – go to any!
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19. Walking in the park
Endless parks are generally one of the main advantages of Singapore.And the climate is absolutely nothing. A few decades ago, there was just a trampled trash heap here, and no tropical zones and rains did not save. Plants began to be imported on purpose, from all over the world, and, as the aforementioned Keith said, “Singapore is like a city that grew up in a park,” or a garden city, if we call it. The parks are huge, well-groomed, besides, they are promised to be connected by pedestrian bridges hanging over the highways, so that it will be possible to bypass the whole city without noticing the cars.
Hotel Shangri-la Singapore 5 * 5 * (Singapore).Tours in 2021 from the tour operator ART-TOUR
The hotel belongs to the famous Asian hotel chain Shangri-La, very conveniently located just 5 minutes walk from Orchard Road and consists of 3 buildings surrounded by a lush tropical garden.Tower Wing is the hotel’s tallest and newest wing, Garden Wing is a 4-story garden building and Valley Wing is a discerning clubhouse. The hotel’s botanical garden is home to over 133,000 species of rare plants.
The building was opened after a complete renovation in May 2017. The new full-length lobby and rooms at Tower Wing Hotel have a lovely 10-meter-high glass-walled lobby overlooking the pool and gardens.Consists of recently refurbished specialist restaurants, bars and playgrounds. Easily connected to a variety of facilities and to the Garden Wing and Valley Wing. All suites and rooms have a full-size window allowing natural daylight.
Deluxe Room (38 sqm ) View of the city or the hotel territory. Calm and cozy design with separate bath and shower.
F amily Deluxe (38 sqm) City view. Family design.Shower with baby toiletries. Free use of the laundry.
Horizon Club Deluxe (38 sqm) City or hotel view. Modern design, separate bathroom and shower. Enjoy free access to the Horizon Club.
Horizon Club Grand Premier (70 sqm) City view. Largest room with a king-size bed or 2 single beds. Features a separate living and dining area, kitchenette and separate bath and shower.Enjoy free access to the Horizon Club.
Tower Wing One Bedroom Suite (88 sqm) Spacious design room with a king-size bed. The suite consists of a separate living and dining area, kitchenette, separate bath and shower. Enjoy free access to the Horizon Club.
Themed Family Suite (72 sq.m.) Themed suites (“Castle” / “Space * /” Underwater World “/” Safari “). Consists of a separate children’s area, living and dining room, kitchenette, separate bathroom and shower.Enjoy free Horizon Club access, free laundry facilities, and baby toiletries.
Grand Suite (250 sqm) The suite includes a spacious living room, an elegant designer suite with Italian silk bedspreads, a dressing room, a dining room with high quality china / glassware and an island cocktail table, a pantry in the kitchen, a separate study area and gym. The room has a private bathroom, shower and separate bathtub with steam jet.Enjoy free access to the Horizon Club.
Club room and suite privileges:
- 24 hour access to the Horizon Lounge;
- Separate check-in and check-out counter;
- 1 free suit ironing and shoe shine service;
- Afternoon tea from 14:00 to 16:00;
- Wine, beer and selected soft drinks with snacks from 17:00 to 20:00 daily;
- Tea, coffee or other hot drinks of your choice will be delivered to your room immediately after you wake up.
In each room: plasma TV, minibar, coffee table, tea sets, coffee, safe, minibar, hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers, free high-speed Internet. Suite rooms – audio system, plasma TV in the bathroom, concierge service.
Restaurants & Bars: 90,031
BLU is a gourmet restaurant with an original concept, French champagne and a wide selection of wines.
Nadaman – Japanese cuisine in the style of “kaiseki” which means “the art of transforming the gifts of nature into an appetizing dish”
Shang Palace – Chinese restaurant, tea ceremony, interior in the style of the Forbidden City.
The Line is a restaurant designed by Adam Tihany, international cuisine is presented at 16 counters, a large selection of wines and drinks.
Lobby Court –
The Line Shop is a pastry shop with a large selection of pastries and desserts.
The Rose veranda – all kinds of teas, fresh pastries.
The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by a tropical garden, a botanical garden, a fitness center with a steam room and a jacuzzi, a business center, a spa and beauty center, a gallery of shops.