Japan store in singapore: 8 Japanese Supermarkets In Singapore To Buy Authentic Snacks & Alcohol

8 Japanese Supermarkets In Singapore To Buy Authentic Snacks & Alcohol

Japanese supermarkets in Singapore

Judging by the popularity of food like matcha desserts and sushi rolls in Singapore, it’s safe to say we love our Japanese food. Some of us even go out of our way to get authentic Japanese fresh produce and snacks too – even if we have to go round Singapore looking for these hidden gems.  

If that sounds like you, look no further – we’ve done the legwork and found 8 Japanese supermarkets in Singapore where you can find all the sashimi cuts, unique KitKat flavours and hand-brewed sake you love. 

1. Meidi-Ya – Hokkaido treats including milk soft serve & cheesecake 

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For more than 15 years, Meidi-Ya Supermarket has been the go-to Japanese supermarket for many Japanese expats living in Singapore. Granted, some of its imports like Wagyu Beef ($84/200g) fall a little on the pricey side, but you’ll also find affordable gourmet bento sets ($7-$15) and sashimi ($5-$15) that are made in-house on a daily basis.

For $3, enjoy a vanilla- or melon-flavoured soft serve ice cream from a Hokkaido milk farm.
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The highlight, however, is Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza, a section within Meidi-Ya dedicated to selling Hokkaido snacks such as Tashiro-ya’s Rich Snow Cheesecake ($21), Hokkaido Cheese Pizza ($16) and Jaga Pokkuru ($19.80 for 10 packets)

Still hungry? Head over to the dining area, where you’ll forget you were even in a supermarket to begin with. With 4 specialty stalls, you can feast on anything from Sapporo Ramen (from $15.90) to Machimura Farm’s Cream Cheese Pie ($9).

Best for: Japanese meats and Hokkaido snacks

Meidi-Ya Supermarket @ Great World City
Address: 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #B2-120, Great World City, Singapore 237994
Opening hours: 10AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 6771 1111


2. Don Don Donki – pre-packed Japanese meals & household products 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard Don Don Donki’s catchy jingle before, especially since they’ve got 9 outlets all around Singapore. The Japanese supermarket is known for selling nifty household items like Peach-Scented Toilet Paper ($7.50), but their fresh food and ready-to-eat section are also a huge draw.

Look out for pre-packed meals like Thick Cut Beef Tongue Bento ($23.90)

This includes freshly-made snacks such as Japanese Sweet Potato ($2.80), Salmon Aburi Sushi ($5) and Onigiri ($1.80). For something heavier, there’s a wide selection of pre-packed lunches, such as Unagi Don ($9.90), Pork Cha Siu Don ($7.90) and Crab Mesi ($14.90)

As a bonus, get Suntory Beer from Don Don Donki – it’s said to be the cheapest in Singapore, at $22.90 for a 6-pack

Best for: Affordable pre-packed Japanese lunches and household products

Don Don Donki @ Orchard Central
Address: 181 Orchard Road, #B1-15-29/K7/K8, #B2-01-1-/30/43 Orchard Central, 238896
Opening hours: Open 24 hours, Daily
Telephone: 6834 4311

Don Don Donki @ City Square Mall
Address: 180 Kitchener Road, #B2-05/18 City Square Mall, Singapore 208539
Opening hours: 9AM-12AM, Daily
Telephone: 6634 1711

For full list of Don Don Donki outlets.

Check out our related Don Don Donki articles below:


3. Fish Mart Sakuraya – fresh sashimi flown in from Japan

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Fish Mart Sakuraya specialises in selling fresh Japanese seafood for you to bring home – or consume right there and then. Dining in the store restaurant itself is a real treat for sashimi-lovers, as you get to handpick your fish from the counter and watch as the chef slices and serves. For cooked dishes, pick from the in-store restaurant’s expansive menu filled with items like Saba Shioyaki ($8.56) and Una Don ($16).   

Prices range from $4 – $7 for 2 thickly-cut slices of sashimi. A slab of salmon starts from $13, depending on weight, while more premium fish like tuna and yellowtail are slightly more expensive. 

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Meanwhile, complete your shopping by browsing the rest of the store – there’s a large dessert section with popular Japanese items like cream daifuku mochi ($2 each).  

You can visit any of the 4 Fish Market Sakuraya outlets in Singapore or enjoy free home delivery service for orders above $80. 

Best for: Fresh sashimi 

Fish Mart Sakuraya @ West Coast Plaza
Address: 154 West Coast Road, #B1-50 West Coast Plaza, Singapore 127371
Opening hours: 10.30AM-10PM, Daily (Last Order 9PM)
Telephone: 6773 6973

Fish Mart Sakuraya @ Parkway Parade
Address: 80 Marine Parade Road #B1-84D Parkway Parade, Singapore 449269
Opening hours: 10.30PM-10PM, Daily  (Last Order 9PM)
Telephone: 6345 4714

For information on other outlets, click here.

4. Iroha Mart – unique KitKat flavours and rare Jap snacks

If you can’t find the Japanese snack you want from your nearby mama shop, chances are that they’ll be stocked at Iroha Mart

This store is known for being quick to pick up on trends, stocking up on new Japanese snacks before anyone else. At the same time, they regularly import rare Japanese snacks that may be widely found in Japan but not in Singapore.

New flavours of chips start from $2.90 per pack, while specialty cup noodles can hit $3 or more per item. These price points might be a tad higher than you’re used to, but the exclusivity of the snacks is worth it. After all, it beats having to splurge on a flight to Japan! 

Apart from imported snacks, Iroha Mart also retails other Japanese cooking needs from Mizkan Cooking Wine ($4.90) to Kagoshima Tonkotsu Noodles ($5.00).  

Best for: Rare Japanese snacks 

Iroha Mart @ Plaza Singapura
Address: 68 Orchard Road, #B2-17/18 Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
Opening hours: 10AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 6265 3139

Iroha Mart @ Chinatown Point
Address: 133 New Bridge Road, #B1-11 Chinatown Point, Singapore 059413
Opening hours: 10AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 6444 8710


5. Isuramuya – halal-certified Japanese restaurant and marketplace

Easy-to-cook meals like Japanese curry and ramen are sold in-store
Image credit: @isuramuya 

Shopping for halal-certified Japanese groceries has never been simpler, since Isuramuya only stocks halal products. You’ll be able to find a wide variety of Japanese groceries such as Honey Citron Tea, Roasted Laver Snacks and Shredded Bonito.

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If the groceries from the marketplace section make you hungry, you can pop by the store’s restaurant section which serves 100% halal Japanese staples such as Sashimi (from $7) and Ebi Fry ($10.80). Try the store’s own creations, such as Aji Fish Gyozas that substitutes the traditional pork filling with fish. It comes in tomato, goma black sesame and green tea flavours. 

Best for: Halal Japanese F&B

Isuramuya Japanese Restaurant & Marketplace
Address: 2 Jurong East Central 1, #04-19 JCube, Singapore 609731
Opening hours: 11. 30PM-9.30PM, Daily
Telephone: 6262 3008


6. J-Mart Singapore – affordable hand-brewed sake

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While you’re at this Japanese supermarket to pick up the sake, you can also expect to see lots of other Jap grocery items including rare items like Kenko Mayo ($5.90) and Daisho Nabe Soup Base ($6.20). Matcha-lovers are also in for a treat with an assortment of matcha products like Matcha Hagoromo Japanese Matcha Powder ($6.30) available at all 3 outlets.

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Best for: Good deals on Japanese sake 

J-Mart @ The Star Vista
Address: 1 Vista Exchange Green, #B1-28 The Star Vista, Singapore 138617
Opening hours: 11AM-9.30PM, Daily
Telephone: 6694 3228

J-Mart @ Century Square
Address: 2 Tampines Central 5, #B1-06 Century Square, Singapore 529509
Opening hours: 11AM-9. 30PM, Daily
Telephone: 6781 0910

For information on other outlets, click here.

7. Kuriya Japanese Market – takeaway sushi & handrolls

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When it comes to fresh fish, time is of the essence – and Kuriya Japanese Market knows that full well. They keep their fridges re-stocked 3 times a week with fresh fish flown in from Japan. Most of its outlets are in close proximity to neighbourhoods and heartland areas, such as Tampines, Woodlands and Jurong East, so you can easily pick up the seafood on your way home. 

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Alternatively, stay a little longer to try their quality sashimi alongside a slew of Japanese food options from the dinner menu, such as the Salmon Avocado Handroll ($2.80), Kaisen Arare Don ($10.90) and Salmon Salad ($8.50)

You can also buy bottles of imported Japanese sauces like ponzu sauce, wasabi and sesame sauce to take home from the store.

Best for: Fresh sashimi and sushi to-go 

Kuriya Japanese Market @ Causeway Point
Address: 1 Woodlands Square, #B1-17 Causeway Point, Singapore 738099
Opening hours: 11AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 6893 3231

Kuriya Japanese Market @ Tampines 1
Address: 10 Tampines Central 1, #B1-07 Tampines 1, Singapore 529536
Opening hours: 11AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 6444 6601

For information on other outlets, click here.

8. Oosh! Nosh! Fashionable Food – Hello Kitty & Pikachu themed snacks

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Apart from its food, Japan is also known for being home to animated characters like Pikachu, Hello Kitty and Doraemon. At Japanese supermarket Oosh! Nosh! Fashionable Food, you get the best of both worlds.

The store is stocked with specialty snacks imported from Japan that you won’t be able to find in your ordinary supermarkets – including familiar brands like Pocky and KitKat, but in rare flavours like sakura and honeydew.  

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Apart from character figurines and collectables, you’ll find your favourite characters printed on the packaging of snacks like Hello Kitty, Pokemon and Snoopy. There are also retail household products such as salt shakers and towels bearing the likeness of your favourite Japanese characters.

Best for: Collectible character merch and snacks

Oosh! Nosh! Fashionable Food @ Northpoint City
Address: 930 Yishun Avenue 2, #B1-105 Northpoint City (South Wing), Singapore 768019
Opening hours: 10.30AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 6265 0762

Bonus: Zairyo – online delivery for uni & chutoro

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Zairyo is an exclusively online Japanese grocery store that’s known for delivering fresh seafood straight to your doorstep. Their bestseller is Omakase Uni ($88/100g), also known as sea urchin roe, which is only flown in on a per-order basis. The same is true for other seasonal seafood like Asari Clams ($22.90/500g) and Fresh Snow Crab ($68)

You’ll get free shipping if you spend more than $150 – an easy feat when they’ve got an endless supply of fresh fish. Otherwise, it’s $10 per shipment.


Japanese supermarkets in Singapore

Thanks to these Japanese supermarkets, we have the luxury of having our Japanese food cravings satisfied anytime we want. Be it for premium beef or for a bag of chips, there are plenty of places we can go to in Singapore to get a taste of Japan. 

Check out more things Japan:

Originally published on 21st February 2020. Last updated by Jessica Lai on 21st May 2021.
Cover image adapted from: @jeaniechu.

Where to Find Japanese Supermarkets in Singapore 2021

Japanese products are coveted all around the world for their superb quality and typically superior craftsmanship. Japan’s standards for industry and manufacturing are incredibly high, and just about everybody wants a taste of what Japan has to offer. While Japan is known widely for its advanced tech, it’s also world-famous for its unique, high-quality food. There are Japanese restaurants all over the world – some authentic, some not so authentic – but with the pandemic going on, and the typical high-cost of Japanese food service, Japanese food might not always be within reach.

Fortunately, thanks to globalized trade and commerce, Japanese food items are now available in specialty locations around the world. If you’re looking for the best place in Singapore to shop for Japanese goods and groceries, pay a visit to any of the top-rated Japanese Supermarkets in Singapore.

Japanese groceries aren’t all too common in the world, but there are still enough operating to merit a look at which supermarkets are better than others. Here are the Top 10 Best Japanese Supermarkets in Singapore and the products and services that they specialize in:

Iroha Mart

Image from Iroha Mart on Facebook

When it comes to Japanese Supermarkets in Singapore, Iroha Mart easily comes to mind. Being one of the biggest options out there – both in terms of store variety and the sheer size of the place – Iroha Mart offers some of the highest-quality goods from Japan, including freshly air-delivered fruits and vegetables.

A key competitor of longer-running Cold Storage Japanese Supermarket, Iroha Mart also boasts fresh Japanese produce and cheap prices, making it a great option when you’re looking for something fresh from Japan.

Tohato caramel popcorn ($2.90) is extremely popular here.

Here’s a review from a recent customer:

“Located in Plaza Singapura just beside Cold Storage at the basement! This place is huge and has lots of variety. We spotted that there were certain items cheaper than Cold Storage and definitely worth purchasing. They also sell fruits and vegetables from japan. Worth visiting!”

About Iroha Mart

Website: Buy awesome japanese products online now.
Address: At Plaza Singapura & Chinatown Point
Contact Details: +65 6265 3139
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10am-10pm

Zairyo Japanese Gourmet Grocer

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Granted, Zairyo Japanese Gourmet Grocer isn’t really a Japanese Supermarket. Instead, it’s a Japanese Grocer that’s conveniently located online. The web-based Supermarket may not have a physical store, but their expansive online catalog and user-friendly website interface makes it the ideal choice for anyone who values the convenience, variety, and availability of an online platform over the in-store experience.

When you order from Zairyo Japanese Gourmet Grocer, your purchases are shipped directly from Japan. They receive shipments four times a week, so you can rest assured that your products are always fresh. Plus, thanks to their super-convenient online system, delivery dates can be scheduled so you can pick them up at your most convenient time without worrying about shelf-life.

Get their delish Froya Skinless & Boneless Sashimi-grade Salmon ($22) and Omakase Uni ($88) as they sell out fast!

Here’s what customers have to say:

“Ordering with Zairyo is very easy because their website is user friendly. Plus, my orders will be delivered on my preferred delivery date and time slot! Very fuss free for home cooks like me. Love it!”

About Zairyo Japanese Gourmet Grocer

Website: https://www.zairyo.com.sg/
Address: Win5, 15 Yishun Industrial Street 1, #01-26, Singapore 768091
Contact Details: +65 8808 0811
Operating Hours: By Appointment


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A cross between a Japanese supermarket and a Japanese convenience store, J-Mart is an icon of Japanese goods in Singapore. Their offerings mainly include food and beverage brands straight from Japan, but they also have a wide assortment of Japanese food and other kinds of products available for sale.

True to the Japanese convenience store experience, J-Mart offers a wide variety of snacks and drinks, so you can enjoy your break time exactly the way they do in the Land of the Rising Sun. Their prices are competitive, too, and you’re unlikely to find a better place for more commercial Japanese food.

Here’s what J-Mart’s customers have to say.

“Nice Japanese product mart with plenty of food and beverages offerings. I like to drop by for a quick visit every time I’m in the area. I really like their jellies and the snacks they sell here.”

About J-Mart

Website: https://j-mart.com.sg/
Address: Addr1 Vista Exchange Green, #B1 – 28, Singapore 138617ess
Contact Details: +65 6694 3228
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11am-9:30pm

Don Don Donki Singapore

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Don Don Donki is a very popular Japanese food and grocery chain in Singapore, but if you’re looking for the best variety – and the better overall shopping experience – the most popular branch is located right in the heart of Orchard Central.

Combining Japanese cuisine with grocery-style fresh food, Don Don Donki is a great place to go whether you’re looking to snack on some authentic Japanese dishes, or shop for unique Japanese ingredients and food brands to cook in your own home. Guaranteed fresh and affordable, Don Don Donki is widely popular in Singapore, especially if you’re into Japanese food.

If you are bored really late at night, visit Don Don Donki Orchard Central as they are open 24 hours daily.

Here’s what their customers have to say:

“Awesome Japanese grocery store. The cooked food section is best attraction to most commuters. Fresh and affordable Japanese foods; one does not need to go to Japanese restaurants for a budget meal. The only setback was a limited dining space or seating area for dining in.”

About Don Don Donki

Website: https://www.dondondonki.com/sg/
Address: Various Outlets in Singapore
Contact Details: +65 6834 4311
Operating Hours: Most Opens Til Late

Kuriya Japanese Market

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Small but cozy, and with a ton of variety, Kuriya Japanese Market is a quaint little Japanese Supermarket that’s located at Northpoint City Mall. Although they operate primarily as a Japanese restaurant – serving authentic Japanese dishes and iconic staples that include different kinds of Sushi – Kuriya Japanese Market also offers fresh Japanese ingredients for sale, depending on availability.

If you’re looking for one of the best places in Singapore to buy fresh Japanese seafood, Kuriya Japanese Market is likely to be a big hit. Their seafood is flown in weekly fresh from Japan, and since the demand is always high (thanks to their affordable prices and accessibility), you’re pretty much guaranteed to get the freshest Japan-quality seafood available anywhere.

Here’s what customers have to say:

“I love everything about it. It’s a small Japanese restaurant located at Northpoint City Mall. The price is affordable and the serving really makes you full. They have a sushi counter too and we tried the assorted sushi and all are yummy.”

About Kuriya Japanese Market

Website: https://www. kuriyajapanesemarket.com.sg/en/
Address: 1 Northpoint Drive, South Wing, #B1-152 Northpoint City, Singapore 768019
Contact Details: +65 6459 5080
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11am-10pm

Meidi-Ya Supermarket

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Catering to the Japanese expat community in Singapore for over 15 years now, Meidi-Ya Supermarket is a main stay of Japanese produce on the islnd. Their products come straight from Japan, and since they catered primarily to Japanese living in Singapore, the authenticity and quality of their products is guaranteed.

With the widest range of Japanese food available, Meidi-Ya Supermarket caters to all kinds of customers. Whether you’re looking for iconic Japanese-brand convenience store products like bento sets and instant ramen, or you’re looking for something more artisanal like Japan’s world-famou Wagyuu Beef, Meidi-Ya Supermarket has it all.

Here’s what customers have to say:

“Great place to buy Japanese groceries. It’s quite a bit smaller than the previous one in Liang Court but you can still probably find whatever you need here. The food court on the first floor is a must try! The seats are really limited but the food is great at reasonable prices too! The cold noodles are a great value for money!”

About Meidi-Ya Supermarket

Address: Millenia Walk & Great World City
Contact Details: +65 6339 1111

Oosh! Nosh! Fashionable Food

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Japan is known for a lot of things, but one thing that keeps them in the global eye is their knack for fun, wild, and borderline crazy things – food included. Oosh! Nosh! Fashionable Food brings all of Japan’s latest food trends – from the crazy cool to crazy delicious, to just plain crazy.

Combining Japanese food and produce with other icons like anime, Oosh! Nosh! Fashionable Food offers plenty of themed snacks and Japanese specialty food. You won’t find any fresh Japanese produce here, but since they’re a specialty store, they’re likely to stock the newest and trendiest snacks and collectibles from Japan.

Here’s what customers have to say:

“Oosh! Nosh! Fashionable Food is a specialty confectionery and snack concept store that offers the latest, wildest and widest in food trends from Japan and around the world! Discover the latest foodstuffs and character merchandise from brands such as Pokemon, Sanrio, Rilakkuma and much more!”

About Oosh! Nosh! Fashionable Food

Address: Northpoint City South Wing, #B1-105 Singapore 769098
Contact Details: +65 6265 0762
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10:30am-10pm


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Japanese Restaurant and High-end Fish Market all rolled into one, Fish Mart SAKURAYA is an artisanal Japanese grocery that specializes in fish fresh from Japan. Their restaurant offers traditional Japanese dishes, but their chiller is always open for customers to order, whether it’s to prepare a fresh meal in the SAKURAYA kitchen, or to take home with them to cook there.

Although it’s a little pricier than other options on this list, Fish Mart SAKURAYA has made a name for itself as a premium provider of fresh Japanese fish. Fresh fish are air-flown from Japan!

Here’s what customers have to say:

“Cozy place with freshly made food. You can even order from the chiller and they will cut and cook for you. Prices are a notch higher than similar restaurants. Service is good, food freshness is assured.”

About Fish Mart SAKURAYA

Website: http://www.sakuraya.com.sg/
Address: 154 West Coast Road, #B1-50, West Coast Plaza, Singapore 127371
Contact Details: +65 6773 6973
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11:30am – 10pm

Japan Home

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Japan Home Singapore is a large Japanese Supermarket in Singapore with a wide variety of goods available for sale. Unlike traditional Japanese Supermarkets that focus primarily on food and produce, Japan Home, as their name implies, offers Japanese-made home goods for any and all of your household needs.

Fortunately, Japan Home also offers a wide variety of Japanese-brand food products, so it’s a great place to go when you’re looking for Japan-quality implements for your home in addition to some authentic Japanese food.

Here’s what customers have to say:

“Located at Bedok Mall. Singapore brand Japan Home not only sell household essentials: it offers a wide range of products, ranging from common household items to pretty and cute storage boxes, and food snacks.”

About Japan Home

Website: https://japanhome.com.sg/
HQ Address: 204 Bedok South Avenue 1, Singapore 469333
Contact Details: +65 6284 4122
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10am – 9pm

Isuramuya Japanese Restaurant & Marketplace

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Another Japanese restaurant-slash-supermarket, Isuramuya Japanese Restaurant & Marketplace is the place to go when you’re looking for authentic Japanese food. Isuramuya’s Japanese dining experience is both affordable and authentic, with staples like Sashimi and Ramen as their best-sellers. If you’d rather get something fresh to take home with you and cook later yourself, they also offer Japanese food products for sale.

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Though the restaurant is no longer Halal certified, they continue to serve their food with NO PORK, NO LARD and NO ALCOHOL.

Here’s what customers have to say:

“Had cravings for sushi & it was already in the evening so decided to look for somewhere nearby (in the west area) where we could grab some and ended up here! No doubt the ingredients are fresh, the curry rice was delicious!! Loved the sushi soo much. I liked the fact that you can purchase any japanese ingredients upon payment as well. Quite a variety of ingredients you can grab!”

About Isuramuya Japanese Restaurant & Marketplace

Website: https://www. isuramuya.com/
Address: 2 Jurong East Central 1, #04-19 JCube, Singapore 609731
Contact Details: +65 6262 3008
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-10pm

You don’t have to visit Japan to get a taste of the world-famous quality of their food and their cuisine. With these Japanese Supermarkets located right here in Singapore, you’ll be able to experience Japan for yourself, right in the comfort of your own home, whether it’s through the freshest fish, fruit, and vegetables from the Land of the Rising Sun, or through iconic pre-packaged food products like world-famous instant noodles.

SINGAPORE MEIDI-YA – Home Delivery Service

Due to the influence of the new coronavirus, we have received a great deal of orders now.

We are sorry that depending on the number of orders, we are currently unable to meet the desired date and time and we may not be able to accept your order temporarily.

If you cannot order, we would appreciate it if you access it again at a later date.

In the addition, some products are running low or out of stock in our supermarket.

There’s a possibility that ordered products by you will be not delivered.

Please kindly check your delivery slip which you receive together products.

In case of out of stock, Quantity/Amount are written 0 in the delivery slip.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused and appreciate your kind understanding.

Meidi-Ya Supermarket

Payment of products purchased will be made via e-commerce.

Purpose of Implementation

E-commerce allows customers to use our home delivery service with ease of mind and make secure payments without divulging their credit card information to us.

From order to delivery

Select product from the Home Delivery Service site. (Same procedure as before)

Enter “Home Delivery Service Member No. ” and “Customer Information”, and select “Preferred Delivery Date”. (Same procedure as before)

Confirm the entered information and click to Proceed to Payment Portal. The payment site will be displayed.

Enter credit card information

Credit cards accepted are VISA, MASTER, JCB.

Please note that AMERICAN EXPRESS is not accepted.

Payment completed

You will receive a “Product Confirmation Email” and “Payment Confirmation Email (Receipt)”.

MEIDI-YA will check the inventory status of the ordered product and the final amount. The final amount will be billed to your credit card.
*We are not able to offer any alternative item if the product is out of stock. In this case, we will deduct the amount of the unavailable product from the final amount before billing your credit card.

A packing slip listing details of the final amount will be sent together with the products.

*Online Home Delivery Service*

No delivery from 21st Jan(Tue) to 28th Jan(Tue).

The deadline for receiving order before Chinese New Year will be 17th Jan(Fri).

The final delivery date will be 20th Jan(Mon).

We will resume receiving the order from 28th Jan(Tue) and delivering from 29th Jan(Wed).

*Sinpack Service*

No delivery or collection at the store from 25th(Sat) to 26th(Sun) Jan.

Thank you for your understanding and corporation.

Singapore MEIDI-YA supermarket

7 Shops in S’pore That Still Sell $2 Items & Japan Stuffs Today & It’s Not Daiso

Wait a goddamn minute.

You can still find shops selling $2 stuff besides Daiso? And not just any kind of stuff, it’ includes Japan stuffs.

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When my very fat boss told me to write this article, I thought he was simply crazy.

Well, crazier than usual, I mean.

But not only there are such shops hidden within Singapore, one of them just opened here in Dec 2017.

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I’m sorry, boss, please don’t fire me.

Here are 7 shops in Singapore that still sell $2 items and Japan stuffs (or less), and they’re not Daiso.

1. ValuDollar

I believe this shop needs no introduction. After all, they’re everywhere.

From shampoo to chocolate from the US and everything in between, you can spend hours shopping inside.

Just take note that most of their shops have very little walking space so try and go during off-peak period, yeah?

Fun fact: The ValuDollar at Sembawang Shopping Centre is rumoured to be the cheapest among all ValuDollar stores in Singapore.

Even more fun fact: Sembawang Shopping Centre is not beside Sembawang MRT Station (that’s Sun Plaza).

Location: Too many stores.



2. Mijyi

Image: Facebook (Mijyi)

If you’re looking to while your hours away searching for cheap steals, Mijyi might just be the right place for you.

Featuring cheap imported items from Japan, their stores are large and confusing, perfect for you to get lost in the hunt for deals.

They also import items from countries like Korea, Taiwan, USA among many others and are of pretty good quality.

Kallang Branch
5 Stadium Walk, #02-02 Leisure Park Kallang, Singapore 397693

Ang Mo Kio Branch
51 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, #02-01 Big Mac Centre, Singapore 569922



3. 2WO

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We’ve written about this $2 Japanese store back in 2017, and they’ve grown a bit since then.

In Apr 2017, 2WO only has one store located at Star Vista.

Fast forward 1 year later and they have 4 different outlets located in the North, Central, East and West of Singapore.

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Expect to find Japan stuff like what you’d see at Daiso for this shop. But if you’re a Daiso-fan, this could be the next store for you.

I12 Katong at #B1-03/04 
112 East Coast Road, Singapore 428802

Liang Court at #B1-07 
177 River Valley Road, Singapore 179030

West Coast Plaza at #B1-18/20 
154 West Coast Road, Singapore 127371

Thomson Plaza
301 Upper Thomson Road #03-18, Thomson Plaza, Singapore 574408 



4. MixCart $2 Store

Looking for something that’s a bit more…standalone?

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This one is sure to bring back the feels. It looks and feels like a mama shop, and sell small household items and storage solutions like small containers, stationery and many others.

The main highlight of this shop? Not only are there $2 items, but there are also plenty of $1 items to dig for as well.



Geylang 29, 547 Geylang Road, Singapore 389502

5. $2 Nomi Japan

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Remember when I wrote in the introduction that there’s a store that just joined the ranks of discount stores in Singapore?

This is the one.

$2 Nomi Japan has over 15,000 different Japanese stuffs from Japanese food, stationery, health and beauty products to home appliances.



And everything goes for just $2.

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Working exclusively with a Japanese wholesaler, you can expect to find stuff like armpit sweat pads (??) and poached egg pods (???).

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Marina Square
6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, #02-219A, Singapore 039594



6. Tokutokuya

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When we wrote about this back in 2017, we said it was super ulu because it’s located in Changi City Point.

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But you’ll be happy to know that they’re in more accessible places now.

For the westies, you can check out their store at Westgate. Their other outlet can be found in Suntec City.



Similar to Daiso, they offer Japanese products at $2. The only difference from Daiso is that they offer more Japanese candies and tidbits.

Perfect for tamjiak people.

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3 Gateway Dr, #B1-16/17 Westgate Singapore, Singapore 608532

Suntec City
9 Temasek Blvd, North Wing, #B1-150, Singapore 038989



7. OneDollarOnly Store

Unlike the other stores mentioned in this article, this OneDollarOnly store is unique.  In the sense that it doesn’t have a physical shop.

They sell knick-knacks from notebooks, stationery, nylon bags and party stuff.

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While it’s called the $1 store, not everything is priced at a buck, but still pretty cheap.

Just take note that some of their stuff has to be ordered in bulk.



You can check them out here.

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Six years in design and construction, Bangkok’s US$1.6 billion IconSiam development will finally be officially launched tonight before opening its doors to the public tomorrow morning. With 500 stores, more than 100 restaurants and 14 cinema screens, a luxury apartment tower and a Mandarin Oriental hotel, the ambitious development is probably the most significant addition to Asia’s retail landscape in decades.

Tonight, 10,000 businesspeople, retailers, media and guests have been invited to an opening ceremony which kicks off a weekend of festivities costing US$30 million. A fleet of 1500 drones organised by Intel will take to the sky above the Chao Phraya River and a “famous US singer” whose identity is being kept a closely guarded secret, will perform on stage somewhere along the 400-metre riverfront promenade of the building.

Tickets to the invitation-only event, which also features a raft of Asian entertainers, fireworks, light and water shows, have been trading online for 10,000 THB (US$300), despite never being sold in the first place.

Tomorrow, thousands of Thais are expected to visit the 750,000sqm venue, with stores offering rewards for early customers – like H&M issuing a 20,000 THB voucher to its first – and Apple is expected to draw long queues for its first official retail outlet in Thailand.

About 80 per cent of the stores at IconSiam will be open for business tomorrow, the balance opening in ensuing weeks as fitouts are completed and approved by offshore head offices. But the project is still not complete. Several stories above the retail and dining area remain under construction, scheduled to open in July. They will house a world-class 6500sqm River Museum, a 3000-seat concert hall and other community facilities.

Defining IconSiam is not easy.

“It’s not a mall. It’s not a mixed use project,” IconSiam MD Supoj Chaiwatsirikul said last night. “It’s a destination.”

The story of how IconSiam investors acquired the 8.8 hectare riverfront site gives an insight into how the project evolved into much more than a shopping centre. The owners of the land had been approached many times over the years, including by cashed up foreign developers. But they wouldn’t sell – until Siam Piwat CEO Chadatip Chutrakul talked to them, promising to create something that could showcase Thai culture and history to the world and be something all Thais could be proud of.

Since then, IconSiam’s operational team have worked with Thais literally the length and breadth of the country to involve them in the project. Artworks and sculptures have been selected from 100 artists, mostly Thai, to appear throughout the complex, a 1. 6 hectare space called SookSiam (“a city of Thai happiness”) will feature products and cultural heritage of the nation’s four regions, showcasing their handicrafts, performing arts, food, beverages “and local wisdom” in a single destination promised as “immersive, emotional and entertaining”.

“IconSiam inaugurates a globally innovative model for destination development that moves the project away from being a mall or a mixed-use complex to being an inspiring destination,” explains Chutrakul.

“It’s a place to regenerate and refresh, to be inspired and seek new ideas, and a place to discover the best of Thailand and the best on offer from around the world.”

Unprecedented coordination has taken place with city and government authorities to enhance the transport system surrounding the site. A new skytrain track – aptly called the Gold Line – is under construction linking two other rail routes and which ultimately will make it a 20-minute railway journey from downtown Bangkok to the river. The company has built its own wharf in front of the building and worked to enhance a network of 73 river piers making it easier to reach the venue. Some 45,000 Thais travel along the river using public transport every day and they are starting to find that more convenient than ever.

Work is continuing with landowners and hotel properties along the waterfront to create a public walkway, opening up the riverfront to the people for the first time in centuries.

SiamPiwat’s Siam Paragon shopping centre which, when neighbouring properties Siam Center and Siam Discovery are added, create the city’s largest single shopping destination, attracts about 250,000 visitors on a typical weekend day. The company expects IconSiam to draw as many as 400,000 once the project is fully operational. About 60 per cent of those will be Thais, the balance tourists, although it is obvious from the size and scale of the luxury duplexes facing the river – bearing brand names including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Cartier and Hermes – that the ratio will be quite different zone-by-zone: This part of the project is very clearly designed to appeal to the growing legions of Chinese tourists heading to Thailand.

Another key retail drawcard of IconSiam will be the country’s first Takashimaya department store spread over several levels and including a comprehensive food and grocery offer as well as fashion and accessories.

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Retail shops List

update 2021.7.7

Country Store Name `ddress
Singapore SINGAPORE TAKASHIMAYA B2. Food Dep,Takashimaya Singapore Department
Store 391 Orchard Road Singapore 238873
Russia Saint Petersburg 8- |y‾y Bpy|ur{s rp, 25
Vietnam HO CHI MINH CITY TAKASHIMAYA B2.Food Dep,Takashimaya Ho Chi Minh Department
Saigon Centre, 65 Le Loi Boulevard, Bem Nghe Ward,
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM
299 Charoen Nakorn Road sub-district,
Klongsan district, Bangkok 10600.



Region Prefecture Store Name `ddress
Hokkaido Hokkaido Daimaru Sapporo Shop Dep,Daimaru Sapporo Department Store, 4-7, Kita-5-jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-city,Hokkaido
TEL 011-828-1179
Tohoku Iwate Kawatoku Shop Dep, Kawatoku Department Store, 1-10-11,Saien,Morioka-city,Iwate
TEL 019-652-6786
Fukushima Usui Shop Dep, Usui Department Store, 13-1,Nakamachi,Koriyama-city,Fukushima
TEL 024-921-8550
Kanto Chiba Temporarily closed
Narita Airport Shop
Terminal 2, Main Building, 4th Floor, Narita Airport, Narita-City, Chiba
TEL 0476-34-8626
Takashimaya Kashiwa Shop Dep, Kashiwa Takashimaya Department Store,3-16,Suehiromachi,Kashiwa-city, Chiba
TEL 04-7146-5161
Sogo Chiba Shop Dep, Sogo Chiba Department Store,1000, Shinmachi, Chuo-ku, Chiba-city, Chiba
TEL 043-245-8646
Saitama Sogo Omiya Shop Dep, Sogo Omiya Department Store,1-6-2 Sakuragi-cho,Omiya-ku ,Saitama-city,Saitama
TEL 048-657-7318
Tokyo Matsuzakaya Ueno Shop Dep, Matsuzakaya Ueno Department Store,3-29-5, Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
TEL 03-5688-8535
Matsuya Ginza Shop Dep, Matsuya Ginza Department Store,3-6-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
TEL 03-3563-1730
Daimaru Tokyo Shop Dep, Daimaru Tokyo Department Store,1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
TEL 03-6895-2743
Seibu Ikebukuro Shop Dep, Seibu Ikebukuro Department Store,1-28-1, Minamiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
TEL 03-5949-2086
Mitsukoshi Nihombashi Shop Dep, Mitsukoshi Nihombashi Department Store,1-4-1, Nihombashimuromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
TEL 03-3241-3311
Takashimaya Tachikawa Shop Dep, Tachikawa Takashimaya Department Store,2-39-3, Akebonomachi, Tachikawa-city, Tokyo
TEL 042-525-2111
KUROGI CHACHA Dep, Ginza Six Department Store,,6-10-1, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
TEL 03-6264-5754
Kanagawa Keikyu Shop Dep, Keikyu Department Store,1-6-1,Kamiookanishi,Kounan-ku,Yokohama-city,Kanagawa
TEL 045-848-7486
Dynacity Odawara Shop Dep,1F Dynacity WEST, 208 Nakazato, Odawara-city, Kanagawa
TEL 0465-49-3383
Shinetsu Niigata Nagaoka Shop Cocolo Nagaoka,1-1-611-1,Jyonai-cho,Nagaoka-city,Niigata
TEL 0258-36-1315
Hokuriku Toyama Daiwa Toyama Shop Dep, Daiwa Toyama Department Store, Sogawa 3-8-6, Toyama-city, Toyama
Ishikawa Daiwa Kohrinbo Shop Dep, Daiwa Kohrinbo Department Store, Kohrinbo 1-1-1, kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa
TEL 076-220-1155
Tokai Aichi Matsuzakaya Nagoya Shop Dep, Matsuzakaya Nagoya Department Store, 3-16-1, Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi,Aichi
TEL 052-251-1111
Kinki Kyoto Kyoto Flagship Store Shijo Tominokoji, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto
TEL 050-3152-2910
http://www. fukujuen-kyotohonten.com
Ujicha Kobo 10 Ujiyamada,Uji-city,Kyoto
TEL 050-3152-2930
Uji Kissa Kan 1-1 Ujitougawa,Uji-city,Kyoto
TEL 050-3152-2932
Ujicha Kashi Kobo 35 Ujirenge,Uji-city,Kyoto
TEL 050-3152-2931
CHA Experience Park 3-1-1,Saganakadai,Kizugawa-city,Kyoto
TEL 0774-73-1200
UJICHA Cafe HANACHAJIN by FUKUJUEN 3-1-3 Saganakadai, Kizugawa-city, Kyoto
i2F Center zone A, CHA Experience Park)
TEL 0774-66-1465
Fukujuen Tea Wholesaler Street 16 Higashitsukurimichi Kamikoma, Yamashiro-cho,
TEL 0774-66-6280
Kyoto Station Shop The CUBE Higashishiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-city,Kyoto
TEL 075-365-8723
Fukujuen Porta Shop KYOKONOMI,East area Porta,901 Higashishiokoji-cho,Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto
TEL 075-343-2681
Saryo FUKUCHA Kyoto Station Shop 2F Central entrance, Kyoto Station Building, 901 Higashishiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto
TEL 075-744-0552
https://fukucha-fukujuen. com
Saryo FUKUCHA Shijo Shop 2F Kyoto Flagship Store, Shijo Tominokoji, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto
TEL 050-3152-2902
Kyomachiya-chaya Matcha tei ASTY KYOTO 8-3 Higashishiokojitakakura-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-city,Kyoto
TEL 075-644-5802
Daimaru Kyoto Shop Dep, Daimaru Kyoto Department Store, 79 Shijo Street Takakura Nishiiri Tachiurinishimachi, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-city,Kyoto
TEL 075-241-6891
Sabo Adonis Dep, Daimaru Kyoto Department Store, 79 Shijo Street Takakura Nishiiri Tachiurinishimachi, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-city ,Kyoto
TEL 075-288-6212
Arashiyama Chaya Syoryuen 40-8 Sagatenryujisusukinobaba-cho,Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-city,Kyoto
TEL 075-861-2910
Takashimaya Rakusai Shop Dep, Rakusai Takashimaya Department Store,2-5-5,Oharano-Higashisakaidanimachi, Nishikyo-ku,Kyoto-city,Kyoto
TEL 075-332-1111
Osaka Daimaru Shinsaibashi Shop Dep, Daimaru Shinsaibashi Department Store,
1-8-1, Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi,Osaka

TEL 06-6245-1789
Needle to Leaf Daimaru Shinsaibashi Shop Dep,8F Main building, Daimaru Shinsaibashi Department Store, 1-7-1 Shinsaibashi-suji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-city,Osaka
TEL 06-6227-8328
http://needle-to-leaf. jp/
Takashimaya Osaka Shop Dep, Osaka Takashimaya Department Store,5-1-5,Nanba,Chuo-ku,Osaka-city,Osaka
TEL 06-6632-9340
Daimaru Umeda Shop Dep, Daimaru Umeda Department Store,3-1-1 Umeda,kita-ku,Osaka-city,Osaka
TEL 06-4797-0081
Needle to Leaf Hanshin Umeda Shop Dep,7F Hanshin Umeda Department Store, 1-13-13 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-city, Osaka
TEL 06-6345-2497
Kintetsu Abeno Shop Dep, Kintetsu Abeno Department Store,1-1-43 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka-city,Osaka
TEL 06-6624-3822
Kintetsu Uehonmachi Shop Dep, Kintetsu Uehonmachi Department Store,6-1-55 Uehommachi, Tennoji-ku, Osaka-city,Osaka
TEL 06-6775-4530
Kintetsu Higashiosaka Shop Dep, Kintetsu Higashiosaka Department Store,1-1-1 Chodo,Higashiosaka-city,Osaka
TEL 06-6785-3008
Keihan Moriguchi Shop Dep, Keihan Moriguchi Department Store,8-3 Kawaramachi,Moriguchi-city,Osaka
TEL 06-6994-3977
Temporarily closed
Kansai Airport Shop
Tarminal 1 3F Kansai Airports 1-banchi, Senshu-Kuko Naka, Izumisano-shi, Osaka
TEL 0724-56-6460
Hyogo Daimaru Kobe Shop Dep, Daimaru Kobe Department Store, 40, Akashimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe-city, Hyogo
TEL 078-333-4052
Daimaru Suma Shop Dep, Daimaru Suma Department Store,2-2-4 Nakaochiai,Suma-ku,Kobe-city,Hyogo
TEL 078-791-3111
Sanyohyakkaten Shop Dep, Sanyo Department Store,1 Minamimachi,Himeji-city,Hyogo
TEL 079-223-1249
Nara Kintetsu Nara Shop Dep, Kintetsu Nara Department Store,2-4-1 Saidaijihigashimachi,Nara-city,Nara
TEL 0742-30-2638
Kintetsu Ikoma Shop Dep, Kintetsu Ikoma Department Store,1600 Tanidacho Ikoma-city,Nara
TEL 0743-72-2942
Kintetsu Kashihara Shop Dep, Kintetsu Kashihara Department Store,3-65-11 Kitayagicho,Kashihara-city,Nara
TEL 0744-25-5725
Wakayama Kintetsu Wakayama Shop Dep, Kintetsu Wakayama Department Store,5-46 Tomodacho,Wakayama-city,Wakayama
TEL 073-421-7041
Chugoku Tottori Tottori Daimaru Shop 2-151 Imamachi,Tottori-city,Tottori
Dep, Tottori Daimaru Department Store,2-151

TEL 0857-25-2142
Okayama Tenmaya Okayama Shop Dep, Tenmaya Okayama Department Store,2-1-1, Omotecho, Kita-ku, Okayama-city,Okayama
TEL 086-231-7666
Tenmaya Kurashiki Shop Dep, Tenmaya Kurashiki Department Store,1-7-1, Achi, Kurashiki-city, Okayama
TEL 086-426-2785
Hiroshima Sogo Hiroshima Shop Dep, Sogo Hiroshima Department Store,6-27, Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-city, Hiroshima
TEL 082-512-7847
Tenmaya Fukuyama Shop Dep, Tenmaya Fukuyama Department Store, 1-1, Motomachi, Fukuyama-city, Hiroshima
TEL 084-931-2436
Yamaguchi Shimonoseki Daimaru Shop Dep, Simonoseki Daimaru Department Store,4-4-10 Takezakicho,Shimonoseki-city,Yamaguchi
TEL 083-235-7202
Yamaguchi Izutsuya Shop Dep, Yamaguchi Izutsuya Department Store,3-3 Nakaichicho,Yamaguchi-city,Yamaguchi
TEL 083-902-1071
Shikoku Kochi Kochi Daimaru Shop Dep, Kochi Daimaru Department Store,1-6-1 Obiyamachi,Kochi-city,Kochi
TEL 088-822-5111
Kyushu Fukuoka Fukuoka Shop Fukuoka underground shopping center, 2 Tenjin,Chuo-ku,Fukuoka-city,Fukuoka
TEL 092-781-2840
Matcha tei Hakata Daimaru Shop Dep, Hakata Daimaru Department Store, 1-4-1, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-city,Fukuoka
TEL 092-732-3011
Izutsuya Kokura Shop Dep, Izutsuya Kokura Department Store,1-1 Senbamachi,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-city,Fukuoka
TEL 093-533-1140
Kumamoto Tsuruya-hyakkaten Shop Dep, Tsuruya Department Store, 6-1 Tetorihonchou Chuo-ku,Kumamoto-city,Kumamoto
TEL 096-327-3213
Oita Tokiwa honten Shop Dep, Tokiwa Department Store,2-1-4, Funaimachi, Oita-city,Oita
TEL 097-538-1111

90,000 Tips & Tricks: Beauty Shopping in Singapore – The Secret World of the Humble Beauty Addict – LiveJournal

Our lazy Phuket vacation had to end in the middle for three active days in Singapore, so I tried to persuade myself not to buy anything in Thailand. Many have told me about the excellent beauty shopping in Singapore and the chic duty-free Changi airport. And I was looking forward to meeting this new beauty shopping world.

But Thailand seemed to be against my plans. Heavy rains charged and we had no choice but to hide from them in shopping centers.The setting “do not buy anything before Singapore” did not work =)

I flew to Singapore for the first time. In three days I wanted to see a lot. I decided to postpone shopping for the evening part of the program, after the end of the daytime cultural. As a result, it turned out that most stores close at 21-00. Because of this, it was not possible to go shopping especially. I had to choose specific ones, which I managed to get to before closing. I reassured myself that I would “come off” in duty-free.

In Singapore, as well as in Hong Kong, it is impossible to avoid visiting large shopping centers. You either immediately get into one of them from the metro station, or you will see several signs and you can go up from the metro to one of the shopping centers. Therefore, in my opinion, you do not have to worry about whether you find a cosmetic store or a pharmacy with cosmetics and accessories. They will find you themselves.

If you are ready to set aside a day or a half day for beauty shopping, then I would advise you to go to Orchard Road .This is Singapore’s Fifth Avenue with a huge number of shopping malls and boutiques. You can get out of the Orchard metro station, immediately get into one of the shopping centers, most likely ION Orchard, and then move from the shopping center to the shopping center (in the direction of Marina Bay). You can walk along the street or along the numerous passages between shopping centers.

I knew absolutely nothing about beauty shopping in Singapore, except that it is there and it is great. But in my RSS feed there are several Singaporean beauty bloggers who, as a rule, are among the first to show swatches and their own photos of upcoming cosmetic novelties.One of them, Meg, the author of the blog Makeup Stash , I decided to write. I told her that I would have little time for shopping, most likely I would be in the Orchard Road area, listed the brands of cosmetics that interest me. In response, I received a detailed route plan, even options for how to get from my hotel to Orchard Road. In this post I will share not only my impressions, observations and stories about shopping, but also tips & tricks of the Singaporean beauty maniac Mag =)

By the way, Singaporean bloggers amazed me.Never before, arriving somewhere, I have not received so many greetings, wishes for a pleasant stay, recommendations and suggestions to suggest something and help. On the first day, there were six letters in my mail, in which they welcomed me to Singapore, offered their help, told about must-see places, favorite cafes and shops. And for the first time I did not just answer briefly, thanks for the offer, but really asked something. Singaporeans, you are super!

GST Refund

First of all, it should be said about the tax refund and its registration. And here Singaporean organization and all-for-peopleness is manifested in all its glory. It takes a couple of minutes to prepare the documents for a tax refund. The data of your passport is read using a scanner, all receipts are taken into account by the barcode and you are given a general receipt. Moreover, information about you and your purchases appears in the “customs” system instantly. I made my last purchase with a GST Refund two hours before arrival at the airport and it has already been accounted for. At the airport, the whole procedure for issuing / receiving money is very simple: you need to swipe the magnetic stripe of your passport in a special GST Refund machine, verify the passport data that appears on the screen, see if all checks / purchases have been accounted for in the system, click OK and receive a check with which you need will go to the GST Refund department in duty-free to get money.At the same time, there is always a customs officer nearby who is ready to help, prompt, carry out the entire procedure himself.

Tax refund is officially issued for purchases over S $ 200. But I need to clarify, because in several stores and cosmetics departments I was issued with a purchase for more than 100 Singapore dollars.

Shops and Brands

At ION Orchard (B2 and B3 levels) you can find L’Occitane, Fancl, Shu Uemura, YSL, Chanel, Kiehl’s, Bioderm, VMV Hypogenallerics, Lab Series cosmetics , Apivita, Laneige.At B1 level – Anna Sui and Sephora. At B4 level, there is a Watsons pharmacy with mass-market cosmetics of European, American, Korean and Japanese brands. There are also stores of Japanese chains Muji and Daiso on B4, from where you can take out two huge bags of useful cosmetic accessories and little things, paying ridiculous money for them.

On the opposite side of Orchard Road is the department store Tangs with a large cosmetic section on the ground floor. There, for example, you can find Burberry, Cle de Peau, Shiseido Maquillage, Shu Uemura, Tom Ford, Sulwhasoo and NARS cosmetics. The latter in Singapore is presented only in this store.

There is an Etude House boutique in the transition between ION Orchard and Tangs.

Near ION Orchard, on the same side, look at Takashimaya (Nge Ann City). Laduree is there !!! Oh wait, we’re talking about cosmetics =) My favorite pasta cakes are Yuzu and Orange Blossom. And don’t forget about the branded Singapore box. At Level 3, Koh Gen Do, Deborah Lippmann cosmetics are presented, at Level 1 – Lunasol, Esprique, Cosme Decorte, Cle de Peau, Shiseido Maquillage, Shu Uemura, Jo Malone.The Kinokuniya bookstore at Level 3 has a large selection of Japanese beauty gloss and funny accessories and gifts. Level B2 has the largest Watsons in Singapore, with the best assortment.

It is more profitable to buy cosmetics from MAC, Shu Uemura, Sulwhasoo, Dior, YSL, Chanel, L’Occitane at Duty-Free , but only if these brands are presented in your terminal.

There are about a dozen shops in Singapore Sasa in various shopping centers. The shops are small, I have come across those in which the choice of cosmetics of European brands was greater than that of Asian ones, there were long queues at the checkout counters, and there were a lot of customers.Orchard Road Sasa is located in the Wisma Atria mall (next to the Takashimaya department store).

Nine Sephora stores in Singapore will be interesting for such brands as Urban Decay, Smashbox, Make Up For Ever, Fresh, Benefit, Stila, bareMinerals, Too Faced, Alterna, Nails Inc, Ciate, Bliss, Butter London.

I also came across several shops Robinsons , the same chain of cosmetics stores is represented in Thailand. Orchard Road Robinsons is located in the Centrepoint mall.Origins and Illamasqua can also be found there.

Steamcream at the gift shop on Sentosa Island.

Duty Free Changi

I suspect that all the excitement about the range of duty-free cosmetics department at Singapore Changi Airport belongs to the terminal of the international sector, from where they fly to Europe and America. We took off from Terminal 2, which was intended for flights to the nearest Asian countries. The cosmetic department was, to put it mildly, modest, even the duty-free Phuket airport seemed interesting in comparison.

Mainly European and American luxury brands were represented.

I was only interested in travel kits Guerlain and Clarins products, which are not represented in Russia and Europe.

For the Asian market Clarins has released a BB cream that is not at all similar to the dark BB creams that are sold in our corners of the brand. It has the right bb-creamy texture and a great, versatile light shade. I would have bought, if not for , all those BB-creams that are already waiting in line in my beauty cabinet.

I have added to my wishlist the products from the Clarins Lift-Affine series, which simulate the face contour. This line is only available in Asia and the USA.

Shopping and Impressions

If I were only vacationing in Singapore, then of course I would have more shopping. But there was also shopping in Thailand, where I know the assortment and prices well, and last year I already managed to take out four suitcases from Hong Kong . Taking into account the Thai-Hong Kong experience, the Singaporean beauty shopping did not live up to my expectations.

Prices were significantly higher than in Thailand and Hong Kong, even taking into account the tax refund. Especially noticeable is the difference in the cost of cosmetics of American brands – at least twice as expensive.

But, of course, if you compare with Moscow prices (for example, at Cle de Peau), then it makes sense to get carried away with shopping, especially if there is no opportunity to order cosmetics from other countries and no other trips abroad are coming in the near future.

Singapore is primarily interesting because many novelties and seasonal collections appear there much earlier than in the USA and Europe, even earlier than in other Asian countries.You can find Asian limited editions, products and collections released only for the Asian market.

But still, if I were to travel to Hong Kong, I would make the main cosmetic purchases there. So far, in my personal ranking, Hong Kong is the best city for beauty shopping in Asia.

my beauty purchases in Singapore

As a result, in Singapore I bought something from Shu Uemura, the products that were sold out in Phuket. Fancl dietary supplements, Muji accessories and Maybelline makeup base, which were not in Thailand and which I did not see in the European collection of the brand.I stood at the Sulwhasoo stand without deciding what I needed. I postponed the purchase of decorative cosmetics from Asian luxury brands for the next time (or until Hong Kong), there was no time at all to carefully consider, check out and choose everything.

Singapore itself fascinated me. But three is too little for him. Will definitely be back!

Read also :
1. Tips & Tricks: Beauty shopping in Hong Kong.
2. Tips & Tricks: Beauty shopping in Phuket.
3. Tips & Tricks: Beauty shopping in Bangkok.

Japan – Singapore: mutually beneficial partnership

Lecturer of the Department of English No. 3 and the Department of Communications
with the public, candidate of economic sciences Ekaterina Arapova –
on the Japan-Singapore Agreement, which opens up new prospects for
economic cooperation between the two countries.

On July 26, the Central Bank of Japan announced the conclusion of an agreement
with the monetary authorities of Singapore.According
with this agreement, the latter will open a line of credit to Japanese companies,
operating in Singapore, secured by Japanese
government bonds. This measure is aimed, on the one hand,
to provide Japanese corporations with financial resources in the event
lack of liquidity, and on the other hand, to expand direct
foreign investment by Japanese companies and banks in the economy

Until now, a similar scheme was used by the
Japan’s monetary policy only once, in 2011,
in relation to Japanese companies operating in Thailand.

Despite the intensification of integration processes in East Asia,
many countries in the region continue to strive to maintain their own
independence in the implementation of monetary policy and
risks in the financial sector. This is quite understandable, given what
devastating consequences can be caused by negative market
dynamics in an individual state with excessive interdependence of economies
region. An example is the Indonesian authorities,
considering now a draft amendment to the national
legislation to restrict foreign ownership
in the authorized capital of banks with a level of less than 50%.

At the same time, both Japan and Singapore can be called
regional leaders in terms of the degree of openness of national financial
systems. It is the liberalization of national systems that becomes the guarantee
mutually beneficial cooperation between the two states. Over the past five years
the volume of direct investment from Japan to the Singapore economy increased
by 56%, and Japan remains one of the key investors
to the country. In 2012, 29 Japanese companies registered
commercial presence in Singapore, while in 2008
there were only 6 such companies in the year.Many of the largest Japanese multinational corporations, for example,
Panasonic Corp. and Mitsui Chemicals Inc., transferred key
production functions under the jurisdiction of Singapore. First of all, it is
was due to a change in the principles of tax policy in Singapore
and a reduction in corporate income tax to 17%
(compared to 30% in Japan).

Japanese service companies (large advertising
agencies and legal corporations), also actively open
representative offices in Singapore. Thus they strive
expand the geography of activities and attract new customers, as
the consumer potential of the domestic market is limited, and the pace
economic growth and income levels of the population of the leading ASEAN countries,
in particular Singapore, are significantly ahead of similar indicators

Conclusion of a new agreement on the opening of a credit line
testifies to the awareness by both states of the prospects
expanding cooperation in the financial sector and mutually beneficial
the nature of cooperation. This measure, which will come into force
in September 2013, is able not only to provide Japanese
corporations and financial institutions with the necessary liquidity,
but also to stabilize the dynamics of courses, both corporate and
and government securities of Japan, increase the yield of government
bonds, and as a consequence – the stability of the national financial
systems.For Japan, this is also important, given the periodic fluctuations
and volatility in the stock market.

In addition, the expansion of the regional presence of Japanese companies strengthens
the country’s position in the region, shaken due to the turbulent
development of China. Expanding connections at the corporate level leads
to consolidate Japan’s status as a leader of regional integration
trends, primarily in the financial sector.

Singapore, on the other hand, benefits significantly from its growing
capital inflows, entailing financial revenues to the budget,
as well as saturation of the consumer market with necessary goods
and services of relatively lower cost.

Of course, one cannot ignore the growing dependence
current economic situation in Singapore from economic trends
development and processes taking place in Japan. Negative dynamics
rates of Japanese government bonds could significantly undermine the position
Singapore banks that have accepted this type of securities as
collateral for issued loans. However, for today the benefits
from the expansion of interstate cooperation significantly overlap
potential risks that may result from the instability of financial

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90,000 the most expensive city in the world to live – Thai Portal

And for the third year in a row, according to The Worldwide Cost of Living rating from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the most expensive city in the world is Singapore. The second highest cost of living with the same score was taken by Hong Kong and Zurich, Switzerland. Of the 133 cities presented in the study, where the cheapest places to live are: Mumbai (India), Bangalore (India), Lusaka (the capital of Zambia).
In my detailed essay on my first trip to Singapore, I have already mentioned in passing how brutally and successfully the Singapore authorities are fighting the problem of traffic congestion, which is relevant for all Asian megacities without exception. There are no traffic jams in Singapore, as well as a large number of cars on the roads.The reason is that a citizen of an island state who wants to get his own car, before buying it, must take care of acquiring a permit to own a car or a Certificate of Entitlement (COE). According to a Singaporean friend, a COE for a small car costs about S $ 40,000. The permit must be renewed every 10 years. A license to own a car with a larger engine volume will therefore cost more. Do not forget that this is only for the Certificate of Entitlement – a permit to own a car. The car itself has yet to be bought, and almost all countries of Southeast Asia practice high import duties on cars produced abroad. But the subway in Singapore is excellent: you can get to any point of the island state by high-speed train. It is easier for an ordinary Singaporean to use the subway than to pay extra for the opportunity to be a car owner.
It’s funny that even 5-10 years ago, Japanese megacities were necessarily present on the first lines of the ranking of the most expensive cities in the world.Now Tokyo, the most expensive city in Japan, took only 11th place, and Osaka – 14th. The reason is simple: the Japanese yen has been depreciating for several years in a row. A weak yen is good for Japanese manufacturers and a Japanese economy suffering from deflation and stagnation. For a tourist who dreams of visiting the Land of the Rising Sun, a weak yen is also a favorable factor. After all, Japan was recently a very expensive country to travel. So, the author of this blog, traveling in the south of France in September last, 2015, met in the center of Avignon the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region (known to compatriots under the shorter name: Provence) a charming Japanese tourist named Sachiko (accent on first syllable). Being partial to beautiful young Asians, the author successfully persuaded Sachiko to spend an interesting time together. When visiting a cafe, local store or fast food eatery, the Japanese woman constantly wondered why everything was so expensive there. To the natural question “You’re from Japan, are prices even higher there?” Sachiko explained that Japanese prices in euros at the current exchange rate are lower than French prices everywhere except Tokyo. According to the Japanese woman, Osaka is generally a budget city. It is worth making, of course, a discount for the fact that Provence is one of the most expensive regions in France.Here are located: Nice, Cannes, Marseille, Avignon with its medieval fortress, the town of Aix-en-Provence. Corrupt officials and bloodsuckers of all stripes from the dictatorial countries of Latin America, the former Soviet Union and the underdeveloped parts of Asia and Africa south of the Sahara love to come here to spend a calm, prosperous old age. But I will keep Japan in mind.

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