There is something special about shopping.
The feel of fresh fabric, the smell of leather boots, the gleam of a new necklace. Walking up and down 50 stores just to buy a gift for the one you love. Spotting the perfect dress and most importantly, finding it on sale! The joy of it all! Nothing can cheer you up better than a good buy. With the happy chemicals it releases inside you, no wonder it is called retail therapy. But why restrict yourself to a short trip to the mall to experience this high?
What you need is a shopcation, a vacation that’s only about the shopping. Don’t just visit new places. Take them home with you. Whether it is the unique lamp from the street hawker or clothes made from the bark of a tree, shopping helps you preserve precious memories like nothing else can. Discover mind-blowing craftsmanship, cheeky bargaining techniques, and the exquisite cut of a genius unknown designer. A shopcation is the perfect way to explore the exciting unknown.
Why you should shop in Singapore
1.Mecca for luxury brands
From Gucci, Versace, Louboutin, and Jimmy Choo to Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Burberry and Rolex, every label worth its salt has a presence in Singapore. But it’s not just the international names; Singapore has some homegrown superstar brands like Charles and Keith, Raoul, and OSIM that you must check out.
2. Shopping paradise – on sale!
Naturally, being a shopper’s paradise, you can come here any time of the year but for the perfect shopcation experience, you can visit during the Great Singapore Sale held from 9 June to 13 August. Enjoy the innovative launches, the entertainment shows, contests, and of course great deals.
3. Convenience shopping
With its air-conditioned malls, diverse eateries, incredible MRT network, and entertainment options for every age group, shopping in Singapore is a dream. Fancy labels or street treasures, you will find what you are looking for quite conveniently. What’s best? Your plans don’t change whether it rains or shines; the glitzy malls have it all covered.
What to buy
1. Tech gadgets
If it exists, you will find it here. Cameras, mobile phones, television sets, gaming consoles, and accessories – this is a candy shop for those with a tech obsession. Enjoy the convenience of finding all major brands under the same roof. The Mustafa centre, Sim Lim Square, and Challenger outlets are some of the best places to pick up these goods.
If you like the Merlion, Singapore’s mythical animal mascot, you will love the innovative use of the symbol on t-shirts, mugs, fridge magnets, keychains, and miniatures. Get yourself a signature shophouse inspired tote bag or a phone case! Check out the gold plated handmade orchid jewelry pieces that make all souvenirs lose their sheen. Also, don’t forget Kaya jam. This delicious coconut jam had with toast is the perfect souvenir to take back home.
3. Apparel and accessories
How about a vintage dress from the early 1900s or a union jack inspired top hat? Singapore’s best-kept secret is its quirky collection of boutiques like those on Haji Lane. Our pick? The Zhai Eco Collection boutique, a Singaporean brand that has an extensive collection of eco-friendly apparel and handmade jewelry.
- Street markets selling everything from little kitchen accessories to stationary and bead necklaces are a treasure. But don’t forget to drive a hard bargain. You might be surprised at the deal you get.
- There is a misconception that branded electronics are sold in Singapore at throwaway prices. Sure, you might get a decent discount but if any offer is too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t forget to check the manufacturer’s warranty and seal.
- Singapore levies a GST of 7% on goods bought in the country but tourists are eligible for a refund if they buy goods worth at least SGD 100 from participating retailers. Show the receipt and get the tax relief!
- Shopping with children can often be stressful. Why not make it fun for them? Take advantage of play areas and fun activities for kids in malls. The Westgate mall, for example, has the largest rooftop playground mall – and it’s free!
- Take a tourist privilege card. Malls like Vivocity and Harbourfront Centre offer you this card that gives you free beverages and special discount on the products of all participating retailers.
Where to stay
From the futuristic looking and luxurious Ion Orchard mall, the treasure chest of Asian collectibles at Tangs to the discount friendly Far East Plaza and the upmarket Paragon, this is a 2 km shopping paradise you don’t want to miss.
Check out these fantastic HomeAways that will give you the best seats in the house.
1. Elegant and spacious apartment
After a long tiring shopping spree at Orchard, this is just the kind of place you’d like to unwind in. Located near the Far East Plaza, this elegant one bedroom HomeAway for two guests is straight out of an interior decoration catalogue. Enjoy a swim or burn the extra calories at the apartment’s gym. This place comes loaded with all the perks you need. The condominium is also walking distance from Paragon and Takashimaya and offers limousine services. Since you are here to shop, you must do it in style!
Average price per night: SGD 330
2. Modern luxurious home
Modern, spacious and well equipped! With two bedrooms and housing capacity of six guests, this apartment, located next to the Orchard and Somerset MRT stations, is relaxing and comfortable. Breakfast is included, so you can focus on hitting the stores early morning! When you put your feet up after a hectic day, you are treated to lovely evening views of the Singapore skyline.
Average price per night: SGD 348
3. Well-furnished home with spectacular view
The beauty of Orchard street is that is always buzzing. At this beautiful one bedroom apartment, you can drink in this vibrant shopping carnival atmosphere from the comfort of its interiors. Accommodating up to five guests, this wooden floored HomeAway with tasteful art adorning its walls comes packed with facilities like a shared pool, television, wireless internet, and house cleaning staff at your service. Enjoy the proximity to the Centrepoint mall, a great place to pick up quality goods.
Average price per night: SGD 198
4. Designer penthouse
A place that makes you feel like royalty, this newly built two-bedroom penthouse, near the classic Plaza Singapura mall, oozes luxury at every corner. Classy interiors with the right dash of colour and open to six guests, you cannot go wrong with this one. Proximity to world-class restaurants and a plethora of stores make this an ideal choice for a vacation wherein shop till you drop is what you’re really looking to do.
Average price per night: SGD 338
Ah! The charm of street shopping. No matter where you shop, it never gets old. In Singapore, the bustling Bugis Street with its closely lined up shophouses is a treat for the shopper. At Bugis junction, you will lose track of time as you explore hard-to-resist apparel, bags, and fashion accessories. Love flea markets? You cannot miss the Bugis street market across from the Bugis MRT that guarantees you some interesting little souvenirs at cheap prices.
These are the HomeAways we recommend for the best shopping experience.
1. 2-bedroom home at the city centre
From its cozy leather couch to the dining hall that’s the perfect place to recount the interesting tales of the day, this two bedroom apartment at the city centre will feel like home. Located near Sim Lim Street, Singapore’s electronics heaven, this spacious apartment is exactly what you are looking for. The best part? There is no cleaning fee and there’s a charge of just SGD 15 for additional guests.
Average price per night: SGD 248
2. Scandinavian style spacious home
Classy yet subtle. Decorated with an elegant brand of furniture and accessories that never go out of style, this two-bedroom beauty located in the vibrant enclave of Beach Road and Arab Street offers the finest luxuries. Available for up to 4 guests, you can make yourself a nice picnic lunch at the kitchen. And start your shopping expedition at Arab Street, where exotic rugs and purses made of camel skin will stun you with their craftsmanship and finesse.
Average price per night: SGD 198
3. Comfortable and conveniently located serviced residence
Location, comfort and value pricing, this apartment is the amalgamation of these three attributes. Let your shopcation take you wherever you want around Singapore with an entrance to Bugis MRT just around the corner. This apartment comes with plenty of storage space for four guests and their shopping bags! Planning a very short trip? In this apartment, you can stay for just one night if you wish to.
Average price per night: SGD 200
4. Cozy retreat
Warm and trendy, yet having facilities to make your stay luxurious, this compact one bedroom apartment packs a punch. This child-friendly HomeAway is located near the Bugis Junction enabling quick access to some wonderful restaurants nearby. And if you want to match your shopping with a delightful food spree as well, then this place is perfect. You get to sample some of the traditional dishes at the hawker centres nearby. Soak in the smells and sounds!
Average price per night: SGD 138
5. Child-friendly premium home
Coming home to this aesthetically pleasing one bedroom apartment, after a day of hectic shopping is sheer bliss. Have a child? You need not look anywhere else. You will get a crib, a high chair, and even a stroller if you need. Whip up child meals in the kitchen and explore the stroller-friendly street markets.
Average price per night: SGD 160
Marina Bay Sands
An integrated resort, home to the best brands, celebrity chef dining, entertainment and great views, no shopcation in Singapore is complete without a visit to Marina Bay Sands. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is as spectacular as a mall can be. Vast open spaces, spacious displays, and even an indoor canal ferrying Sampan (flat bottomed and wooden) boats around the mall! Enjoy the well-designed underground pedestrian network as you discover specialty boutiques like Willow & Huxley, focusing on limited pieces and exclusive labels for women not found anywhere else in Singapore.
Looking for the perfect HomeAway in this area? Here are some great options.
1. Studio with a spectacular view
Wake up to the stunning view of the bay from your window! This modern one bedroom apartment with elegantly styled furniture is sure to impress you with its simplicity and comfort. This place comes fitted with appliances like a microwave oven and coffee maker. Grab a lounge chair by the vast pool or try the artificial rock climbing area in the building. You will love the stunning surroundings when you take an evening stroll, after your day spent mall hopping.
Average price per night: SGD 230
2. Subtle, tastefully designed apartment
Be prepared to be bowled over. This chic one bedroom HomeAway rocks contemporary styling with its sectional furniture, glass panels, and subtle lighting. Packed with perks like a shared pool, gym, washer/dryer and wireless internet, you and your companion(s) may never feel like leaving it! Situated at the heart of the Marina Boulevard, this is a great gateway to the downtown area.
Average price per night: SGD 238
3. Elite sea-view apartment
How about a tastefully decorated apartment with a commanding view of the sea? It exists, we assure you! This ideal one bedroom home for two guests has generous storage space and a wing chair that lets you wind down your day in style. Stay at the centre of the action with flagship outlets of luxurious outlets located nearby.
Average price per night: SGD 280
4. Apartment at Telok Ayer with great amenities
The plush carpet in the living room, the wooden floored bedroom, and elegant wooden cabinets are all yours during your stay in this homely one bedroom apartment. If you are a connoisseur of good food, this is where you should be. Also available in the condominium are amenities like a private massage parlour, plunge and lap pools, fully equipped gym and outdoor dining areas.
Average price per night: SGD 190
5. Super stylish pad
Waking up to the view of the stellar Marina Bay Sands from your bedroom, this two-bedroom HomeAway’s pearly white and beige décor strikes the right notes, if you are looking for a sophisticated stay. Catch up on your mails by the study table with sprawling views of the bay from the full glass windows. If you plan to cook, you will love the beautifully set up modular kitchen for your convenience. Enjoy the recreational facilities like a pool and gym with three more guests and be in close proximity to the shopping paradise around you.
Average price per night: SGD 380
The scenic Harbourfront Centre makes for an exciting shopping destination. If you plan to shop for kids, you will love the toy collection on offer here. Don’t forget to visit Vivocity, Singapore’s biggest mall with an always buzzing atrium. Stroll through all the outlets of the international brands you love. You might be surprised at the interesting collections of homegrown labels and boutiques that sell niche products.
Looking for a HomeAway here? Check out these great deals.
1. Luxury two-bedroom home
Like all great pairings, this home at Keppel Bay is beautifully done up in sophisticated light colours and bright fittings in orange and brown that give it a classy tone. Built spaciously for upto six guests, you will love the wooden furniture and artwork on the walls. Beat the fatigue from shopping by taking a long soak in a hot tub or simply lazing around by the pool. With Sentosa just a walk away, you may never want to leave!
Average price per night: SGD 289
2. Seaview resort
If you are here with a gang of friends for your shopcation, this brand new three-bedroom apartment on the beachfront accommodating eight guests promises to make it an epic holiday. What’s more? This much-coveted home in one of the biggest condominiums in Singapore was featured in the Hollywood Blockbuster, ‘Equals.’ Splattering of colours across the home make this apartment an ideal pad to head home for a night of partying after spending the day shopping across the city.
Average price per night: SGD 406
3. Spacious hangout
Vast and elegantly furnished, this two-bedroom HomeAway in an impressive modernistic building, is a great choice. Airy and well equipped with a gym, pool, television, internet and parking space, you and three other guests can enjoy a great view of the bay while enjoying the comforts of the home. Love golf or wish to learn? This building has a golf course, a perfect addition to your memorable holiday.
Average price per night: SGD 299
4. Modern luxury apartment
At the heart of development and sleek sophistication that’s Singapore is this quaint two-bedroom apartment that still retains an old-world charm. Traditional wooden coffee tables and cabinets, bamboo ladders in the living room, geometrical patterned mats, and carefully nurtured potted houseplants are the crux of this home’s beauty. Make yourself a cup of tea and have a seat on the wicker chair in the balcony as you enjoy the view below. Accessible by the MRT network, this well-equipped apartment in a sought-after location is a great choice in Harbourfront.
Average price per night: SGD 268
5. Corals Seaview apartment
Got a group of eight? Hotels with their limited facilities and high costs are no good. This, brand new three-room HomeAway with stunning interiors, marble flooring and latest house appliances is the right fit for you. Enjoy the majestic view of the sea from your window and balcony. Maybe a pool volleyball game with your family and friends? With a gym, wireless intercom, internet, parking and many other amenities, in addition to its proximity to great shopping spots, you are sure to enjoy your holiday.
Average price per night: SGD 481
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