Modern Singapore was founded in the City Hall and Marina Bay area - here you'll find not only the city's most prominent historical sites, you'll also find towering office buildings and some of the finest shopping in Singapore, too! Tech geeks go to Funan DigitalLife Mall for their latest gear, while fashionistas get their fashion fix in Suntec City or Marina Square.
Come visit around the latter half of the year, when the Great Singapore Sale and Christmas come along and trigger island-wide sales. If you want to stay within walking distance of the area’s malls, check into one of these hotels in Marina Bay or in the Heritage District (these heritage district budget hotels will do if you want to have a little more cash left over to shop with).
(For a more complete list of other activities you can do in the area, check out these Top 10 Things to Do in Marina Bay, Singapore.)
The malls within this shopping precinct are served by a number of MRT Stations: from City Hall MRT Station. City Hall Interchange (NS25/EW13) exits immediately below Raffles City, while three stops along the Circle Line exit in this area: Bras Basah (CC2) immediately across the Singapore Art Museum; Esplanade (CC3) on the west side of Suntec City, and Promenade (CC4) next to Millenia Walk. Visitors to the Marina Bay Sands can exit immediately under Bayfront Station (CE1). For info about getting around on the MRT, read our article on riding Singapore’s MRT and buses with the EZ-Link Card.
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Raffles City Shopping Centre
Raffles City Shopping Centre is the retail component of the I.M. Pei-designed Raffles City Complex, which sits atop City Hall MRT Station. The Shopping Centre caters to Singapore's upmarket office population, with fashion and specialty shops like Swatch, Dockers, and Esprit. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store calls Raffles City its home away from home (home being New York), and the basement offers a multiplicity of dining choices.
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Dozens of underground passageways link Singapore's malls - CityLink takes the idea one step further by being a mall and an underground passageway that connects Marina Square and Suntec City Mall! The stores range from specialty shops like skincare and bath store H2O+ to high-end luxury goods like Godiva Chocolatier and L'Occitane.
Address: 1 Raffles Link, Singapore
Phone: +65 6339 9913
Nearest MRT Station: City Hall Interchange (NS25/EW13)
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Marina Square Shopping Mall's four levels of retail therapy offer over 300 shops for your perusal, including the Planet Traveller, Asia’s largest lifestyle travel store. Other anchor tenants include Zara, Mango, MUJI, and TopShop.
Marina Square's central location places it right smack in the middle of world class hotels like the Pan Pacific and the Mandarin Oriental, and a few minutes' walk away from the Singapore Flyer.
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Suntec City Mall
Suntec City Mall is one of the largest malls in Singapore, and is divided into four zones that encircle the Fountain of Wealth (the largest fountain in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records). The ground floor is populated with high-end fashion and jewelry stores, and the second floor offers more mid-market shops and restaurants.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Funan DigitalLife Mall
Funan DigitalLife Mall is the more expensive one of Singapore's two IT retail areas (Sim Lim Square is the other, cheaper site). Not that it doesn't have any good deals - well-established computer brands like Apple, Samsung, Sony, and HP call Funan Mall home. Key retailers in Funan Mall include electronics superstore Challenger and Apple Premium Reseller Multimedia Integrated.
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CHIJMES was formerly a Catholic convent, specifically the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ), which was first built in 1903. In 1997, the building was reopened as a combined retail and dining venue. The stores offer a good mix of arts and crafts products - especially notable is Peter Hoe Evolution, a store selling a fine selection of batik clothes. Once you're done shopping, drop by the CHIJMES Fountain Court for a great al fresco dining experience.
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The Esplanade isn't just Singapore's quirkily-shaped arts venue, it's also a bustling retail district. The Esplanade Mall's shops stick to the "arts" theme the structure was intended for, showcasing crafts and products from all over the world. The Esplanade has a few gems: the Tatami Shop sells genuine tatami mats from Japan, and the Naturalist offers custom-made bath and beauty products.
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Millenia Walk is right across from Marina Square, and a few minutes' walk away from Suntec City Mall. Millenia Walk's over 190 shops include footwear specialty store Sole 2 Sole, Red Army Watches timepieces, and Bakerzin's freshly-baked goods.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Singapore’s foremost temple to conspicuous consumption is attached, quite fittingly, to its major casino property. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands offers over 800,000 square feet of shopping and dining space under a curvy glass roof, which bathes the space in natural daylight. The cavernous interior features some of the world’s priciest brands, including Cartier, Burberry, Gucci, Patek Philippe, and Yves Saint Laurent. Louis Vuitton has its own separate boutique housed in the Crystal Pavilion off of the main mall.
The Shoppes also features Singapore’s first in-mall skating rink, a canal with sampans you can ride, and access to the Sands casino and theater. For more on the complex, Shoppes, hotel and all, read our review of the Marina Bay Sands.
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The Adelphi's proximity to City Hall MRT Station and the Colonial district make it a good rest and shopping stop after a day seeing the city center. The building mixes office and retail throughout its ten floors. Locals value the Adelphi for its stock of entertainment equipment (the stores at the Adelphi are renowned for the best audio gear in town), numismatics, memorabilia, and shops offering spa services, beauty services and accessories.
Address: 1 Coleman Street, Singapore (location on Google Maps)
Phone: +65 6339 9179
Nearest MRT Station: City Hall Interchange (NS25/EW13)