Shopping in Singapore is endless, it is considered to be one of the best shopping spots in Asia, with huge variety of world-known labels, exquisite foods and unique ethnic crafts available. Orchard Road is actually at the epicenter of Singapore's shopping and entertainment industries, which means this place never sleeps. Other than being a shopper’s heaven, I have noticed that it is also a great haunt for fabulous fine-dining and lots of swanky restaurants. The greatest thing about Orchard Rd is that it is walkable, and once you go down the street, shops and malls amaze you with luxury and diversity. One thing to keep in mind is to take plenty of water breaks.
Sim Lin Square
When I was in Singapore, my camera fell so many times; I was badly in need of one. I was so worried that I would not be able to make more pictures. I looked everywhere for an electronic store and finally found Sim Lin Square. It was one of the largest electronics and computer store in Singapore, with more than 500 retail outlets. You will not miss this 24 hour store. The greatest thing about Sim Lin Square is that it is a short walk from Little India or Bugis. The main reason why I like this store is that it is always busy, with bustling loud music. But, make sure you take lots of cash because some gadgets are highly competitive, so you can take advantage of some of the great deals.
Little India is one of my favorite shopping centers. Whenever you come, you will be greeted by the strong, heady scent of spices and jasmine garlands. Make sure to take enough money as there are lots of treasure-troves such as silverware, brassware, wood carvings and colorful silk saris, dazzling to behold. Pick up a walking guide and start your exploration of this vibrant ethnic quarter. Today, Little India is the focal point of Singapore's Indian community. From the large Tekka Centre and Little India Arcade to the small provision shops, Little India is packed with interesting things to discover.
Here is a couple of things to consider when shopping in Singapore:
• Business hours. Most shopping centres and retail stores are open from 9:30-10:30 am till 8:30-9:30 pm, staying open longer on weekends. Though there are plenty of options for night shopping (like Night Market or Mustafa Mall open 24 hours a day)
• Payment options. SGD (Singapore dollars) are national currency, and all prices are listed in SGD. Cash and Major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere, and there shouldn’t be any surcharges on credit cards. Travelers cheques in major currencies will be accepted by larger department stores, and you need to have passport for verification.
• Taxes. In Singapore you will feel like back home in Alberta, with 5% GST added to most goods and services.