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Singapore - Shopping
Orchard Road has some of the most expensive stores. Conversely, the HDB public housing towns have stores that tend to be a little more reasonably priced and where “locals” do a lot of their shopping. Toa Payho was one of the first public housing towns and it’s also one of the biggest. You can find local coffee shops, food stalls, and shops here. The Town Centre has a large open-air pedestrian mall and is located next to the MRT station. It is also centrally located to many of the popular tourist sights in Singapore. For more ethnic shopping, you can try some of the shopping centers in Little India such as the Tekka Centre and Mustafa.
There are over 250 shopping malls to visit. These range from large centers to smaller clusters of shops. For shopping malls, you can visit:
Tampines Mall: http://www.tampinesmall.com.sg
Century Square: http://www.centurysquare.com.sg
Jurong Point Mall: http://www.jurongpoint.com.sg
Parkway Parade & Parkway Parade Shopping Mall: http://www.parkwayparade.com.sg
There are a few large supermarket chains and here you will be able to find a good selection of both international and local cuisine. Cold Storage is one of the largest chains and it also has an online store. Not only can you purchase food and drink there, but it carries household items as well. FairPrice Finest has several locations throughout Singapore including stores in Tamoines, Timah Plaza, and Scotts Square. It also has an online service and a home delivery service. Gian Hypermarket has eight stores in Singapore and sells groceries, electronics, apparel, and more.
Some groceries stock gourmet food. Jasons (The Gourmet Grocer) has both supermarket fare and gourmet food. There is a wine cellar as well. Meidi-Ya in the Liang Court Shopping Center has fresh sea food, Japanese food, and other supermarket fare.
If you wish to have something from home then you might need to order it online if it’s specific. Expatfoodhall.com offers food imported from the United Kingdom. Some of the popular products include Branston onions and Cadbury’s chocolate. Market Place, with three locations, imports foods and household products from around the world. Tanglin Market Place has a wide variety of imported foods, too.
Official opening hours are from around 9am to 10pm, but some shops open at 11:00 am. You can find late night shopping on Orchard Road every Saturday when shopping and dining hours at some malls are extended until 11:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday tend to be the busiest shopping days.
The service industry in Singapore generally has a good reputation with clerks being friendly and efficient. For information on fair practices in retail, visit the Consumer Protection's Association' s (CASE) web site: http://www.case.org.sg
If you attempt to order items from an American website you might find that you are unable to. In fact, more than half of the American websites reject orders to Singapore. ComGateway, yPostUSA (and yPostJapan), and vConcierge are some of the most reliable websites for importing items to Singapore. Shopping costs are sometimes twice as much as your total order, however.
There are several flea markets in Singapore. Opening hours vary. Some stay open as late as 7:00 pm while others close at 5:00 pm. Clarke Quay, Stadium Cove, Tanglin Flea Market, Thieves Market, and the Kampong Clam Car Boot Sales and Flea market are some of the most popular ones.
For additional good deals, you can try exhibitions, fairs and garage sales. The free newsletter SingaporeFairs will list these events and keep you abreast of what is happening. Since 1993 the Great Singapore Sale has taken place over eight weeks from May to July. This is known as one of the best times to find bargains. Some discounts can be as high as 70%.
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