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Shopping Singapore

We saw somewhere that Singapore claims to have invented "shop 'til you drop." We're not so sure they invented it, but they certainly seem to have gone a long way to perfecting it. Prices on everything from designer clothes to the latest in digital electronics are among the lowest in the world. While the number of shopping centers and districts seems almost infinite, for the full-on experience, head for the intersection of Orchard and Scotts roads (Orchard MRT station). Of course, this is where just about everyone else goes, so you'll probably find yourself clawing through some crowds, but that's all part of the fun, isn't it?

Orchard Road Area Map
Orchard Road Map
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Since Singapore is less than 100 miles from the equator, it's going to be hot no matter when you go, so here's a good thing to know to help you keep your cool while shopping: Most of the buildings around the Orchard and Scotts roads intersection are linked by underground passages fanning out from the MRT station. To get from one building to the other, head down to the basement level and look for signs directing you to the next building.

One tunnel leads from the station to Wisma Atria, housing the Isetan department store and many designer shops; then on to Ngee Ann City, home to the Takishimaya department store and more designer shops; and from there under Orchard Road to Lucky Plaza. Another tunnel from the station goes directly under Orchard Road to the C.K. Tang department store; then runs under Scotts Road to Shaw Center, home to another branch of Isetan; and then back under Orchard to Wheelock Place, where you'll find a Borders book store.

Whatever you do, don't skip Lucky Plaza. This is practically the grand dame of the Orchard shopping area. It doesn't have the sparkle or big department stores of its newer neighbors, but inside you'll find several shops selling nothing but perfume and cologne at knock-down prices. They have just about every brand you can name, and most likely several you've never heard of. Lucky Plaza is also a good place to look for watches, jewelry and trinkets.

Singapore Sale

Every year from late May to late July is the big Singapore Sale. Every major retailer offers reduced prices on some or all of their stock. Discounts are usually 20% to 25% although clearance items may be up to 50% or more off.

Electronics

You'll find home electronics just about everywhere in the city. For computers and digital electronics, head to Funan Center on North Bridge road, a short walk from the City Hall MRT station. The more down and dirty components for the DIY set can be found at Sim Lim Square.

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