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The first of its kind in Singapore, the CityLink Mall with an area of 5,600 square meters (60,000 square foot) is a subterranean mall. The mall is brightly lit, seven metres (22.96 feet) wide and includes skylights that allow sunlight to splash in. The mall also helps commuters avoid the warm tropical weather, providing cool shelter to nearby places such as Suntec City Mall, Marina Square, Pan Pacific Hotel and the Civilian War Memorial. Tenants who call this spacious mall home include HMV, Dymocks, Fashion Connection UK, Shade, The Body Shop, Delifrance, Pacific Coffee Company and Adidas.
Sprawling over an area of seven football fields between the Marina Mandarin and The Oriental Singapore is the Marina Square. Anchored by Metro department store, it has an eclectic mix of bargain boutiques, entertainment venues and food outlets that generally draw a younger crowd. Be careful, though you might get lost in the passageways and windowless atrium's, in the midst of more than 220 shops and hordes of teenagers. Also scattered over the three stories are amusement centers for kids, dozens of cafes and restaurants for the famished and a choice of two cineplexes for film buffs.
Millenia Walk is renowned for its 15 pyramidal roofs lined with copper tiles and skylights. Housing more than 190 shops, this swanky mall is particularly popular amongst Japanese tourists who shop at Duty Free Galleria. Formerly an upmarket shopping mall housing scores of designer boutiques, most boutiques have now given way to middle-range fashion houses such as Déjà Vu Vintage, Mon Chou Chou and others. There are also specialty shops offering golf equipment, jewelery and other lifestyle products. Eateries can be found everywhere, and include Paulaner Bräuhaus, Miharu Sapporo Ramen, and a food court whipping up delectable local cuisine.
Linked to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino, this enormous mall brands itself as Singapore’s first luxury shopping destination. Accordingly, the retail is in the high-end bracket and dominated by boutiques from big names like Chanel, Fendi, Gucci, Burberry, Cartier and Prada. There’s a good variety of cafés and even a food court, but the big culinary draws are the restaurants from celebrity chefs like Wolfgang Puck, Guy Savoy, and Singaporean Justin Quek. Though a shopping spree at the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands will quickly burn a hole in your pocket, this beautiful mall is worth a visit for its other attractions which include a skating rink, art installations, and gondola rides on its indoor river.
Covering an area of 83,850 square meters (902,553 square feet), Suntec City Mall is one of the largest malls in Singapore and has a large fountain to accentuate its grandeur. Three floors cater to the needs of locals and tourists alike, with upmarket boutiques from international brands, and a broad array of shops selling home furnishings, lingerie, leisure products, souvenirs and casual wear. French supermarket Carrefour takes up 13,000 square metres (139,930 square feet), offering economical consumer goods, from fashion and food to pharmaceuticals and car accessories. In addition, there are some 70 restaurants, pubs, fast food outlets and food courts to whet your appetite.
Located between the Centrepoint and the Concorde Hotel, Orchard Plaza is one of the older malls on Singapore's shopping strip on Orchard Road. Rather than the same selection of international chains, Orchard Plaza is home to an eclectic mix of independent retailers. It is particularly known for its affordable tailor shops, which can whip up a custom suit in less than 24 hours. Its beauty salons also offer massages and nail treatments for a fraction of what the hotel spas charge. Other occupants include electronics shops, convenience stores, food stalls, and KTV (karaoke) bars.
The Paragon Shopping centre features designer names like Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Escada, Lanvin, Fendi and Prada and some local boutiques like M)phosis and GG5. More fashion can be found at Marks & Spencer on the third level. Local department store Metro Paragon takes up three whole floors. Occupying the top level are some shops specializing in Chinese art and antiques. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located on the ground floor, with dining services in the basement area with food ranging from Indian and Thai to international cuisine.
If you only have time to shop at one mall in Singapore, the newly opened ION Orchard will be your best bet for an all-in-one shopping experience. Compacted in over 8 levels of retail space, ION Orchard offers a unique mix of high-end flagship luxury boutiques and mid-range outlets. With the shops mindfully clustered (where basement levels are catered to mid-range shoppers, with the higher levels reserved for those with more expensive tastes), there are shops for every wallet. Amidst the shopping marathon, do take a break to refuel at the food hall tucked on the basement level, recommended for its wide range of desserts, pastries and snacks for you to choose from.
The Singapore Sports Hub is an avant-garde complex as well as retail center in Kallang. Spread across 35 hectares (86.48 acres) besides the Kallang Basin, this complex features the National Stadium, Singapore Indoor Stadium, OCBC Arena, Splash-N-Surf, OCBC Aquatic Centre, Singapore Sports Museum, Sports Hub Library, Visitor Centre, Water Sports Centre and the Kallang Wave Mall. Each venue is unique and will offer visitors a memorable experience.
Patronized by both locals and expatriates, this mall offers something different from the proliferation of designer labels along Orchard Road. Opened in 1995, Tanglin Mall has four stories of mid-range boutiques and specialty shops, selling everything from ethnic collectibles like scented candles and beadwork to furniture, clothing, kids' wear, comics and music records. For contemporary home furnishings, check out Tatty Marsh. There are also fast-food outlets, a well-stocked gourmet supermarket as well as health and beauty salons.
Located in close proximity to some of Singapore's most popular tourist attractions including the famous Sentosa in the Harbor Front Precinct, VivoCity is touted as the ultimate retail and lifestyle destination in the island city. Its modern, fluid design is highlighted by an impressive number of skylights, lending an airy and bright ambiance to this bustling commercial center. A terminal of the Sentosa Express is located within the space, conveniently connecting the Island and shopping center with the rest of the city, which makes it easily accessible.
HarbourFront Centre is one of the major shopping malls in Singapore and is part of a waterside urban development project. This one-stop destination offers a plethora of shopping opportunities, eateries and entertainment options. Being part of the larger HarbourFront project, one can also head to the surrounding areas for relaxation and amusement. The shops include Crystal Moments, Surpassing Crafts, Andrea Moda, Glitter Glam and Ideal Optics. This mall sells everything from art and craft materials, jewelry and fashionable apparel to maternity wear, trendy bags, medical equipment and videos. Here, one can also avail of services such as mobile repair, optical care, ticketing and travel advice, money exchange and laundry. Do stop by the food court for a delicious meal after a heavy round of shopping.