The largest Kinokuniya store outside of Japan, the Singapore location of this famous bookseller has an awesome inventory of books and periodicals-English, Japanese, French and German-and is a veritable rabbit warren of bookshelves. Shoppers have been known to need help finding the exit. Special in-house events in addition to the usual book signing sessions are held regularly. Wine-tasting, anyone? There is also a good in-house cafe where you can stop for a snack. The store also provides a website, Bookweb, which allows you to check if a title is in stock and reserve it before heading down to browse the shelves in-person.
Red Army Watches is a lovely store for picking up the perfect watch! Known throughout east Asia for its splendid designs and quality, this is one watch store that seldom fails to impress. They have a wide array of products to match different tastes and preferences of their customers. The watches are designed keeping in mind the latest trends as well classic choices of individuals. Found here are products from several renowned brands, including Aviator, Zeppelin, Denissov and Junkers.
Dubbed as the 'Champs-Élysées of Singapore', Orchard Road is a wonderland for shopping. A close-knit nexus of shopping malls, boutiques and stores, this brimming shopping boulevard stretches 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) long, and is said to have the largest concentration of shopping malls worldwide. Originally a nutmeg and pepper plantation, Orchard Road today is lined with ritzy malls, fashionable eateries, salons and luxury hotels from end to end. The more notable shopping centers include Ngee Ann City, Tangs Department Store, Wisma Atria, The Heeren and Centrepoint, these juxtapose with some entities of the bygone era like the Peranakan shophouses near Emerald Hill, built at the turn of the 20th Century. Peppered along the course of the road is a tapestry of scintillating establishments including art galleries, restaurants and bars which shine out in pleasant contrast with the brilliant retail establishments which frame its luxurious tenor. A canvas of unhindered luminescence and droves of excited shoppers come night, Orchard Road is a seamless amalgam of cutting-edge shopping facilities and a treasure trove of entertainment.
Although largely scarred by redevelopment, Chinatown today still contains pockets of genuinely old shophouses where age-old trades like clog-making and calligraphy continue to be practiced. Paper effigies of cars, houses and other material objects are still being made for the deceased; these are then burnt, in the belief that they will raise the standard of living of the deceased in the next world. The many tea houses are a wonderland for the tea connoisseurs, as they do not just enable one to taste the authenticity of Chinese tea, but also promises an insightful escape into the the traditional art of tea-brewing. A stirring nexus of pleasant sights and aromas, Chinatown, at once, strikes as a bright scarlet canvas which is a soulful amalgam of history, culture and ancient architecture. Sheltering a treasure trove of religious places of worship including the Thian Hock Keng temple and Sri Marriaman Temple, Chinatown is embellished with various winding thoroughfares adorned with vibrant, historic establishments which have captured the imaginations of many. This teeming quarter also hosts a hive of hawkers, markets and restaurants serving up delectable, traditional cuisine. Its buildings awash in an amalgam of traditional, Victorian and Baroque architectural styles, Chinatown is especially enlivened with a million lights and fiery hues of red and golden during the Chinese New Year.
Awash with scents and sights reminiscent of the subcontinent, this is a microcosm of India where every imaginable Indian product can be found: trinkets, sarees, spices, sweetmeats, nose studs, flower garlands and anything else that an Indian household needs. Traces of Hinduism are found everywhere, from the elaborate temples to wall calendars with pictures of Hindu deities. On Sundays, Indian locals and foreign workers flock to the streets of Little India to eat, chat, shop and worship. Hard though it is to walk through the crowds, this is a unique spectacle you should not miss.
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.
This shop is ideal for individuals who enjoy outdoor sports like hiking, climbing and trekking. Here, you can find many types of backpacks and haversacks, of varying sizes and designs to suit various purposes and tastes. Apart from haversacks, other merchandise sold here include pouches, tents and sandals.
The Adelphi is the ultimate destination for buffs of audio visual entertainment. This mall is home to several stores that specialize in audio products ideal for setting up a home theater or sound system. Jaben features cutting-edge headphones and speakers with testing stations to sample before purchase, while P&G Photographic Centre is a secondhand store for cameras, lenses, repair services and other equipment.
Offering shirting and suiting fabrics imported from countries as far-flung as Italy and England, Kevin Seah allows patrons to be rest assured about the quality of its products. Besides, shirts and suits, you can also shop for accessories like pocket squares, ties, belts and shoes. Go through their collection online to see what they have on offer. However, if you wish to browse their collection personally, you need to book an appointment before hand, to be able to visit during operating hours.
A wide range of sports shoes and soccer boots, representing mainly popular brands like Nike, Reebok and Adidas, dominate the shop space here. There are basketballs, footballs and rugby balls too, along with a decent range of sports apparel like shorts, jerseys, tracksuits and T-shirts, amongst others. Alternatively, if you are the creative sort, why not get yourself a T-shirt with your very own design via the store's T-shirt printing service?
Athletes Domain is a sporting goods store that houses shoes and other sports goods from various high-end brands like Nike, Adidas and Puma. The draw card of the store is that the goods are available at more reasonable prices than most other high-end stores selling the same kind of goods. Though they may not always stock up on the latest releases, the bargain deals on offer make this store well-worth a visit. The shop also has another branch at Queensway Shopping Centre.
Peninsula Plaza is also known as Singapore's Little Burma. Built in 1980, this 30 floors building with its office spaces, retail section and food court caters to the Burmese community. This one-stop center for everything Myanmar offers shoppers to buy products from Burma at affordable rates, while their stalls and restaurants give a distinct flavor of the land. Definitely a nostalgic place for Burmese nationals and an ethnic spot for travelers.