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.
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.
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.
Lying nestled amid the contemporary hubbub of downtown Singapore, the ornate and elegant Stamford House was constructed in 1904 and was based on the designs of Regent Alfred John Bidwell, who styled the building in the Venetian Renaissance tradition. Its visage complete with a tapestry of intricate carvings, Stamford House began its life as an office complex, at which time it was known as the Oranje Building. The building is interspersed with finer nuances of the High Victorian times, and boasts features like a graceful central pediment, sharp arches and picturesque Venetian windows. For a time, a part of the building was used as an annex by the Raffles Hotel and was later transformed into the stylishly elegant Oranje Hotel. After years of neglect, the Stamford House was restored to its former glory and converted into a shopping mall housing various niche boutiques. Today, the historic edifice has been integrated into a luxurious complex, and together with the Capitol Building, the Capitol Theater and the Capitol Piazza, it now houses a theater, shopping mall, a luxury hotel, exclusive apartments and restaurants.
World class architect I M Pei made a masterpiece of the grayish metallic Raffles City Shopping Complex, which offers four levels of shopping extravaganza underneath. The popular department store, Robinsons, extends over three levels and is responsible for drawing the crowds here. Elsewhere, numerous specialty shops offer watches, jewelery, electronics, optical goods and clothing at moderate prices. Famous brands like Ashworth, Claiborne Man, Esprit, Levi's and Marks & Spencer gratify those with a discerning taste in fashion. The basement houses a gourmet supermarket. It also offers the services of a concierge, who tends to the needs and inquiries of shoppers. Coming here is a great way to spend a day in Singapore.
If matching your outfits to your shoes is an obsession, Charles & Keith offers a very economical solution. Strappy sandals and slip-ons can retail for lower prices during its monthly promotions. Other regular items are priced reasonably. Stocked with locally designed shoes, the store at City Link Mall has a wide range of platforms, stilettos and mules to choose from. Contrary to its name, this store caters solely to women.
China Square Central is a popular hub for shopaholics in the Central Business District. Opened in 2002, this modernized 15-story office structure with rows of shops and restaurants is a true one stop shop for everyone. From a quick bite to a lavish meal, great drinks and good coffee to fabulous shopping, there is a lot one can do in this bustling mall.
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.