As a tourist hub, Singapore is renowned for it’s shopping, nightlife and entertainment.
Having said that, you don’t need to be a tourist to enjoy these benefits – you just need to ask my wife if you don’t believe me when I say that we live in a ‘shopper’s paradise’… and it’s always one of the biggest attractions for my Mum when she comes to visit.
But Sammi and Mum’s tastes are world’s apart when it comes to looking for a bargain.
It doesn’t really matter what tickles you retail-fancy – in Singapore, you can spend your time strolling through store after store of the world’s leading brands… Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, Miu Miu (also Prada), Coach, Burberry, Longchamp, Gucci, Cartier, Armani, Rolex, Swarovski… (*sigh* – I asked my wife to name just a few brands who’s stores she likes to frequent. I’ve cut the list now, or I don’t think I’ll be getting to sleep tonight). Singapore’s upmarket shopping centres have them all. If it’s brand you’re after, I recommend the following key locations (all are within walking distance of one another):
2 Orchard Turn
Ngee Ann City (and Takashimaya)
391A Orchard Road
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If it’s more of a bargain you’re after – low cost electronics, souvenirs, cheap clothing, tailor-made suits, perfume, etc – or you just like the fun of ‘negotiation’, then there is a number of market areas to attend. The most well-known are (and these are more like large ‘districts’ as opposed to one single address):
- Little India
- Bugis Street
The markets are not just for tourists though – locals often frequent the 'Pasar Malam' (Malay for ‘night market’), which tend to move from location to location (usually close by major local shopping centres or housing estates), although the items for sale become a little predictable and the same if you attend these markets all the time (however the local food is always first rate if you want to experience the ‘soul’ of Singapore food - why does every article always come back to food??).
For more of Singapore’s Nightlife, if it’s not the markets or shopping in which you wish to partake, then there is a huge range of pubs, clubs, nightclubs and other entertainment venues to choose from.
Whenever any of my mates come to visit, we always end up at Clarke Quay - a stretch of nightlife locations that offer up drinking, dancing, live music or any other number of activities to choose from. We also like to enjoy a beer or two on Tras Street, where there are a couple of local sports bars (we love to watch our footy, you know).
Such outings often see us hitting a few of my personal favourites:
- The Crazy Elephant, Clarke Quay
- O’Bamas Irish Pub, Tras Street
- The Cuban Bar and Restaurant, Clarke Quay
If you’re on a big night out and not sure where to start, I recommend that you just head on down to Clarke Quay and embark on a good ol’ fashioned Aussie ‘pub crawl’…. Just see how far you get!!
Or, why not just check out the options and information online for the expert’s advice at http://app.www.sg/where/14/Nightlife-and-Entertainment.aspx.