Missing the retailers and resources you love shopping at back home or in your travels? Get your fix with this go-to list of Singapore-savvy alternatives.
Macy’s is an American icon for its wide selection of apparel and home goods, great credit card perks, seasonal sales and, of course, the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Like Macy’s, Singapore’s Robinsons is a mega department store that features storey after storey of apparel, gadgets, toys, beauty products, furnishings and more. Its flagship store/lifestyle destination, Robinsons The Heeren, claims multiple restaurants and even a dry-cleaning service on-site.
And they, too, know how to host an awesome sale. Last year, it slashed prices by up to 80 percent for its Black Friday sale.
The Heeren, 260 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238855
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Foodie Market Place
France’s most popular frozen food chain, Picard is all about “delicious convenience”, including fancy foie gras-filled filo pastry pockets and molten chocolate cake.
In Singapore, specialty grocer Foodie Market Place is tops for frozen meats (air-flown beef, chicken and lamb), seafood and veggies. It also carries a wide variety of quality cheeses, ready-to-cook meals, ice creams and gelatos plus crepes, profiteroles and pancakes. And, the prices here tend to be lower than elsewhere in Singapore!
225 Outram Rd, Singapore 169038
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US superstore Walmart has a ginormous selection and offers giant savings.
A Little India landmark, labyrinth-like Mustafa Centre (read more here!) may not be as posh as other Singaporean malls. However, like Walmart, it carries everything from groceries and sporting goods to electronics and toys.
A cult favourite for intrepid bargain-hunters, head there early on weekdays, or late at night to avoid the crowds (Mustafa Centre is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year!)
145 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207704
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Barnes and Noble was the Amazon of books before Amazon was a thing. It still claims the title of America’s largest bricks-and-mortar bookselling brand.
Singapore’s solution? The 38,000-square feet Books Kinokuniya provides literary lovers with a huge collection of more than 500,000 titles sourced from countries all over the world, and even local literature from the emerging Singaporean writers.
P.S. Kinokuniya membership ($21.40 per year) entitles you to 10% off retail prices and affiliated membership privileges, such as 15% off Singapore Dance Theatre and Singapore Lyric Opera tickets.
#04-20 Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238872
NEXT: If you love farmers markets… →
Quan Fa Organic Farm
They’ve got possibly the freshest produce in town – it’s hard not to be nostalgic at times!
Using a compost system that negates the need for harmful pesticides and chemical fertilisers, all vegetables grown at Quan Fa Organic Farm are organic and free of GMOs. Harvesting and packaging are done in the morning to ensure freshness.
35 Murai Farmway, Singapore 709145
NEXT: If you love Boots… →
Beloved British pharmacy chain Boots boasts easy accessibility and an extensive range of branded health and beauty merch.
With more than 100 stores islandwide, you’re sure to find a Watsons in almost every shopping mall or neighbourhood estate. This chain of drug stores carries over-the-counter medication and first-aid kits, health supplements, personal care products, makeup and much more.
Like Boots, Watsons has its own store brand as well as one called Naturals by Watsons, which uses organic ingredients.
NEXT: If you love Daiso… →
Japan’s fab franchise chain Daiso is venerated for its 100-yen pricing on every item it carries. Sure, you can go to the compact Daiso shops around Singapore, and stock up on $2 buys. But budget store Mijyi might just be a better alternative.
Items are just as competitively priced – with most at $2 plus a premium range at $3 and up – and include an impressive range of products: stationery, household items and kitchenware, beauty and skincare products, toys, gardening tools, pet-related gear etc.
What’s special: Japanese snack fans will adore the kaleidoscope variety of cute biscuits, chips and chocolates (many of which can’t be found elsewhere in the city). The store carries a good selection of Sanrio character merchandise, too (hello, Hello Kitty!).
#02-01 Big Mac Centre, 51 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Singapore 569922
NEXT: If you love HK’s Western Market… →
Shopping for fabric in Hong Kong? First stop: the air-conditioned comfort of historic Western Market in Sheung Wan.
Actually started in Australia, Spotlight carries a bedazzling array of fabrics, from cotton blends and Chinese silks to Jacquard curtain fabrics and quilting materials. Find what you need for sewing projects as well as tonnes of DIY and craft supplies plus home decor items and more.
The free VIP membership entitles you to discounts and invites to exclusive events. The sign-up process is instant.
#05-11 to 19, 68 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238839
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By Candy Lim, The Finder (Issue 282), last updated November 2017
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