Mention the Mustafa Centre to any Singaporean (and even some non-Singaporeans), and it’s likely you’ll get an impassioned response; ranging from “It’s so huge, I can get anything I need” to “It’s so confusing, I can’t find anything” and everything in between.
Indeed, the retailer in the heart of Little India is massive (a total of 37,000 sq m spread over two buildings and six levels), it’s open 24 hours in case you need a shower head at 2 a.m. (true story!), and its cavernous interior can be overwhelmingly confusing.
Here’s a beginner’s guide to some useful and other surprising things you can buy in Mustafa, beyond the Indian spices and electronics.
Mustafa might be in Little India, but we spied not only Indian ethnic wear for both adults and children, but modern takes on traditional Chinese outfits as well.
NEXT: Jewellery, real and fake →
This is the place to really bling it on with armfuls of bangles and flashy faux gold earrings. But there’s also a whole department dedicated to gold (pictured), if you’re after the real thing.
NEXT: Pre-loved designer bags →
In case you’re in the mood for a branded bag or wallet, Mustafa’s got the counter for you.
NEXT: Exotic pickles and sauces →
We think these would make great gifts for the folks back home (best to find out if you’re allowed to check in foodstuff at your airport though).
NEXT: Family-sized EVERYTHING →
From gargantuan candy trays to chickpeas to feed an army, in Mustafa, you go big or go home!
NEXT: Sweets and snacks from around the world →
In one shelf alone, we found potato chips from the UK, date-filled cookies from the UAE, Spanish torta imperial (nougat) and Malaysian durian cake. No worries that you’ll burn too many calories wandering around Mustafa!
NEXT: Completely random items… →
In case you’re a contractor and need these at the eleventh hour.
NEXT: Textiles and tailoring services →
Shop for materials to make your sari dreams come true, and if you’re a gentleman, you can get measured up for a suit as well.
NEXT: Kebabs ‘n Curries restaurant →
All done with shopping? Reward yourself with a delicious authentic Indian meal. Besides vegetarian and non-vegetarian North and South Indian dishes, there’re also some interesting Indo-Chinese dishes (hot garlic prawns and Manchurian chicken sound yummy).
NEXT: Rooftop garden →
Afterward, take a breather at the beautiful rooftop garden, which feels like a world away from bustling Little India.
NEXT: Tips and tricks→
– Don’t carry large bags into the store – you may be asked to check them at the door.
– The same product or type of product may be found in a few different places within the buildings. So don’t tell your companions to “meet by the toothpaste shelf” – it’s safer to use entrances/exits (above) as meeting points, as they are all numbered.
– All purchases will be placed inside plastic bags which are secured with a plastic cable tie (this is to prevent shoplifting), so if you want to use any of your purchases immediately, let the cashier know before he or she packs it.
– No fear, the next cashier is near! There are cashier counters every 10 paces (or what feels like it) throughout the store, so feel free to carry on browsing and shopping even after you’ve paid once, or even twice.
– The new and old buildings are joined by a bridge, but only on Level 2. You might not even know you’re “crossing over”, though – there are goods stacked in every available space so the bridge area feels like any other part of the building.
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145 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207704
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
By Olivia Lim, SilverKris, 4 August 2016 / Last updated: January 2019
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