While Singapore is a world-class shopping destination, it is mostly known for its extensive array of for many international brands. Discovering local shops, local brands really takes some effort, and is a unique and personal experience. You need to be in the know to get the best out of it. The trick to local shopping in Singapore is knowing that local shops, local brands are spread all across the island. Although many are located in the usual shopping spots, many are not.
Mandarin Gallery is the perfect place for fashionistas looking for elegant apparel, accessories, shoes and bags. Spread across 4-floors, Mandarin Gallery offers exquisite retail therapy. While level 1 features high-end international brands, levels 2 and 3 are laden with local shops with superior style and sophistication. It is at Mandarin Gallery that you will find many local designers and plenty of highly curated emerging and renowned brands from fashion capitals such as Australia, France, Italy, England and USA, as well as less predictable spots like Brazil, Hong Kong, Hungry, Macedonia and of course Singapore.
333A Orchard Road | 11am-9.30pm | Nearest MRT. Somerset
Millenia Walk is a small premier lifestyle mall set within an Award winning open atrium. Not only is it interesting architecture by Philip Johnson, Millenia Walk offers some of Singapore’s best local multi-label boutiques. Millenia Walk you will be introduced to many exclusive local emerging fashion designers that are not yet available anywhere else. If jewellery, bags and shoes are your flavor there is also an eclectic range of chic designs available.
9 Raffles Boulevard | 10am-10pm | Nearest MRT. Promenade
Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade is extensive and split across two levels of the same colonial building as Raffles Hotel. The beautifully restored space offers an open shopping experience from high-end fashion and jewellery stores to local designer houses, custom tailors and boutiques specialising in luxury emerging brands from around the world.
328 North Bridge Road 188719 | 10.30am–7.30pm | Nearest MRT. Esplanade
Pacific Plaza is located just off Orchard Road on Scotts Road and offers plenty of retail therapy options for the savvy fashionista. Avant-guard fashion, statement jewellery and unique footwear are widely available on levels 2 and 3. You will also find a number of local designers and their unique creations.
9 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228210 | 10am-10pm | Nearest MRT. Orchard
Cluny Court is packed with a couple of dozen local boutiques and specialty shops. This area is a delight for anyone with a desire to shop in the suburbs of Singapore. Among the unique fashion and accessories from Asia, Australia and Europe, is a plethora of gifts and homewares with a touch of modern Asian, seaside beach house and Hamptons flare.
501 Bukit Timah Road 259760 | 10am-7pm | Nearest MRT. Botanic Gardens (Cluny Exit)
Renée Lodens is Founder & Managing Director at Travelshopa.