After Dark Retail Therapy
Where visitors can go to shop – all night long
Most malls in Singapore stay open until 10pm, but that doesn’t mean the shopping stops. Here are four spots you can take your clients to for some night time shopping where they can pick up souvenirs, locally-made products, trendy and affordable clothes, amongst many more.
Bugis Street [Photo: Afur Wong]
Most tourists place Orchard Road and its glitzy malls and high-end stores on their must-visit list, but for those looking to pick up great, wallet-friendly buys,
Bugis Street is the place to be. Just outside the Bugis MRT station, this family-friendly shopping destination features three storeys (the upper levels are air-conditioned and accessed via escalators) lined with rows of stalls selling the latest fashion and accessories for as low as S$12, as well as gadgets. Unlike many places in Singapore, bargaining is acceptable here, so your clients can try negotiating for lower prices than what’s stated on price tags and signboards. There are also souvenir stores and stalls selling snacks and light bites like curry puff (a puff or fried pastry filled with curry chicken and potatoes) and
bandung (a drink made with evaporated milk and rose syrup). Most stalls here stay open until 11pm.
Address: 3 New Bugis Street (opposite Bugis Junction @ 200 Victoria Street)
Chinatown Street Market
For visitors hunting souvenirs, take them to the Chinatown Street Market. Spread across Pagoda, Trengganu, Sago and Smith streets, this popular night market is packed with stalls selling myriad items that make excellent gifts – including bags, opera masks, home decor items, T-shirts, and other Singapore-inspired memorabilia. Most stalls open till 11pm from Mondays through Thursdays, and 1am on Fridays, Saturdays, and eve of public holidays; some stalls are closed on Sundays and on certain public holidays, like Chinese New Year. The street market will undergo refurbishment in May 2017, which will last for about a year-and-a-half. As this will take place in phases, there will always be some stalls open during this period so visitors can still enjoy some night shopping.
Visitors can also enjoy a meal or supper at the food outlets in the same area or along
Chinatown Food Street (open 11am to 11pm daily), where hawkers whip up hawker favourites like carrot cake and oyster omelette.
Address: Pagoda, Trengganu, Smith and Sago Street
There are few places in the country that can rival the sheer range of items
Mustafa Centre stocks on its shelves. At this family-friendly mega-shop in the heart of the vibrant cultural precinct of Little India, one can find almost anything – from electronics and sportswear (for both adults and children) to gold jewellery, snacks, and even money exchange services. Not only is Mustafa open 24 hours daily, most goods sold here are priced lower than other stores in Singapore, so if visitors want to snag good deals at their convenience, Mustafa is a must-visit one-stop mall on the shopping list.
For a good post-shopping meal, there’s
Sakunthala’s Restaurant. The Halal-certified eatery on Syed Alwi Road specialises in both North and South Indian cuisine and is open until 3am daily.
Address: 145 Syed Alwi Road; Tel: +65 6295 5855; Email: