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Bugis Street & Bugis Junction Mall
Bugis Street is a cobblestoned, relatively wide avenue sandwiched between the buildings of the Bugis Junction shopping complex.The new ‘Bugis Street’ is a maze of lanes lined with stalls selling goods from souvenirs to boutiques selling local designer creations.
We’d initially planned to spend only half a day at Bugis Street but that was before we realized this place is a multi-storey shopping center filled with hundreds of outlets! A shopping paradise !
Bugis Street has a very interesting history. Decades ago it used to be something of a red light district where night markets took place. In 1980’s it was converted into a retail complex of mall, restaurants & night spots mixed with roadside vendors.
Although Bugis Street was located at a walking distance from our hotel , we decided to take the MRT to Bugis Station so as to save our energy for the sole purpose of our day . . . Shopping !!!
Soon we reached the world famous Bugis Street , Singapore’s largest shopping district! The ground floor is mostly for souvenir shopping,the upper floors are meant for everything from clothes & accessories to tattoo & foot spas. This street has a huge number of local designer boutiques providing products at competitive prices.
Much to our delight , at the entrance itself we could see rows of souvenir shops intervalled by juice & savory stalls. Juice stalls selling exotic fresh fruit juices for as less as 1 S$ ! Sipping on some of these chilled fruit juices to provide respite from the hot weather we started shopping.What an amazing collection of souvenirs each shop had !
Trying some of the Singaporean sweet dishes at the food stalls we continued shopping.By the time we completed browsing through the shops on the ground floor it was lunch time so we headed to the Bras Basah Food Complex located opposite Bugis Street.
TIP – Try out the food complexes located in each locality to taste authentic local cuisine available at reasonable prices. Each food complex is filled with almost hundred food stalls giving tourists a lot of options to explore the food scene in Singapore.
Feeling adventurous we tried the Singaporeans Spicy Laksa which turned out to be an acquired taste. We then headed to the upper floors of Bugis Street.There was an amazing variety of designer clothes in each outlet, at very reasonable prices as well.
Tip : Must check out the Bugis Junction Mall and the Night Market taking place on Bugis Street.
Arab Street is the name of a road and neighbourhood in SG. Spices, textiles, basketry items and songkoks are sold along this row of shophouses with five-foot way at Arab Street.
Shopaholics, head to colourful Haji Lane – a row of multi-label stores, quirky boutiques as well as hip bars and cafes. Or pick up traditional wares such as Persian carpets, kebaya dresses and handmade perfumes from Arab Street and Bussorah Street.
Arab Street is known for its trendy boutiques. Here one can shop for Clothing’s, accessories & home decor items. The narrow lane is filled with colorful boutiques on both sides. Shops after shops we browsed, there were few jewelry shops selling gorgeous silver jewelry.
The home decor shops were filled with such awesome trendy and innovative stuffs that I wished I could take them all back! From what I observed though 60% of the shops were selling the same products, which was surprising as I had seen more variety on Bugis Street and was expecting the same here.
TIP – Shops open up only by afternoon in Arab Street. At the end of the lane we came across cafes and pubs where people were taking respite from the sunny weather.
A large building was covered from top to bottom with colourful wall art , which was a treat for the eyes!
A cafe called ‘Wonderland’ situated near the graffiti work is quite well know & we decided to check it out ( Super hungry that we were J ). After trying exotic rich pastries like lavender cake & honey crumble, feeling on Cloud 9 we left for our hotel.
TIP – Must try pastries at Wonderland Cafe . . Droolworthy !
Orchard Road, a 2.2 kilometre-long boulevard, is the retail and entertainment hub of SG. Often known colloquially as Orchard, the area is a major tourist attraction. This road got its name from the various orchards and plantations that existed in the area in the early 20th century.
Orchard Road is flanked by pedestrian shopping centres. Orchard Road contains numerous upmarket restaurants, coffee chains, cafés, nightclubs and hotels.
Chinatown was lit up with colorful lanterns and inflated monkeys to mark the Year of the Monkey.
Chinatown is where Hindu temples and mosques sit right next to Chinese temple, Sri Mariamman Temple and Jamae Mosque are on South Bridge Road, as is theBuddha Tooth Relic Temple.
TIP – Chinatown is a great place for souvenir shopping. Buy souvenirs in Pagoda Street, ‘bak kwa’ (barbecued meat) in New Bridge Road or traditional Chinese medicine in South Bridge Road.
There’s free Wi-Fi throughout the Chinatown area so you can continue to be plugged in while you sightseeing, shop and eat.
After shopping for a while we came across the Chinatown Food Street, an upgraded version of the food complex. After trying some SG style dessert we moved on looking for the Chinatown food complex.
Little India today is one of Singapore’s most vibrant districts. As you walk down Serangoon Road and neighbouring streets, explore their mix of Hindu and Chinese temples, mosques and churches.
The 24-hour shopping mall Mustafa Centre offers everything from electronics to groceries, or takes your pick from open-air Tekka Centre, goldsmith shops and sari stores. Great place in Singapore to try Indian food.
As one of the country’s best foodie destinations, Joo Chiat/Katong is also well-loved by many Singaporeans. Your culinary choices are endless: explore cool cafes that sit next to old-world coffeeshops selling the famous Katong ‘laksa’, ‘kueh chang’ (dumplings) and other Nonya delicacies.
Keen on shopping? Snap up a traditional Nonya outfit – ‘kebaya’ and ‘sarong’, beaded slippers and accessories, or poke about in the little shops offering Peranakan wares and handicraft.
Mention Tiong Bahru, and locals will tell you it’s one of the most happening hoods in town.
Lined with row after row of quaint art-deco shophouses, the residential estate is jam-packed with some of the city’s hottest food and lifestyle establishments, not forgetting the heritage-rich places that offer a slice of traditional Singapore.
Carve out a day here in your itinerary, and be richly rewarded with wonderful eats, offbeat shopping, and a spot of culture.
& last but not the least . . .
It is one of the largest transportation hubs in Southeast Asia. It is currently the World’s Best Airport . There are a mind-blowing variety of things to do here.
From Orchid Gardens, Butterfly Park, free foot massage machines, kinetic rain, duty free shops, spa & transit hotels with swimming pools.
One can spend a whole day here enjoying these services as there is an option of checking in 24 hours before your flight departure !
We decided to check in 4 hours prior. Enjoying the free foot massage machines at the airport, tasting new dishes at the numerous food stalls, shopping for cosmetics and perfumes we spent our remaining time at Singapore ! 🙂
Recently added extension to the airport is the ‘Jewel’ which one must visit to experience why Singapore is called the Garden City of the World !
[Info Credit: Wikipedia & Yoursingapore.com]