Traveling abroad without shopping? No way! Let’s say that shopping is kind of so-called mandatory thing to do during holiday trip, especially traveling abroad. You can purchase any kind of souvenirs as your collection at home. Besides, you can buy the souvenirs for your family or friends as a gift. Singapore is heavenly destination for shopping starting from high budget to low budget. There are plenty vendors offering either high-end stuffs or unbranded ones. If you are a backpacker or traveler with limited budget, here is the list of recommended Singapore budget shopping centers. Let’s shop till you drop!
1. Bugis Street: the Most Popular Singapore Budget Shopping Center
While strolling in downtown Singapore, please make sure you don’t miss this shopping center. This market consists of hundreds stalls offering various kinds of souvenirs, clothing, and foods. No wonder it becomes the popular destination for tourists to shop since it provides plentiful items. Besides, the price is considerably affordable for shopping in large amount. The price range starts from SG$1 to SG$10. You can get one set of key chain (24 pieces) with only SG$10! In addition, bargaining is still acceptable here. If you feel tired after shopping, you can stop by the food and drink stalls. Get the refreshing fruit juice only with SG$1-SG$2 per cup. It is located in 3 New Bugis Street, Bugis and open from 11:00 to 23:00.
Nearest MRT station: EW 12 (green line) and DT14 (blue line).
2. Chinatown Street Market
The next Singapore budget shopping center is Chinatown Street Market. It is located in Chinatown area along the Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street, Sago Lane, and Smith Street. The decoration of this area is dominated by red ornaments which is typical to Chinese tradition. Many paper lanterns are hung along the street. The environment has colonial feature marked by Western style buildings. Similar to Bugis Street market, it also sells many souvenirs, clothing, accessories, paintings, and decorations with affordable price. Find various cute stuff here like passport cover, refrigerator magnet, key chain, trinket, etc. Only with $1, you can get cute souvenir. The market is open from 10:00 to 22:00.
Nearest station: Chinatown Station by MRT subway train.
3. Mustafa Centre
Unlike Bugis Street Market and Chinatown Street Market, Mustafa Centre is categorized as shopping mall or sometimes people refer it to department store. With one-stop-shopping concept, this shopping center offers you a wide range of daily need products and souvenirs. It consists of 8 levels and each level provides the various kinds of products. Simply speaking, all you need is available here starting from body treatment, fashion, food and beverage, medicines, electronic devices, etc. The product options are too wide, hence people sometimes confuse to select which items they will purchase. It also sells imported products such as souvenirs from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, etc. Therefore, you should be careful and check it first to avoid purchasing item from your country. Since it is kind of department store, no bargaining is needed. Compare to Bugis Street and Chinatown Street Market, the price is indeed little bit pricey. It is located in 145 Syed Alwi Rd, Little India and open for 24 hours.
Nearest MRT station: Farrer Park NE8, Exit G.
4. Lucky Plaza
Orchard Road is simply heaven for shopaholic. At glimpse, it features the modern shopping malls and depicts the glamorous ambience. Let’s say it is the home for international brands. However, you don’t need to worry because you can still find spots offering good quality items with more affordable price. Lucky Plaza is one of Singapore budget shopping centers providing daily supplies with good quality. It is quite popular with electronic products, but shopping for electronics here is not recommended. If you intend to shop there, you better shop for anything related to fashion. It sells casual clothing, watch, accessories, and perfume with more reasonable price. In addition, other daily needs are also provided such as medical products and body treatment. The good news is that bargaining is acceptable here. This shopping mall is open at 10:00 to 22:00. It is located in 304 Orchard Road.
Nearest MRT station: Orchard MRT (NS 22) and please walk for 2 minutes from exit D.
5. Far East Plaza: be Effortlessly Fashionable!
Similar to Lucky Plaza, Far East Plaza is like one-stop-shopping mall with reasonable price. It is mostly visited by young people who look for fashionable stuff. It offers the latest fashion stuff such as Korean style fashion, accessories, watch, jewelry, and footwear. This place is perfect for you who want to be effortlessly fashionable. Besides, it also sells toys and games, sports and outdoor products, health and beauty products. Bargaining is recommended here. While you must be hungry or tired after sightseeing and shopping, no need to be worry because you can find many food stalls. Also, the cafes and restaurants serve many kind of dishes such as Malayan foods (commonly from Indonesia and Malaysia), Korean food, Japanese food, and Hong Kong food. This plaza is located in 14 Scotts Road and opens at 12:00 to 20:30.
Nearest MRT station: Orchard Station, Exit A2.