The Top 20 List of Shopping Malls in Singapore that You Can Visit!

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Thanks for stopping by and checking out the top 20 list of shopping malls in Singapore!

Actually I was quite surprised that there are so many shopping malls in Singapore in different locations! I mean I knew that Singapore has a lot of shopping malls, but I didn’t know there were 20 or more locations around this beautify country!

By the way, the first 17 lists of shopping malls in Singapore are more well-known malls, while the last 3 are less so.

For each of the shopping mall, we will talk about 3 main things for each of the shopping malls:

  1. The uniqueness of each shopping malls
  2. How to get there
  3. Opening Hours

If a mall speaks to you, we will leave the exploring and discovery to you!

#1 Orchard Road Malls

Orchard Shopping Malls are perhaps some of the most popular shopping malls in Singapore. They are popular for good reasons: this strip of malls has everything from a variety of shopping atmospheres and experiences to eclectic selections of food choices to hang outs and things in between.

Here’s the 20+ Orchard Road Malls in 3 Main Sections:

  • Somerset MRT: 313@Somerset, Orchard Gateway, Orchard Central, The Centrepoint, Midpoint Orchard, OG @ Orchard Point
  • Orchard MRT: ION Mall, Ngee Ann City (Takashimaya), Wisma Atria, Tang Plaza, Scotts Square, Paragon Shopping Centre, Wheelock Place, Shaw House, Lucky Plaza, Palais Renaissance, Forum the Shopping Mall
  • Between Somerset & Orchard MRT: Cineleisure Orchard, Mandarin Gallery, Robinsons, Far East Plaza, Far East Shopping Centre

From the list above, there are around 20 shopping malls on Orchard road alone! 

You can easily spend 1 – 2 days walking around the different shopping malls here!

If you’re looking for luxury shopping experiences, then Tang Plaza, Ngee Ann City (Takashimaya), Paragon, Scotts Square and Mandarin Gallery are your top picks!

If you’re looking for casual spots for weekends and where the youngsters and young at heart hang out, then opt for 313@Somerset, Orchard Gateway, Orchard Central, Wheelock Place, ION Mall, Wisma Atria and Shaw House are your go-to places. By the way, I have to mention that Donki Japanese supermarket is a great stop over during your visit at 313@Somerset, Orchard Gateway and Orchard Central.

If you’re looking for cheap buys and a different experience, then go to OG @ Orchard Point, Lucky Plaza, Far East Plaza, Far East Shopping Centre.

If you’re a family and going with friends, I’d say go to Forum Shopping Mall or Tanglin Mall (next one)!

Nearest MRT: Orchard or Somerset MRT

Operating Hours: 10:00am to 10:00pm daily (depends on shopping mall)

Website: Orchard Road

Tanglin Mall near Orchard - Travelfaring.com

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#2 Tanglin Mall

Tanglin mall is situated right along the other end of Orchard Road as you turn onto Tanglin Road. 

Although it’s smaller in size than other malls, this mall is one of the neighbourhood’s favorites because of it’s quiet (especially on weekdays) and has a great atmosphere! That’s why this is the mall to go to if you want some quiet times (away from the crowds since it’s not close to any particular MRT)!

Throughout the week (especially weekends), you will quite a few families with young children here as well; partly because there are quite a few stores dedicated for children! 

And I’d say that I see more resident foreigners here than many other malls, especially during weekends, that come here for brunches, coffees and ice creams. Oh, and I like the grocery store (Tanglin Mall Market Place) at Tanglin mall as well as its proximity to the Hotel Jen, which puts up quite a nice buffet here, as well.  

Nearest MRT: Orchard MRT + up to 15 minutes on the bus from the MRT

Operating Hours: 10 am to 10 pm

Website: Tanglin Mall

Plaza Singapura - Travelfaring.com

#3 Plaza Singapura

Plaza Singapura is situated at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station and it is right above the MRT.

When you’re here, you can pretty much get all of your needs met – from food to shopping to movies to coffees.

It’s really a one-stop shopping center you can also hang out with your friends if you want to get away from the Orchard crowd!

Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut

Operating Hours: 10 am – 10 pm

Website: Plaza Singapura

The Cathay - Travelfaring.com
The Cathay - Travelfaring.com

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#4 The Cathay

When you walk to the front entrance of The Cathay, you might be reminisced of the front entrances of classic theatres of the western world, especially when it’s lit at night! It’s super beautiful, and reminds me a lot of my traveling night walks in New York or London! 

Overall Atmosphere: After you reminisce about the beautiful architecture and walk inside the mall, you will find lots of unique shops, eateries and even an awesome Cathay Cineplex cinema (on levels 5-6) that you and your friends will definitely enjoy!

For food selections (at the time of writing in 2019), I’d recommend the Japanese sashimi donburi (the BetterShip), western brunch foods (Assembly Ground), western casual dining (Aston’s) and some desserts (KOOKS creamery) here. Followed by a nice movie to watch in the awesome and spacious cinemas upstairs by the Cathay Cineplex!

Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut

Operating Hours: 10 am – 10 pm

Website: The Cathay

#5 Suntec City Malls

Suntec city malls is a huge mall spanning 4 different office towers with the Fountain of Wealth right in the middle of the whole area. 

It’s also connected to other malls, such as Marina Square and Millenia Walk as well. So when you come here, you can definitely do a lot of shopping and eating at Suntec as well as malls nearby.

Here you will find shops of all types from fashion (e.g. H&M, Uniqlo, Cotton On etc.) to electronics (Harvey Norman & Challenger) to beauty products (Aesop, Watsons, Guardians) to supermarket (Giant) to Home products (e.g. Scanteak, Hooga, Bed Bath N’ Table) and unique eateries (e.g. Pasarbella, Gudetama Cafe, Nature Cafe, Kopi & Tarts) as well.

And did I mention that this mall is quite extensive? That means more opportunities to explore!

Nearest MRT: Esplanade or Promenade MRT

Operating Hours: 10 am – 10 pm

Website: Suntec City

Marine Parade Mall Esplanade MRT - Travelfaring.com
Marine Parade Mall Esplanade MRT - Travelfaring.com

#6 Marina Square

If you haven’t had enough of Suntec City malls, you can also connect to Marina Square. Marina Square is one of the older malls that’s been opened since 1980s. 

Despite its age, the mall is very well maintained and has many nice and quiet areas to walk through many different categories of shops: fashion, beauty, family & kids and lifestyle shops.

Surprisingly, one of the highlights of this mall is their food court that overlooks part of the city of Singapore. Quite a nice air-conditioned food court that you and your friends can also hangout in as well.

Nearest MRT: Esplanade MRT

Operating Hours: 10 am – 10 pm

Website: Marina Square

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#7 Millenia Walk

Millenia Walk is one of my favorite mall spots in Singapore because it has very nice ambience and atmosphere. You can definitely get away from the big crowds at this mall.

But just because you’re away from the crowds doesn’t mean you don’t have options. 

Millenia Walk has quite a few unique, upscaled shopping options that you may not find in the bigger malls, such as Bowers and Wilkins (Home Entertainment), Bose (Home Entertainment), Commune (Furniture), Grey & Sanders (minimalist & scandinavian Furniture), Elemento (Rugs) and We the People (unique crowd-funded products). 

Apart from shopping you have quite a selection of both casual and more premium eateries there as well, such as Plentyfull (western food, popular for brunch), Saboten (Japanese Katsu), Tengawa Hokkaido White Curry (Japanese), Chirashi King Kong (Japanese), Paulaner Bräuhaus (German).

Nearest MRT: Promenade MRT

Operating Hours: 10 am – 10 pm

Website: Millenia Walk

CityLink Mall Singapore near City Hall MRT - Travelfaring.com
CityLink Mall Singapore near City Hall MRT - Travelfaring.com

#8 CityLink Mall

CityLink mall is situated at the exit of the City hall MRT, so it’s super easy for you to take your friends for a hangout there. 

What’s more is that as you walk through the CityLink mall, you may or may not realize that the mall is underground (first in Singapore, actually) and uniquely built through amazing tunnel works, which links you to many other destinations: 

Within the CityLink mall itself, I’d like to mention a couple of stores that I usually frequent alone, with friends as well as with families:

  • KOI (great bubble tea)
  • Coffee & Toast (breakfast foods)
  • Tim Ho Wan (Dim Sum)
  • Duke Bakery (unique and quality baked bread – I like the raisins & cream cheese bread they have)
  • IDATEN UDON (this is further down towards Esplanade MRT side)
  • Sushi Express (next to IDATEN UDON)
  • Starbucks (near IDATEN UDON & a little less crowded than the other Starbucks at the other starbucks on top of the Cityhall MRT)

Nearest MRT: City Hall MRT or Esplanade MRT

Operating Hours: 6 am to 12 am

Website: CityLink Mall

Raffles City Shopping Center - Travelfaring.com
Raffles City Shopping Center - Travelfaring.com

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#9 Raffles City Shopping Centre

Raffles City Shopping Centre is also accessible via City Hall MRT, but when you exit from the MRT you just need to take the escalator up to the entrance of the shopping center.

Although this shopping center is always busy, it is located strategically for you to enjoy the unique experiences and a center to meet to go elsewhere in the city as well. 

If you’re hungry, then you can proceed to the B1 level for a wide variety of food selections in restaurants and takeaways. There are also more options on level 2 (e.g. Muji cafe) and level 3 (e.g. PS Cafe) for a more serene and quiet experience.

Throughout the building, you will find all types of shopping selections in various stores for most of your needs and wants here. You can also enjoy shopping inside Robinsons here as well. 

Nearest MRT: City Hall MRT

Operating Hours: 10 am to 10 pm

Website: Raffles City Shopping Centre

Capitol Piazza - Mall near City Hall MRT - Travelfaring.com

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#10 Capitol Piazza

This is another mall that is at the other end of the City Hall MRT exit – when you exit from the City Hall MRT, you turn left and follow the signs to Capitol Piazza.

This is one mall that is unique with its boutique and luxurious styles, yet you feel comfortable walking around in.

Most of the stores are luxurious and branded stores as well as beauty stores, but there are ways to enjoy it with your friends:

  • Enjoy bubble teas (Tiger Sugar or Liho) and/or coffees & traditional Singaporean toasts at Fun Toast (underground entrance from City Hall MRT) or Toast Box (level 1)
  • Eat & be merry at the Food Republic food court.
  • Enjoy a nice Japanese meal and hang out at Hoshino coffee or Malay food at the House of Peranakan Cuisine
  • If you’re a vegetarian, then try Nalan – one of the most famous contemporary India restaurants that specialize in vegetarian food.

One more thing to note here: do go up to level 1, as you may step into a different experience within their circular semi-outdoor area called “The Plaza”; with a few nice shops to sit around with your friends as well. This area is officially called the Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski. Yep, it’s part of this 5-star hotel (Capitol Kempinski).

Nearest MRT: City Hall MRT

Operating Hours: 10.30 am – 10.30 pm

Website: Capitol Piazza

#11 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands has a lot to offer beyond the luxury stores and famous chef’s restaurants (such as Yardbird (southern fried chicken) and Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen).

As you walk through the mall, you will be able to enjoy some of the classic and luxurious atmospheres that leads you to various places:

  • Skypark to overlook the city of Singapore
  • Escalator leading up to the bridge that links you from the Shoppes through the Marina Bay Sands hotel to the famous Gardens by the Bay and the “avatar-like” Supertree!
  • Las Vegas-style Casino
  • Canal level with a choice to get on a Sampan ride (almost like Venice)
  • Quite a lot of selections of specialty stores for foods & beverages on the canal level.
  • Huge food court called Raspura Masters
  • Marina Bay Convention centers with various ongoing events
  • Floating crystal pavilions where the LV store is situated (outside)
  • The main fountain area with water that forms like a tornado leading down into the mall.
  • Spectra – the night’s light shows at the grand fountains with seating areas.

Nearest MRT: Bayfront MRT

Operating Hours: 10 am to 11 pm

Website: Marina Bay Sands

Funan Mall Singapore near City Hall MRT - Travelfaring.com

#12 Funan Mall

If you want to look for a new hangout place that just reopened at the end of the first half of 2019, then the newly renovated Funan Mall might just be the place!

NOTE: I cover Funan Mall in depth in this post as well as this special snack food item at Funan Mall!

After its re-opening, I have been there quite a few times just because I truly admire how Capitaland has put the effort to be different and renovated this mall uniquely well in a few ways:

  • The first thing that struck me was the bike path that you see upon coming to the entrance of the mall, which you can ride through the mall in the morning hours. And shower facilities for bikers (who are members of Capitaland).
  • The combinations of unique and different stores really have you thinking about “what’s next?” Actually, there are a few stores that I haven’t seen anywhere else (at the time of writing), such as the Brompton Junction (famous for its foldable bicycles) and the newly rebranded PPP coffee (formerly: Papa Palheta).
  • There is a hotel called Lyf hotel, which has an entrance inside the mall itself.
  • Pop-up areas for various local stores and entrepreneurs to get their brands out there.
  • Kopi-Tech – yes, it’s by Kopitiam but this one is, by its appearance, a little more tech-savvy, which is why the name Kopi-Tech!
  • Afuri Ramen (which has an awesome story from its roots at Mt. Afuri in Japan as well)
  • And many more!

Nearest MRT: Cityhall MRT

Operating Hours: 10 am – 10 pm

Website: Funan Mall 

Liang Court near Clarke Quay - Travelfaring.com
Liang Court near Clarke Quay - Travelfaring.com

View from Fort Canning Park

#13 Liang Court

If you’re in a need for Japanese food fix, I think Liang Court is one of those places that you and your friends can go for a nice meal! And after that, you can also shop at the MEIDI-YA Supermarket for some Japanese groceries as well.

Apart from some good quality sushi you can get from here, I recently went there to try the Okinawan restaurant that’s called: Okinawan Diner Nirai-Kanai. It was a great experience to see how they can cook really simple things deliciously! 

Nearest MRT: Fort Canning MRT or Clarke Quay MRT

Operating Hours: 10 am to 10 pm

Website: Liang Court

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#14 Bugis Junction & Bugis+

The Bugis area is one of those places that you might go shopping more than going for a hang out since it’s always crowded there.

This area has a few places you eat and shop with your friends – Bugis Junction and Bugis+.

For Bugis Junction, there are a wide variety of food choices throughout the building with a food court on level 3, while the lower ground levels have many more food selections and supermarket as well.

For Bugis+, I’d recommend checking out the higher floors (since lower floors are mostly for shopping) for some unique bites there. A few places that you can definitely try:

  • Ramen Champion on level 4 (Japanese Ramen)
  • Aston’s (Western foods)
  • Yayoi Japanese food
  • Genki Sushi
  • Wing Zone
  • Poulet

After eating, there a few hangout places here, such as watching a movie at Film Garde Cineplex) and playing a casual game of pools with your friends at Cue Guru.

Nearest MRT: Bugis MRT

Operating Hours: 10 am to 10 pm

Website: Bugis Junction, Bugis+

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Kallang Wave Mall Singapore - Travelfaring.com

#15 Kallang Wave Mall

This mall is uniquely situated next to the Singapore Sports Hub, so you can exercise and play sports there, and have a great hangout place right after! A couple of reasons why you can visit the Kallang Wave mall: 1) it has spacious layouts inside the mall 2) it has outdoor seating by the bay!

This is another unique mall because it has an indoor rock climbing spot amongst the shops that are within the mall itself. And because of its proximity to the Sports Hub, you will find quite a few sports stores and eateries there!

A few unique things available here at this mall are:

  • Onsen at Yunomori Onsen & Spa
  • My Kampung – Halal foodcourt
  • FairPrice Xtra Hypermarket (Supermarket + Department store)

Nearest MRT: Stadium MRT

Operating Hours: 10 am to 10 pm

Website: Kallang Wave Mall

#16 VivoCity

If you’re looking for a one-stop place to go in Singapore with friends (weekdays recommended because weekends can be very crowded), then check out VivoCity! 

VivoCity is the largest shopping mall in Singapore, boasting 1.5 million sq. ft. over the 5 floors (3 levels and 2 basements) and although it’s always crowded, you can always find a place to eat, shop and hang out here. It features a waterfront area as well as spacious mall layouts!

The mall itself was created to have a continuous and fluid flow of the entire mall experience (in the same theme as its architectural inspiration mentioned below; source) and has pretty much everything that you will need – from fashion to beauty to electronics (Bose, Best Denki, Challenger) to lifestyle to entertainment (movies). 

When you walk on the outside of the mall, you will discover its architecture that was inspired to resemble the waves of the sea (source). This is an apt adaptation and inspiration as you walk through a boardwalk across the sea area that connects to Sentosa as well.

One other thing I like about VivoCity is the fact that they provide mobile charging stations at 2 locations: 

  • Level 1 (outside Brotzeit, #01-149)
  • Basement 2 (behind Customer Service Counter)

Nearest MRT: Harbourfront MRT 

Operating Hours: 10 am to 10 pm

Website: VivoCity

Lesser-Known Shopping Malls in Singapore

Anchorpoint Outlet mall across from Ikea Singapore - Travelfaring.com

#17 Anchorpoint (Factory Outlet), Queensway Shopping Center & IKEA Alexandra

All of the 3 places are situated next to each other, so you can go to one place and naturally visit the other 2 as well.

The easiest way is probably to head over to IKEA Alexandra first for your furniture shopping with your friends, then walk across the available bridge on the 2nd floor to Anchorpoint.

Anchorpoint is one of the few places that is actually a factory outlet in Singapore. Although there are limited selections, local brands like Charles & Keith has a factory outlet there.

After you pay a visit to Anchorpoint, it’s only a short walk opposite the traffic light to Queensway Shopping Center where there are quite a few selections of affordable branded and non-branded sportswear. This is also one of the places that I still go shopping for sports shoes.

[Bonus Tip] this area has quite a few nice foods and my recommendations here would be these:

  • Alexandra Village Food Centre
  • Keng Eng Kee Seafood (amazing Zi Char – made to order Chinese food)

Nearest MRT: Redhill MRT & take bus 33 or 120

Operating Hours: 10 am – 10 pm

Website: Anchorpoint, Ikea Alexandra, Queensway Shopping Centre

IMM Mall in the West Singapore - Travelfaring.com
IMM Mall in the West Singapore - Travelfaring.com

#18 IMM Malls – Factory Outlet

IMM is probably the biggest factory outlet that I’ve ever found in Singapore, and it has a huge selection of branded factory outlets!

So, if you and your friends are hungry for branded goods that’s slightly more affordable than what you can find in the city areas of Singapore, then make a half-day trip here! Or, if you’re just a shopper maniac, then make it a full-day trip.

And don’t worry about food, there’s plenty of selections to choose from. And if the selections are not enough, then you can walk to the nearby malls, such as JEM and Westgate, as well.

Nearest MRT: Jurong East MRT

Operating Hours: 10 am – 10 pm

Website: IMM

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#19 Holland Village (Chill & Eat)

Although a lot of people who live in Singapore knows about Holland Village, I put this in the lesser-known list because tourists who come to Singapore may not ever get to set their feet in this historic part of the town that’s now an outdoor village-style neighborhood with small roads of low-rise shops, lifestyle outlets, and eateries. 

Historic? Although its name might suggest its historical significance because this district was established by the Dutch community since the 1900s, the truth is that “Holland Village” was named after the English architect, Hugh Holland.

Apart from that, I’d say that this is a cool part of the town, where you can really feel connected to the place and your creative juices really come out here. What a great place to hang out with your friends!

Some of my favorite hang out spots here are probably the bakery shop (Baker and Cook) and ice cream shop (Sunday Folks) there.

Nearest MRT: Holland Village MRT

Operating Hours: Varied hours according to shops

Website: Holland Village

Cluny Court Bukit Timah Singapore - Travelfaring.com
Cluny Court Bukit Timah Singapore - Travelfaring.com

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#20 Cluny Court (Heritage building near Botanic Gardens)

Cluny Court is a surprising place because I’ve traversed this place so many times, but didn’t know that this place is called Cluny Court. Bad me.

Well, if you happen to be traversing in the areas of Botanic Gardens and happens to discover a really nice white building with red roofs on top, and (at the time of writing) a Gastronomia temporary covering, then you’re already there.

I put this as part of the places to go in Singapore with friends because of its cool and nice vibe as well as its historical significance as being one of the heritage sites in Singapore within the historical conservation building as well.

It’s old meets the new, one!

Because of its style, you will find quite a few boutique shops here that will set it apart from the more well-known malls I’ve talked about so far.

Nearest MRT: Botanic Gardens MRT

Operating Hours: 10 am – 7 pm

Website: Cluny Court

Bonus #21 Downtown East

Downtown East mall is a local mall in the Northeast of Singapore in Pasir Ris. When you’re there, you may be reminded of Singapore’s past resort-styled atmosphere (built for affordability & lifestyle amenities to serve the Singapore’s growing workforce in the late 1980s).

Today, you can still see many of the amenities that locals have childhood memories in (e.g. Wild Wild Wet), while also see how the downtown east mall has transformed itself and is still one of the local hubs frequent by both locals and foreigners alike.

Nearest MRT: Pasir Ris MRT (you can walk 600 meters to the downtown east mall from the station or take a local bus there)

Operating Hours: 10.30 am – 1 am

Website: Downtown East

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GK is a curiosity-driven traveler who discovers places through its natural beauties, histories and people's stories. A perfect travel plan for GK and his family would be a great coffee to start off the day before taking in the breathtaking views of landscapes and horizons with some hikes in between and toppling it off with some great photos of the places and people. And how can you forget great local & fresh foods to truly be immersed and inspired by what the world has to offer.

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