There’s just something exciting about bringing home a little something special from your travels to remind you of the trip. If you’re in Singapore, you’re in luck because there’s just so many things you can buy to keep or share with your family and friends as a form of memorabilia! ? So, if you’re in Singapore and looking for souvenirs, snacks and gifts, we compiled 8 places for you to shop till you drop! ?
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1. Mustafa Centre
Mustafa Centre is a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike! Make sure you come in knowing what you’re looking for because this place sells everything! ? You might want to grab a shopping trolley instead of a basket. From fresh produce, luxury watches, clothing, snacks, souvenirs and much more, you’ll definitely be spoiled for choice when shopping here. Mustafa Centre is also the best place to find iconic souvenirs that are affordable (like those Merlion chocolates! ?).
The best part about shopping for souvenirs and snacks here is that there a bunch of halal and Muslim-friendly eateries within the area that offer delicious and authentic Indian cuisine. ? Not to mention they’re all within walking distance of Mustafa Centre and you’ll find souvenir shops on every corner too!
Nearest MRT Station: Farrer Park MRT (NE8) - 3 minute walk from Exit G
Address: 145 Syed Alwi Rd, Mustafa Centre, Singapore 207704
Opening hours: Open daily; 10AM-2AM
2. Value Dollar Store
This place is a snack lover’s dream come true! You’ll find iconic South East Asian goodies at low and affordable prices. Find bags of chips from as low as 50 cents, chocolates available in their full or mini sizes which are perfect for gifting as well as snacking if you have kids! ? You can find chocolates, biscuits and chips of all kinds here. There are multiple locations islandwide and depending on the outlet you visit, you’ll be able to shop a different variety of snacks, treats and occasionally souvenir themed chocolates and more!
Address: Various locations
3. Jewel Changi Airport
For more souvenirs and goodies, there’s no better place to shop than at Jewel Changi Airport where you’ll find shops that sell iconic Singaporean snacks, souvenirs, trinkets and more. ? You can even shop for clothing here and cookies. It’s a more upscale location, so you’ll be able to shop comfortably and take your time to window shop. And because it’s already nearby the airport, you can head over to Jewel to do some last minute shopping before catching your flight!
Address: 78 Airport Blvd., Singapore 819666
Opening hours: Open daily; 24 hours
P.S. Hungry after all that shopping? Check out our Jewel Changi Airport Halal Food Guide for ideas on where to eat!
With cheap snacks, cheap accommodation, and cheap souvenirs, Chinatown is the best neighbourhood for budget travellers. ? There are many bulk offers you can purchase here - items at 3 for SGD10. But what you have to look out for here are the cliche ‘I LOVE SG’ shirts that every other country has for their tourist crowd too. ? It’s comical but definitely worth bringing home to remember this little red dot by!
Nearest MRT Station: Chinatown MRT (NE8)
5. Bugis Street
Bugis Street is one of Singapore's largest and most exciting street-shopping areas. Located opposite Bugis Junction, it is also near Bugis+ Shopping Centre, Fu Lu Shou Complex, and Kwan Im Temple. So, before you shop for your spoils, you can explore the area and shopping malls nearby! ? Bugis Street has several floors for your shopping experience, you can find clothes, souvenirs and more at a fraction of the price. But make sure you come prepared with some bargaining tactics because it’ll help you haggle down prices for items quite significantly!
Nearest MRT Station: Bugis (EW12) - 2 minute walk from Exit C
6. Peninsula Plaza
The City Hall area is home to Peninsula Plaza, an old but popular shopping centre for souvenirs and tourists. Among its nearby attractions are the City Hall building, the St Andrew's Cathedral, the Esplanade Theatres, the War Memorial Park, Parliament House, the Asian Civilizations Museum, and the Funan DigitalLife Mall. So, while you shop, you can also explore the many tourist attractions and take lots of photos as a keepsake. ? You can even find some thrifted goods and clothing here if that's what you're into!
Nearest MRT station: City Hall MRT (NS25/EW13) - 3 minute walk from Exit B
7. Lucky Plaza
In the heart of Singapore's shopping district, Lucky Plaza is a great place for bargain hunters. ? It has hundreds of small shops packed into its corridors, making it one of the oldest malls in Singapore! Among the items on sale are cameras, phones accessories, fridge magnets, scarves, and more. The building is close to Paragon, ION Orchard, Tang Plaza, and Ngee Ann City so there’s so many places to see and things to do along the way!
Nearest MRT Station: Orchard MRT (NS22) - 2 minute walk from Exit D
P.S. Looking for things to do in Orchard? Explore more than just the shopping scene with these 9 exciting things to do in Orchard!
8. Haji Lane
There are more subtle souvenirs to be found in Haji Lane. ? The souvenirs here aren’t the typical ones you’re used to. You can find many local designers in the narrow alleyway of the shophouses here! While it may seem like a maze, this area is actually perfect for shopping and exploring because there are so many things to see and buy. Not to mention, you’ll come across many Muslim-owned businesses selling delicious treats like Ondeh-Ondeh cakes and ice creams and even brunch spots and halal eateries in the alleyways.
Nearest MRT Station: Bugis MRT (EW12/DT14)
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So, if you’re in Singapore and looking for places to find souvenirs, snacks, gifts and more, head over to these 8 places which offer more than just goodies for you to bring home! Explore the areas we shared and you might find more things to buy. Why not SHARE these with your friends, family or anyone that’s visiting Singapore! ?