Top Shops Singapore
Although Singapore can seem like one big air-conditioned mall, dig a little deeper and you'll find dozens of chic boutiques selling everything from vintage style dresses to cheeky homewares and beach inspired clothes. All the big luxury brands such as Prada and Louis Vuitton are here, but this isn't the only reason to shop in Singapore. Home-grown designers such as Nicholas Wong are making an impact on the international fashion scene with his preppy-with-a-twist clothes, and Singaporean company Kwanpen produces some of world's best crocodile handbags, shoes and accessories. Best of all, shopping in Singapore is a truly pleasant experience, with no shortage of taxis, cheap eats or upscale bars.
The Life Shop
Just open for one year, The Life Shop sells a range of contemporary Asian-inspired housewares, which range from kitsch to cool. There are cushions silk-screened with images of Mao's face, and more tame options include furniture, baby clothes and women's fashions. A Bangkok location is set to open later this month.
The Life Shop
252 North Bridge Road, #03-25
Raffles City Shopping Centre
Phone: (+65) 6338 3998
Opening Hours: Daily 10.30am to 9.30pm
Located in Holland Village, a short taxi ride away from the centre of Singapore, is the hip lifestyle store Anthropology. The shop offers a selection of stylish housewares, including bright leather luggage tags, chic laptop cases from Acme and G.O.D. furniture from Hong Kong. And in case you're on the lookout for some organic cosmetics, just above Anthropology is an outpost of the Czech Republic's Dr. Stuart's Botanicus.
16a Lorong Mambong
Phone: (+65) 6467 2663
Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 11am - 8pm. Thu - Sun: 11am - 9pm
Cho-Lon is one of Singapore's most stylish lifestyle concept stores. This sprawling shop has a bit of everything, and is an ideal place to pick up gifts, ranging from quirky coffee table books to well-tailored clothing. The shop also sells antique furniture, lamps and textiles.
43 Jalan Merah Saga 01-76
Phone: (+65) 6473 7922
This store is perfect for tropical inspired Asian fusion clothing at reasonable prices. Although a chain store, Island Shop is well worth a look for its embroidered and embellished tunics, crinkle skirts and sexy tank tops. There are also beach bags and flip flops to complete the beachy look.
252 North Bridge Road
Raffles City Shopping Centre, #02-09
Phone: (+65) 6338 7616
Also available at the Tanglin Mall and Tangs Department store.
Nicholas Wong is one of Singapore's top up-and-coming designers. His label, Nicholas, was launched in April 2004 and his Stamford House boutique is just six months old. Wong used to design for Miss Selfridge's and Top Shop in London before launching his own label. He made his debut at the 2004 Singapore Fashion Festival and has also won a Mercedes-Benz Asia Fashion award. His signature look is preppy style with a bit of a twist, and his fabrics are vintage-inspired.
39 Stamford Road
Phone: (+65) 6339 0223
Opening hours: Mon to Fri, 11:30 am - 8 pm; Sunday 12 - 6pm
Singapore-based Kwanpen has been making crocodile handbags since 1938. These days, the company is still producing crocodile, ostrich and lizard skin bags, wallets and matching shoes, but the colours are thoroughly modern. In addition to traditional brown and black and leather skins, there are also hot pink, lime green and orange accessories.
328 Raffles Hotel Arcade
Phone: (+65) 6333 96886
If you're looking for a stylish dress, head
to Blum. This shop sells a wonderful collection of vintage
inspired dresses with a 60s vibe, such as wrap dresses and
colourful shifts. There are also racks and racks of shirt dresses
with colourful ribbon belts, as well as more conservative suits.
Skip the rack with the prom dresses.
252 North Bridge Road
Raffles City Shopping Centre, #02-12
Phone:(+65) 6333 0658
Located in the heart of Chinatown, Red Peach is a combination day spa, spa boutique and a furniture gallery. Although most of the items are big, there are plenty of smaller goodies that will fit in your suitcase, ranging from the spa's own line of cosmetics to single-stroke paintings of goldfish. At the spa, try the two-hour peach blossom treatment, which includes a steam bath, body wrap, herbal milk bath, and a massage.
66/68 Pagoda Street
Phone: (+65) 6324 1250
This little store sells mostly one product- combs- but they're not like any combs you've seen before. Hwa offers a selection of boxwood, peach wood and horn combs, as well as tiny combs in carved wooden cases. In the back of the store, there is also a selection of chopsticks.
36 Temple Street #01-05
Phone: (+65) 6226 3128
Opening hours: Daily and Sunday, 10am - 8:30 pm; Saturdays and eve of public holidays to 9:30 pm
The Felt boutique has only been open for a year and half, and is one of the best places in town to shop for designer clothing. The shop stocks Singaporean designer Hansel, as well as plenty of Australian designers including Georgiades, Vixen, Penelope Durston, Munk and Jayson Brunsdon.
11 Stamford Rd, #01-18 Capitol Building
Phone: (+65) 6837 3393
Opening hours: 11am - 8pm
Tucked inside the Stamford House building on Stamford Street, L'erbolario offers a great range of Italian herbal cosmetics for women, men and babies. Try the walnut shampoo, the bergamot hand cream, or the magnolia bath foam.
39 Stamford Road, #01-14
Phone: (+65) 6227 3115
This sprawling gourmet shop is a food lover's heaven. Gourmet chocolates are made on the premises; try the green tea and banana truffles. Thos also sells teas, coffees and preserves, and has a wine library as well.
Unit 01-30/31, 328 North Bridge Rd
Phone: (65) 6412 1148
Opening hours: Daily 8.30am - 8.30pm