One of my favorite pastimes here in Singapore is finding new places to shop. It seems that I am always finding more the longer I stay. Here are some places I have found recently.
Holland Road Shopping Centre
This shopping center is a wonderful place for handicrafts, gifts, and art, attracting those into fashion and the expats. Hopefully, this place will make it through the redevelopment that Singapore is going through. Things you will find here include a large selection of home furnishings from Lim’s Arts & Living, an array of retro dresses from Island & Archipelago, and a huge selection of secondhand books at EMF. There is also massage and reflexology shops on the third level for those who need refreshing after shopping.
Southwest of Singapore Botanic Gardens lies Dempsey Rd. This area has really boomed recently as the old colonial army barracks have been turned into bars and high-end restaurants. In the past, there were mostly just antique and art shops here and , luckily, they have survived the boom. During the day, this area is peaceful and great for taking a stroll. One of the shops here includes antique stores like Shang Antique, a shop with some items more than 2000 years old. If you are looking to decorate your home, check out Asiatique fro Indonesian furniture or Pasardine Fine Living for Asian decorative furnishings.
This large, distinctive, waterfront location looks like something out of the Flintstones. VivoCity, facing Sentosa Island, was launched as the new Singapore retail poster child in 2006. This was considered the mall that would rival Orchard Rd, keeping the shoppers from the madness. The planners added the Sentosa Monorail in the building to help with the plan, a way to force people into the mall. It is a pleasant place to shop, but it hasn’t quite made it to the planned iconic status they wanted. The mall includes a rooftop “skypark” for children to splash around, an outdoor kids’ playground, lots of open space, and a big Golden Fillage cineplex. This mall boasts almost every category of items to be purchased known to mankind with its more than 90k square meters of space. There are several bars and restaurants, many including outdoor seating areas, where you can relax and enjoy the sea breeze.