The 7 Best Souvenirs to Buy in Singapore

  • The 7 Best Souvenirs to Buy in Singapore

Do you want to bring home something “uniquely Singapore” to be reminded of special moments you have experienced in Singapore? There are a wide variety of Singapore famed products that you can gift yourselves or your family and friends.

For your best convenience, we would share the 7 best Singapore souvenirs that you should consider, including the famous Singapore Sling, the premium Gold Plated Orchid, and the delicious Bakkwa.

See also: The 5 Best Places to buy Budget Souvenirs in Singapore

1. Singapore Sling

  • Singapore Sling

Singapore Sling is well known as the national drink of Singapore, created by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon at Raffles Hotel’s Long Bar in the 1930s and has become popular worldwide so far. Originally, this Singapore Sling simply included gin, cherry brandy, orange juice, lime juice, and pineapple juice but now there are numerous recipes for you to choose from with this famous cocktail. Its bottled versions are certainly a great gift for your loved ones.

Price range: From S$30.00 to S$80.00

Where to buy
– Raffles Hotel’s Long Bar
– Raffles Hotel’s souvenir shops
– Changi Airport souvenir shops
– Drink shops and supermarkets island wide

2. Gold Plated Orchid from RISIS

  • Gold Plated Orchid from RISIS Image: Gold Plated Orchid from RISIS

If you are looking for something premium unique Singaporean for someone special, just think of a plated orchid. Orchid is one of the most beautiful flowers in the world and it is the national flower of Singapore. Gold plated orchid products from RISIS are real orchids plated in 24K gold. Those golden flowers are then used to make beautiful jewelleries like earrings, pendants, necklaces, and brooches, as well as formal corporate gifts such as card and pen holders, display plates, and picture frames.

Price range: From S$60.00 onwards

Where to buy
RISIS stores at
– Gardens By The Bay
– Takashimaya at Ngee Ann City Shopping Centre
– The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
– Suntec City Mall
– National Orchid Garden at Singapore Botanic Gardens
– Tangs Orchard
– Tangs VivoCity
– Changi Airport, Terminal 3

3. Bakkwa (BBQ Meat)

  • Bakkwa (BBQ Meat) Image: Bakkwa (BBQ Meat)

Among popular Singapore souvenirs, Bakkwa is an edible gift item that you can buy for your relatives and friends. Bakkwa is often made from pork, or beef which are well marinated with sugar, soy sauce and spices, and grilled over charcoal. This barbecued sliced meat dish is also a favorite snack of locals and it has become a traditional gift that our Singaporeans give parents and friends on Chinese New Year festival.

Price range: From S$45.00 to S$70.00 per kg

Where to buy
– Bee Cheng Hiang |
– Kim Hock Guan |
– Fragrance Foodstuff |
– Kim Joo Guan |
– Lim Chee Guan |

4. Souvenirs with Miniature Merlion

  • Souvenirs with Miniature Merlion Image: Abstract Gourmet

Merlion mascot, a unique man-made creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, is the famous national icon of Singapore. The lion head represents Singapore's original name, Singapura, which means "lion city" and the fish body reveals Singapore's origin as a fishing village.

Souvenirs with miniature Merlion are available at all souvenir shops in Singapore, and thus you can choose among a myriad of products such as key chains, fridge magnets, snow globes, picture frames, can openers, lighters, cigarette boxes, ashtrays, coasters, Merlion statuettes, chocolate and sweet.

Price range: From S$2.00 to S$20.00

Where to buy: All souvenir shops

5. Kaya (Coconut Jam)

  • Kaya (Coconut Jam) Image: Ya Kun

Kaya toast is widely recognized as a national breakfast dish of Singaporeans, in which the toasted bread is filled with butter and kaya, a jam made from eggs, sugar, coconut milk, and pandan leaves. This flavourful jam is also used as a topping for several desserts and cakes. You can buy kaya jars at most supermarkets in Singapore.

Price range: From S$5.00 to S$10.00 per jar

Where to buy
– Ya Kun Kaya Toast |
– Changi Airport souvenir shops
– Supermarkets island wide

6. Singapore Pressed Pennies

  • Singapore Pressed Pennies Image: PennyCollector

Pressed pennies are also amazing souvenirs to add into your coin collections or give your friends after a wonderful trip in Singapore. For those who hear it first time, pressed pennies, also known as elongated coins, are coins that have been elongated and engraved with iconic designs to create memorable souvenir tokens.

In Singapore, automatic penny flattening machines are placed at popular tourist destinations for visitors to make their own pressed penny souvenirs.

Price: S$2.00 per penny

Places that have pressed penny machines
– Universal Studios Singapore
– Resorts World Sentosa
– Gardens By The Bay gift shop
– Singapore Zoo
– Jurong Bird Park
– Singapore Botanic Gardens
– National Museum of Singapore
– Singapore Coins and Notes Museum
– Suntec City Mall

7. Laksa Paste

  • Laksa Paste Image: Ayam Brand

Besides bakkwa and kaya, Laksa Paste is another edible gift that makes receivers want to have more. Laksa is a traditional Peranakan noodle soup, originally created by mixing Chinese and Malay styles of cooking, in which the mouth-watering soup is made of coconut milk, prawn paste, lemongrass, and laksa leaves. To make it convenient for travelers to bring home, laksa soup base is frozen and sold as ready-to-cook paste.

Price range: From S$5.00 to S$10.00

Where to buy
– Changi Airport souvenir shops
– Supermarkets island wide

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