8 Best Budget Shopping Places in Singapore to Shop till You Drop
April 20, 2022
If you are a shopping lover, you should come to Singapore at least once in your life. Being one of the most vibrant shopping hubs in Asia with hundreds of shopping centres, Singapore is a fashion paradise for millions of tourists, who come not only to see the sights but also to get the most fashionable items.
Singapore satisfies label lovers with plenty of world-class brands, but the country never forgets to offer price-sensitive customers trendy items on their budgets. In Singapore, “budget” does not mean out of fashion or low quality; it is quite possible for shoppers to find any desired items that suit their needs, tastes, and wallets, in fact.
So where can budget-conscious shoppers satisfactorily enjoy the shopping on their trip to Singapore? Eight most famous budget shopping places suggested below commit to offering various types of goods from fashion clothing, handbags, and shoes to any kinds of souvenirs.
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- A shopping paradise for fashionistas: Bugis Street has more than 600 shops, and most of them offer fashion clothing, shoes, and accessories. Fashionistas will certainly be impressed by all the latest and trendiest things that are updated almost every day.
- A true budget shopping place in Singapore: With wallet-friendly prices, Bugis Street has attracted a huge number of shopping lovers. With just S$10, you can get a nice casual wear. You can even buy watches, accessories, and souvenirs at prices not more than S$5.
- The largest and most exciting street-shopping place in Singapore: Bugis Street offers shoppers and visitors an exciting experience of street shopping. Colourful products displayed at plenty of shops along small alleys, hum voices from the crowd, and the aroma from food and drink stores will excite you.
GUIDE TO SHOPPING AT BUGIS STREET:
- Fashionable apparels and accessories are available all over the 3-storey building of Bugis Street: Fashion shops at Bugis Street are located in no order, so you can find tops, bottoms, dresses, office wear, menswear, swimwear, sportswear, bags, shoes, watches, wallets, lingerie, and accessories on all 3 levels.
- Bargaining is accepted at some stores: While many stores follow a fixed price policy, there are some shops offering products at negotiable prices, so you can make a bargain.
- K.Street (Korean-themed Street) on level 2: If you are a fan of KPOP or Korean products, you should visit K.Street on the second floor. Korean style clothing, Korean cosmetics, and even Korean tidbits are selling on this “street.”
- Additional services are also provided at affordable prices: Besides shopping, various services like nails, tattoo, hair and beauty services are offered at reasonable and competitive prices at Bugis Street.
TIP: Don’t get overwhelmed and buy stuff at the first shop because you may find the same items at lower prices in other shops.
LOCATION: Bugis Street Shops are located in the heart of Bugis, which are just opposite Bugis Junction and close to Bugis+ Shopping Centre, Fu Lu Shou Complex, and Kwan Im Temple.
- Buses: Bus 7, 12, 63, 80, 175, 197, 851, 960, 980, and NR7 (Walk 1 min from bus stop B01112)
- Nearest MRT station: Bugis MRT (EW12) (Walk 2 mins from Exit C)
- All kinds of products are offered at cheapest prices: Mustafa Centre’s prices are always competitive. As such, Mustafa Centre purchases products in extremely large quantities to get lower prices so as to pass the saving to its customers.
- You can buy almost anything at Mustafa Centre: Visiting Mustafa Centre, shoppers will be amazed at its huge selection of goods, including jewellery, gold and silver, consumer electronics, fashions, shoes, watches, cosmetics, perfumes, toiletries, medicinal products, household items, stationery, furniture, hardware, books, CDs, DVDs, groceries, confectioneries souvenirs and many other types of products.
- The only 24-hour shopping centre in Singapore: It is the story of a very big shopping centre opening 24 hours per day and 365 days per year, not the story of common 24/7 convenient stores. While hundreds of Singapore shopping centres sleep at night, Mustafa Centre opens to cater for late-night shoppers and that is one of the reasons people love it.
GUIDE TO SHOPPING AT MUSTAFA CENTRE: With the combined shopping space of 400,000 square feet within the 6 storey building, it is not easy to find stuff without knowing of their locations. Below is a quick guide for you to find common products.
- Level 1: You can shop for gold, silver, jewellery, watches, mobile phones, cameras, gadgets, handheld accessories, CDs, VCDs, DVDs, medical equipment, medicinal items, perfumes, cosmetics, toiletries, sunglasses, electrical stuff, and many more in the level 1 stores.
- Level 2: This level displays food items like dried foods, grains, spices, herbs, and especially Indian spices and herbs. You can also purchase sweets and chocolate as well as Singapore’s souvenirs, silk, household stuff, kid clothes, baby items, and many more there.
- Level 3: This level offers interior equipment such as kitchenware, cutlery, bed sheets, blankets, curtains and decorating stuff
- Level 4: This is home to furniture, hardware, DIY items, books and stationery.
- Basement 1 & 2: All sorts of fashion from menswear, women’s wear, office wear, sportswear to shoes, bags and accessories are sold here. Luggage, sports equipment and home appliances are also on offer at these two levels.
- Mustafa Centre applies a fixed price policy so bargain is no use there.
- It is very crowded, especially at weekend so be careful with your belongings.
- If you bring your children there, watch them carefully as they may get lost easily.
TIP: Visit Mustafa Centre in the early morning to avoid crowds
Located at 145 Syed Alwi Road – the heart of Little India, near Serangoon Plaza and City Square Mall
HOW TO GET THERE:
- Buses: 21, 125 and 130 (Walk 4 mins from bus stop B07231)
- Nearest MRT station: Farrer Park MRT (NE8) (Walk 3 mins from Exit G)
- A place to buy cheap stuff on Singapore’s most luxurious street: While most of the shopping centres on Orchard road sell high-end products to wealthy customers, Lucky Plaza is the only mall catering to budget shoppers. Casual clothing, simple accessories, sunglasses, low-end watches, sweet and chocolate, souvenirs, used books, and medicated oil products are always on sale.
- All sort of perfumes are available at low prices: Same brands, but perfumes at Lucky Plaza has lower prices compared with other shopping centres. Lucky Plaza’s perfume stores also sell branded perfumes in sample sizes. If you want to try out different kinds of perfumes, Lucky Plaza could be your ideal choice.
- One of the last few old shopping malls in Singapore: Shopping at Lucky Plaza, you may not be pleased with its “messy-floor-plan” and low-quality facilities, but these things will give you an experience of Singapore shopping centres in old days. It would be fun to explore and find out stores in unusual locations in this over 30-year-old building.
GUIDE TO SHOPPING AT LUCKY PLAZA:
- Retail shops: There are about 500 stores located from the Basement to Level 6, providing apparel, accessories, perfumes, beauty products, souvenirs, confectioneries, jewelry, stationery, sports equipment, consumer electronics, books, medicinal products, and decorating stuff.
- Buying electronics products is not recommended: Lucky Plaza is a good place for buying casual clothing, simple accessories, sunglasses, low-end watches, sweet and chocolate, souvenirs, used books, and medicated oil products but it is not recommended to buy stuff like mobile phones, digital cameras, gaming consoles and MP3 players there. You can visit these 7 places to buy consumer electronics.
- Always ask the total price before making a purchase: Some shopkeepers do not tell customers the final price – the price that may include GST or other fees at the first time asked; hence, checking the price and any hidden fees carefully should be done.
- Bargaining: Bargaining is accepted at many stores so you can always try to make it the best deal for any purchases.
- Avoid visiting the mall on weekends if you don’t like the crowd: Lucky Plaza is a familiar place for domestic workers to gather and hang around, especially on Sunday.
- Buses: Bus 1N, 2N, 3N, 4N, 5N, 6N, 7, 14, 14E, 16, 65, 106, 111, 123, 175, and 5 (Walk 2 mins from bus stop B09048)
- Nearest MRT station: Orchard MRT (NS22) (Walk 2 mins from Exit D)
- Fashion, fashion, and fashion: At Far East Plaza, you can find many shops selling fashionable and trendy clothing, footwear, and accessories. They offer all the latest and trendiest fashion items with a good mix of Korean-style, Hong Kong-style, vintage and retro apparel.
- Affordable shopping: The average prices of clothes there range between S$15 and S$30, and there are many daily sales with S$10 and below stuff.
- Numerous good beauty services are provided at wallet-friendly prices: Far East Plaza is home to many good beauty service stores, providing hair, nail, spa, and tattoo services. These stores are located between fashion shops and do not require a booking, so you can just walk in to engage a service.
GUIDE TO SHOPPING AT FAR EAST PLAZA:
- Retail shops: There are about 600 stores, spreading from level 1 to level 5 with clothing, footwear, handbags, accessories, watches, cosmetics, beauty products, mobile phones, digital cameras, gaming consoles, books, art, medicinal products, gifts, and souvenirs.
- Bargaining is widely accepted: Bargaining is accepted at many stores for you to get your best deals.
- Stores on higher floors offer items at cheaper prices: Due to lower rent on higher storeys, these shops sell stuff at lower prices, compared with stores at level 1 or 2.
- Tasty food stores are available on level 5: You can find good food and drink shops on Level 5. Wasabi Tei Japanese Cuisine at #05-68 serves delectable sashimi and other Japanese dishes while Hainanese Delicacy at #05-116 offers yummy chicken rice.
- Buses: 5, 54, 105, 124, 128, 132, 143, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 190, 518 (Walk 1 min from bus stop B09219)
- Nearest MRT station: Orchard MRT (NS22) (Walk 4 mins from Exit A2)
- Student budget-friendly shopping right in Orchard: Being a facility within the SCAPE Company, which is built on the vision to empower the youth, the products sold in the retail space are cheap, as the students are the primary customers. Most young people depend on handouts from parents and stipends, and hence SCAPE Underground offers a perfect avenue for budget shopping.
- Wide range of cheap products: Many activities take place within the SCAPE; as a result, a wide variety of high-quality products related to the young people are sold at the SCAPE Underground. These products range from fashion apparel, accessories, electronic accessories, and gifts, just to mention but a few. This shopping space serves all age brackets with cheap ‘youthful’ products. Fashion clothes have average prices from $10 to $15.
- Cheap cost of running a business: SCAPE Underground is a subsidized indoor retail environment with low setup costs and rents as most retailers are youths and students in particular. This, as a result, keeps the cost of selling low, and hence, the prices of the products are incredibly low.
MORE ABOUT SCAPE:
- SCAPE Underground is a spacious indoor retail space with small-scale rental shops selling a wide variety of products. The shops are randomly situated in the shopping space, such that you find the products you want as you move. This is motivated by the fact that the spaces are rented cheaply and on a first come first serve basis, hence the random positioning within the shopping space.
- SCAPE Underground is part of SCAPE Company, which offers and provides services for all needs of its shoppers, from entertainment joints, and restaurants to playing areas, all at subsidized prices as they are all meant for youth empowerment.
- Buses: 106, 123, 143, 502, and more.
- Nearest MRT station: Somerset (NS23) (4 min walk)
- Biggest outlet mall in Singapore: Occupying the larger part of the IMM building is roughly 37,800sqm of warehouse and retail spaces spread over five levels. You can find there more than 90 outlet stores, 220 retail shops, and 50 food and beverage stores. Also, the mall is complemented by hypermarket and lifestyle stores such as Sony and Daiso.
- Loads of Fashion Brands: Among the leading fashion brands available at IMM Singapore are Calvin Klein Jeans, Coach, Kate Spade, Club 21, Clarks, City Chain, Furla, Converse, Hush Puppies, Juicy Couture, Micheal Kors, TUMI, New Balance, Nike, Adidas, Puma, Winter Time, Timberland, Onitsuka Tiger, and G2000.
- Offering up to 80% discounts all year round: Unlike other shopping places around the world, the IMM mall offers these discounts on different products from different outlets 365 days a year. In other words, there is always a sale at the mall all year round.
GUIDE TO SHOPPING AT IMM OUTLET MALL:
- Shopping for Menswear: The IMAGINEX Group Outlet is the first stop for shoppers searching for a menswear collection. The racks here are packed with lots of smart and casual clothes at discounted prices.
- Shopping For Shoes and Bags: The Charles and Keith outlet store has an impressive collection of trendy shoes and bags. This retail shop offers as much as 60% discount on some items. The shop is well-stocked with various sizes, so it’s hard not to find the perfect fit for you. Pedro is also another go-to shop for great shoes, offering up to 70% discounts.
- Shopping for Toiletries: The Body Shop Outlet is the place to visit if you’re looking to stock up on toiletries.
- Shopping for Furniture: IMM, which was formerly a furniture retail shop, still houses a great number of furniture stores. Shops like Commune, Grohe, Star Living, and Simmons Gallery offer a wide selection of home décor items and furniture.
FOOD OUTLETS AT IMM OUTLET MALL:
The IMM mall has many family-friendly food outlets. You can choose from the famous HaiDiLao Hot Pot, Swensen’s, Macdonald’s, Bali Thai, Burger King, and other independent food stores.
- Parking is no longer free at the IMM mall. They recently changed their parking rates so the first one-hour complimentary parking is only valid on weekdays (excluding public holidays).
- The IMM mall offers free shuttle bus services to and from the International Business Park.
- If you’re shopping with kids, IMM mall has a dedicated space at the Garden Plaza on level 3, known as the IMM Water Play. This area is filled with lots of fun activities that would make your kids excited.
- The mall offers its customers a complimentary loan of Baby Strollers and Wheelchairs.
- Five-storied shopping paradise for fashion and food lovers: One of the oldest shopping malls in the country, City Plaza houses a number of fashion shops, beauty salons, jewelry shops, and photo stores. The mall also has an entire floor dedicated to restaurants and fast-food chains where foodies can enjoy delicious food like the flavorful chicken from Arnold’s Fried Chicken and ban mian from Poon Nah.
- Pre-loved fashion at a bargain: Refash and PEONY Collection on level three and Whitefiction on level four are some of the shops that offer great collections of pre-loved clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories. You can get dresses, tops, and pants at prices from $5-$15. These shops also buy pre-owned clothes from shoppers who are willing to sell clothing items for a decent sum of money.
- A hub for fashion at wholesale prices: The affordable wholesale shops in City Plaza are where many fashion bloggers and retailers buy unique fashion items in bulk for their shops. So shopping at City Plaza helps you save a lot, prices can be just half the amount spent for the same items from blog shops. Stores like Posh Allure, Maker’s Mart, and My Beautiful Shoes offer wholesale prices when you buy 12 or more items.
- Gateway to the past: The mall has shops for vintage toys and cameras. Power Photo Store sells vintage games for around $10. You can buy some of these and have a piece of history with you.
GUIDE TO SHOPPING AT CITY PLAZA: With five stories packed with dozens of shops and stalls selling everything from electronics, fashion, accessories, toys, mobile phones to books, coach tickets, and beauty services, it’s not easy for shoppers to find what they’re looking for if they don’t know where to go. Here is a quick guide to help you navigate your way around the mall and score the best deals that City Plaza has to offer:
- Level 1: The ground floor has a plethora of banks, currency exchange booths, and ATMs to ensure that the shoppers’ wallets are well-stocked cash for a day of splurging and retail therapy. Here you can also find decent boutiques and beauty salons along with a wide variety of electronics and mobile phone shops.
- Level 2: The second floor has a huge variety of wholesale fashion and accessory stores that offer discounts and bulk buying for attractive prices. Here, shoppers can also find the famous Arnold’s Fried Chicken eatery for a delicious lunch.
- Level 3 & 4: The shopping fun continues at level three where you can browse dozens of mid to low-range fashion stores that offer great deals on all sorts of clothing items, bags, shoes, and accessories. Some famous stores such as Refash offering fashion deals starting from $10 can be found on the third floor along with a bulk of similar wholesale shops. Shoppers can also make a pit stop at one of the beauty salons for a relaxing massage or a manicure for as little as $5.
- Level 5: After a long day of shopping and bargaining with store owners, it’s time to recharge your batteries with a great meal. From stalls selling generous portions of tasty handmade noodles (mee hoon kway) for less than $5 to authentic Thai and Malaysian food, City Plaza has an entire floor dedicated to its famous food court where you can find local as well as international cuisines, all under one roof.
NOTES: City Plaza has basement parking, which is open 24/7. The parking cost per hour can vary depending on time and day. For more information, check out City Plaza’s official website https://www.cityplaza.sg/getting-there/
- Despite the price tags on most items, shoppers can still bargain for a discount, and more often than not, shop owners are willing to sell items for a sum lower than the asking price.
- City Plaza is famous for its wholesale prices, which is why it’s best to shop here with a group of friends to avail of sizable discounts.
- Buses: 2, 7, 13, 17, 21
- Nearest MRT station: Paya Lebar
- Factory outlet shopping that is not too far from the city centre: Branded stuff at low prices is the main draw of Anchorpoint. This 2 storey shopping centre has a decent number of factory outlet stores in Singapore, including Charles & Keith Outlet, Pedro Outlet, G2000 Outlet, Giordano Outlet, Cotton On Outlet, Billabong Outlet, FOX Outlet, Capitol Optical Outlet and TYPO Outlet. These stores sell their off-season and discontinued items at huge discounts, normally from 30% to 70%.
- Enjoyable and relaxing shopping without a crowd: Being a hidden gem, only known by local savvy shoppers, Anchorpoint provides customers with a comfortable and pleasurable shopping experience. Shoppers usually need not to queue for vacant trying rooms or for getting help from salespersons.
GUIDE TO SHOPPING AT ANCHORPOINT:
- The mall: Anchorpoint is just a compact shopping mall but it has all the basic things that a Singapore mall normally offers like clinic (Raffles Medical Group), supermarket (Cold Storage), food court (Koufu), fast food stores (Subway and KFC), 7-Eleven store, money changer, ATMs and even launderette.
- Retail shops: Besides the above-mentioned outlet stores, you can also find other shops selling clothing, bags and shoes, watches, home decorating stuff, wine, confectioneries, IT and electronics items, books, stationery, flowers, and gifts in this building.
- Weekly sales: Numerous sales are offered by factory outlet stores every week. Customers can buy beautiful branded clothing at very cheap prices – S$5 for a nice Cotton On top or S$15 for a stylish Charles & Keith pair of shoes.
- Bargaining is not allowed: All shops sell stuff at fixed prices
The mall is located on the corner of Alexandra Road and Queensway Road, opposite IKEA on one side and opposite Queensway Shopping Centre on the other side.
- Free Shuttle Bus Service: Anchorpoint provides free shuttle bus service from 12:00 noon to 14:00 on weekdays, and from 11:00 to 20:00 on weekends with a frequency of 15 minutes. Pickup points on weekdays are at Mapletree Business City, PSA Building and HP Depot Road. Pickup points on weekends are at Tiong Bahru MRT and Redhill MRT.
- Public Buses: 33, 64, 120, and 195 (Walk 1 min from bus stop B11521)
- Nearest MRT station: Queenstown MRT (EW19) (Walk 9 mins from Exit A)
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