The 10 Best Souvenirs to Buy in Singapore

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Do you want to bring home something “uniquely Singapore” to be reminded of the special moments you have experienced in Singapore? There is 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 10 best Singapore souvenirs that you should consider, including the famous Singapore Sling, the premium Gold Plated Orchid, the highly recognized TWG tea, and the delicious Bakkwa.

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

WHERE TO BUY:

  • Raffles Hotel’s Long Bar
  • Raffles Hotel’s souvenir shops
  • Changi Airport souvenir shops
  • Drink shops and supermarkets islandwide

2. Gold Plated Orchid from RISIS

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

If you are looking for something premium for someone special, just think of a plated orchid.

Gold plated orchid products from RISIS are real orchids plated in 24K gold. Those golden flowers are then used to make beautiful jewelry like earrings, pendants, necklaces, and brooches, as well as formal corporate gifts such as card and pen holders, display plates, and picture frames.

This gift is special because, once again, the national flower of Singapore is exquisitely made into a meaningful gift that shows off the spirit of Singapore.

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. TWG Teas and Accessories

TWG Teas and Accessories Image: Pixabay

To combine a memory of your trip to Singapore and a supreme taste, pay attention to TWG teas. They come in various versions and flavors, some of which are citrus, fruity, mint, spiced, and chocolate. 

As for picking the tea type, better allocate a lot of time if you happen to be choosy. Some among many varieties are Fruit Mountain Tea, English Earl Grey, French Earl Grey, Black Pagoda Tea, and Holiday in New York Tea. Given that you prefer something fancier, how about Ace of Hearts, Immortal Moment, Ivory Orchid (so Singaporean, right?), and Love Me teas?

Moreover, you may wish to throw in a cookie or a jelly for additional pleasure. 

For something more permanent, take a look at TWG tea accessories. Teapots, for example, are available in standard and imaginative designs. You can say the same for teacups and tea bowls. 

PRICE RANGE: Prices for TWG teas range from several S$ to over S$1,000 (Imperial Gyokuro). For a teapot, plan anywhere between S$100 to around S$5,000, unless you aim for one made of sterling silver (S$13,000). To save a couple of hundreds or thousands of S$, opt for teacups (up to S$665). 

WHERE TO BUY: You can find TWG stores at Changi Airport, Marina Bay Sands, Republic Plaza, and ION Orchard, among other locations.

4. Bakkwa (BBQ Meat)

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

Among popular Singapore souvenirs, Bakkwa is an edible gift that you can buy for your relatives and friends.

Bakkwa is often made from pork, or beef which is well marinated with sugar, soy sauce, and spices, and grilled over charcoal. This barbecued sliced meat dish is 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 per kg

WHERE TO BUY:

5. 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 per item

WHERE TO BUY: All souvenir shops nationwide

6. 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 shops islandwide
  • Changi Airport souvenir shops
  • Supermarkets islandwide

7. Laksa Paste

Laksa Paste Image: Ayam Brand

Besides bakkwa and kaya, Laksa Paste is another edible gift that makes recipients 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 visitors 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 islandwide

8. Singaporean Textiles and Fabrics

Singaporean Textiles and Fabrics Image: Brighton Accessories House

You will find Singaporean textiles and fabrics in various shapes, designs, and sizes. These encompass table covers, carpets, the eye-appealing outfit, and more. And how best to remind yourself about a trip to Singapore than by having some of those?

But, if you look for a truly exceptional souvenir from the Merlion City, search for batik garments and textiles. The easiest way to recognize those is intricate patterns adorning the material.

Also, batik items are very comfortable to wear, which is why they feature a National Wear status in the island nation. Silk, cotton, and linen shirts for men and skirts and dresses for women are common batik-made clothing you should check out.

As for other textile types, you can find a variety of goods in many locations. They may correspond to Malay, Peranakan, or other cultures whose members reside in the Garden City. Laces, ribbons, bands, and zips are just a few among many products that will put you to sweet torments while shopping.

PRICE RANGE: From S$10 to S$1,000 depending on the product type.

WHERE TO BUY: Arab Street in Kampong Glam and Serangoon Road in Little India are some best places in Singapore to shop textiles. Also, you will find many stores selling fabrics in Chinatown.

9. Orchid Perfumes from Singapore Memories

Orchid Perfumes from Singapore Memories Image: Singapore Memories

As orchid is the national flower of Singapore, it would make sense to purchase an orchid-infused perfume as a souvenir for your loved ones!

By carefully crafting exquisite aromas using a blend of native orchid varieties, Singapore Memories perfectly captures the scent of Singapore in elegant bottles. Featuring male, female, and unisex fragrances, their beautiful collection with captivating names like Aranda 1965, One Degree North, Orchids By The Bay, The Orient, and Vanda 1981 promises to please anyone with the right scent that suits their personal taste.

They say smell can trigger the strongest memories. Keep your memory of Singapore alive with one of these perfumes, and share it with your family and friends.

PRICE RANGE: $28 – $168, depending on size.

WHERE TO BUY:

  • Isetan – 350 Orchard Road, Singapore 238868
  • Megafash flagship store – Tower 2 #01-488/490 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
  • Marina Bay Cruise Center – 61 Marina Coastal Drive, S018947
  • Naiise – Several Locations
  • Sentosa Fun Shops – (Few Locations)
  • Singapore Visitor Center- 216 Orchard Road, Orchard Gateway@Emerald, S238898
  • Singapore Memories website

10. Singapore Pressed Pennies

Singapore Pressed Pennies Image: PennyCollector

Pressed pennies are also amazing souvenirs to add to your coin collections or give your friends after a wonderful trip to Singapore. For those who hear it the 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

PRESSED PENNY MACHINE LOCATIONS:

  • 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

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