Top 5 Places to Shop near Bugis

In terms of shopping, Bugis holds its own, probably only coming in second to the unbeatable Orchard Road Stretch.

But in terms of diversity, you could say that Bugis might even have an advantage, as it draws from its history and quirky local culture to offer tourists unique and interesting shopping experiences. Here is a suggestion of the best shopping spots.

1. Bugis Street Market

Buying Souvenirs in Bugis Street Market

Buying the quintessential souvenirs for your loved ones at Bugis Street Market. Remember to bargain till you get a “thumbing” good price!

Need to buy those obligatory souvenirs for family and friends? Bugis Street Market is where you can get the cheapest t-shirts and gifts around. Singapore doesn’t have much in the way of street markets like its Asian neighbors, but it has one great example in Bugis Street.

This bustling bazaar is jam-packed with tiny stalls selling the cheapest fashion and accessories you could possibly find in Singapore. If you’re looking for more unique mementos, well, there’s also indie artwork, tattoo parlors and sex toy shops to be found.

Whatever you’re keen on, remember to bargain, and also hold on tight to your wallets to ward off pickpockets.

Address: 4 New Bugis St Singapore 188868
Nearest MRT train station: Bugis (EW12)
Opening hours: 11.00am – 10.00pm (Mon to Sun)

2. Bugis Junction & Bugis+

Bugis Junction Shopping Center

A magical fountain that is a favorite with kids in this glass encased Bugis Junction mall just above Bugis MRT Station. [photo: flickr/justaslice]

Fashionistas need no invitation to spend their day shopping at Bugis Junction & Bugis+ (previously known as Iluma), the two large malls situated just above Bugis MRT Station (EW12) at the heart of the Bugis district. Between these two malls, they represent almost every international brand from Aeropostale to Zara.

The Japanese and Korean pop culture influence is strong here, and many shops sell imported cosmetics, fashion and stationery that you won’t find elsewhere.

Architecturally, these two buildings are also interesting. Bugis Junction incorporates two rows of restoration shophouse fronts into its design, creating a glass-covered open-air style pedestrian mall. Targeted at a trendy crowd, next door Bugis+ stands out with a honeycomb exterior that dances with lights.

Nearest MRT train station: Bugis (EW12)
Opening hours: 10.00am – 10.00pm (Mon to Sun)

3. Sim Lim Square

Sim Lim Square IT Mall

Where bargains are sought not through the no. of clicks, but the no. of floors you’re willing to traverse…

No tech-lover is worth his salt if he doesn’t make a trip to Sim Lim Square on his visit to Singapore. We’re talking about six storeys jam-packed with little stalls selling one thing only: electronics.

This is the place to go if you’re keen on finding that super-capacity memory stick or the high-powered upgrade you want for your computer, as these stores basically stock everything a geek could possibly want.

There’s just four tips to remember when navigating Sim Lim Square. First, start from the top floor and work your way down as the better-priced stores are usually higher up. Secondly, always bargain and ask for freebies.

Thirdly, you should never be pressured into buying anything. If a shopkeeper is being pushy, just walk out as there are many others that won’t be. Lastly, test what you buy immediately so you can bring it back if it doesn’t work.

If your main purpose in Singapore is to load up on the latest electronics gadgets and computer stuff, then you may want to stay at Ibis Hotel Singapore on Bencoolen. It is conveniently located just across the road from Sim Lim Square.

Address: 1 Rochor Canal Road Singapore 188504
Nearest MRT train stations: Bugis (EW12) and Little India (NE7)
Opening hours: 10.30am – 9.00pm (Mon to Sun)

4. Albert Mall

Snake Oil Peddler at Albert Mall

Free entertainment while a “koyok man” demonstrate his miracle healing oil that can cure many ills. Buyers beware definitely! [photo: flickr/asiabruin]

This pedestrian mall leading to the immensely popular Kwang Im Thong Hood Cho and Sri Krishnan temples is filled with colorful denizens plying all sorts of wares and services, ranging from fortune telling to quick massages.

You’ll also see all kinds of talismans promising good fortune being sold from makeshift stalls, along with miracle healing snake oils. If interested in acquiring an auspicious charm or crystal, head to Fortune Center, which as the name suggests, is full of shops selling charms, wards and crystals.

Address: From Bugis Street to Bencoolen Street and Middle Road to Rochor Road
Nearest MRT train station: Bugis (EW12)

5. Arab Quarters

Textile Shop in Arab Street

Cheap and colorful shawls on sale in one of the many stores at the vibrant Arab Quarters. [photo: flickr/karenchen]

Arab Quarters, commonly called Arab Street, is a collection of roads and lanes named after Middle-Eastern cities and countries, which exude a special charm of its own. Explore these streets to find many charming and traditional goods for sale, including perfumes and oils, fabrics and carpets.

This area has also become a popular area for indie artists and entrepreneurs, so don’t be surprised if you wander into a backlane filled with cool graphic t-shirts and edgy accessories.

Address: Along Victoria Street (5-minute walk from Bugis train station)
Nearest MRT train station: Bugis (EW12)

Looking for cheap hotels near Bugis? Here’s our recommendation:

  1. Econ Inn @ Beach Road
  2. Santa Grand Hotel Bugis
  3. Summer View Hotel Singapore

If you are looking for food tips, then you must check out our recommendations at Places to Eat near Bugis page.