If you find the stuff selling in Orchard Road too expensive, so do we. Most Singaporeans prefer to shop at the shopping malls located in the suburban towns. Most of the suburban malls (or shopping centres as we like to call them) are located close to the MRT stations. The bigger ones are (in the order of the train moving away from the central or CBD area):
North: Novena, Bishan (Junction 8), Yishun (North Point). Woodlands (Causeway Point)
West: Tiong Bahru (Tiong Bahru Plaza), Jurong East (IMM), Boon Lay (Jurong Point)
East: Bugis (Bugis Junction), Tampines (Tampines Malls/Century Square/Tampines 1)
Many of these Everything-Under-One-Roof malls typically have at least one big foodcourt, several fast food restarants, a supermarket, an electrical superstore and chain stores such as Kiddy Palace (baby products), Popular (books), Charles and Keith/Bata (shoes), Guardian (pharmacy), World of Sports/Sportslink (sports) just to name a few. So you see one, you have seen them all. If a tourist want to visit one to have a feel of how we shop, our recommendation will be Jurong Point in Boon Lay or Tampines' cluster of malls.
Some older towns have more interesting characters, goods sold there could be even cheaper than those sold in big malls due to lower rent and the shops mix are generally more varied. The interesting ones are Toa Payoh (North), Ang Mo Kio (North), Jurong (West), Clementi (West), Bedok (East)
Last updated on Dec 2009