Whilst Singapore is known for being pricey and notoriously good for shopping, it might seem a little counterintuitive to combine the two. However, for all budgets and all tastes, there is a market that can satisfy your retail cravings. Some have performances, some have food but all of them welcome shoppers and their individual styles. So, let’s take a look at the six best markets in Singapore!
This market runs every month and is aimed towards showcasing various designers based in and from Singapore. For something local, handmade, and featuring Singaporean talent, there really is no better market to shop at. The market functions as a kind of museum, which features live performances from local musicians. So, if you want to immerse yourself in the local culture, this market is the place for you. Be careful though, as it does not run all day, but rather from 5p.m in the afternoon onwards.
Market of Artists and Designers
28 Maxwell Road
This market has often been hawked as the equivalent of Camden in London and is the place to go if you want to find vintage clothing in Singapore. Whilst it does sell retro gear, you can also buy craft items, some of which are excellent recreations of vintage. There are plenty of stalls selling jewellery, bags, clothes, shoes and even homeware. If you fancy something a little different from slick designer stores and high street boutiques, Katon Square is the place to head.
86/88 East Coast Road
This does exactly what it says on the tin. This market is located in the Chinatown district of Singapore and it’s enormity may (or may not) surprise you. There are well over two hundred market stalls that sell almost anything you can imagine. As the market is located in Chinatown, you can guess that many of the products are culturally Chinese. This means that you can find some beautiful clothing, handcrafted shoes and calligraphy sets. Alongside the stalls, there are often street performances of martial arts and dragon dances. Not to mention, some delicious Chinese street food.
Chinatown Silk House
This market is one of the more notorious in Singapore. Again, it is enormous, with stalls spanning as far as the eye can see. If your spending is more on the budget end of the scale, you can be sure to find something here that will catch your eye. From fashion to electronics to hair salons, everything is catered for on Bugis Street. You might also be able to find some snacks from local vendors, who line the walkways. Many claim it is best to visit at night to really take in the atmosphere, but that choice is yours as the market is open from mid-morning until 10p.m.
3 New Bugis Street
Alongside Chinatown, this is one of the most famous markets in Singapore. The market itself is located in the heart of Little India which in itself offers plenty for shoppers. The real jewels here are the food, which are largely traditional Indian dishes, with plenty of sweets on offer for those looking for a sugary treat. The trick is to try to eat at different stalls around the centre, rather than just staying at one. This means you get the best of all that’s on offer without missing out. After, go up to the higher floors to look at stalls selling Indian products, from clothing to Bollywood movies.
665 Buffalo and Serangoon Roads,
This market works as more of a community event, as it features stalls with crafts and goods from locals as well as small businesses around the city. The market is such a draw that many entrepreneurs from all over South East Asia come to trade here. There are also opportunities to join in with workshops with artesans, where you can see the creative process from start to finish. The market changes locations throughout the year, but is well worth tracking down to get a closer look at local crafts and the businesses that this market helps.