Be a Wanderer: Singapore Part 3 – Shopping Areas

Our day 3 at Singapore was our last chance to explore the city. Most of the places that we were going to that day were shopping areas. We were set to explore Kampong Glam , Orchard Road, and Chinatown (originally just the first 2 but since we enjoyed Chinatown so much the other day we decided to go there again! 🙂 )

Orchard Road

There are several malls along Orchard Road. During our first day we went to Orchard Road briefly to exchange our money to SGD at Lucky Plaza.

Tip: Try asking around the area first for the exchange rate before settling on a money changer. 🙂

We also went in to Tang’s Plaza which felt like a department store. We had hainanese chicken at one of the food stalls! 🙂

One of the more popular ones is ION Orchard. This is where the luxurious goodies are. There’s a free viewing deck in the building called ION Sky which has a great view of the city.

I didn’t buy much from this area because the items are too expensive for my budget. But I did enjoy the beautiful architecture of ION Orchard. 🙂


The Shoppes at Marina Bay also has a lot of luxury brand stores. If you want to kill two birds with one stone, head to The Shoppes after exploring Gardens by the Bay or admiring Marina Bay Sands’ architecture.

Kampong Glam

I love this area. ❤

We planned on going here for the graffiti on Haji Lane. I didn’t expect to love the cafes and boutiques as well.


We came from a bus stop near Arab St. and explored that area first. It was filled with shops selling lamps, carpets and fabrics. There’s also a mosque nearby completing the Arab feel.

There’s graffiti all around the little side streets of Haji Lane. Besides those beautiful artworks there are also a lot of boutiques lined up. From clothes to bikes there’s a lot of shopping opportunity in this area.

Bali Lane is filled with restaurants. We had lunch at Krave where we had their Mushroom Truffle N Egg pizza and Shrimp O’ Nauts. Both of them were delicious. I especially enjoyed the Mushroom Truffle N Egg pizza. I don’t normally order dishes with egg in it but I tried it and I loved it. The Shrimp O’ Nauts had a great dipping sauce that came with it. The price was affordable as well though not that cheap.

For dessert we bought durian ice cream also along Bali Lane. Growing up, I’ve always loved durian so I enjoyed the ice cream. The ice cream was nice to beat the Singapore heat. I loved the durian bits in it as well. ❤


We had a chance to pass by Bugis Street on our way to Orchard Road. It reminded me a lot of Greenhills here in the Philippines. There were a lot of stalls selling clothes, food, souvenirs, etc. The prices were affordable but you could find cheaper souvenirs at Chinatown.


This place is a mecca for all things cheap! The first time we went to Chinatown we just came from USS. It was a tiring day and we just planned to eat dinner at Maxwell Food Center. We passed by several stalls going there. A lot of them are good places to buy your souvenir. Besides the usual keychains and magnets, there are a lot of very Chinese souvenir such as tea cups, mahjong sets, fans, etc.

What makes this place memorable is the henna tattoo I got from one of the stalls. All throughout my trip I’ve been seeing Indians designs on girls’ hands. I found them really beautiful and decided to get one myself.


Another cheap place to shop is at Changi Airport since the goods there are tax free unlike the goods in the city. I bought a lot of chocolates and a can of Garett’s popcorn. Cheaper than the ones you’ll encounter at Candylicious at Sentosa. Plus Sunflower Garden at T3 in Changi Airport. ❤