Shopping Areas Walking Tour of Singapore (Self Guided), Singapore

Singapore being a melting pot of Asian nations, you can pick up stuff from all across Asia here. This self-guided tour will take you through pedestrian shopping plazas, historical shop-houses in Chinatown and local ethnic markets. Enjoy!
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Shopping Areas Walking Tour of Singapore Map

Guide Name: Shopping Areas Walking Tour of Singapore
Guide Location: Singapore » Singapore (See other walking tours in Singapore)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Ann Siang Hill Shopping
  • Smith Street
  • Eu Yan Sang Medical Hall
  • Riverside Shopping
  • Bugis Street
  • Serangoon Road and Side Street Shops
Ann Siang Hill Shopping

1) Ann Siang Hill Shopping

The Ann Siang Hill shopping area is situated in Chinatown. There are shops that sell special items that are not mainstream commodities. Besides, you will find fashion boutiques, antique shops, art galleries and many historical Chinese shop-houses. If you want to see Singapore fashion then visit this place.
Smith Street

2) Smith Street

Singapore's Chinatown abounds in eateries of various sort which are particularly diverse in the heart of the area, right on and around South Bridge Road. A few touts on Smith Street will try to lure you into some foreigner-friendly restaurants, all decent enough if not the best in their class, and varied enough to eat something different every day for a few weeks. So if you want a great selection of different Asian cuisines, head to Smith Street and dine your way around South East Asia with ease. Give the hawker stalls along the road a miss if looking for genuine local food, even though they're also quite delicious and relatively cheap.

You could start off the day with a Michelin-star hawker lunch at Liao Fan Hawker Chan; next, you could leave the restaurant and roam the streets for unique souvenirs that are much cheaper and affordable, compared to other places. There are several tea shops, craft beer stalls, and many other Chinese shops set in the historical shop-houses, and you will also be able to buy a Durian fruit here or taste Durian ice cream if you're feeling adventurous.

Wherever you choose to go, you won't feel intimidated or pressurized to buy unlike in many other countries. Curiously enough for a street with so much authentic fare, Smith Street is the only street in Chinatown with an English name.
Eu Yan Sang Medical Hall

3) Eu Yan Sang Medical Hall

First opened in the early 20th century and now very tastefully refurbished, this is Singapore’s most famous traditional Chinese medicine center where tourists can discover ancient Chinese methods of treatment across a wide range of products and an inventory of more than a thousand herbs.

The peculiar herbal smell is the first thing one notices upon entering; the second, is the strange assortment of ingredients on the shelves, which to the uninitiated appear rather alienating. Besides the usual herbs and roots favored by the Chinese, there are various dubious remedies derived from exotic and endangered species. Blood circulation problems and wounds are eased with centipedes and insects crushed into a “rubbing liquor”; the gall bladders of snakes or bears apparently work wonders on pimples, while deer penis is supposed to provide a lift to any sexual problem.

Above the hall is the small but engaging Birds' Nest Gallery, which casts light on this famous Chinese “delicacy”. Produced by birds known as swiftlets, the nests are a mixture of saliva, moss and grass, and emerged as a prized supplement among China’s royal and noble classes during the Ming Dynasty. Today they are still valued for their supposed efficacy in boosting the immune system and curing bronchial ailments. The swiftlets live high up in the caves of Southeast Asia, and you may be shown a video of men scaling long bamboo poles to get the nests.

Just a few doors down at no. 285, the egg tarts, walnut cookies, buns and other Chinese cakes at the Tong Heng Delicacies shop offer a great way to top up your blood sugar level before pressing on to other sights.

[Eu Yan Sang Medical Hall] Mon-Sat: 8:30am–6pm
[Birds' Nest Gallery] Mon-Sat: 10am–5:30pm
[Tong Heng Delicacies] Daily: 9am–9pm
Riverside Shopping

4) Riverside Shopping (must see)

Historically Boat Quay and Clarke Quay were trading centers. There are many modern buildings on the banks of the river, but old rebuilt shop houses are still hanging on. Locals prefer to do their shopping in Clarke Quay. You can take a boat taxi or walk and drop into shop-houses along the river. Also there are many cafes and restaurants with nice views across the river.

Everything is open late so there's no hurry to get around!
Bugis Street

5) Bugis Street (must see)

Bugis street is in the Muslim part of Singapore. Enjoy shopping in this street filled with picturesque shop-houses. You will find trendy clothes for street wear, jewelry, and souvenirs. Also, try mouthwatering Muslim cuisine and hawker food. Do not forget that street prices in Singapore are competitive.

Why You Should Visit:
Amazing, clean place for budget shopping! As close to 'real' street hawkers and stalls as one can get in Singapore.
You can bargain and try to get the best deals, plus Bugis Junction has loads going on so not a wasted experience.

Don't miss going up to the 2nd and 3rd floor for lower prices.
Avoid Sundays and evenings – so many people that it's hard to enjoy.
Bring a light-weight backpack to bring all your souvenirs while making it easier on your arms.
Serangoon Road and Side Street Shops

6) Serangoon Road and Side Street Shops

Serangoon Road is part of Little India in Singapore and you can go through an Indian shopping experience here. These shops offer gold jewelery, Indian traditional dresses, fresh fruits, spices and cheap everyday clothes. Visit colorful sari shops. Walking along the road you can smell the nice smells of India.

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