Singapore may be lacking in the night bazaars and marketplaces filled with authentic local goods which are commonly found in most other major Southeast Asian cities. However, few other Southeast Asian destinations can match Singapore's sheer number of massive department stores and shopping centres.
Prices in Singapore can be expensive compared to other parts of Southeast Asia, but the Great Singapore Sale, which takes place between June and July, is the best time of year to stock up on bargains. Marina Bay Sands Casino visitors can spend their winnings on luxury watches at Millenia Walk or the 350 high end Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. One of the world's largest fountains, the Fountain of Wealth, stands in the middle of Suntec City, the second biggest of Singapore's several shopping centres.
No other section of Singapore, however, boasts more places to shop than Orchard Road. ION Orchard, one of Orchard Road's newer shopping centres, stands out because of the ION art gallery on its fourth floor and the ION Sky observatory which occupies two levels. Although most Orchard Road shopping centres sell goods on the pricier end of the spectrum, shoppers can often find bargains at Far East Plaza and Lucky Plaza.
Most Riverside shopping centres are clustered close to the City Hall MRT station, including Raffles City. Shopping has also become the main attraction in the historic Kampong Glam and Bugis districts. Bugis, in particular, is very popular among Singaporean teenagers.
Chinatown's shopping options include small stalls which sell Chinese souvenirs to tourists, larger shopping centres geared towards locals, and South Bridge Road's antique shops. Fine silk bales and jewellery made from jade and gold are a few of the goods sold at Chinatown's converted shophouses. Yue Hwa specialises in traditional Chinese clothing, housewares, food, and medicine.
Little India is another section of Singapore filled with vendors who sell souvenirs from restored shophouses and stalls. The vibrant Tekka Market and the discount Mustafa Centre are two more must-see Little India shopping experiences. Sim Lim Square, situated across the street from Little India, is Singapore's leading discount electronics mecca.