Maybe you think that the only mall in JB is, well, City Square. Boy are you wrong: City Square is merely one of the malls that’s within walking distance from the checkpoint.
With Uber and Grab (or you can proceed to the taxi counter near the checkpoint), travelling to these “hidden” malls has become much easier and cheaper. Here’re some of the malls you really need to visit when you’ve conquered all the malls in Singapore!
This mall brings its game to a whole new height when it comes to shopping experiences. Stroll around and check out different walks of stores. It’s so huge you’ll find that a single day isn’t enough!
KSL City Mall
KSL is highly regarded for its phone repairs, so if you’re ever in need for a fix that’s good and cheap, drive by this place. You can get pretty blouses from Korea and China for a steal. I personally love it for the mani-pedi sessions and MBO Cinemas.
While you’re there, do check out the serviced apartment: for SGD$70 per night, you get a studio so big, you won’t want to come back to Singapore!
Johor Premium Outlets
Clearance items and branded goods at knockout prices? What’s not to love about this place! They’ve got it all covered – Bath & Body Works, Coach, Burberry. The list goes on and on and on.
Remember I mention that City Square is just one of the malls beside the checkpoint? This is a relatively newbie mall that shouldn’t be passed off the list. It’s huge and it’s just across the road from JB Central. If you’ve got kids, they’ll enjoy themselves at the Angry Birds theme park. Food’s pretty good and affordable too. Sephora and Marks & Spencer anyone?
Johor Bahru City Square
Oka, we should still include this here because it’s still a classic mall for Singaporeans. Cruise around Levi’s and Cotton On, then head over for a meal at Nando’s. Wrap up your trip by heading back to the bus with a cup of Starbucks in your hand: all at 3 is to 1!
Mall of Medini
This mall might seem pretty basic, but it’s perfect for resting your legs after tiring yourself out at Legoland. There’s an ATM right next to the escalator if you need it, and who’s ever going to say no to KFC or The Chicken Rice Shop (which has only one outlet in Singapore)?
Danga City Mall
This mall is all things IT – think of it as the Sim Lim Square of JB minus Jover Chew. There’re two floors dedicated to just IT. It’s also famous for its paintball activities, bowling alley and archery section. Did I mention that the Big Bad Wolf sales and Baby Expos (as well as other exhibitions) are held here every other time?
This mall is historical in Johor, and is home to familiar names like Esprit and Cold Storage. While it might not be the best for shopping, it’s best for being unique (you know, checking in on Facebook to Plaza Pelangi instead of the usual City Square).
This mall brings you a unique experience you can’t find in Singapore! On one end, you’ll find Chameleon with their lovely accessories. On the other side of the stretch, some renowned tailors for suits and tattoo artists operate. Not your average mall, that’s for sure.
Fancy singing on the mike when you’re done shopping? This sweet mall is in Skudai, but it’s got some good apparel shops and a decent arcade game centre. Outside the mall, you’ll find lines of shops and restaurants that are just as good!
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This article was first published on goodyfeed.com in 2016 and revised on 24 June 2017.
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