Singaporeans like shopping—this is an undeniable fact. To many of us, the only shopping centres we can think of are those that are within walking distance from an MRT station; in fact, as long as it’s not within walking distance, it’s out of our radar.
However, do you know that some of these “hidden” shopping centres could well be more interesting than those mainstream malls we’re so familiar with? Check them out, and do visit them, too! After all, café hopping is so yesterday—it’s now time to mall hopping!
When it comes to HabourFront Centre, VivoCity would come to your mind. Yes, this little mall has been overshadowed by its gigantic neighbour, but what you didn’t know is that this mall is just like any mall. If you can’t find any places to makan in VivoCity, why not consider HarbourFront Centre?
People who live in the west might not be familiar with this: it’s almost like a cousin of IMM and has whatever shops you want it to have. Due to its proximity to East Coast Park, it’s also one alternative to go when you’re tired after a day of BBQ at the popular beach!
Sembawang Shopping Centre
Don’t be confused over this with Sun Plaza: Sembawang Shopping Centre isn’t within walking distance from Sembawang MRT Station, but the entire mall is just like Parkway Parade and IMM: it houses all the familiar shops, and most importantly, there’s the ultra-affordable Teo Heng KTV at its basement and the ever popular Daiso at the first level!
Great World City
If Zouk comes to your mind when you see this, it’s understandable: it’s pretty near to Zouk. But what sets this mall apart from others is its cinema: it houses a GV Gold Class hall and since it’s not next to an MRT station, you can bet it’s less crowded than other Gold Class halls!
If you’ve not heard of it, I can understand: it was previously known as Iluma. Renamed and rebranded in 2012, it is now connected to its bigger neighbour Bugis Junction. What’s nice about this mall is the cinema—usually, you can find seats there compared to the more popular Bugis Junction.
I’ve to admit that I hesitated before adding this in: most people know about this mall, but how much do you know about it? Well, firstly, it’s actually within walking distance from an MRT station. Secondly, it’s 24 hours. Thirdly, the products are affordable. So why aren’t we overcrowding it yet?
If Japan is your thing, here’s your wet dream: Liang Court has numerous Japanese shops. While the main draw is the bookstore Kinokuniya, it does offer many other interesting shops that you can’t find anywhere. Oh, of course, they’re Japanese shops.
The fancy name has more than just a good name: it has good Indian food and a chill-out area for youths. If you don’t know about this mall, it’s located just next to Rochor MRT station!
If you’re looking to spice up your house, here’s one mall that you can’t miss. While it houses many offices, it’s also a mall that catered to a niche market. Oh, it’s just next to Suntec City, so you definitely know where it is!
Just like Parkway Parade in the east and Sembawang Shopping Centre in the north, IMM is one fascinating mall away from an MRT station, but offers what those mainstream malls can offer. Just check out our article on this mall for more details!
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