A Different Shopping Experience in Bugis Street
If you are looking for quality but cheap souvenirs in Singapore, then why don’t you head out to one of the most popular souvenir market in Bugis Street? Not to be confused with Bugis Junction, a pedestrian shopping mall in Singapore, Bugis Street is a pulsating shopping and bazaar village that could always thrill every budget shoppers at every turn with its vibrant colors and unbelievable deals.
Located along the road of Queen St. and Victoria St. in Rochor Rd., Singapore, Bugis Street is easily reachable by cars, buses, or MRTs. You may use a map or GPS to find your way around if you are driving here or ask the driver to get you there if you are using taxi services, albeit more costly. The Bugis and Lavender MRT stations on the East-West line are the primary entry points into the district. If exiting at Bugis, the key roads are Rochor Rd and Victoria St. Walk north on Victoria St until you spot the golden domes of the Sultan Mosque; turn left here for Arab St, or keep walking north for Lavender MRT. Bugis Street is directly opposite Bugis Junction.
Even before becoming a well-known shopping attraction, Bugis Street has already renowned internationally for its notorious night activities where flamboyantly dressed transvestites would gather and parade themselves, attracting sailors and military personnel from overseas. In the evening, the entire street would come alive as push carts gather to offer a wide selection of cheap goods and hawker foods, hence earning its night market or “Pasar Malam” namesake.
Today, Bugis Street has become a unique retail shopping location. Opened from 11am to 10pm daily, Bugis Street is truly shopper’s paradise. After undergoing a major facelift, it is now houses of almost 800 shops, and is the largest street shopping location in Singapore. The shops at Bugis Street offering wide range of goods and services, ranging from fashionable clothing and accessories to beauty services like manicure parlors and hair salons. Many interesting shops are scattered throughout the indoor and covered outdoor areas here–some climate controlled and some not. With many stores compete with each others to offer the most interesting prices as possible here at Bugis street, expect to find anything from $3 – $15 for clothes, bags and shoes, and watches. Even accessories can cost as low as $1 – $2 typically. Midway down Bugis Street is the relatively new Bugis Plaza, a granite-tiled plaza featuring a dancing fountain–a great place to take a break.
Some recommended stores to look out for are: His Closet – selling Korean-inspired fashion apparels and accessories designed for men and all specially brought in from Hong Kong; Toy Zenz – a store selling miniature figurines of food items such as kitchen stoves, tiny tea cups and biscuit tins, and also robot and anime personas for the avid collectors; and Coolbag Talk – with mostly handmade bags of all colours, shapes and sizes to match your dressing and to suit any occasion. To end your Bugis Street shopping trip, visit the sit-down Bugis Cafe, where you can order yourself something nice to eat like their golden crisp Fish & Chips, sandwiches, or their tea-time bites like the nuts and raisin muffin and seafood pie.