Shopping in Singapore is a bliss, what with the many department stores around the island. Most tourists would make a beeline for Orchard Road, where most of the giant malls are, all decked out to attract customers.
The giant Japanese retail chain Takashimaya is the anchor tennant at Ngee Ann City, occupying units from basement two to level four, and offering everything from groceries, jewellery and cosmetics, ladies and men's fashion, toys, furniture and kitchenware. You can even find imported brands like Harrods and Fauchon, or sip tea at the Royal Copenhagen Tea Lounge.
It's not part of Takashimaya, but the Kinokuniya bookstore on the third level of Ngee Ann City is also a great place to visit if you're looking for a book. There's an extensive collection of foreign-language titles as well, including, of course, Japanese manga and artbooks.
Japanese retailer Isetan is a household name in Singapore, with two out of its four stores here located in Orchard Road, one in Shaw House and the other in Wisma Atria.
It is known not just for its collection of brand names and extensive sections selling fragrances, clothing and electronics, but also for genuine Japanese products imported from Japan.
New York has Bloomingdale's, while London's got Selfridges and Paris has Printemps. In Singapore, there's Tangs. It's the oldest department store here, an established, well-loved brand.
Its flagship store is located just opposite Orchard MRT station, at the top end of Orchard Road. There's another mega branch in VivoCity, occupying a staggering 85,000 sq ft.
Tangs is a proven name in Singapore's retail industry, offering top-notch services along with an extensive array of international and local brands.
Robinsons is the other giant home-grown retail chain, with its flagship in The Centrepoint, near Somerset MRT station. Like other top department stores, Robinsons also boasts an extensive range of merchandise, and holds two major sales a year.
The first is held during the Great Singapore Sale, and the second is the Robinsons Sale.
Metro is one of the more popular department stores in Singapore because of its broader reach across the island. Its flagship store is located in Paragon in Orchard Road, but the retail chain also operates branches outside the central business district: at Compass Point (Sengkang), Causeway Point (Woodlands) and City Square Mall (Kitchener Road).
Japanese retailer OG has operated in Singapore for a long time, with its major stores in Chinatown, Bugis, and of course Orchard Road.