7 Shopping Tips In Singapore For The Shopaholic Traveller

Tourist | Mar 24th, 2016 |

Over the years, Singapore has gained quite a reputation for being a shopping paradise. If you are thinking of heading down to our sunny island, here are some tips to arm yourself with to conquer our shopping battlefield!
1. GST RefundTourist GST Refund
Did you know that Singaporeans pay a 7% GST on most of the goods and services they purchase? Fortunately for you, the Tourist Refund Scheme allows you to claim this surcharge (albeit not the full 7%). Making use of this is easy; simply spend a minimum of SGD$100 (with GST) in Singapore at stores with a Global Blue Tax Free Shopping logo or Tax Refund logo. You can also ask the shop owners directly.
Had you shopped in Singapore before the eTRS (Tourist Refund Scheme) was introduced back in August 2012, you would be required to fill in refund forms and then present them to the GST refund counters. With the new scheme, you are now able to use your credit/debit card as an eTRS token to link all your purchases together. After which, it is a simple task of processing your card at any of the eTRS self-help kiosks located within Changi Airport and our ferry terminals to complete the refund.
For more information, check out IRAS’ comprehensive guide here.
2. The Great Singapore Sale Is Your Friend!Singaporean Shoppers
Every year between May to July, Singapore holds its annual Great Singapore Sale (GSS); this is when prices are greatly discounted and the whole nation catches the shopping fever! If you are looking for unprecedented bargains, this is definitely the time to visit.
3. Target Outlet MallsIMM's Tourist Privilege
Outlet malls are a haven for off-season collections from world-renowned brands as they offer year-round discounts ranging from 10% to as high as 80%! Singapore’s largest outlet mall, IMM, is home to more than 80 outlet stores, where you can enjoy a full day of (affordable) pampering!

As an added bonus, tourists get to enjoy the Tourist Privilege programme, which grants you shopping vouchers with a minimum of SGD$150 spent at IMM. Simply present your passport at the Customer Service Counter (Level 1) for the Tourist Privilege Booklet and shop away!
Address: IMM, 2 Jurong East Street 21, Singapore 609601
4. Eat, Shop, RepeatLian Peng Bak Kut Teh
Shopping is like a marathon, you need to keep your energy levels up! This means that you should plan your shopping day to accommodate meals and short ‘pit stops’ to replenish yourself. After all, besides being known as a shopping haven, Singapore is also known to be a culinary paradise.

Aptly named Lian Peng Bak Kut Teh, it leaves no room for speculation as to what its two biggest assets are – its Teochew-style Bak Kut Teh -peppery, flavourful soup boiled with fresh pork ribs-, and the mastermind behind it, Chef Lian Peng.

Address: IMM, 2 Jurong East Street 21, #02-38/38A, Singapore 609601 (Lian Peng Bak Kut Teh)

5. Receipts Could Be Useful
Travel insurance may not cover your damaged purchases without receipts, so please ensure that you keep your receipts at least until your purchases have been brought home safely.

What’s more, receipts can often be used to redeem attractive prizes! At Westgate, a minimum spending of $60 (with a maximum of 3 same-day combined receipts) can be presented at the Level 3 Concierge to allow your child free entry into the Westgate Kids Club Powered By Genius R Us.

Westgate Kids Club Powered By Genius R Us

From toys to tablets and baking workshops, you can leave your child in the hands of the experienced staff while you shop with a peace of mind.
Address: Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive, #05-03, Singapore 608532 (Westgate Kids Club Powered By Genius R Us) 
6. Kill Two (Or Three) Birds With One StoneJCube
Choosing the best shopping location is one of the many strategies involved when it comes to making the most out of your shopping trip; a place with a high concentration of malls would be preferable for sure. Well, remember the largest outlet mall, IMM? IMM, Westgate and JCube are all located conveniently near each other. This area is the perfect mix of high-end stores (in Westgate) without having to visit the ever-crowded Orchard road and highly affordable clothing at J.Avenue (JCube) for you to shop till you drop!
Getting from one mall to another:Mall Linkmap
From Westgate, you simply have to cross a pedestrian crossing to reach JCube. The newly-built pedestrian link bridge (J-Walk) also makes it extremely convenient to walk between IMM and Westgate. Alternatively, you can hop on the free shuttle bus service with stops stationed at both Westgate and JCube to IMM.
Free Shuttle Bus:
Operates daily from 10.30AM – 10.30PM
(15-minute interval with effect from 1st April)
Address: JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1, Singapore 609731
Address: Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive, Singapore 608532
Address: IMM, 2 Jurong East Street 21, Singapore 609601
Singapore is one of the most-renowned shopping havens and with these ‘secret weapons’, I’m sure that you won’t be going home empty-handed!

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