Singapore offers one of the best shopping experiences with luxury brands, value buys and everything in between. Here’s a pick of the best wheelchair friendly shopping spots in Singapore.
Orchard Road (Rating – 3.5/5)
World famous and an iconic shopping street of Singapore, it is home to fashion favourites, specialist stores and loads of other lifestyle choices. There are a number of shopping centres here among which the following are easily accessible:
ION Orchard – houses six double-storey flagship stores including Prada, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Cartier, Patek Philippe, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Vacheron Constantin. Its signature glass façade doubles up as a giant media screen as well.
313@somerset – directly linked to the Somerset MRT station and features a concentration of mid-range retail and dining outlets. Retail options are made of a mix of local and global fashion labels including Zara, Uniqlo, New Look, Esprit and a Forever 21 flagship store that spans four floors.
Ngee Ann City – the largest in the Orchard Road shopping belt. It houses branded boutiques such as Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Burberry, Loewe and Chanel as well as Japanese department store, Takashimaya. The complex is home to Southeast Asia’s second largest bookstore, Books Kinokuniya.
Cathay Cineleisure Orchard – a shopping mall + cinema in Singapore, in addition there is a food court too.
How to go: Orchard MRT / Somerset MRT. Bus: 106, 7
Neighbourhood Shopping Malls (Rating – 4/5):
Many of the newer malls in Singapore are located directly above or near a MRT station, and are very easy to access and have good wheelchair friendly facilities. Some major malls in different parts of Singapore are:
West: Jurong Point (Boon Lay MRT), JEM (Jurong East MRT),
Central: Raffles City Mall (Cityhall MRT), Shoppes @Marina Bay Sands (Bayfront MRT), 313@Somerset (Somerset MRT)
East: Tampines Mall (Tampines MRT), NEX (Serangoon MRT), Bedok Mall (Bedok MRT)
North: Northpoint (Yishun MRT), Causeway Point (Woodlands MRT)
South: Vivocity (Harboufront MRT)
Chinatown (Rating – 3/5)
Chinatown provides a fascinating peek into Singapore Chinese culture and history, with traditional medicinal halls alongside local hawker food and street-side shops .
Chinatown street market has all the sights and sounds visitors expect of Chinatown, with hundreds of stalls selling everything from silk robes to lucky cats. There are plenty of ‘Made in China’ goods on display and lanterns swaying in the breeze above your head. There’s also a fantastic range of street food carts amongst the shopping, with fresh dim sum and crispy duck. Accessibility is ok but during evenings the area can get quite crowded. The streets can be quite narrow. Some shops have stairs.
People’s Park Complex is frequented for its textiles, haberdasheries, electrical /electronic goods, street wear, toiletries and luggage, all priced competitively. Great for bargains. Again the place is narrow and can be crowded during peak times.
Chinatown Point, which also houses the Handicraft Centre, is a modern building with a jumble of shops and stalls selling souvenirs, shoes, cosmetics, clothes and travel bags at bargain prices as well as restaurants and cafes. Accessibility is good.
How to go? MRT: Chinatown station. (Note that the MRT lift drops you at the road across Chinatown street market. So you have to cross the road at the traffic light to reach there.)
Mustafa Shopping Centre (Rating – 3/5)
Mustafa is one of the biggest and most famous department stores in Singapore, and you can find just about anything you can think of, from electronics to children’s toys and sporting goods. Even wheelchairs..! It is open 24 hours, 7 days a week..
However, the store is often crowded and the walkways can be narrow. So the accessibility is not great. But there are accessible lifts and toilets inside. Also the floor is flat without much steps to negotiate.
How to Go? MRT: Farrer Park and walk about 200m towards Syed Alwi Road.
Bugis Street (Rating – 3.5/5)
Bugis Street Market is well-known for being one of the cheapest places in Singapore to buy souvenirs, accessories, clothes, electronics, houseware and cosmetics. Many of the little trinkets here such as souvenir key chains, postcards and stationary are available from as little as S$1, and there is a whole range of clothes on offer, too. There’s also plenty of eating options ranging from satay, fried snacks, finger food to noodles and fruit juices.
But the street is often crowded and the walkways can be narrow. So the accessibility is not great. There are no steps though. Adjacent malls like Bugis junction, Bugis+ have accessible toilets.
How to go? MRT: Bugis. Walk towards to traffic junction and look for red-roofed entrance.