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Shopping in Singapore

If you are planning your holidays, consider Singapore as a possible destination. There are many attractions that make Singapore one of the most popular vacations among tourists, especially if you love shopping. In Singapore, you can find lots of sale periods throughout the year. One such sale period is the Great Singapore Sale (GSS), which is held annually from May to June. Therefore, you should try to plan to visit Singapore in June.

Every shopper loves GSS. You can find great bargains on branded goods such as Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Guess, etc. Some boutiques even offer up to 70% discounts for their goods. Therefore, if you are looking to buy goods to bring back home, you should not miss this great opportunity.

In this article, let me share with you some places to shop when you come to Singapore. You can find different varieties of goods in these places. Now, let’s get started:

1. Centre Point. Centre Point is located along Orchard Road and is one of the most popular shopping centres in Singapore. Here, you can find stores that sell all kinds of goods, such as sporting wears, branded wears, shoes, books, etc. There is also a lot of fast food outlets located here for you to take a break away from your hectic shopping spree.

2. Orchard Road. Famous shopping malls such as Takashimaya, Wisma and HMV are located here. You can almost get anything that you can think of in Orchard Road. Also, there are also lots of cineplexes for you to catch the latest movies with your love ones.

3. Plaza Singapura. Plaza Singapura is located at Dhoby Ghaut and is famous for its boutiques and Cineplex. Couples love to catch a movie at Plaza Singapura after shopping because the arm rests of the seats in the Cineplex can be lifted.

4. Vivo City. This is a new shopping mall and is the largest one in Singapore. It will take you at least a few hours to visit every store. Vivo City is located at Harbour Front where you can take cable cars to Sentosa for sightseeing and sun tanning. Shopping at Vivo City is great as you can enjoy cable car rides and sightseeing too.

5. Bugis Street. Bugis Street offers a mix of trendy and branded fashion goods. It is also a place where you can get bargains. When you shop at Bugis Street, always try to negotiate a good price for the goods that you want to buy. If not, you might end up paying more than you should.

Places to Shop When You Visit Singapore

There are many attractions in Singapore. I strongly urge you to include Singapore as one of the possible holiday destinations. Other than its cleanliness and tasty food, Singapore is also a shopper’s paradise. There are many shopping hot spots here and if you love shopping, I am sure you will not be disappointed.

If you intend to come to Singapore, try to come between May to June. This is because there is a nation-wide sale going on during this period. This nation-wide sale is known as the Great Singapore Sale (GSS). During GSS, most boutiques and shopping malls offer up to 75% discounts on their goods. How can you miss this out?

Now, let me share with you 5 places to shop when you visit Singapore:

1. Vivo City. Vivo City is located at Habour Front and it is one of the largest shopping malls in Singapore. There are many boutiques and restaurants there and I am sure that you will enjoy a great shopping experience in Vivo City. It is also very near Sentosa, an offshore island famous for its beaches and sight-seeing. You can take a cable car ride from Vivo and you will reach in less than 10 minutes time.

2. Orchard Road. I believe you have heard about Orchard Road before right? Orchard Road is the most famous shopping destination in Singapore. Along Orchard, you can find many well-known shopping malls such as Takashimaya, Tangs, HMV, & more.

3. Chinatown. Chinatown is an always-busy street with lots of old-school shopping centers and street stores. Although Chinatown is quite old-school, you can still buy lots of good stuffs there. When you are shopping at Chinatown, remember not to take the first offer. Always try to negotiate with the sellers for a better price.

4. Centre Point. Centre Point is located along Orchard Road and it is another very popular shopping center. You can find all kinds of goods there, from branded wears to electronics. If you are tired after a day of shopping, you can visit their restaurants for a good dinner.

5. Bugis Street. If you are into street wear, you must visit Bugis Street. Bugis Street is famous for its trendy and young street wear. There are a lot of stores so take your time to visit every store.

Hope to see you around in Singapore. Remember: try to come during May to June so that you will not miss the GSS.

Top Places to Shop in Barcelona

If you are seeking the best places to shop in Barcelona, then those detailed below are ten of the most popular. They are used for shopping in Barcelona, both by visitors and also the city’s residents, so are not just used by tourists. This beautiful city is famed, not only for its history and its magnificent architecture, but also for its shopping which is famed throughout the world.

1. Paseo de Gracia:

This famous street is also known locally as Passeig de Gracia, and boasts some of the most expensive shops in Barcelona. Noted for its famous modernist architecture, this street runs from Plaza Catalunya to the metro Diagonal. You will find many famous names here, including Gucci, Desigual, D&G, Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik, and also a number of top restaurants and bars to refresh you when you are tired of shopping. Those searching for world famous brands and pure luxury will be delighted here, but be ready to use your credit card and spend freely since this area is for upscale shopping, and the prices reflect it.

2. Portal de L´Angel:

If you are right in the centre of Barcelona, then this is a pedestrian thoroughfare in the Ciutat Vella (downtown) district beginning at Plaza Catalunya and running to the cathedral. You will find the department store El Cortes Inglés at its start and the street also boasts names such as Benetton, Massimo Dutti, Camper, H&M and Zara. This street offers more economical brands and its target market is a younger crowd, so if you are searching for the latest fashion trends at an affordable price you should come straight here.

3. La Rocca Village:

La Roca Village outlet is situated in the village of the same name that is off Junction 12 of the A7 motorway. You can also get a bus from Fabra I Puig metro in the Sant Andreu district or a train from Sants Station. It’s well worth the time taken to get here because you will find top designer outlets at up to 60% off and some of the best shopping therapy in the world. Being an outlet, it also has a Rebaixes period (seasonal sales) held in July and January when well known luxury brands are sold at a bargain prices.

4. Diagonal Mar:

This area offers a large number of Barcelona shopping stores, cinemas, restaurants and other facilities, as would be expected of one of Barcelona’s newest shopping centres. Open from 10 am to 10 pm, you can shop here day and night. Good for family shopping.

5. L’Illa:

Situated by the corner of Avinguda Diagonal 555-559 and Carrer de Constança, L’Illa is a shopping mall that offers more than 170 shops and restaurants, including Benetton, Diesel and Zara. It is easiest to get the Tombus, or circuit bus, starting at Plaza Catalunya and goes on to stop at 28 locations. This distinctive blue bus will drop you off at Diagonal and Paseo de Gracia allowing you hop on and off for your shopping. When it turns left on Diagonal, wait until it reaches L’Illa and then get off. The advantage of this large shopping center is that you can find mid-priced and well known brands like Zara, Mango, etc., as well as small, unique boutiques with more exclusive models all in the same place.

6. Raval:

Raval offers you a good choice of vintage fashion. You will also find several second hand shops here and the historic Boqueria Market, one of the most famous markets in Europe. Lailo, on Carrer de la Riera Baixa, is an example, offering top-quality goods such as genuine Victorian bustles and vintage dance costumes. However, if you can’ find what you want here, there are several others on the same street for you to check out.

7. Gracia:

Gracia was originally a separate village from Barcelona, and even now it retains its own character with bars, restaurants and plazas, and also several unique boutiques and shoe shops. Although you pay, you are sure to find original and creative fashions here. Get off at the Fontana metro stop and walk down Carrer d’Asturies towards Carrer Verdi and turn right. You will find all you want around this area.

8. Encants Mercat:

This is a flea market, or antique market, however you look at it. Known also as the Mercat Fira de Bellcaire, this is the largest open air market in Barcelona selling anything from books to furniture. You must haggle for a good deal and it is expected that you do. The Encants Mercat is open each day except Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm.

9. El Borne:

If you are young (or even not so young) and are looking for a trendy area of Barcelona, then El Borne is for you, with its clothing, shoe and jewelry boutiques. The cafes and bars are packed at night, and you will also find the textile and Picasso museums here. El Borne is where the artists tend to hang out.

10. El Corte Inglés:

Almost where we started, El Corte Inglés is situated in Plaza Catalunya, and is not only Barcelona’s largest department store chain, but also the largest in Spain. There are several around the city, and this is the biggest, offering a range of goods that you would expect to find in a large comprehensive department store. If you like wandering around large stores, then this is for you. In Spain it is said that if you can´t find what you´re looking for, come to El Corte Ingles, because the huge variety of items means you can find almost anything you need.

These are the top 10 places to shop in Barcelona as we see it, and unless otherwise stated, normal store opening hours are from 10 am to 8.30 pm, although you should expect some of the smaller boutiques in areas such as Gracia, Raval and Borne to close for an afternoon siesta from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Top Places to Shop in Scotland

Whether you’re looking to buy a tweed blazer, locally sourced sea salt, handmade soap, cold pressed rapeseed oil, or simply a pair of cheap trainers from the high street, you will be able to buy them in Scotland. There are many places to shop in Scotland from the biggest cities to the smallest Highland villages.

The high end and the high street

If you are hoping to stock your wardrobe for the new season, Scotland’s cities are your best bet. Glasgow is arguably the best destination for affordable fashion. The central Buchanan Street, Sauchiehall Street and Argyle Street are all lined with famous brand name stores.

In Edinburgh, the equivalent is Princes Street, on which you can while away the hours. For pricier brands, hit nearby George Street that features names like Joules, Reiss and Karen Millen.

For a compact shopping experience with most retail outlets grouped together under one roof, you may wish to visit Thistle Shopping Centre in Stirling. The bright and airy mall features well known brands, including H&M, Primark, Debenhams and Zara.

You could also head to Aberdeen or Dundee.

Charity shops

Scotland’s charity shops are full of treasures, provided you’re willing to dig around a bit. Cities and towns of all shapes and sizes will feature at least one charity shop.

St Andrews is well known for its charity shops. Since the local population is quite wealthy, it’s not unusual to come across discarded designer items on sale for very low prices. Affluent towns in East Lothian are similar.

In Edinburgh, your best bets are the charity shops in the Stockbridge and Newington areas, while in Glasgow you should spend a few hours at the Byres Road outlets.

Specialist retailers

For authentic Scottish goods such as tweed, Arran wool jumpers, tartan and whiskey, the best places to head to are the settlements from which they originate. Take a tour around the Highlands and Islands where you’ll find factory shops and specialist retailers with big selections.

If you don’t have the chance to head up north, all towns and cities boast souvenir shops, such as the Edinburgh Woolen Mill, but be prepared to have to pay more for your goods.

Farmers’ markets

It’s very common to come across farmers’ markets in Scotland, particularly during weekends. One is held in most parts of the country at least once a month, most often held at the largest town in the area. The big cities hold markets more regularly. For example, in Edinburgh visit the Farmers’ Market on Castle Terrace every Saturday, and Stockbridge Market every Sunday.
Here you can buy exquisite seasonal produce and goods from local producers. Scottish specialities include jams and pickles, flavoured rapeseed oils, smoked fish, oatcakes, game, and fresh fruit and veg.