Singapore's Central Business District is a showcase for Singapore's urban development, where old-time buildings like the Raffles Hotel stand side by side with gleaming new retail developments like the Raffles City Mall.
The area's malls cover the basics and more. Some distinguish themselves by their impressive design (the Raffles City complex was designed by I.M. Pei), while others are devoted to particular themes (Funan Mall is devoted to the latest technology). The district's malls of note include:
Suntec City Mall (3 Temasek Boulevard; Tel: 6825 2667 / 6825 2668 / 6825 2669 / 6825 2670) is the largest mall in Singapore, with over 83,000 square meters of retail space. French hypermart Carrefour is here, as are hundreds of other major worldwide brands. The mall is known for the Fountain of Wealth, known to Guinness Records aficionados as the largest fountain in the world.
Raffles City Shopping Centre (252 North Bridge Road; Tel: 6338 7766) houses a variety of international fashion and specialty shops, including Guess, the Metropolitan Museum of New York, and Tommy Hilfiger.
Funan DigitaLife Mall (109 North Bridge Road), is arguably Singapore's second-best place for affordable electronics (the first-best is Sim Lim Square, which is more suitable for experienced computer shoppers). The government keeps a closer watch on stores in Funan, so you can be fairly sure you're not getting ripped off (which is not always the case in the more rough-and-ready Sim Lim).
Millenia Walk (9 Raffles Boulevard; Tel: 6883 1122) offers fashion stores and specialty shops by the dozen.
Marina Square (6 Raffles Boulevard Tel: 6339 8787) has over 300 shops to lose oneself in.
CityLink (1 Raffles Link) is an underground mall that links the City Hall MRT Station to Suntec City Mall and Marina Square. CityLink is no slouch in the retail department - it offers a wide range of shops and restaurants, from HMV to FCUK to Adidas.
Nearest MRT Stops: Three MRT stops offer access to the vicinity: Clarke Quay (NE5), Raffles Place (EW14/NS26), and City Hall (EW13/NS25)