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Mustafa - A Shopping Paradise

Mustafa - A Shopping Paradise 0

My memories of Mustafa go back to early 1990s. That was the time when Mustafa was probably not just a shopping mall but a big tourist attraction. First thing that came to any body’s mind while visiting Singapore used to be a visit to Mustafa. Mustafa has come a long way since then, what used to be a just 3 story small building is now a huge shopping mall between 5 to 7 stories and almost 300 meters long.

How To Reach There

Mustafa is located in one of the busiest area of Singapore known as Little India. Easiest way to reach here is by MRT. You can get down at Farrer Park MRT station and walk to Mustafa. Avoid getting down at Little India MRT station as you may end up walking almost 1 km to reach Mustafa. You can also take Taxi from any location and I bet driver won’t even ask second question when you say you are heading to Mustafa.

Once you have reached Mustafa, you will need local currency and Mustafa has a solution for any currency that you have. You can exchange at Mustafa Exchange which is near exit/entry A. Based on my personal experience Mustafa offers one of the best exchange rate across the island.

What can you get there

What started as a small grocery store has become a huge or probably the biggest Shopping mall in Singapore.  You can get almost everything possible that you need at home in Mustafa. Starting from a Needle to Big Furniture items. While grocery section is the most crowded in Mustafa, there are plenty of other sections to explore for a tourist and shop. Mustafa is not designed like a niche or fancy looking  top line shopping mall but you won’t be disappointed if you are looking for good price for any items like clothes, camera’s, TV’s, Projector, Perfumes, Chocolates, Shoes, Sports items etc. Best thing about Mustafa is you will find multiple brands available from across the world under single roof. During my first in early 1990’s I remember to have bought a Wrist watch and a scientific calculator which is even working now in 2019.

What you can buy

Mustafa has a big name in Electronics & electrical products. The store has almost all top line brands like Apple, Sony, Samsung, LG Panasonic, Toshiba, Sharp, Canon, Epson, HP, Brother, Yamaha, Dell to name a few. Special deals are always available in electronics section and you will be spoilt with the choices available.

Mustafa also has a huge Gold section which offers plenty of choices. There are thousands of jewellery designs available and you won’t regret buying from such a trust worthy place. Beside Jewellery you can also buy Gold coins and bigger denomination Gold bars. 

The Best Time to Visit

If you don’t mind crowd you can visit the place anytime. But if you like a bit of space and want to get attention from promoters, you can visit after mid night as the place is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Hungry while Shopping

Don’t worry Mustafa has solution for you. You can either eat at Kebab and Curries which is located at roof top of Mustafa. If hungry for snacks there is Snacks corner which is near exit B or you can also get pizza/pastry/cookies at level 2 near Grocery section. Beside inside Mustafa there are multiple options available for Hungry shoppers just in front of Mustafa.

Advise on GST

Tourists can claim back GST for everything that they plan to carry back to their home country. Please keep all receipts and present together at GST section to get the form which you need to present at Singapore customs while exiting the country. There is a minimum limit which you need to follow before you can ask for a GST claim. You can check the limit with any promoter there to avoid any mistake.

Address and Location Map 

Wish you Happy Visiting and Shopping at Mustafa.

Singapore Top 10 Places of Interest

Singapore Top 10 Places of Interest 0

1. Little India 
The popular tourist place to visit in Singapore. Little India is lovingly referred to as ‘Tekka’, and is a popular attraction that sees thousands of tourists enjoy the vibrant locales.  Singapore is a potpourri of Asian ethnicities that are now an integral part of the country. One such ethnic group is the Indians. Based in Little India, Singapore, the Indian community is one of the largest communities in Singapore, and have a special identity in this great nation. Little India is lovingly referred to as ‘Tekka’, and is a popular attraction that sees thousands of tourists enjoy the vibrant locales. It is located on the east side of the Singapore River, just across another wonderful ethnic area, Chinatown. So, if you are a touring Singapore, be sure to catch these attractions in Little India.
Nearby Sightseeing in Little India Singapore
i. Abdul Gafoor Mosque
Over a 100 years old, Abdul Gafoor mosque is another important religious and historical site in Little India, Singapore. This mosque is rich in amazing architectural features, and is considered to be one of the most beautiful mosques in the country.
ii. Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple or Sri Perumal Temple is one of the oldest temples in Singapore. It is located in Little India on Serangoon Road, where its tall Gopuram (tower) shows the different incarnations of Lord Vishnu.

iii. Mustafa Centre
Located just off Serangoon Road, the Mustafa Centre is the best mall for budget shopping. This centre is open 24/7 and shoppers from all over Singapore come here to buy everything from clothes to electronics at reasonable rates.
iv. Sunday Street 
Sunday Street is the place to shop, eat and enjoy. Sunday markets are commonplace all over the world, but what makes Sunday Street unique is the people. People from all over Singapore are here to enjoy the atmosphere and indulge in retail therapy. Indians, Chinese Malay, Europeans, and native Singaporeans all get together and have a great time at the Sunday Street

 🏠 Address

Serangoon Road, Little India, Singapore ​
⏳ Getting Here
🚂Train : Take Purple Line or Downtown link MRT and alight at Little India Stations
2. China Town 
Nearby Sightseeing in China Town Singapore
i. Street Market China Town
Singapore’s Chinatown is full of bright color, cool graphics, and traditional architecture.  Chinatown is home to exotic market items, tasty restaurants, souvenir shops, and stores selling items from around the world. Wandering the streets of Chinatown you are sure to find plenty of places along with many tempting things to eat. Visit the area to take photos but be sure to show up hungry and experience many of the things you must eat while in Singapore.
ii. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple​
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is a remarkable four-story temple. When entering the gate, you’ll immediately notice the stunning main hall with its high ceiling. The bell tower and drum tower are on the same floor. However, the main focus for most visitors is the solid gold two-metre stupa on the fourth floor which is the place where the sacred relic is kept.  The temple is built in a style based on the Buddhist mandala of the Tang dynasty
iii. Red Dot Design Museum
Red Dot Design Museum will make you look at everyday objects in a different light. Taking the mystery out of innovations that make our life easier and exploring some of the more unusual gizmos and gadgets.  Although it’s a fairly small gallery, the spectrum of design is large. 
Opening Hours:(Closed Wed & Thu)
Mon, Tue & Fri 11:00–18:00,
Sat - Sun 11:00-20:00
Address: 28 Maxwell road red dot traffic Singapore 069120.
iv. Coin and Notes Museum
The Singapore Coins and Notes Museum is the country's first and only museum dedicated to displaying currency. Through their intimate but novel exhibits, journey through a world of coins and notes from the earliest objects used for barter trade to the latest cutting-edge polymer notes.
Opening Hours
Daily from 10:00 until 20:00
Address 40 Pagoda Street, Level 1, Singapore

 🏠 Address​
China Town Singapore 
3. Orchard Road 

An avenue with big shopping centres filled with luxury brands to cater to every whim and fancy of the well to dos. Broad range of shopping experiences available. Many 'up-market' shops. A great way to spend an afternoon and evening.

Orchard Road is the place to be for shopping of every kind. No matter what your budget there's something for everyone. There are large Malls and smaller department stores, plenty of food outlets providing food from around the world. Orchard Road is also the road you'll walk along to reach the famous Raffles Hotel. This road is also on the main bus route, and the buses are clean, and I believe the best way to travel around and see the sights, but make sure you have plenty of change as the driver will only accept the EXACT money for your journey. Lots of Hotels on Orchard Road too, so you should be able to locate yourself here if you want to. Enjoy!
Orchard Road is the best during evenings with all the lights but it's even better during Christmas. Singaporeans put on the best Christmas show, the shops and shopping centres are beautifully decorated.
Popular Shopping Malls on Orchard road 
Modern, multi-floor mall offering a range of familiar international retailers, with dining options.
391 Orchard Rd6506 0460
Closes 9:30PM
Upscale, twin-towered shopping mall with designer fashion brands, a department store & restaurants.
290 Orchard Rd6738 5535
Closes 10PM
Modern 6-level shopping mall featuring international designer retailers, plus dining options.
181 Orchard Rd6238 1051
Closes 10PM
333A Orchard Rd 6831 6363
Closes 10PM
277 Orchard Rd 6513 4633
Closes 10:30PM
Mall with upscale fashion & lifestyle boutiques, eateries & a glass tube linking its 2 halves.
435 Orchard Rd 6235 2103
Open ⋅ Closes 10PM
320 Orchard Rd6737 5500
Open ⋅ Closes 9:30PM
2 Orchard Turn6238 8228
Open ⋅ Closes 10PM
Modern, multi-level mall featuring designer clothing & accessory stores, along with dining options.
4. Sentosa 

Sentosa is an island resort off Singapore’s southern coast, connected to the city by road, cable car, pedestrian boardwalk and monorail. On the south coast, Palawan Beach is lined with food stalls and bars, and has a suspension bridge to a small offshore island. Palm-lined, crescent-shaped Tanjong Beach is more tranquil. Sentosa is a house of Singapore top tourist attractions including but not limited to 

5. Marina Bay 

Discover some of the best things to see and do around Singapore's Marina Bay area, from free light and water shows to leisurely boat rides and great views.

  1. Sands SkyPark Observation Deck -Take in panoramic vistas of the Marina Bay area, the vibrant colours of Gardens by the Bay and a bird’s-eye view of the Singapore Strait.
  2. ArtScience Museum - Art, design, architecture and technology come together at the ArtScience Museum. Expect cutting-edge digital installations that will entertain adults and kids alike.
  3. Spectra – A Light & Water Show- Watch the beautiful symphony of dancing fountain jets, colourful visual projections, advanced lasers and mist effects that tell the Singapore story.(Free and Easy)
  4. Gardens by the Bay- Home to the world’s largest greenhouse. Watch the Supertrees twinkle to life during the free nightly show, Garden Rhapsody.
  5. Singapore Flyer - Ride the largest Ferris wheel in Asia and enjoy panoramic views of the Marina Bay area and Singapore Strait.
  6. Merlion Park - Snap pictures with the mythical mascot of Singapore at this tourist hotspot.(Free and Easy)
  7. Esplanade Theatres - Catch a free outdoor performance or view an exhibition at this multi-purpose arts centre. (Free and Easy)
  8. Marina Barrage - Head to the rooftop of Singapore’s largest catchment area for a spot of kite-flying and a unique view of the city. (Free and Easy)

Nearby MRT :  Bayfront MRT , Esplanade MRT 

    6. Clarke-quay

    Clarke Quay is a unique, conserved historical landmark riverside quay in Singapore, located within the Singapore River at the fringe of Singapore's Central Business. Your trip to Singapore is not complete if you don't head out to the bustling Clarke Quay district for great music, Food and night life. 

    What are the best things to do in Clarke Quay?

    1. old hill street police station
    2. Jambo Sea food Restaurants 
    3. G-MAX Reverse Bungy - Falls from 50 metres, reaching over 120kph. 
    4. The Arts House - Multi-disciplinary arts venue which plays host to art exhibitions and concerts. Built in 1827. 
    5. Lockdown Escape - Is a real-life room escape game, where players must exploit their surroundings to escape. Try out the best escape games in Singapore!
    7. Boat Quay 
    1. Canvas Club- Hit the neon-lit dancefloor or check out some cool art
    2. RedDot BrewHouse offers a great chilled ambiance with views over the Singapore River.
    3. The Spiffy Dapper - A no-frills spot for cocktails The Spiffy Dapper is probably the best cocktail spot along the stretch of Boat Quay.
    4. Cat Café Neko no Niwa - Enjoy furry cuddles over coffee where you can drink tea and coffee at Boat Quay,
    5. The Penny Black - A British-style pub at the quay. The Penny Black is a Victorian London-style pub at Boat Quay
    8. Arab Street - Singapore street art: haji lane, kampong glam & arab street
    Explore vintage shops, unique shopping, and cute little stores.  From Haji Lane, walk to Arab Street and Kampong Glam area; witness a combination of Malay and Arab culture. Don’t forget to stop by at Masjid Sultan Agung (Sultan Mosque), the largest Mosque in Singapore
    9. Bugis Street  

    Bugis Street is one of the best shopping places attracting most of the shopping lovers in Singapore. A shopping paradise for fashionistas: Bugis Street has more than 600 shops, and most of them offer fashion clothing, shoes and accessories. A true budget shopping place in Singapore. Bugis Street Market is one of the biggest, cheapest, and probably hottest places to come shopping in the whole of Singapore.