This large, practical, no-nonsense shopping centre has long been a favourite with Singaporeans and draws a fair number of visitors too. The biggest draw is Robinson’s department store, established in 1858, which is well known for some of the best service in Singapore. Children's retail, home furnishings, jewellery, electronics and bookshops are other attractions here.
Thickets of Local Street wear outlets wedged into a corner of Parco Bugis Junction, illustrating the revolving-door nature of Singapore fashion.
This ageing, slightly rundown building is a magnet for expats and fashionable Singaporeans and a great place for an aimless browse among the arts, handicrafts, gifts, home wares and fashion outlets. Then top it off at one of the massage, reflexology or beauty salons on level three for a little pampering afterwards.
Follow your nose to what may be the last traditional spice-grinding shop in Singapore. Plastic garbage bins full of dried bell chillies crowd the doorway, while inside you can take away big scoops of turmeric, cumin and fennel or order them freshly ground.
It's worth going at weekends just to see the queues of eager females and their anxious male companions waiting to get in. Join the queue, and look for a bag the replica hounds haven't copied yet.
A Singapore legend, as much cultural rite of passage as shopping experience, Mustafa's narrow aisles and tiny nooks have everything from electronics, clothing, toiletries, tacky clothes, cheap DVDs, gold, money changers, a supermarket and sometimes half the population of Singapore.
Classy, classy, classy: Givenchy, Ralph Lauren, YSL, Hugo Boss, Versace, Gucci, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Prada and people who love them. Great basement food selection.