Heart of The Matter

While shopping malls in town always present an exciting onslaught of sights, colors and sounds, heartland malls have their own homely appeal too. Not only can you find just as many upmarket shops in the tenant list of most heartland malls, but you won’t have to wander out of your neighborhood just to sniff out those sizzling buys and awesome deals that are waiting to be discovered and snapped up. Here’s our pick of some of the best.
PARKWAY PARADE, 80 Marine Parade Rd., 6344-1242.
If you live in the east, you must have hit this mall before. It’s cool factor has certainly gone up quite a bit recently, no doubt in part due to the completion of the Level One Fashion and the Basement Gourmet & Lifestyle precincts at the end of last year. The mall houses six levels of retail tenants, one level of tenants who offer medical services, as well as a 17-story office tower. Established fashion names such as Dorothy Perkins, Marks & Spencer, Topshop/Topman, and Esprit can be found here, which means that there is no need to travel all the way to town in order to find some decent clothes.
TAMPINES MALL, 4 Tampines Central 5, 6788-8372.
Another great shopping mall to visit if you are in the east is Tampines Mall. Considered one of the leading suburban malls of the east, Tampines Mall gives great choices and offers ever-changing shopping experiences for the fashion-conscious heartland shopaholic. Colorful, vibrant, and always pleasant, shoppers can be sure of keeping abreast of the latest fashion trends and fads in this mall.
JUNCTION 8 SHOPPING CENTRE, 9 Bishan Place, 6354-2955.
Film addicts will be able to satisfy their movie cravings at Golden Village Junction 8, located on Level 4, or they can head down to Sembawang Music Centre (located on the same level) to seek out the latest CDs and DVDs. Foodies will be delighted to know that there is a branch of the renowned Taiwanese dim sum restaurant Din Tai Fung on Level 1.
A west-side mall that has become extremely popular of late, mainly due to its size and strategic location. Located between Boon Lay MRT station and a 65-bay bus interchange, and supported by a residential and office population that is close to 400,000, the seven-level center has a lettable space of 408,000 sq. ft. and a staggering 200-plus specialty shops and eateries. So what are you waiting for?