Hot bikini, wetsuit under $200 or great yoga workout wear anyone? We’ve made a start on some of it…
Ngee Ann City Tower A (L18)
391A Orchard Road
T: +65 6733 8863
The place to go for a boutique selection of yoga and yoga-inspired workout wear, including cult brand LululemonAthletica, whose followers (predominately in the US) are referred to as ‘Luluheads’. Chic gym and yoga gear with a difference: Lululemon REALLY IS more stylish, more comfortable, better made and…hurrah….more flattering than anything else out there. Pure Yoga also has studio space and classes for Yoga only (unlike their HK outfit which is more diverse). There is also a branch at Chevron House (#04-00; T: (+65) 6304 2257). Both stores carry the same brands and disappointingly small volume of clothes.
Opening Times: 7am-9pm Mon-Fri, 7am-6pm Sat & Sun
238 Thompson Road
Don’t sweat it, Velocity is THE sports mall and has a whopping 21 shops dedicated solely to sportswear and equipment. If what you are looking for isn’t here, then is probably isn’t in Singapore. Mooch around and you will find a great selection of shops selling everything from yoga gear to tennis skirts and scuba masks.
Opening Times: 10.30am-9.30pm daily (varies from shop to shop)
Ngee Ann City
391A Orchard Road
T: +65 6738 1111
Generally a pretty refined selection of swimwear, sporting garb and equipment from yoga mats to big name sportswear, making Taka a good first port of call.
Opening Times: 10am-9.30pm daily
Suntec City Mall (Tower 1, #01-068)
3 Temasek Boulevard
T: (+65) 6339 2632
Seafolly, from Oz, gets it right nearly all of the time. Sadly around 20% more expensive here than Down Under, they also have a concession on level 4 in Takashimaya (above). BTW: It is always worth checking exchange rates when buying, as sometimes Seafolly UK works out even cheaper than it is in Australia….and, depending which store you get it from, shipping costs can be minimal.
Opening Times: 10.30am-9.30pm daily
Tanglin Mall (#01-07)
163 Tanglin Road
T: (+65) 6235 4718
Come here for Jets swimming gear alone. Jets by Jessika Allen is yet another Aussie swimwear powerhouse and renowned for a flattering fit. Also at Paragon (#05-56; T: (+65) 6836 2672). BTW: The Paragon store is equipped with a huge (and brutally honest) changing room; the mirrors in it let you see yourself from every possible angle.
Opening Times: 10am-9pm Sun-Thu, 10am-9.30pm Fri & Sat
Great World City (#B1-20/23)
1 Kim Seng Road
T: (+65) 6887 4298
For those golfing gals among us…Golf House is part of the Royal Sporting House. Best value golf gear (be it balls, clubs, spikes) in town, which is not to say that it’s cheap, but it sells most things you’d need with prices that are generally lower than elsewhere. BTW: Did you know that unless you’re a pro, you can’t play in metal spikes in Singapore? It’s apparently do to with the large amount of lightening we receive here – nothing to do with them tearing up the ground then. If you need to switch to plastic, buy them here and they will even screw them in for you (fiddly and a bore to have to do yourself).
Opening Times: 11am-9pm daily
Parklane Shopping Mall (#03-09)
35 Selegie Road
T: (+65) 6391 1420
Need a wetsuit and not sure where to get one under the $300 mark? Oceanic’s own brand wetsuits are bargain basement (from $130) but they also stock O’Neill and other more expensive brands if you feel that you need to spend more. Granted, they will not last you as long as a pricer version would, but you’ll get a couple of years wear out of it. Who wants a 5 year old wetsuit anyway?
Opening Times: 11am-6.30pm Mon-Fri; 11am-5.30pm Sat. Closed Sun
Golden Landmark (#01-24)
390 Victoria Street
T: (+65) 6297 9273
This aims to be (and is) Singapore’s premier scuba gear retailer. They stock Scubapro at the correct price (it’s actually cheaper here that it is at other unauthorized retailers in S’pore – we know this to our detriment). Gavin Ang – with more than 2000 dives under his belt – runs the show and is amazing. He knows everything about scuba gear….what gear you need and, remarkably, what gear you don’t need. We like! This should be your first port of call for things like masks (they even do lensed masks which you can take away with you in 20 minutes flat), fins and snorkels – especially if you are a rookie as the advice on what to buy and not buy is honest and valuable. Masks start at around $30. BTW: The Diveshop is not actually located inside the Golden Landmark mall/hotel, but is one of the shops on the outside; on the Arab Street/Haji Lane side of the building. Park in the Golden Landmark carpark and walk round the edge of the building ’til you find it. Lunch at FIKA on Arab Street afterwards – see EAT ME, DRINK ME/Lunch.
Opening Times: 11am-7pm Mon-Sat. By appointment only on Sundays