There are many famous tourists attractions in Singapore like the Sentosa Island, Universal Studios in Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore Zoo, Singapore Night Safari, Singapore Bird Park, Orchard Road Tourist area, Marina Bay area, Gardens By the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, Little India, Chinatown and other famous landmarks, Jurong East Regional Centre is another place to explore where you could possibly spend at least half or even the whole day over there.
This is especially so during a raining day where outdoor activities might need to be put on a backburner and this is where Jurong East could be a good option to spend time exploring. In addition, if shopping is your kind of thing, then Jurong East could not be a better place in one of the neighbourhoods other than the city centre to shop till you drop literally.
There are four major malls in Jurong East district. These malls are inter-connected and can be easily reached via the green East-West line on the MRT system. Exiting at Jurong East MRT Station, you can walk into Jem Mall or Westgate Mall directly.
Entering Jem Mall via the link connection, you will reach H&M and Uniqlo stores on the left and right respectively. At Jem, you can also shop at Marks&Spencer as well as Robinsons if you prefer European stuff. Of course there are many other fashion stores and specialty stores to head to for shopping too.
If you arrive Jem in the morning, you can also head to Marche Movenpick Café for breakfast where they do have 1 for 1 offer. Coffee used to be 1 for 1 during breakfast as well but not any more. There are many food and beverages establishments at Jem for lunch and dinner. Ding Tai Fung Restaurant has quite a crowd during lunch. There are western restaurants such as Jack’s Place and Ambush that won’t cost too much for lunch where set lunches are available. Of course there is a food court on level 5 with a great variety of food choice too.
The Cathay cinema is on level 5 should you feel a need to catch a movie in between your shopping trip to rest your tired legs. FairPrice Xtra Supermarket is located on the basement for those who need to stock up on necessities. Crossing the connecting bridge on level 2 over to Big Box, there are more shopping opportunities.
While Big Box may not be as opulent in terms of decorations compare to other malls, here is a place where you could save quite substantially especially during great promotional events. The hypermart on ground floor takes up much of the space and will surely satisfy those with household needs. You could shop for furniture and furnishings, electronics and appliances as well as health and beauty products.
Big Box is also connected to the newly opened Ng Teng Fong Hospital via a link bridge across the road. The hospital is linked up with another mall IMM as well.
On level 2, there is a café where quality food is served at very reasonable price. You could get set lunch for under $10 which includes a salad or soup of the day, a main course and a drink of coffee or soft drink. Sometimes, set lunch cost only $8 between 12 noon and 1 pm. This is close to food court price for a good lunch. The setup is very pleasant which is pretty much like Ikea and the staff are friendly and helpful.
Another mall Westgate next to Jem is like Jem where there are many food and beverages establishments as well. The famous Hong Kong Restaurant Tim Ho Wan is located here. Japanese Store Isetan is one of the tenants as well where regular promotional events with great discounts are held and extending to the area outside the store.
The food court at the basement is quite nice with its unique theme and many great food stalls to choose from for a meal. There are also many shops that cater to those who need to shop for fashion, sports, electronics and miscellaneous goods.
A bridge connection leads to the newly opened Ng Teng Fong Hospital and from there, there is another link to another major mall IMM. Jurong East shopping district is all linked up now and it is very convenient for those who enjoy shopping.
Over at IMM which is a very huge mall, this is where Giant Hypermart is located. There are a variety of shops and outlets that pretty much compete and complement Jem and Westgate. There are plenty of food and beverages establishments as well. If you are looking for the Japanese $2 shop Daiso, there is an outlet over there. A Post Office is also located at IMM for those who need to send stuff back home.
Besides using this bridge connection to get to IMM, there is a shuttle bus service from Westgate that departs regularly. So there are plenty of shopping avenues in Jurong East. You could have dinner at IMM after having done shopping at Jem, Big Box and Westgate Mall. You could take the shuttle bus service back to Westgate after you have done with shopping if you prefer not to walk back to Jurong East MRT Station.
From Westgate Mall, there is a connection that leads back to Jurong East MRT Station. The Four Fingers Crispy Chickens young people are raving about is located before this link connection to Jurong East MRT Station. This fast food outlet is just next to Starbucks Coffee at the entrance of the link bridge.
If you wish to continue with more shopping, you could walk further down next to the MRT station and proceed along the bus interchange to the right, cross the road and go over to the HDB neighbourhood centre to check out more local shops and coffee shops. These shops are not air-conditioned though. Next to this neighbourhood is another mall, JCube Mall.
Inside JCube Mall is a big ice-skating ring. There are many eateries and restaurants here as well. Cold Storage Supermarket is located at the basement. Of course there are more shops of all and sundry to kill your legs if they are not already crying out for help yet. The good news is that there are cafes, eateries and restaurants all over the place in these few malls and the surrounding vicinity where you could stop for a break to recuperate. Who says shopping must be done at downtown area to get the best bang for the buck!
Shopping in a neighbourhood outside city centre will provide you an experience to live like a local here. These are places where locals do their shopping and dining and get going with their daily lives. Jurong East is a busy place. The MRT Station and the bus interchange can be very crowded during peak hours. By the way, there are buses where you can catch to travel over to Johor in Malaysia from this bus interchange.
If these few malls are still insufficient shopping for you, take a train further west and get off at Boon Lay Station. Jurong Point Shopping Mall could be another mall that will keep you occupy till you are satisfied with your mall shopping and dining experience.
By the way, there is a hotel nearby too. The Genting Hotel Jurong which opened in 2015 has a rooftop pool as well. For those who wish to explore this area and do a lot of shopping, Genting Hotel is a good option which is not awfully expensive compare to a hotel in the city centre. This hotel also provides free shuttle service to Resorts World Sentosa. This will no doubt provide another accommodation option for those who wish to enjoy attractions in Sentosa but not willing to fork out big bucks for expensive accommodations in Sentosa island.
So check out Jurong East Regional Centre in the western part of the island if you are running out of ideas on where to go and how to spend your time here in Singapore. Shopping and dining outside the city area are likely to cost less too. Jurong district in the west is an upcoming lake district that offers great varieties of attractions, leisure and amenities for both locals and tourists alike. Have fun wandering around this area.