24 Hour Convenience
Small 24-hour convenience stores such as 7-11 and Cheers are ideal to pop in to if you want a few essentials. They tend to stock some basic toiletries, painkillers, cough medication, snacks, drinks, sandwiches, and sometimes even sandals and T-shirts. While these stores are usually more expensive than in larger supermarkets, they are an easy option and available across the city.
Many petrol stations also have convenience stores that are open 24 hours, and some supermarkets such as Cold Storage and Fairprice have 24-hour outlets with opening hours listed on their websites. But for the best Singapore has to offer in 24-hour shopping, head to the famous Mustafa Centre in Little India, where you can buy everything from fine jewellery and flatscreen TVs to luggage and groceries.
Supermarkets in Singapore are spread all over the country and cater to most needs. Cold Storage and Fairprice are where you’ll find the biggest range of groceries, with Cold Storage having a wider variety of imported Western and Japanese foods and beverages. Fairprice Finest and Fairprice belong to the same brand, with the latter being slightly cheaper as it does not stock as many Western brands.
Gourmet supermarkets like Marketplace and Jason’s tend to stock more imported items, including a wide range of cheeses and cold cuts. For a great range of local ingredients, the Sheng Siong supermarket chain is one of your best bets. Many supermarkets in Singapore also offer free delivery, some with a minimum purchase amount. And if you’re staying longer, you could consider buying groceries online at websites such as RedMart.