Singapore Terminal 3 Duty Free Shopping
At just five years old Terminal 3 (T3) is Singapore Changi’s newest and best-equipped terminal.This enormous four-storey glass and steel building with its natural sky lighting and 200 species of plants and flowers is a shopper’s delight with over 100 shops and more than 40 cafés and restaurants. If you have the time, inclination and cash to spend before catching your flight, you have definitely chosen the right terminal to fly from.
Let’s start our shopping tour of Terminal 3 with duty-free liquor and tobacco, which as with Changi’s other two terminals, is run exclusively by DFS Group, one of the world’s biggest travel retailers. In T3 DFS runs three stores in departures and two arrivals shops, the former opening from 06.00-01.00 and the latter a convenient 24-hours a day.
DFS does a great job of showcasing some of the world’s finest luxury spirits, especially deluxe blended Scotch whiskies and XO Cognacs. Top-class Bordeaux and Burgundy wines from the most famous Châteaux in France are well represented too. In-demand Chinese spirits such as the luxury baiju brands Shui Jing Fang and Moutai also feature prominently.
If you love to check out all the latest beauty products, Nuance-Watson’s beauty shops are the place to head for in Terminal 3. Two of its stores in South and North areas of the departures lounge are open all day, but the third outlet in the Central transit lounge opens from 06.00 to 01.00. Both Changi arrival stores are also open from 06.00 to 01.00.
Log on to Nuance-Watson’s excellent website, www.nuancewatson.com.sg to discover some exclusive beauty products you won’t find anywhere else in Singapore. Examples in July 2013 included the women’s fragrance Van Cleef & Arpels Rêve edp 50ml (S$98/£50.50) and the L’Oreal Youth Code Expert Duo anti-wrinkle treatment (S$52/£26.80). In-store you’ll find Nuance-Watson stocks over 120 beauty brands, including all the latest fragrance releases such as Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty Essence, Burberry Body Tender and Prada Candy.The wide selection of fashion and accessories brands with boutiques at Terminal 3 would give the swankiest of downtown shopping malls a run for its money. At one end of the price spectrum UK High Street brand Accessorize is bursting with fun, colourful and on-trend jewellery, bags, purses and hats for younger women at keen prices. Similarly, Bratpack is also aimed at youthful travellers carrying urban fashion brands such as Sanuk, Native and Timbuk2.
At the other end of the price ladder seek out Charles & Keith for classic footwear and accessories, Hugo Boss for sharp men’s shirts and ties, Alfred Dunhill to capture that English country gentleman look, and Salvatore Ferragamo for handcrafted Italian bags and accessories. Other luxury brands completing the A-list line up include Bally, Burberry, Prada and Bvlgari.
The collection of watch shops on offer at Terminal 3 is also pleasingly wide. Choose from funky, youthful styles at either Zap Watches or Swatch; alternatively buy a classic, crafted timepiece that will last a lifetime at Rolex or Gassan Watches.
When it comes to souvenirs, many of Terminal 3’s retail offerings such as DFS Group’s Discover Singapore and TOP Orchids are duplicated in Changi’s other two terminals. One gifts store we do like is Madame Butterfly, which specialises in Asian-inspired gifts, clothing and jewellery. Many pieces feature natural gem stones, especially jade, decorative metalwork (cloisonné) and glass beads. Take a look at the company’s site, http://www.madamebutterfly.com.sg/collection.aspx, for more details.Sweet-toothed voyagers will find all their favourite confectionery brands at the colourful So Chocolate shop (open 06.00 to 01.00), but for something a little more unusual (and occasionally adult-themed) try browsing the Sophisca store. This Taiwanese company sells a wide range of hard and soft candy, chocolate and marshmallows in cute packaging. More risqué items sold include chocolate condoms and candy bras.
Of course, this is only a small selection of the shops awaiting you at Terminal 3. To get a full rundown of what’s on offer there see the full store directory on Singapore Changi’s website: http://www.changiairport.com/at-changi/our-terminals/terminal-3/shop-and-dine/shopping/category.
The airport has also just launched a new on-line pre-order service called iShopChangi, which can be accessed at www.ishopchangi.com. It allows passengers to check prices and pre-order a wide range of beauty, confectionery, electronics and wines and spirits before they arrive at the airport. It’s an excellent service and just what we have come to expect for what is time and again voted by travellers as one of the world’s best-loved airports.
Singapore Terminal 3 Fact File
- Opened: 2008
- Passenger capacity: 22m
- Size: 380,000 square metres
- Number of shops: 100
- Opening hours: Shops generally open 06.00 and close at 01.00. Several duty-free stores open all day.
- Shopping highlights: Luxury fashion, watches and jewellery
Local gift ideas: jade jewellery (Madame Butterfly), orchids (TOP Orchids).