There’s a saying that no matter how many times you visit Queensway Shopping Centre, you’re bound to make a few wrong turns when walking through the alleys of this unique hexagonal shaped shopping centre.
Built in 1976 along Alexandra Road and Jalan Bukit Merah, Queensway Shopping Centre has thankfully managed to keep up to pace with the introduction of mega malls over the years, and is still frequented by many individuals who value the personable touch (and discounts) that many of the stall owners still have to offer.
While many patrons to Queensway Shopping Centre do come for the range of hiking equipment, affordable eyewear and alternative street wear, its core clientele still remains those looking for the best range of sportswear available, particularly that of Singapore’s favourite sport of football.
Many including myself will remember visiting Queensway Shopping Centre to purchase their first pair of football boots or their first team jersey at a discounted price. For me, the journey there was often a one-hour bus ride on 153, but the excitement and rewards of being able to play a game of football thereafter was always worth it.
The charm of Queensway perhaps also lies in its interesting mix of stall owners that range from an old Indian Tailor, to the young female assistant at the tattoo parlour, or the multi-tasking aunty churning out some of the best laksa in Singapore at Janggut Laksa stall.
Though different in their demographic and trade, it is comforting to see each stall owner strike up simple but friendly conversations with their customers, who at certain times, seem more like friends than patrons out for a bargain.
So while the mega malls and repetition of shops continue to flood our island, it is comforting to know that places as architecturally unique as Queensway Shopping Centre still provide a much-needed personalised experience for those weary of our fast-paced city life.