Queensway Shopping Centre

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.

Carlos Tevez greets you at one of the four entrances into Queensway Shopping Centre

Carlos Tevez greets you at one of the four entrances into Queensway Shopping Centre

The often confusing walkways from above

The often confusing walkways from above

The hexagonal layout of the shops are visible from above

The hexagonal layout of the shops are visible from above

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.

Affordable eyewear and great customer care from AZ Optics

Affordable eyewear and great customer care from AZ Optics

A kid awaits the correct shoe size

A kid awaits the correct shoe size

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.

A place for hikers and backpackers

A place for hikers and backpackers

A shopkeeper aligns his goods amongst a multitude of colours

A shopkeeper aligns his goods amongst a multitude of colours

The limited edition shop for the sneaker fanatics

The limited edition shop for the sneaker fanatics

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.

An old Indian Tailor deep in coversation

An old Indian Tailor deep in coversation

Streetwear and tatto shops provide Queensway with a unique edge

Streetwear and tatto shops provide Queensway with a unique edge

The comfort food item that is Laksa, a great reason to visit Queensway Shopping Centre.

The comfort food item that is Laksa, a great reason to visit Queensway Shopping Centre.

The ultimate open kitchen concept

The ultimate open kitchen concept

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.

20 cents of entertainment

20 cents of entertainment

A family that eats at Queensway together

A family that eats at Queensway together

 

 

 

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