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Delcie’s Cakes

There are a few cafes offering vegan and even gluten free cake slices in Singapore, but at Delcie’s its their specialty. All of the cakes are vegan, and they have options for diabetics (no added sugar), gluten free and without nuts too! The cakes themselves are quite rich and can be a little heavy, but very tasty (I’ve only tried the gluten free ones). You can buy whole cakes at various sizes, cupcakes, cookies etc.

They come well presented in portable packaging, and you can get custom text, images, candles etc when ordering. You can even order it frozen so you can collect early and let it thaw overnight for optimum freshness. Get it delivered or pick up at Boon Keng.

Warning these cakes are not cheap, prices ranging from S$40 for 5×5″ vegan cake up to S$250 for 10×10″ gluten free version. But vegan gluten-free cakes aren’t that easy to come by, especially at this quality. So if you feel like splurging for a birthday check out the big range on offer here. And of course cupcakes and Muffins etc are obviously cheaper and good for single desserts.

Near Boon Keng MRT, Exit B

Tue – Sun 11:00 ~ 20:00
Mondays – Closed

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Mustafa Centre

Mustafa Centre is a monstrous 24hr Indian shopping mall/department store. Mustafa’s literally sells everything, from clothes to electronics, groceries, currency exchange, visas for India and Malaysia, jewellery, you name it. I occasionally go here for groceries, as the range is huge and its the best place for dried foods like beans, lentils, chick peas, fruits, nuts etc, as well as Indian speciality foods, a range of frozen vegetarian products and more.

It’s hard to get an understanding of this place without visiting yourself, but be warned, it gets very, very busy, particularly on weekends. The isles are small too so this is no place for the claustrophobic. You could easily spend a couple of hours walking around this place, getting lost, and just looking at everything on offer. However you are likely to just want to leave and escape the chaos before you actually finish wandering the entire centre.

Note, you will have to either hand in your bag or get it zip-tied before entering, as part of security.

Take Exit C from Farrer Park Station, turn left, and keep walking straight (through the park and across the road).

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Funan Digital Life Mall

There are two malls in Singapore famous for electronics, Sim Lim Square and Funan Digital Life Mall. I much prefer Funan and you’re better off here unless you really know your stuff and can negotiate well. Either way, do your homework first.

Funan has more printed prices, less haggling, and is much fairer than Sim Lim. You can try for a discount if buying multiple items, but prices are more rigid here. While not like Sim Lim, its still good to check prices first at online stores and big chain stores in Singapore such as Courts or Harvey Norman. Know exactly what you are willing to pay for an item and how much it is worth. Printing out prices is a good idea so you can show them. You may still pay a premium over online rates but it must be within reason.

You can buy anything from car shaped speakers to computers to lights to toys etc. I feel much better shopping in Funan than the mad house of Sim Lim.

Regardless, electronics in Singapore are NOT cheap. Import and sales taxes push prices high in Singapore, and you can probably get a better price online or elsewhere in the region.

City Hall MRT is closest, or an easy stroll from Clarke Quay along the main road.
Daily 10:00 ~ 22:00

Sim Lim Square

There are two malls in Singapore famous for electronics, Sim Lim Square and Funan Digital Life Mall. Funan is the better choice of the two unless you really know your stuff and are very good at negotiating.

At Sim Lim, I sensed the scammers as soon as I walked in. The way they call out to foreigners, trying to hide the dollar signs in their eyes. There are few printed prices, and most of the stores really are out to get tourists.

My advice is don’t buy anything there without research first. Check prices for online stores and big chain stores in Singapore such as Courts or Harvey Norman. Know exactly what you should pay for an item, and set a price limit that you are willing to pay. Printing out prices is a good idea so you can show them. You may still pay a premium over online rates but make sure its worth the premium to have it right now. If you have a local friend, you could send them in (without you) to negotiate on your behalf. Also, head up to the higher levels in the mall, and ask at multiple shops before making any purchases.

Regardless, electronics in Singapore are NOT cheap. Import and sales taxes push prices high in Singapore, and you can probably get a better price online or elsewhere in the region.

One thing that Sim Lim does have over Funan is two large Jade sculptures, a ship and a dragon wall. These are on the ground floor and worth checking out if you are wondering around, but don’t justify a trip on their own.

Between Little India and Bugis MRT stations, walkable from both.

Daily 10:30 ~ 21:00