My mum is Filipino, so I definitely am no stranger to Lucky Plaza. Entering Lucky Plaza is like stepping into a Filipino community and I daresay there are more Filipinos than Singaporeans in this particular shopping mall along Orchard road.
I have been to Lucky Plaza so many times I can’t even count so it’s shocking to me, that some locals have never been there. As unassuming as it looks from the outside, Lucky Plaza has more than just Jollibee fried chicken (which might be the only reason Singaporeans head there).
While Golden Mile is a haven for Thai food, Lucky Plaza is the place to go for Filipino food, desserts, and even skincare! If you’ve never visited Lucky Plaza, here are ten things you can do!
The first thing on the list is something almost everyone will be able to appreciate: thrift shopping. Lucky Plaza has not one, but two thrift shops for you to check out.
Both thrift stores are full of clothes. This photo speaks for itself. Many of the clothes on sale cost less than S$10, so get ready for some major shopping. Lucky Plaza Bazaar sells clothes, swimwear and jewellery, while Fleawhere sells an even more random assortment of clothes, bags, shoes and phone accessories.
Lucky Plaza Bazaar:#04-76A
I didn’t notice this till recently, but you can get tatted and pierced at Lucky Plaza pretty affordably. Located on level two is Sgoons Tattoo. It’s a rather small parlour so you’ll probably have to call them advance to book a slot.
Sgoons Tattoo: #02-46A | Tel: 9859 6097
If you visit Lucky Plaza, you need to try some authentic Filipino food. Since you’re there, might as well try some Filipino cuisine right? Lutong Pinoy is a stall at the basement food court that sells Filipino food, as well as desserts you won’t find elsewhere in Singapore.
I suggest you visit this store, rather than the Filipino restaurants in Lucky Plaza because at least you won’t be overwhelmed with the huge menu options at the restaurants.
Lutong Pinoy @ Asian Food Mall: #B1-38 to #B1-149
Growing up, I always looked forward to going Lucky Plaza just so I could buy Filipino snacks that I miss. There are several stores at Lucky Plaza similar to Kate’s Mart that sell Filipino snacks.
Aside from Filipino-branded chips and crackers, there is a variety of instant baking mix boxes if you want to try baking something at home!
Kate’s Mart: #04-81
If you’re tired from all the thrift shopping and eating, why not treat yourself to some well-deserved pampering? Angel’s Face Beauty Salon is one of the various stores in Lucky Plaza that offers services like eyebrow embroidery, Korean eyelash lifting, and eyelash extensions. Click here to check out their Facebook page!
Angel’s Face Beauty Salon: #02-65
Jollibee is basically Lucky Plaza’s pride and joy imported all the way from the Philippines. If you’re not up for trying Filipino street cuisine, then perhaps check out the most successful fast-food brand to come out of the Philippines. Other than their famed fried chicken, try the Jolly Spaghetti!
Jollibee’s version really reflects the Filipino-style spaghetti, which has a sweeter sauce than the Italian sauces you’re used to.
Jollibee: #06 – 48A, and in the Asian Food Mall #B1-38 to B1-149
On the fourth floor is where all the action seems to be. Besides all the food here, Lucky Plaza also has several nail parlours and beauty saloons if you want to get pampered. Right now, Belisse is having a promotion where you can get acrylic extensions for just S$80! Usually, acrylic extensions can cost you over S$100 so this is a great deal.
Dollars & Scents is a store at basement one selling Duty-Free Perfume from a wide variety of brands including Mont Blanc, Victoria’s Secret and Moschino. If you need to buy presents for Christmas, this could be a good place to shop at. Or just get something for yourself too.
Dollars & Scent: #B1-12A, #B1-75 / 76, #01-34A / 35A, #03-72 & #04-01B
Lucky Plaza has multiple money changers as well with competitive rates to cater to the many shoppers here. Just in case you need to settle this task before travelling, you know Lucky Plaza’s got your back!
Click here to browse through the several money changers at Lucky Plaza.
Lucky Plaza has so many beauty parlours you really are spoiled for choice. One of my favourites to visit is Belisse Beauty Sanctuary, which is right beside the nails saloon under the same owner. They have promotions for a variety of hair treatments such as Brazilian Keratin and cellophane treatments. Promotions seem to be a permanent stay here.
Belisse Beauty Sanctuary: #04-31
Lucky Plaza is always crowded on weekends with many domestic workers hanging out and I can understand why – it’s a nostalgic environment that feels like ”Little Manilla’. Many of the stuff being sold at this mall is more affordable compared to what you’ll find in other atas places in Orchard, like Paragon and Ion.
The mall is full of stores to shop from and things for you to try out that aren’t as common in Singapore. I’ve literally been going to Lucky Plaza for years since I was a kid and it still manages to surprise me with each visit.
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