Central mall, the 1st time i visited was in 2006, the year before last year when it was just opened. That time not much shops started business. Very very boring. Now it is much more better more shops. Because I work near Clarke quay, so normally I went there on weekdays and on weekdays there aren't many people. so the shopping mall looks very quiet and no live. The only thing I like about this shopping mall is the food court. Why? Because the food court can see the singapore river! very nice scenery and most importantly the Korean food stall is super nice.
Been there a few times, mainly having drinks in starbucks.
This place is so convenient just above clarke quay mrt, but still it seems to be so quiet, except for the shops at the front still in operation, alot of the tiny stalls at the top inside the mall, most of them are closed.
This is such a pity as the location is easy to access, why is not attracting enough people.Seems like the bustop got more people then the mall.
What a waste of space. sad to see yet another quiet mall.
The Central is considered to be one of those shopping centres that are not the conventional type ( there's no major department store/no supermarket/no movie theatre...not even macdonald's). Hence this explains the lack of crowds even during weekend which is a good thing for someone like me who doesnt like sardine packed malls. However, there seems to be a lack of identity for mall.... on one hand, there's a good selection of japanese restaurants like the Murutanan Ramen and Waruku, on the hand you will find cheap cosmetic and accessories shops tugged at another corner... As much as I adore the peace and quiet, I will not even considered going there again except for the Murutama Ramen...I think the selection of shops are simply not enticing and causes confusion as you wonder from level to level. The landlord could perhaps focus on the advantage of their location ( it's so close to nite spots and the party goers) as well as its close proximity to places like Singapore River. : >
I've been here on many occasions since, and even done a case study for my project on this mall; so it makes me pretty familiar with this place. This mall is easily accessible via train from Clarke Quay MRT Station. One thing I always commend on this mall is the exterior design. It is made of glass with special lightings illuminating the mall during the night, giving it the exotic facade. They also make clever usage of the glass rooftop and walls to allow natural light to penetrate into the building, hence energy efficient.
The building is separated into 2 sections. Distinctively one side caters towards the diners, whilst the other provides the shopping experience. The anchor tenants are basically Barang Barang and Harvey Norman. What I realised from my project was that one of the target group of this place is tourist, evident from their shuttle bus plying along the major hotel. It doesn't make sense for tourist or even Singaporeans to come all the way here just to buy that furniture or bulky machine home. It will be more strategic if it's a mall in the heartlands.
What I would say is that the food segment is much successful that the shopping available and the management should do something to perk up the shopping experience. Strong Japanese flavours are seen around this mall. Spotted here are Japanese outlets such as Marutama Ramen, Kyomomoyama, Sho-U, Waraku Japanese Casual and Pasta Restaurant, Hokkaido Ice Cream and many more. The food court is also located on the 4th floor of this segment. Other affairs are also available such as Pepper Lunch, O'Brien's, Manhattan Fish Market, Billy Bombers and Tung Lok Signatures.
Shopping here can be a disaster, not kindly assisted by the complex arrangements of the escalators. The shops located on level 1 & 2 are the more appealing ones, other than that the rest of the shops are mediocre. Irony strikes me when I saw "Level One" is located on level 3 of the mall. Sounds dumb to me but anyway, it is accessible via a direct escalator from level 1. While the concept works pretty well over at Far East Plaza, it seems to be more dead here as the variety of shop is very limited. Plus, there are some units that have been vacant for quite some time.
I would not come here for shopping, but rather you’ll be spoilt for choice by the number of F&B outlets and Japanese flavours that this mall offers.
judging from the exterior, the building looks tempting enough for me to enter it. but i have to say i was really disappointed after i enter because i got a little fed up with the escalators. it made the place really confusing to get around.
initially i thought the place might become really popular as it is really accessible for its location beside clarke quay mrt station. but after i walked throughout the whole building nothing can actually impressed me at all.
and also, the place is really quiet on a weekday(which is actually a good thing for shoppers), but i noticed that most shops are closed. my friend who used to work there mentioned that because the crowd was too pathetic and that's why most shops move out after opening for a month.
however, the place do have a couple of good restaurants and shops worth looking out for.
maybe i'm just always there on a wrong day that's why i didn't find the place an attraction(=
Great location. But it seem that the selection of shops isn't up to my taste. Also there's limated choice of food here. Which is what I always look for in a shopping mall. A great place, if you're going passing by and want to look around though.
There's been quite some talk about the Central (or at least from the people around me) and I was really anticipating my trip down! I must say it's really convenient to go to, because of the MRT station, and it's a wonderful addition to this Clarke Quay area. It's now not just a night-time place, you can go there to shop too!
It was quite nice to be walking in a new mall, seeing new things. I like seeing so many new clothes boutiques as well as restaurants! If you have to go there everyday, you probably won't run out of things to eat so soon (but maybe you'll run out of money first haha).
However, I personally wasn't very impressed by the structure of the building per se. Being my first time there, I thought that touring around the building could be quite confusing. The side of the building that has all the food outlets and restaurants seem to be another "tower", separated from the clothes and shopping section. Even then, within the "shopping" section, there seemed to be an annex. The place seems to be structured in a figure "8" design, where walking behind one row of shops will unfold yet another "world of shopping".
Although I did like walking around this new mall, I must say that most things on the 2nd to about 4th (i think?) level were selling the same type of stuff in terms of designs of clothes etc. No doubt it's the fashion now, but I really find it pretty boring to be seeing the same thing everywhere. Also, they seem to have created a replica of "Level One" at Far East in this mall. On top of that, there's not much things that appeals to the guys (other than the top most level (5th?) - the hardware shops). Not very well balanced, I feel. Don't think I'd be keen on shopping there too often.. =x
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