When it’s 2 AM in Singapore, and you need dried apricots, fresh dill, baby knee pads, a souvenir from London, a winter coat, printer paper, and a new shower head, you head to Mustafa.  It’s kind of like a 24-hour Super Walmart, but with an Indian cultural flair.  It is a place where you can get it all, and it is a Singapore institution.  From its humble beginnings in 1973 with a 900 sq ft shop, to its current 150,000 sq ft location, the store dazzles, amazes and frustrates its 15,000 visitors that come every weekend.  They even have a rooftop restaurant that I find to be very good. Anthony Bourdain has visited Mustafa on his visits to Singapore, and he likens it to “an eternity of kitsch:  a Costco, Ikea, Dress Barn, grocery store, and souvenir stand all in one.”

mustafa pic

Personally, I like to avoid those 15,000 weekend visitors, though I am sure they are all very nice people.  I have found weekday mornings before 11 and mid-afternoons to be the best times to shop, though I am sure the wee hours of the morning are very good as well.  No matter the hour, Mustafa visits have always exhausted, due to the enormous selection of products, hidden elevators that don’t go to B2, and stairways that only go to certain levels.  I generally only go when I need specialty items that I cannot find at my nearby stores, or when I need to stock up on beans and spices.  The prices on groceries and electronics are good, great on beans, spices, olives, and dried apricots, but I don’t find the rest of the products there all that competitive for price.  I wish they would change that. Their stock levels are overflowing—better prices would turn over A LOT of merchandise.

I feel very badly for my friends who have inflexible work schedules and must visit on a weekend.  So, I have created a guide.  All the entrances, stairways, and elevators are mapped out, along with a general location for items.  Please let me know if you find they have shifted things around.  There a few things you need to know besides the map:

  • You can find the bathrooms near the elevators between entrances 5 and 6 on all levels (on levels 2 and 3 nearer to escalator above entrance 6). There is a ladies-only bathroom on level B1, below entrance 2.  Also in line with entrance 2, there is a bathroom on level 2 (WITH A BABY TABLE!), and also on levels 3 and 4.  Bring your own tissue or have some coins to buy it in the machine.
  • If you are a tourist in need of typical traveler items like luggage locks, plastic ponchos, umbrellas, etc, go to entrance 6, level 1, for the most easily accessible selection of stuff.
  • Level one is deja vu land, with a nearly completely repeating selection of toiletries between the first building and the second, especially toothpaste.  From entrances 2 to 6, things keep repeating, so no need to walk the entire level to see all, unless you really love squeezing through crowded corridors (building 1 more than 2).
  • Utilize the luggage check areas by bringing a rolling cart and storing there before you shop. As you make purchases that are too large to carry, stop by the luggage area to store them.  Then collect on your way out.
  • Travel to Mustafa by taking the purple NE MRT line to Farrer Park. Walk through City Square Mall, stopping at the bathroom then for coffee or bubble tea, then head up to level one at the escalators at the other end.  Go out there then right on Kitchener Link/Verdun Road to hit the middle of Mustafa between entrances 3 and 4.

Want the PDF version of this article? Mustafa Map.

Mustafa Map

The last escalator here splits at level 2.  You can continue up to level 3 and all the way up to the roof, but it is in the back right corner of level 2 to continue up.

Mustafa Map Legend

 

Jennifer Jasensky is a Dubai resident, United States transplant, former mathematics teacher and dancer/choreographer. She is an outgoing homebody and perpetual idealist whose love of learning knows no bounds. She is most happy enjoying a good book with a plate of kaya toast, runny eggs, and kopi-c peng siew dai, but now that she has moved from
Singapore to Dubai, drinking an iced latte in the ocean is fast becoming her happy place.

49 thoughts on “Mustafa Map

  1. Our sincerest thanks for the contribution you have made to our company.
    It is is incredibly helpful to our customers, to do their shopping without our staffs help, Thank you for a good job! We really appreciate your efforts.  I can’t express how much I appreciate your efforts
    Slow and steady makes it to the top! Good job!
    Give the world the best you have, and the best will come to you!
    Your Mustafa Map could be more Power if you have mention what are the thing there by rows
    I just wanted to say thanks for your dedication.
    Ramanan

    1. I am glad you like it. I do hope it will be helpful. I initially tried to do all of the rows as well, but it became unreadable. In paper form, that would be possible. I have now moved to Dubai, so I will not be able to update the map unless someone sends me comments to update it. All the best to you, and thank you for commenting.

  2. Hi Jennifer, thanks for the map! It’s really useful.
    Btw, I’m from a local media, is it ok for us to use your map in a programme? You can drop me an email, I’ll elaborate more on the details. Thanks!

  3. Hi, the map you’ve done belongs to Mustafa Centre.
    The mini Mustafa you mentioned is Mustafa Plaza while there’s another smaller Mustafa just before Plaza referred to as Mustafa Liberty.
    Great Job!!

    Cheers!!

  4. Wow Jennifer-Great Job👍👍👍
    Been Living Here For The Past 20 Yrs & Have Seen It Grow & Grow & Grow & Yet Some Of The Products Available Never Cease To Amaze Me & I Honestly Believe What You Can’t Find Anywhere Else You Are Sure To Find In Mustafa & At Quite A Good Price Too😀😀😀

  5. Hi Jennifer,
    You can also apply for your India visa and get foreign currencies changed in Mustafa at wee hours too :)

    1. Yes yes! I was always too exhausted after my trips there to figure out if those windows were also part of Mustafa or other providers. I will update this map in 4-6 months and add that info. Thank you!

  6. Great work! Did you know there’s a mini-minier Mustafa besides Serangoon Plaza? They’ve stocked another store nearby along Serangoon Road, along the same side as the restaurant AB Mohamed with toiletries, footwear and assortment of other stuff. The store is unlabeled, but one look from outside tells you it’s definitely Mustafa”s.

    1. Really?! Awesome. I will have to look at that when I update the post in a few months. Also, I just saw the Straits Times article about Serangoon Plaza being sold, which houses “mini” Mustafa. Constant flux, lol. :) Thanks for sharing!

  7. Amazing job! never realised that the curry shop was at level 7. I’ve always seen the sign but never really knew where it was and to be honest, never really looked for it.

    If I could add to your list. At Level 4 Party stuff there is also a good source of packing materials…. packing nuts, packing tape of all varieties etc

  8. Thank you very much! I’m impressed. I’m local, and yet I don’t visit Mustafa much because of the crowd, and the confusing layout inside. Well done!

  9. Thank you for this amazing work of mustafahzy!!! I was just thinking that day that someone ought to do this one day.

    How do I get the PDF to print out please? I like a throw’s stone from it and I foresee using the PDF everytime.

    Thank you once again!

  10. Thanks for this. I forwarded your post to Facebook group Singapour Nanas (French women in Singapore). Hope you don’t mind. They are all very appreciative of your hard work.

  11. Brilliant, I have lived in Singapore for more than 15 years and managed just one visit to Mustafa’s in that time. One was enough! But with this map and tips I might muster the courage for a second visit.

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