Although Orchard Road is better known for its malls rather than its pubs, as soon as the weary shoppers head home, the party animals come out to play. After dark, the whole area becomes teeming with sophisticated bars, lavish pre-party lounges and the odd fully-fledged club.
Be sure to check out Emerald Hill Road behind Orchard Central, too. This pretty little strip is packed full of quaint 100-year-old buildings and makes a great stop for a cheeky post-mall cocktail or draft beer.
Orchard Road is a whole street that’s almost entirely dedicated to shopping. It is the must-visit location in Singapore for those looking for a bit of retail therapy (which many do come to Singapore for). The wide avenue is lined with a whole host of shopping centres – from the original Chinese emporiums to modern megamalls made from steel and glass.
Orchard Road is over 2 km long and there are 3 MRT stops lining it, namely Doby Ghaut, Orchard, and Somerset. If there’s no rush, simply walking between the malls, shopping centres, and boutiques can be a rather pleasant experience, and which can make up a big part of your visit to Singapore.
ION Orchard is a stylish architectural wonder, glowing like a futuristic beacon at the end of Orchard Road and enticing fashionistas and luxury shoppers inside. Welcome to Singapore’s most glamorous shopping complex: a glass, marble and steel work of art where there are even extra special toilets for high spending customers and celebrities.
There are 8 levels to explore within ION Orchard. Superior services include butler-style concierge services and a celebrity chef fine-dining establishment on site. Luxury couture, the hottest names fresh from the world’s runways, art exhibitions, and even cloud viewing attract an in-vogue shopping crowd at ION Orchard.
Add: ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, Singapore
Open day: Daily from 10am to 10pm
1) Orchard Central
Orchard Central towers above other shopping malls on Orchard Road. You can take 1 of the 6 super escalators to explore this mall. You can usually present your passport at Orchard Central’s concierge and receive your shopping discount card. This entitles you to exclusive promo offers specifically for holidaymakers to Singapore with up to 25% off selected brands.
You can easily find Orchard Central at the corner of Orchard Road and Killiney Road. It is around 5 minutes’ walk to Somerset MRT.
2) Ngee Ann City
Ngee Ann City (Takashimaya) is something of a shopping centre landmark on Orchard Road, having delivered brand names, book stores, beauty parlours, and restaurants to well-heeled shoppers since the last couple of decades. The mall boasts an art and creativity section and the Takashimaya department store over 7 levels.
There is much more to Ngee Ann City than designer brands and dining. Takashimaya Square is frequently home to market style bazaars and shopping events, whilst outside the complex Civic Plaza hosts events accommodating up to 3,000 people. Concerts, fashion shows, and carnivals regularly take place at this giant semi-circle which forms part of Ngee Ann City.
Tangs is one of the oldest department stores in Orchard Road, having been established way back in 1932. The distinctive Chinese-designed exterior of Tangs has evolved into a modern Asian lifestyle store that has found fame with international visitors.
Tangs’ Beauty Hall stocks well-known brands and its homeware section comprises Asian collectables, gifts, and decorative items appeal to visitors looking for unique souvenirs to take home. For tropical fashion wear, visit the Island Shop on the second level for its range of cool cotton and casual wear to take you from the beach to the barbeque.
4) Far East Plaza
Far East Plaza on Orchard Road is one of Singapore’s older shopping complexes, though it still attracts a young and cool crowd looking for one-off bargain buys from relatively unknown designers.
Around 800 retail outlets occupy the 6-level mall, catering to a mix of young students and visitors looking for something different. Fashion shops are on the casual and often outrageous side, tourists tend to visit more for the discounts available on items such as cameras and electronics. Fashion accessories are also a great buy here, especially custom made bags, belts, and jewellery items.
5) Mandarin Gallery
The sparkling Mandarin Gallery brings some of the best international designers and personalised tailored shopping to Orchard Road. Situated next to the prestigious Mandarin Orchard hotel, the mall is compact but very couture with brands such as Michael Kors and Max Mara showcasing high-end merchandise.
There are 3 levels of elegant shopping with a few classy restaurants thrown in for good measure. Accessories and international fashion are the main store staples targeted at an affluent jet-set crowd.
6) Paragon Shopping Centre
Paragon Shopping Centre is a high-end mall on Singapore’s Orchard Road, which houses luxury consumer goods and sought-after in-trend brands from across the globe. Spread across the mall’s 6 levels are fashion stores, eateries, designer department outlets, and sports boutiques.
Brand stores at Paragon include Jimmy Choo, minimalist Japanese retailer MUJI, and a Nike concept store. Parents will find plenty of choice in brand name kids clothing such as Armani Junior, Petit Bateau, and GUESS Kids. Classic and chic, Paragon caters to a varied market of cutting-edge fashion seekers and sharp city slickers.
7) Plaza Singapura
Plaza Singapura opened as the first multi-storey shopping mall in Singapore way back in 1974. It has since gone through a renaissance of sorts.
Located across the Dhoby Ghaut MRT, this one-stop lifestyle shopping mall features a Carrefour, John Little, Marks & Spencer, Best Denki, Spotlight, cineplex, fashion, music, homeware and an eclectic range of food and beverage outlets.
8) 313@Somerset Mall
313@Somerset Mall is fast becoming the most popular ‘one stop shop’ on Orchard Road with a wide variety of international young fashion and plenty of places to eat and drink, including an impressive food court on the top floor.
The mall is located directly above the Somerset MRT station. 313@Somerset shopping stands out from the crowd because of its young, hip vibe and affordable brands. There is always something going on, such as a live fashion launch, live music or quirky bars hosting events, making it a great place to visit for those checking out Orchard Road.
9) Tanglin Shopping Centre
Tanglin Shopping Centre is one of Singapore’s oldest shopping centres, just on the fringe of Orchard Road. The mall evokes a dignified calm reflected through its purveyors of Asian antiques and curios, Persian, Pakistani and Afghanistan carpets, jewellery, art, silk and a variety of tailors and healthcare including wellness practitioners.
On the second floor, Antiques of the Orient is renowned for the antiquarian books, 19th-century photographs, postcards, Japanese woodblock prints and Qing porcelain.
10) T Galleria by DFS
T Galleria by DFS is right next to the Royal Plaza on Scotts. The scarlet-painted DFS offers duty-free savings on the world’s leading luxury brands and the largest assortment of fashion and cosmetics in Singapore. Products come with a DFS 100% Worldwide Guarantee. It’s a great place to hunt for specially packaged souvenirs to take home.
11) Knightsbridge Mall
Knightsbridge Mall forms part of the trend-setting Grand Park Orchard Hotel. The mall is very cutting edge in design allowing retail outlets to completely customise their space via double façade frontages and direct street access. Flagship stores dominate this 4-level shopping centre, which focuses solely on fashion and jewellers.
Dining is offered at the 5-star hotel next door which, like the mall, is a dazzling creation of glass chic. Knightsbridge Mall is certainly one of the most eye-catching malls on the Orchard Street block. This is the place to come and shop for your favourite brands, the choice of outlets may be limited, but the retailers that are there showcase in spectacular style.
12) Palais Renaissance
Palais Renaissance is right next to the Thai Embassy and opposite the Hilton Hotel on Orchard Road. The elegant building houses prestigious designer boutiques such as DKNY, Gianni Versace, Prada, The Link, and Jim Thompson.
For Bollywood glam, visit Mumbai Se, Singapore’s first high-end Indian fashion store on the second floor of Palais Renaissance. Here you will find modern wear with heavy lashings of colour, prints, crystals, beads, and embroidery by top Indian designers, Trendy cafes – Marmalade Pantry and PS.Café – are soothing culinary respites here.
13) The Centrepoint
The Centrepoint is among the largest and most popular shopping centres in Singapore. It’s also where one of Singapore’s oldest department stores, Robinsons & Co, is located – together with the British store Marks and Spencers.
There are also stores specialising in classical music, casual clothing, optical equipment, electronics, furnishings, Oriental rugs, sporting goods, fine arts, Asian antiques and artefacts, books, and more. A good selection of restaurants and cafes is also found here.
14) The Heeren
The Heeren is at the corner of Orchard and Cairnhill Roads and was first known for being the home of the largest HMW music superstore in SE Asia. Its reputation then grew to include “cutting edge styles”. Five floors cover brands such as Camper, Quick Silver, Levis, Fossil and 77th St, a local streetwear institution. Merchandise – from funky to classic, streetwear to hip wear – are the norm here.
Think Harajuku in Tokyo or Island Beverly in Hong Kong, where shops sell fashionable and unconventional wear, unique accessories, eyewear and footwear. Vast people watching possibilities exist on the ground floor at Spinelli Cafe. Part of the basement is transformed into a mini-Japan of popular Japanese edibles with the Streets of Shokudo.
15) Wisma Atria
Wisma Atria is well located at the crossroads of Scotts Road and Orchard Road, right above the MRT station. This cobalt-blue complex houses a vast range of high street fashion stores like ALDO, Bebe, Cotton On, Dorothy Perkins, GAP, Lacoste, La Senza, Miss Selfridge, Nine West, Seafolly, Tag Heuer and local shops GG<5, Charles & Keith, and Lee Hwa Jewellery.The Food Republic food court on the 4th level offers popular street food in a setting reminiscent of Singapore in the 70s.