Bring up Singapore shopping and the old Singapore travel hand immediately thinks of Orchard Road. This long avenue is lined on both sides with shopping malls, each one a separate world unto itself with stores all numbering in the thousands! Orchard Road, never lacking in traffic, turns up the energy to 11 when the Great Singapore Sale and Christmas come along.
You can get anything here in Orchard - expensive fashion labels and street wear, cutting-edge fashion and pre-loved vintage wear, DVDs, books, electronics, food, you name it. Run out of money? There are banks and money changers on every corner. (Read about money and money-changers in Singapore.) If you want to stay close to the action, Orchard Road’s many hotels offer plenty of accommodation choices.
The whole stretch of Orchard Road is served by three different MRT stations - Doby Ghaut Exchange (CC1/NE6/NS24), Orchard (NS22), and Somerset (NS23), of which the latter two are directly accessible through the malls themselves. Get... your EZ-Link card and credit card ready and shop in Orchard till you drop!
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Over 330 stores, eight levels, all encompassed within an award-winning freeform design: the ION Orchard is one of Singapore's newest retail centers and possibly its most cutting-edge one.
The interior covers over 60,000 sqm of retail space featuring some of the world's most exclusive brands, including six flagship stores: Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Dior, Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana. The interior also includes a 5,600 sq ft gallery space operated by ION Art, the mall's dedicated art program.
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The gleaming glass shard that is Orchard Central stands at the corner of Killiney and Orchard and is entered through a long outdoor escalator accessible from the street. The plentiful use of glass allows natural light to shine into the heart of the mall, giving its inner space a wide open feel, compounded by its height (the “OC” lays claim to being the island’s tallest mall).
Arts and sports enthusiasts have plenty to do in Orchard Central as well. An Art Trail curated by the National Arts Council features several interesting instances of Singapore's modern art. A climbing wall rises up five floors within the mall, with climbing instructors on hand to help customers negotiate the holds all the way up to the top.
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Ngee Ann City
Ngee Ann City offers seven levels of shopping and dining pleasure, with a pleasing Eastern-influenced façade that counterbalances the thoroughly modern interior.
130 specialty stores call Ngee Ann City home, including Hugo Boss, Christian Dior, Cartier, Ermenegildo Zegna, and Calvin Klein. Southeast Asia's largest bookstore is here - Kinokuniya Book Store on the 5th floor, with 40,000 square feet of store space! So is the massive Takashimaya Department Store.
04 of 08
Lucky Plaza is older and a bit more run-down but has a hell of a lot more character than other shopping areas in Singapore.
Over 400 stores offer camera equipment, watches, sportswear, and luggage. A good many money changers and remittance services make up the balance of the shops in Lucky Plaza, many catering to Singapore's considerable Filipino and Indian expatriate market.
An underground walkway snakes under Orchard Road to connect Lucky Plaza and Ngee Ann City across the street.
Before venturing into Lucky Plaza, prepare your bargaining skills, as you'll be expected to haggle. Caveat emptor, as some shops are notorious for ripping off tourists.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Plaza Singapura sits right on top of the Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station and the North East Line Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) interchange. When it opened in 1974, this mall was one of the first in the country, and one of the biggest.
While many other outlets have since overtaken it in size and scope, Plaza Singapura's nine retail floors still offer a massive shopping experience with almost 300 tenants. The wavy frontage is a relatively recent addition, as is the set of gummy-looking sculptures gracing its front promenade.
06 of 08
A younger clientele prefers Wisma Atria and its 94 specialty stores. Brands housed here include GAP, Topshop, FCUK, Bebe, Mango, and Esprit. The basement level connects directly to Orchard MRT Station and Ngee Ann City.
Food-mad Singaporeans swear by Wisma Atria's food court, a massive space with a bias for Japanese street food. The sushi bar, omakase burgers and classic hawker favorites (among others) have something for any eater.
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A fashionable eight-level shopping mall located right on top of Somerset MRT Station, the 313@Somerset caters to a mid-price crowd, with young and affordable brands like Uniqlo, Forever 21, Zara, and Esprit lining its lanes. Foodies will love the mall’s Discovery Walk outdoor restaurant area.
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Paragon Shopping Centre