The iconic shopping street of Singapore, a visit to the Orchard Road is one of the most motivating factors for shopaholics to plan a trip to the Lion City. Perhaps, it is nowhere else than here that Singapore’s transformation from a laid-back coastal city to a glittering world-class metropolis is the most visible. Since there is no dearth of activities and shopping avenues that the Orchard Road offers to tourists, we thought it best for our readers to have a sneak peek into the offerings of some of the best malls here.
Take our guide and spend a satisfying day shopping to your heart’s content. Here goes:
When looking for high-end fashion labels, make the first stop at the ION Orchard, one of the best malls on the Orchard Road. The mall has a total of eight floors – four basement and four over the ground. The mall has the most high-range brand stores like Gucci, Prada and Dior on the upper floors and mid-range brands like Zara and HnM on the lower floors. The concierge desks are found at many places in the mall for assisting you with best deals, making reservations at restaurants, booking cabs among other things. The breathtaking 360 degree views of the city from an observatory above ION Sky are ones worth a separate visit.
The Paragon mall has a steady mix of high-end and affordable shopping options for shoppers looking for a little variety in their purchases. You will find brands such as Balenciaga, Burberry, Emporio Armani, Givenchy, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Loewe alongside likes of Marks & Spencers, Esprit, Coach and Calvin Klein here. Look for their lucrative deals and exclusive reward points, and you might get yourself a limousine ride to any part of the city. The mall also has a child care facility called Mind Champs on its sixth floor, a fact that makes it a perfect choice for young parents looking for a carefree shopping experience.
Ngee Ann City
There’s no better place than Ngee Ann City if you are looking to spend a few hours on the Orchard Road beyond shopping. Surrounded by malls with a modern architecture, Ngee Ann City stands out due to its oriental exterior. The mall finds a precarious balance of offering some of the most decadent modern day experiences (think: Chanel, Céline, Burberry and Christian Dior) as well as traditional encounters to its visitors such as hosting cultural performances and local bazaars at its popular Takashimaya square and containing an array of local fashion, food and household essentials in Takashimaya Department Store, one of the largest Japanese department stores in the world.
Your teenage kids or young adults will love it at this mall that caters to budget shoppers by displaying affordable labels from their favourite brands. Brands such as Zara, Uniqlo, Cotton On, Mango, New Look, Forever 21, Esprit, Converse, Ecco, Aldo and Puma have huge stores here which remain hugely thronged by youngsters. The mall’s famous Discovery Walk brings a little bit of Europe to Singapore by transposing you to the windy streets of Europe from inside the mall.
It’s best to visit the Plaza Singapura when your shopping bags are full, and your stomach empty. Considered a food lover’s paradise, the mall has an array of dining options for visitors. Packed to the brim with people around lunch and dinner time, the mall is the one of the best places in Singapore for sampling Asian cuisine with restaurants such as Crystal Jade Kitchen, Itacho Sushi, Bangkok Jam, Thai express, SUKI-YA remaining the most popular choices of tourists. After you’ve eaten to your heart’s content, catch a movie at the spacious multiplex cinema called the Golden Village, located at the seventh floor of the mall.