Orchard Road is a 2.2 kilometre-long street that is the retail and entertainment hub of Singapore. Probably you can run the stretch of the street within 30 minutes. However, when it comes to shopping in Orchard, that will probably take days to complete! It is a major tourist attraction as well as the most popular shopping in the city-state. Often, the surrounding area is known simply as Orchard partly because the MRT station that serves the vicinity is named Orchard.
The List of shopping places in Orchard road:
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Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road. Frequented mostly by teenagers, this mall is a bargain hunter’s paradise slowly turning upmarket. One can find unique clothes and accessories at reasonable prices. Grand Hyatt is just beside Far East Plaza. Opposite just across the overhead bridge link between Far East plaza is the Royal Plaza at Scotts, this is where DFS Galleria is located.
Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road (Orchard MRT). Previously notable primarily for the giant Borders bookstore that used to occupy the entire ground level, is replaced by a Marks & Spencer department store. There’s a smallish Marks & Spencer branch buried in the basement and a pretty good selection of restaurants on the 2nd floor. Nearest hotels around would be The Four Seasons Hotel, Orchard hotel and Orchard Parade hotel. Further down Tanglin road and Cuscaden Road, you will find St Regis hotel, Regent Hotel and Traders Hotel Singapore.
ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn (Orchard MRT), Opened in 2009, this is the largest new shopping mall on Orchard in years, extending four floors both above and underground. Most flagships like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, etc the interior has plenty of more affordable options including Japanese retailers Uniqlo and Muji. The fourth floor has the ION Art gallery, while the basement 4 Food Opera food court, while slightly more expensive than usual food court by Singapore standards, is enormous and very popular. Located on levels 55 and 56, at 218 metres, ION Sky offers a 360-degree view from the highest point on Orchard Road. There is a restaurant, Salt grill, helmed by Australian chef Luke Mangan.
CK Tangs, 320 Orchard Road (Orchard MRT), Singapore’s very own old-school department store. Singapore Marriott Hotel shares the same location!
Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road (Orchard MRT), Designer boutiques and international brands filled up this mall. The anchor tenant is Isetan Department store.
Lucky Plaza, 304 Orchard Road (Orchard MRT), Most visitors end up in Lucky Plaza thanks to the dubious street-level camera and electronics stores, which are legendary for rip-offs and poor customer service, and are best avoided unless you really know the products well. However, there’s more to the mall than that: cheap souvenirs (2nd floor), low cost salons that offer most services such as manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing and hair services (fourth floor), you can buy perfumes and cosmetics at these “duty free stores”. Somewhere nicely tucked at a corner beside Macdonald’s fast-food restaurant lies a cheap and surprisingly good food court in the basement, do remember to check out the roasted chicken rice stall! Lucky Plaza is also the favourite hangout spot for the Filipino community and gets pretty packed on weekends.
Ngee Ann City/Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391 Orchard Road (Orchard MRT), Where the tai-tais (wealthy ladies of leisure) hang out. Expensive branded goods on the first floors, more affordable shopping in the two basement floors. Also features Kinokuniya, on the 3rd floor. In the vicinity would be the Meritus Mandarin Orchard, which is just next block away.
Paragon, 290 Orchard Road (Orchard MRT), (opposite Takashimaya). This shopping mall consist of International branded labels like Prada, Gucci and many other luxury brands, although ION has stolen some of its limelight. This place continues to be the shopping paradise for the Tai tais, Mount Elizabeth Hospital is nearby. This is where Grand Park Orchard hotel, York Hotel, The Quincy Hotel by Far East Hospitality lies.
The Heeren, 260 Orchard Rd (Somerset MRT). There are many shops selling trendy youthful looking clothes and sports apparels!
Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road (Somerset MRT). Modern, soaring twelve-story mall with a funky series of outdoor escalators and nice views from the terraces. Floors 7 and above are devoted to food, with restaurants including Korean barbeque masters Nolboo and Japanese set meal specialist Ootoya. There are also many nice and affordable Japanese/Korean restaurants around, shabu shabu (Japanese hotpot), Korean restaurants are aplenty.. The mall also houses the world’s tallest indoor climbing wall, a collection of public art installations by acclaimed international artists and a 24/7-operational Roof Garden. Tourist special: Redeem $10 voucher with minimum $100 spent, from now till 31 December 2013.
313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road (Somerset MRT) 313@somerset is directly linked to the Somerset MRT station and features a concentration of mid-range retail and dining outlets. Retail options include local and global fashion labels including Zara, Uniqlo, New Look, Esprit and a Forever 21 flagship spanning 4 floors. There are also some popular dining options including a cluster of restaurants and lounges such as Brotzeit German Bar & Restaurant, Kamado Japanese Wood Fire, Central Hong Kong Café, Flying Chillies, Marche and Trattoria Cuccina Italiana on Level 1.
Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road (Dhoby Ghaut MRT). Singapore’s oldest air-conditioned shopping mall, located just above the MRT interchange and recently given a thorough facelift. The Michelin Star famous Hong Kong Dim Sum Tim Ho Wan is located with numerous eating options and a large cinema complex on the top floors. Plaza Singapore just went through a face lift revamp and opened up with new shopping options!