Singapore’s Orchard Road has been a one-stop shopping destination for anything. If you are out to find a place for luxury shopping, this is the place you must visit while in town.
This road is either named after the abundant plantation orchards that earlier spread across the area or as a tribute to the aptly-named Mr. Orchard: one of the orchard owners. But now it has given way to a glitzy district lined with malls and many stores, equipped with all types of goods. Let’s find out what you can shop and how to shop on Orchard Road.
1. Affordable Goods at Far East Plaza
Located just off the main road, Far East Plaza is a spot which is popular amongst youth culture. It is a popular spot to hang out. Since 1982, Far East Plaza is known for its trendy clothes and Singapore’s diverse subcultures. You will be spoilt for choice and get lost inside the 600-plus stores here at affordable prices. You will find outlets where you can tailor your suits and even can find tattoo parlors.
2. ION Orchard for High to Mid-range Shopping
ION Orchard is spread across 66,000-square meter space filled from the underground all the way high up to the top levels. From its top levels, you can grab breathtaking views at the ION Sky Observatory. You can find here the fashion labels like Louis Vuitton and Bottega Veneta to everyday staples by H&M and Topshop. Here you can enjoy food in luxury dining spaces and food halls.
3. Boutique Shopping at Orchard Central & 313@Somerset
One of the well-designed malls in the district, Orchard Central offers you an artistic experience along with shopping. It is packed with a famous escalator, digital art adorning the exterior and a multitude of installations peppered inside, a perfect blend of retail with visual statements. The lower stories of the mall have many high-street fashion labels, while the higher levels offer a good number of restaurants and bars.
Located at Orchard Central is yet another fashion-forward mall, 313@Somerset. It’s also a very popular mall that provides a range of big names in streetwear, bags, sneakers, and jewelery. It is most popular among fashion-savvy folks and grabs its constant sales and deals throughout the year. If you’re good at bargaining, this is the spot to be at. It is also filled with a variety of food options, from hipster cafes to well-decorated fast-food restaurants.
4. Christmas Shopping at Orchard Road
Christmas decorations are the most memorable experience of Orchard Road for any Singaporean. Every nook and corner of the malls boast large Christmas trees, fully draped with shiny baubles dangling everywhere and cranny of their foliage. The entire stretch of Orchard Road dazzles like a Christmas tree, evoking strong Christmas fervor in this tropical island – except the snow.
If you are looking for some serious bargain, June until August is the perfect time of the year to start shopping. It is because of the Great Singapore Sale (GSS), which has almost every store participating and customers are out to fill their trolleys.
So, are you ready to hop out of your comfort zone, pulling your socks to do some serious shopping of various types? Chances are you will be spoilt for choice for sure if you plan to visit these spots in Singapore.