Orchard Road Shopping Belt
(From Orchard MRT Station to Somerset MRT Station)
When Singaporeans mention Orchard Road, or even just 'shopping', they are most likely referring to the stretch of Orchard Road between two main MRT stations, Orchard and Somerset. This is the busiest and most crowded part of Orchard Road, especially in the evenings and on weekends when Singaporeans and tourists alike flock here in search of retail therapy. As Singapore's premier shopping and retail district, it is lined on both sides with shopping malls that cater to a shopaholic's every desire.
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Arguably one of the best malls ever built and touted to be the be-all and end-all of the Singapore shopping scene, the swanky shopaholic destination known as ION Orchard is now the centrepiece of the revitalised Orchard Road. This megamall, with its futuristic architecture and media wall facade, packs in over 330 shops across eight storeys, as well as a double-storey observation deck at the top with breathtaking views of Orchard Road.
Housing virtually every luxury and high street fashion brand imaginable, there is something for everyone in this 8-storey award winning architecture. Brands such as Bottega Veneta, Boss Selection, Diane von Furstenberg, Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo and Yves Saint Laurent are all on hand to bring you the ultimate experience in luxury shopping.
If you prefer slightly more affordable high street alternatives, you can choose from a collection of familiar brands such as Bershka, bebe, Calvin Klein Jeans, Fred Perry, G-Star, Hilfiger Denim, Massimo Dutti, Pull and Bear, River Island, Topshop, Uniqlo and Zara. Not satisfied? There's more. If you want premium handbags, shoes and accessories, look out for Chocolate Schubar, Chomel, Geox, Pedro, Steve Madden, Swarovksi and Thomas Sabo.
Beyond retail therapy, ION Orchard offers a range of culinary delights from restaurants including Soht & Baay and Meatworks, to cafes such as the Marmalade Pantry and TWG Tea Salon, and eateries such as the Soup Spoon and Marvelous cream.
With its location at the corner of Orchard and Paterson roads, and the Orchard MRT Station right underneath it, ION Orchard is extremely accessible. This is the prime destination for any visitor looking for a day of retail therapy at Orchard Road.
Predominantly catering to the younger and trendier crowd as well as the sophisticated working woman, Wisma Atria is a modern fashion centre located just beside ION Orchard, and offers a wide range of trendy and stylish brands that form an extensive assortment of who's-who in the world of fashion.
Spearheaded by flagship stores of international brands such as Nike and Gap, fashion boutiques include Bread and Butter, bebe, Dorothy Perkins, Cotton On, Daniel Yam, Forever 21, Lacoste, Nine West, and even department store giant Isetan. Stores selling eyewear and cosmetics can also be commonly spotted in the mall. Orchard Road's best food court is situated above the street in Food Junction, with wide windows and a diverse range of cuisines available in air-conditioned comfort.
Ngee Ann City/Takashimaya Shopping Centre
Anchoring Ngee Ann City's numerous boutiques is major Japanese department store import Takashimaya. Boasting both variety and style, Ngee Ann City has always been one of the major players in the Singapore shopping scene.
As an Orchard Road staple, Ngee Ann City houses 130 specialty shops. Shop from an array of choices such as Chanel, Burberry, Christian Dior, Hugo Boss, Juicy Couture, Louis Vuitton, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Raoul, Shanghai Tang, Ted Baker, Versace, Mango and Zara. It also houses the largest bookstore in Southeast Asia - Kinokuniya, from a Japanese bookstore chain.
The buzz spills over outside to the Civic Plaza, a semi-circular space that plays host to various events including carnivals, concerts and even fashion showcases.
Paragon Shopping Centre
Another luxury mall lending its glamour to Orchard Road, Paragon contains numerous high end fashion boutiques, and just like its name, suggests a model of excellence and perfection. Behind its facade of volumetric pop-out glass, Paragon is going green - its aluminum panels and fritted glass are illuminated with energy-saving LED lights.
Paragon is regarded as having achieved a balance between fashion and other lifestyle pursuits such as home furnishing, sports and fitness as well as health, spa and beauty while maintaining its high-end personality. Paragon's anchor tenants are established favourites among Singaporeans - Metro hosts its only outlet along Orchard Road here, while Toys 'R' Us, Marks and Spencer and Paragon Market Place appeal to all shoppers.
Fashion tenants include the likes of Agnes B Voyage, Alfred Dunhill, Anteprima, Armani Exchange, Ben Sherman, British India, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Ermenegildo Zegna, Givenchy, Gucci, Miu Miu, Moschino, Prada, Raoul and Salvatore Ferragamo. Complementing high fashion are high-end accessories that include premium watches, pens and jewellery retailers such as Yafriro, Cortina Watch, Mondial, Mont Blanc, Larry Jewelry, and Loang and Noi, among others, as well as exquisite crystal specialists Daum, Lladro and Liuligongfang.
One of the newest players in the Singapore shopping scene, Knightsbridge takes after London's most fashionable address, and is seen as the latest retail podium to further enhance Orchard Road's glittering reputation.
Located within the 5-star hotel Grand Park Orchard, it is now an 83,000 sq ft of pure shopping space. Recently unveiling the 15,000 sq ft Topshop flagship store - the biggest outside UK and US, it is a major coup considering the immense popularity of this fashion giant.
Other reknowned brands include Brooks Brothers, Tommy Hilfiger, Dickson Watch and The Hour Glass. Knightsbridge will provide an all new shopping experience, where retailers facing Orchard Road will have double-volume facade frontages and direct street entrances.
Housed in one Singapore's finest hotels - the Meritus Mandarin, Mandarin Gallery is home to a plethora of international luxury stores, and also the island's most stylish local boutiques. The ten metre tall Mandarin Gallery storefront, with its undulating curvaceous facade and all-glass spaces, displays established brand names that can only be found here in such glory, such as Y-3, Galliano, Bread and Butter, and Mauboussin.
Its prime location on Orchard Road hosts the flagship stores and branches of international labels including Emporio Armani, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Dolce and Gabbana, and Ashley Isham. Fans of Japanese fashion will be pleased to see the opening of A Bathing Ape - a Japanese streetwear label with its first Southeast Asian flagship store. Do check out Inhabit and Ben Wu, which are both set up by Singaporean designers.
With no department stores or fast food chains, Mandarin Gallery makes a serene and comfortable shopping experience, with rest areas available for lounging or reading, and a concierge facility second to none. This is now one of Orchard Road's hippiest destinations, and impossible to miss, with its outstanding storefront.