All you need to know about Orchard Road
This world-famous shopping stretch is Asia’s most well-known shopping and entertainment street. Attracting over 7 million visitors a year, Orchard Road is the place for road shows, outdoor exhibitions, and the latest fashion trends.
Orchard Road is a tree-lined boulevard with numerous shopping malls on both sides of the road. Most or all of the shopping complexes offer huge varieties of shopping and dining opportunities. Some offer luxury labels and high-end jewelry, while others target bargain hunters with lower-end retailers constantly offering huge discounts.
The rule of thumb here is that if you are looking for something, be it furniture, beauty products, famous clothing labels, luxury bags or toys etc. you will most probably find it at Orchard Road. In addition to the shopping frenzy, there are also numerous outdoor cafes and gourmet restaurants enticing you to drop by for a drink or two, and take a breather from all the shopping.
The streets along Orchard Road are popular with buskers and various street performers. It is therefore not uncommon to stop by and enjoy the occasional performance.
How to get to Orchard Road
The MRT stations that ply this shopping district are Dhoby Ghaut, Somerset, and Orchard. Listed below are the prominent shopping centers. (non-exhaustive)
Shopping Centres and Hotels along Orchard Road
The Orchard Road shopping area stretches from Orange Grove Road all the way to Bras Basah Road. It has an extensive underground infrastructure, including underground pedestrian walkways between the malls and also other streets in the vicinity.
|Shopping Mall||Description||Nearest MRT Station|
|The Cathay (A)||Niche mall for the discerning. Vibrant F&B outlets, retail stores and a 8-plex cinema can be found here.||Dhoby Ghaut|
|Plaza Singapura||Located beside the Istana, this mall is especially popular with young adults and teenagers. There are numerous gift shops and hobby-related outlets. e.g Cosplay, fashion accessories||Dhoby Ghaut|
|The Centrepoint (B)||Relatively smaller than other malls, Robinsons and Marks and Spencer are its anchor tenants.||Somerset|
|Orchard Central (C)||Singapore’s tallest shopping mall, with 12 storeys above ground. Its uniqueness lies in there being a different theme every floor, hence different retail outlets.||Somerset|
|313@Somerset (D)||The newest mall to open along Orchard Road. Singapore’s largest Uniqlo, the popular Japanese Casual Wear maker can be found here. Directly linked to Somerset MRT station.||Somerset|
|Paragon (E)||Luxury labels are the main draw here, with branded names such as Louis Vutton, Raoul, Yves Saint Lauren etc. Food joints populate the basement, with huge varieties.||Orchard|
|Ngee Ann City (F)||The anchor tenant here is Takashimaya, the famous Japanese department chain. This mall is also the largest along Orchard Road. Restaurants pack the basement and top levels.||Orchard|
|Wisma Atria||This shopping cum office building aims to attract the young and trendy female shopper.
There is also a 900-seat food court on the top floor, offering a wide variety of food at affordable prices.
|Orchard (Directly connected)|
|The Heeren||Mainly targeting the young and hip, there are numerous modern and metro fashion shops as well as a HMV music store, the largest music super-store in South-East Asia.||Orchard|
|Lucky Plaza||Focal point for Filipino domestic workers, with the mall’s “bazaar” style selling many Filipino products, electronics and sporting goods. If you are looking for cheap products, this is the place to be in Orchard Road.||Orchard|
|Tangs Department Store (G)||Singapore’s oldest retail store at Orchard remains the flagship store of this group, being one of the biggest stores along Orchard Road. Tangs strayed away from the norm of department stores. It reinvented itself by adopting a lifestyle-based retail concept.||Orchard|
|Shaw House & Centre||Located at the junction of Orchard and Scotts Road, Shaw House & Centre features the flagship Lido Cineplex, a shopping mall and 2 office buildings. Compared to other malls, the choice of food here is mainly fast food, with only a couple of restaurants on the higher floors. The main draw here is the Cineplex.||Orchard|
|Wheelock Place||Connected by an underpass to Shaw Centre and ION Orchard, this mall sees comparatively fewer shoppers, as the variety of retail outlets are small. Shoppers mainly visit the extremely huge Borders Bookstore or the many Marks & Spencer shops all throughout the basement levels. However, the food joints that populate the upper floors are well-patronized most of the time.||Orchard|
|ION Orchard (H)||One of the newest malls along Orchard Road, the mall aims to bring the world’s best-loved brands for their concept and lifestyle stores all in one project, ION Orchard. With 4 levels above ground and 4 basement levels, shoppers can choose from 300 retail outlets carefully selected for their branding and retail concepts. The top luxury brands too have flagship stores fronting Orchard Road. As for dining, there is the extensive food hall and other restaurants and fast food joints.||Orchard (Directly connected)|
|The Forum||The giant Toys “R” Us store remains a magnet for kids, in line with the mall’s aim to attract families. Fashion savvy shoppers can also choose from designer international brands such as D&G and Emporio Armani.||Orchard (the mall is quite a distance from Orchard MRT station)|
With reference to the above map, the numbers refer to the prominent hotels located in the vicinity.
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore (0)
Pan Pacific Orchard (1)
Hilton Hotel (2)
Royal Plaza on Scotts (3)
Grand Hyatt Singapore (4)
Marriott Hotel (5)
Mandarin Orchard (6)
Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre (7)
Concorde Hotel (8)