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Orchard Road is the main shopping district in Singapore and houses the latest designer apparels and fashionable items. Orchard Road is crowded at all times of the days especially during the weekends. It is best to allocate at least half a day to explore Orchard Road as there are so many shopping centres and so many things to see. However, taxi queues are often long especially at night, so be prepared to wait or make prior preparation to travel by the MRT. 

From mid November to early January, Orchard Road is decked out in lightings and festive decorations as the various buildings compete for the best decorated building award. If you are in Singapore during this period, do not miss out on the annual “Christmas in the Tropics”. 

There are many shopping centres along Scotts and Orchard Road but we will only list down what (we feel) to be the major ones that cater to a good mix of different interests. Bring your wallet, wear a good pair of walking shoes, and let’s get started.

Getting There:

Alight at Orchard Road MRT station (NS22) and exit from Exit A

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Tang Plaza 

Image You should able to locate Tang Plaza (or commonly known as CK Tang) right outside the exit at the ground floor.

This homegrown 5 storey shopping centre is a one stop station selling beauty products, bed linen, kitchenware, casual and formal wear. You can even make prior reservation for a private fashion advisor to give you advices on grooming and dressing.

Tang Plaza is opened until 11pm every Friday and Saturday.  On other days, opening hours is from 10.30am to 9.30pm.


Wisma Atria

Image Following that, cross the road over to Wisma Atria

Wisma Atria consists of an anchor departmental store Isetan as well as numerous specialty stalls. Brand names such as Gap, FCUK, Mango, Liz Claiborne, Nine West, Phuture London, Topshop, Warehouse can be found here




Ngee Ann City

Image Right next to Wisma Atria is the Ngee Ann City.

This huge shopping centre consists of the anchor departmental store Takashimaya as well as numerous specialty stalls and restaurants. You can find unique Japanese items in Takashimaya that cannot be found at other places. Brand names such as Hugo Boss, Cartier, Tiffany, Zara, A/X Armani Exchange and ck Calvin Klein can be found in Ngee Ann City.  There are thirty over restaurants here and this is a good place to stop for meals and get a short respite from all the walking.

Opening Hours is 10am to 9.30pm daily


Orchard Cineleisure 

Image Exit from Takashimaya, walk further up and you will find Cineleisure.
Cineleisure is the gathering place for teenagers and youth. It has 6 movie halls and movies are screened overnight throughout the weekend. Fashionable clothes and accessories can be bought here. There are small shopping carts at various levels of the building selling uncommon funky staffs such as sandals without stripes. There is a game arcade and a cyber-café to cater to the die-hard gamers.






Image Walk back to the traffic junction just outside Takashimaya and cross over to the Paragon.
If you are looking for designer products, Paragon houses several international brands such as Gucci, Prada, Burberry, Versace, JPG, Salvatore Ferragamo under its roof. Anchor tenants include Metro, Marks and Spencer and Toys ‘R’ Us.





Image Walk straight further up and you will come to Heeren.
There is a 3 storey CD shop, HMV, within Heeren which offers an unparalleled selection of music CDs. You are also able to sample selected albums before purchasing them. Other shops in Heeren include Levis, Swatch, Adidas, Converse and Nike among others. The third level of Heeren was subsequently renovated to partition the usual shop space into 2-3 smaller shops. This allows enterprising owners to set up shops without having to worry about the hefty overheads. The merchandises at these shops are quite interesting and should be worth a look.


Image The Singapore Visitor Centre is located just ahead of Heeren. Here, you can get maps, directions and general questions answered. You can even purchase tickets for the city tour.

Opening hours is 9.30am to 10.30pm





Image The last station of the day is the Centrepoint. Anchor tenants are Robinsons, Cold Storage and Marks & Spencer. After which, you can take the MRT from the Somerset station (NS23) back to your hotel. Otherwise, you can continue to stay at Orchard area to explore the other shopping centres that we have not mentioned.   




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