ION Orchard, Singapore
the Ion Mall in Orchard is one of the Luxe Shopping Malls in the touristy Orchard Road and it competes with the Other Luxe malls of the Orchard road area like Ngee Ann City Takashimaya and Tang's and Paragon for a big slice of the luxe shoppers whether the Singaporean locals or the Tourists and the main draw of this uber luxe mall is the facade outside (the Media Facade) such an array of led lights and MRT Orchard Road Connections. among the High End International Brands located at this mall are Giorgio Armani, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, and Cartier and my favorite Valrhona Chocolate has a branch on the Three Sixty Market area of Ion Mall.
What to buy: a lot so that the luxe items will bleed your wallet dry and heck even your platinum cradit cards hehehe
Open Daily: 10am - 10pm
What to pay: maxx out your platinum credit card
the luxe valrhona chocolates of france has only two stalls in Singapore, inside Ion Mall at stall #04-21 inside the Six Thirty Market Place and at Changi Airport Terminal 1 after immigration and it was a nice surpise to be able to bump inside the chocolate store of one of the most expensive and luxe chocolates of the world (better than my favorite godiva chocolates). Valrhona focuses mainly on high-grade luxury chocolate marketed for professional (such as chocolatiers and bakers) as well as for private consumption. Though considered one of the foremost chocolate makers in the world, Valrhona is in roughly the same price range as Godiva and Neuhaus and the price is expensive since they only use chocolate beans from a single year harvest of one of their contract plantations mainly in the south america and carribbean areas.
What to buy: the Grand Cru Collection Chocolates like the Guanaja which is 75% dark chocolate, the Jivral which is 40% chocolate, the Abinao at 85% dark chocolate and others. a box of a grand cru collection with 54 small pieces of assorted grand crus is $ 70 and for a tin box with 18 pieces at $ 25.
#04-21 inside the Six Thirty Market Place, ION Orchard Road Singapore 238801
opens: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
What to pay: a lot since this is luxe chocolate like $ 70 for a box grand crus chocolates
Don't let the Luis Vuitton and Prada shops on the outside of ION put you off - yes this is the fancy storefront, but there's plenty inside for all tastes and budgets.
Shops such as Swarovski Crystal, Charles & Keith, MPhosis, Mimco, Artbox, Kiki K and Bebe to name a few, are housed inside this multi story new department centre. Be sure to grab something to eat and drink after all those hours of shopping!
What to pay: Depends what you buy...