Orchard Road, Singapore
After passing by Orchard road at the double -bus as I mentioned before , I came back later and walked on by , entering in some shopping centers that normally are not a must for me , but I had fun. The Christmas lights and other decorations were pretty nice.
Orchard is a very multicultural and cosmopolitan area and even singaporeans playing my brazilian samba music I could find!
From there , I took a bus to my hotel , an easy experience because in Singapore everything works very very well.
On our latest trip to Singapore we found a fantastic jewellery shop in Orchard Towers - Myer's Fairdinkum Jewellery! .... Now with a name like that!! (Meyer is our last name and we are pretty fairdinkum :o) .... how could we go wrong?... lol ;o)
They presented us with a certificate of authenticity for the jewellery we purchased.....and supplied us with a Tiger beer as we deliberated over which piece to purchase ..... now that is good service!!... ;o)
I totally recommend this jewellery shop.
You can do a lot in 8 hours since Singapore is so small. I would recommend taking a taxi of course as you have limited time, straight into Orchard Road, the heart of the city.
Preferably Orchard Ion one of our newsest and biggest malls. You probably have some time to expereince some shopping and Singaporean food. Theres a good article on the best places to shop in Orchard over here http://www.thesmartlocal.com/home/about-singapore/shopping
Orchard Road at Singapore Shopping Mall should be the next special destination for the shopaholics. Mandarin gallery, DFS Galleria, Far East Plaza, Ngee Ann City, The Paragon and Orchard Central are name of places that you will not forget. They are famous for their uniqueness and are ideal to visit for exotic good hunters. A place where the trendy locals and expat community can be found is the Holland Road Shopping Centre.
Hermes' is more upscale than Louis Vuitton that is why you see less shoppers here in their store unlike the packed louis vuitton store nearby also inside the Takashimaya store. Hermès is also recognized for its handmade luggage and handbag collections. The company does not use assembly lines, only one craftsperson may work on one handbag at a time, hand-stitching each individual piece. Due to the labor-intensive nature of Hermès production methods and the use of rare materials, sometimes including exotic skins as well as precious metals, one bag can take 18 to 24 hours to create so thatl Hermes' is know for it's iconic Women Birkin Leather bags where you can personalized your own but it costs both you're arms and legs and also the Kelly Leather Bags so the Hermes' mechandise if known more for it's women's leather goods than for men and they have 5 stores around singapore besides the one here in Takashimaya.
What to buy: for the girls, buy a birkin bag and the ordinary birkin bag not personalized will be $ 18,000 and an ordinary Kelly Bag for $ 15,000. for guys a basic wallet sill cost $ 2,000 and a basig messenger bag will cost $ 5,000, leather reversible belts at $ 1,000 need i say more!
What to pay: maxxed out your 2 platinum credit cards
well what can I say? everybody that's followed my tips know that I'm a Louis Vuitton Guy and I'm happy to say that there are lots of Louis Vuitton Stores here in Singapore especially here at Orchard Road of which I went to the Stall in Ngee Ann City Takashimaya and nearby Ion Mall. They also have branches at Raffles Hotel Arcade, DFS Scotts Walk and to rise soon at the Swanky Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Need I need a more throurough introduction of the famed Malletier Louis Vuitton?
What to buy: louis vuitton items here are slightly expensive than in Hong Kong but is cheaper than in Manila but is the most expensive in Japan and Korea. why? since the luxury taxes of the other countries are more higher than the standard 7% GST of Singapore like for example a damier graphite reversible belt will cost here $ 835 singapore dollars but will cost $ 820 singapore dollars in hong kong (hong kong is a duty free port ok.) and $ Singapore 910 in the Philippines.
What to pay: Maxx out your platinum Credit card
My Bad, This Shopping tip should not be in the Orchard road Shopping Tips.Oriental is a hotel and this is where we stayed for our Singapore Vacation 10 years ago (I cannot retrieve the old analog pictures) but there are shops inside plus it is walking distance of major shops in the Area that is why i've included this in the Shopping Tips. This hotel is located in the marina district and is in the center of business in Singapore. The Hotel is nearby to Marina Square Plaza, CityLink Mall, Raffles City, and Suntec City Shopping Centres and about 10 minutes walk to City Hall MRT.
What to buy: Buy anything and Maxx Out You're Credit Card! (hey the hotel is very expensive too!)
What to pay: Maxx out you credit card!
The Whole Orchard Road Complex is One Big Expensive Shopping area where most of the People are Tourist like me hehehe. Maybe I should Place my Tip into the Tourist Trap Section hehe because this place is the most expensive place to shop in Singapore. On A Revisit, I have seen that much has changed in orchard Road for the Better. If Hong Kong has Nathan Road and New York has Fifth Avenue, Singapore has Orchard Road. Orchard Road is named after the nutmeg orchards that used to line it in the 1830s, one of them coincidentally belonging to a Mr Orchard. The central shopping area is concentrated on Orchard Road. It rivals all other areas in terms of sheer volume, quality, and choice. Many of its shopping centers are filled with a variety of products from around the world. Most malls carry the concept of "everything under one roof" mentality (catering to all economic markets) Virtually everything that is desired can be found in these shopping centers. For Sheer luxury, try the Ngee Ann City/Takashimaya Shopping Centre and Paragon Mall! (I've never said that I am a budget tourist).
What to buy: a lot like Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Tods, Rolex, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, prada, Valrhona Chocolates, Ralph Lauren, Lacoste and a way lot more!
What to pay: Maxx out your Credit card!
What I love about Mitju is the wide collection of shoes it offers - from gorgeous flats, sexy sandals and strappy heels to formal footwear and amazing pumps. Best of all, they're reasonably priced. You can get a pair of trendy flats for less than SGD30.
This place is a paradise for the shoe lover!
What to buy: Ladies' shoes, bags and accessories. I haven't bought any of the bags and accessories yet but I've bought numerous pairs that I wear alternately to work.
What to pay: SGD30 and above. When Mitju is on sale, you can get a gorgeous pair for SGD25!
Just as the heading says.... don't go shopping on Orchard Road on a Sunday!!
Check out my second pic and you will see why!!
We headed to the end of the road...towards the Botanical Gardens and found Orchard Towers and did our gift shopping there.... at the Myer lot!!....check out my travelogue ;o)
Orchard Road is a wonderful place to be during Christmas, the street is beautiful with all the Christmas lights,
What to buy: Perfume is really cheap you just have to look for the perfume stores.
What to pay: Designer prices in a lot of the shops,
Orchard road concentrates an amazing number of luxurious shoping centers and others: fashion, jewelry, beauty ... If you have money to spend, accept to be lost and perhaps saturated. I've neither seen that.
What to buy: Clothes, parfums, bags, fashion articles and all what you could imagine in these big malls
It started in 1958 by local businessman as CK Tang, a major discount department store at the Dynasty Hotel block.
Today it is called Tang at Orchard. It is still a household name for Malaysian tourists and Singapore residents.
Located strategically at the corner of Orchard Road and Scotts Road with pedestrian underpass to Orchard MRT.
This is the place to go for everything under one roof with great prices. The ground floor has great bargains for handbags. If you have a size 10 foot then go to the shoe department at the back of the shop. Upstairs you will find women's clothing. The sizes are mainly small, but if you look through the racks you will find some larger sizes. The children's wear has great bargains and a small toy section. One floor has kitchen and bathroom items. It's great fun browsing and you will be amazed at what you will find.
What to buy: I particularly loved this shop because they catered for women with big feet.
What to pay: I bought sequined dress thongs for S$20. You can't buy this cheaply where I come from.
Orchard Road is known as the shopping belt of Singapore and you can get almost everything you want, especially clothes and other fashion-related products. From your designer items to local fashion, the many malls of Orchard Road will provide you with the best of international, regional and local labels. Orchard Road is a rather long stretch and I would recommend shopaholics in particular to start their spree at Palais Renaissance (located next to the Thai Embassy), walk through the various malls and be done at Suntec City. Or the other way around. You'll need a day for this, but no Singapore trip would be complete without a shopping treat.
If you're looking for designer labels, do stop by Palais Renaissance, Ngee Ann City and Paragon. Personally I feel prices for designer goods in Singapore are comparable to that worldwide. Cheaper than Japan probably but for brands like LV, I know for a fact, it's cheaper to get it in Paris. Still, be assured that you wouldn't be ripped off and there won't be fakes, since these are the actual designer boutiques.
If you're looking for local flair in terms of fashion and accessories, do walk by Far East Shopping Centre (located a 10 mins' walk from Orchard MRT/subway station along Scotts Road) and Heeren. There are many small shops opened by locals showcasing Made-In-Singapore designs and those from the region as well.
For second-hand goods, luggages and small jewellery shops, pop into Lucky Plaza (5 mins' walk from Orchard MRT/subway station). It's rather popular with Philippinos and Indians, especially the blue-collared workers who reside here. You probably can work your bargaining skills at this place as well.