Orchard Road, Singapore
i love to go shopping at Takashimaya at Ngee Ann City. If you are taking the MRT / Train, stop at Orchard MRT and follow the underpass. All at one place you have the luxury brands like Burberry, Prada, LV. At the main department store, the possibilies are endless
B2: Supermarket (my absolute favourite - it has all types of food from local to international. Enjoy your sushi or VIetnamese roll here
B1: Gifts section. Wide range of brands here. My favourite place if i'm getting handphone pouches or ipod covers. Brands include: Poche mobile, Kroo, Precious moments. NBC, Gift
Soft toys are aplenty. Wide range of household stuff too
1: Ladies and shoes Department
2: Ladies Department
3: Man Department
4: Sports and Banking and Post office
When you finish, simply go opposite to Paragon Metro for another bout of shopping. The city never sleeps.
What to buy: Mobile phone pouches, ipod accessories, naive cushions, souvenirs
What to pay: $5 - $200
Orchard Road is a famous boulevard,with department stores on both sides.The one I liked mostly is Takashimaya Shopping Centre.It is really big and would suit most of your interests.There's a very nice and big bookstore named Kinokuniya..
If you're going to buy electronics you should be careful.Our guide advised us to be careful about Lucky Plaza.In some of the stores you can end up with a box of bricks instead of a camera!
Orchard Road and its tempting shopping centres are too short to explore in a day. When I visited, Singapore was prepared to have its shopping festival. This fancy city was busy to beutify itself. Orchard Road was the main point for this, You have many different choices of shops and all were temptings to be missed.
A friendly tips is to know what you want and start focus on few malls instead.
Do a research in internet and get some tips where to get those stuffs.
And do not force your legs squeezed in to the fancy high heels, girls.
Be sensible using sneakers or shoes that comfy to walk for long hours.
Orchard road is a paradise for shopping hikers.
What to pay: Cash and Credit card
Some guide books recommend The Heeren as a teen heaven in Orchard Rd. We took my 14-year-old son there and after 10 minutes he said he wanted to get out because it was too boring !. It is just another shopping centre , nothing special to attract teenagers.
Along the Orchard Road, you may find a lot of budget book small outlets just outside the shopping mall, well if you are lucky, you can find a lot of cheap book. I brought a few of children books in this area.
You are not at the right shopping spot if you are not in Orchard road. Singapore's most talk about stretch of shopping. This area is filled with ample of stuffs to look and buy. Be it high end or low end, international labels or local brand boutiques, you just can't go back without purchasing any thing.
Orchard Road is well known for its shops and is dubbed as the Regent Street / Maddison Avenue of Singapore.
After coming from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok we found the prices were more expensive when compared so luckily I did not have to buy much. The prices were still cheap compared to Europe etc. and the cheap mobile phones and electrical goods are quite tempting. Plenty of Plazas so a map would be advisable to take if you have not already got one. These maps can be found in many of the malls.
It's truly difficult to walk out of this shop without buying something... Work shoes, casual shoes, shoes for formal occasions, trendy shoes... and all at extremely reasonable prices. Not surprising to see people buying more than a pair at a time. It can get quite chaotic at this outlet, but the sales staff DO try their best to serve you. Be warned - there's an outlet located at the Airport too, so you may just return home with some last minute purchases :)
What to buy: Shoes, shoes and more shoes!
What to pay: US$10 - $25 per pair
Ok....since it is the annual sales going on right now in Singapore I ventured into the many high end shops around Orchard Rd., and boy was I disappointed with the prices......Prada shoes that cost $400 in the states cost $415 in Singapore, the sales people tell you you get back the VAT and it sounds like your getting a big deal but in reality.....$3 for $415 dollar purchase, is not worth it !!!!! Armani slacks $300 in the states....$350 in Singapore !!!!! A Gucci wallet $200 in the states ....$225 in Singapore !!!! So my advise is to look and compare prices.....the prices aren't what is cut out to be !!!!! The best part is that these shops are all next to each other, and window shopping is great !!!!!
Well its not a specific shop but the nearest thing i can compare it to, is Oxford Street in London. You can walk along and you'll see any amount of different people, stalls selling a variety of different bits and bobs from jewelery, to designer clothes, to electrical items.
What to buy: Id recomend buying electrical things, eg cameras and the like....
What to pay: anything....
Orchard Road is very popular on weekends. Lots of people cruise the avenues, while others are rushing by with their shopping bags in tow. On weekends, this is the place to be.
You will realize that Singaporean stores like to group their shops. For instance, there is the children's mall (the forum and tanglin mall), the hip teenager mall(far east plaza)
Ngee Ann City and Paragon -are all about brand name items. Fendi, Gucci, Shanghai Tang, Tiffany, Cartier and etc.
On sundays the Philippino maids have off and you will see them enjoying themselves-having picnics and such.
Most of the department stores-have very good cafes and restaurants in their basement levels.
I believe every country has only one road that has the best shops on it...if you agree, Orchard Road is this road in Singapore.
The shops range from national chains, international chains and soletraders! SO its nice to see such a large variety of shops!
I think prices were quite reasonable overall but the atmosphere of the road is what you want to see. The hustle and bustle of the city and also, the incredible heat you feel when you walk out of an air-conditioned shop!! ;)
This market is located off Orchard Street and is a market where the local people probably shop.
What to buy: Nonetheless, there are loads of places where we, as tourists, can buy excellent fake branded watches as well as authentic SIngaporean outfits!
You can also get some niiice cuisine, try an icecream sandwhich...yum yum!!
What to pay: You can try and haggle with prices as nothing is firm unless its printed out. But do not be insultingly low!
This road is just packed with shops and shopping malls, one after another. For the shoppers, suppose you need to take almost the whole day to check out all the shops. Weird enough that I didnt find it was interesting. They are more or less selling the same brands same stuff. Or maybe I wasnt in a mood to shop.
Besides the malls, there are quite a few hotels along the road like the Marriot and Hyatt. A good are to stay for a non-budget person.
What to buy: All kinds of things
July and December are great months to shop in Singapore. Most shopping malls will have the mid year and the end of the year sales promotion. Orchard, CityLink and Raffles Link will become a heaven for all the shoppers. If you get to be there during the sales season, prepare yourself in a healthy condition, cos you dont want to drop before you finish shopping.