Orchard Road, Singapore
Orchard road is the best place for shopping but I'm surprised that it's also the best place for spectacles and contact lenses.
I went to IGARD for my glasses and contacts.
Indeed, also the most appropriate place to get your eyes tested!
It is inexpensive and the staff were very professional in all aspect of their service. That's why I'm recommending.
What to buy: Depends on what suits you, but the experts in the shop will advice.
I got myself a pair of Prada sunglasses, a pair of reactive glasses (Hugo Boss) and close to a lifetime's supply of Purevision contact lenses !
You must also get your eyes tested there. It's inexpensive for what you get. They also have probably the most well equipped and qualified optometrists in Singapore. Best for service, quality and price.
What to pay: Itemised billing ... everything is price-tagged... so if you get a pair of reactive lenses + hugo boss frames + an eye test - you just have to add up each of it one by one using their calculator. Overall, I paid much lesser than I would in Dublin.
Orchard Road is very well-known to tourists for shopping. To get to Orchard Road, take the MRT to Orchard MRT. There are many huge department stores there such as Takashimaya and Isetan. For book lovers, there are two large bookstores located at Orchard, Kinokuniya and Borders. Kinokuniya is located at Takashimaya Shopping Center while Borders is located at Wheelocks place, which is the same building Mark and Spencer is located. A warning to all is the infamous lucky plaza, which is famous for selling unsuspecting tourists electronic products at very high price. The Paragon in Orchard sells branded goods while Plaza Singapura is a shopping center which sells a variety of goods. Beside Plaza Singapura is Istana, where the president lives and works. It is not open to public except for some public holiday such as labor day. At night, Orchard tower comes alive. There are many pubs and discos there for fun-loving people. Prostitutes will hang out around the building and try to attract customers.
What to buy: Branded stuff
There are lots of shopping centres along Orchard Road :) You can take the MRT to Orchard MRT station :) Or alight at Somertset MRT station to begin your shopping trip and shop all the way to Orchard!! :)
What to buy: Clothes, gifts, bags..............
What to pay: Depend on what you like? If you love branded stuff, you can find LV, Guess, Versace boutiques etc in Orchard..
From Anna Sui to Bulgari to Mango to YSL to Zara, most international brands can be found in individual boutiques or department stores along Orchard Road
What to pay: Competitive, fixed prices. Naturally, it may be cheaper to get these internation brands in the home states.
So many...something for everyone ! It would take a day to do all the shops on the street.
There are also many restaurants and cafe to relax
My favorites: CK Tang(clothes), Wisma Atria (funky), Ngee Ann City ($$$), Tanglin(antique)
What to pay: From very cheap to the most expensive
Have enough time for shopping. We didn't have anyway :) Shop anything you want but please check your baggage. We were in the limit.
What to buy: Electronics - You have to know the features and freebies before buying the item. They might be selling you an item what is free for the device.
I'm sure everyone is suggested "Orchard Road----Orchard Road----Orchard Road" when talking about shopping in Singapore.... And yes they are right. Malls, bookstores, everything. People.