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.
You could spend a week just exploring the multitude of shops in the many malls all along tree lined Orchard Road.
I'm also told there are future plans to convert the street into an humungous covered shopping mall.
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.
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
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
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..
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 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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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)