Orchard Road, Singapore
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
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!
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 !!!!!
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
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.
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
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!
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!
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!
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
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
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.
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
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.