i know borders are everywhere but this one has really interesting shape of entrance, shape of a glass cone.
the books are complete, the staffs are helpful, the prices are cheaper than in indonesia.
What to buy: books books books
In my opinion, this shopping center has more fancy stores than most shopping centers in Orchard Road. I like the reddish granite facade on the building. Takashimaya, the Japanese department store, is here.
Actually, I like the Plaza Singapura (Dhoby Ghaut MRT) better, but the shopping is a bit less fancy while still being nice.
I also like the Paragon, across from Ngee Ann City, primarily because that's where the Singapore Airlines ticket office is located. Before or after going to the ticket office, I often walk around the Paragon for a short while.
The air conditioning at the Specialist's Shopping Centre seems to be nice and cold. However, that place is really not a shopping centre, just the John Little department store, Starbucks, and the OCBC Bank (which owns the building...now how many tourists know that!).
Lucky Plaza is one shopping centre that has scores of Filipino shops and restaurants as well as gadgets and gizmos. We go to Lucky Plaza each time we get a craving for Filipino dishes. This is also where we purchase Filipino goodies and phone cards to call home.
There are lots of gadget hubs in Singapore but we usually go to Lucky Plaza first for electronics. We get to haggle and negotiate for better deals.
What to buy: Singapore is a techy's paradise! Lucky Plaza is where I bought my Canon digital Ixus i-zoom camera, my Nokia spare phone, my Ipod, my friend's Ipod, and lots more. This is where I intend to pick up an Ipod Nano for my sister.
What to pay: Retailers give customers the freedom to haggle for better prices. You just have to know the art of negotiating. :)
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.
Takashimaya Department Store (Inside Ngee Ann City) was the first place we visited on Orchard Road. After about 1 hour we were a bit dissapointed because there was nothing special , then we went into the basement and we found the Food Village (Food Court). I think it 's the best thing in the whole store !. You can choose to have Japanese, Chinese, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Korean, Thais...food. They are all delicious and at a low price. It's one of the best places to have lunch on Orchard Road.
This place sets itself apart from the rest of the bustle of Orchard Road. As you stroll into the Cone tower of Wheelock Place, you feel the fresh scent of the books rushing to find its place up your nose. This place is ruled by the spirit and the intellectual, enhanced by the authentic yet modern design of the rows and rows and rows more of shelves.
Children and musical enthusiasts have their own enclaves in the bookstore, where children's books and all kinds of music you can sample to your heart's content.
What to buy: This bookshop encompasses all kinds of stuff so that what you want is what you get. As far as I'm concerned, at least.
What to pay: $100 over for an incorrigible bookworm like me.
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!!.... how can you 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 ..... how's that for 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)
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