It was only a matter of time before we hit the racks of the best stores in Orchard Road to bring you this: the definitive guide to Singapore’s beloved shopping heaven. From high-end to high street, designer to discount finds, everything you’ll need to rack up an almighty credit card bill can be found here in our guide to Orchard Road shopping.
Call us biased but in our books, the gem of Orchard Road is undoubtedly ION Orchard. Just one step inside its corridors is enough to send shopaholics into a frenzy with the likes of Sephora, Kate Spade Saturday, COS, ZARA, and Sandro that will prove too hard to resist. Don’t forget to hit up ION Orchard’s latest offering: Alice and Olivia, which gets our vote for its fun, quirky, and deliciously feminine apparel and accessories. Want. Them. All.
Strut over to your next stop: Mandarin Gallery. This swanky joint definitely delivers when it comes to fashion with multi-label boutiques such as Colette, What Women What, INHABIT, The Denim Store, and local label, Hansel, by acclaimed designer Jo Soh. While you’re there, fuel up with Mandarin Gallery’s many culinary offerings, whether it’s brunch at Wild Honey, an afternoon cuppa at The Providore and Antoinette, dinner at Lawry’s The Prime Rib or a round of drinks at The Oaks Cellar. Bottoms up!
Ashley Isham and Sabrina Goh
The local fashion scene has no shortage of talented designers – some of which can be discovered at Orchard Central. As arguably Singapore’s biggest success story, Ashley Isham showcases his stunning designs at his multi-concept boutique-cum-tearoom, which also serves delicate desserts and cocktails. Other labels to check out in Orchard Central are SABRINAGOH, The Reckless Shop, PACT, and The Editor’s Market. If you need a reason to hit up the adjoining mall, orchardgateway, maybe this will persuade you: cult multi-label boutique, I.T. from Hong Kong, which recently opened, much to the delight of edgy fashionistas all over.
Tired yet? Because the shopping spree is far from over! Next stop is new kid on the block: the recently opened department store, Robinsons Orchard. Imagine five floors of the latest in menswear, women’s apparel and accessories, home wares, and kids’ fashion from exclusive brands like See By Chloe, Carrie K., Karen Walker, and Alessi. Yep, talk about one-stop shop.
We’ll admit: Abercrombie & Fitch (at Knightsbridge) isn’t our style but no prizes for guessing what drives us (and hordes of lusty females) to their doors – just don’t forget to grab a photo with the hunky jocks/sales assistants on your way out! For some serious shopping, head next door to TOPSHOP – Singapore’s biggest outlet – for the best in British high street fashion that also offers a complimentary personal shopping service, if you ever need a helping hand.
No Orchard Road shopping jaunt is complete without a stopover at Paragon: the mecca of high-end luxury brands like Prada, Versace, Givenchy, and multi-label boutique for children’s wear, Kids 21.
To counteract the massive damage on your credit card from all the designer threads, we recommend a last (but certainly not the least) pitstop: Far East Plaza. A favourite amongst teens and bargain hunters, this joint is crammed with tiny, hole-in-the-wall boutiques shelling out the latest apparel and accessories –at oh-so-attractive prices. Lest you get overwhelmed by the dizzying array of choices, take heed of our top picks, which include Exhibit, Toilette Boutique, and cult Korean cosmetics brand, Too Cool For School.
- Enjoy a 20-min shoulder and neck massage at Pan Pacific Orchard’s St. Gregory Spa for only $28. Tel: 6737 0811
- Get a complimentary makeover at Shisedo (TANGS, Takashimaya, and Metro Paragon) with three-piece gift set. Tel: 6733 2589
- Hungry? Sopra Cucina & Bar is offering complimentary appetiser or dessert with every lunch main. Available for lunch, Mon-Sun. Tel: 6737 3253
- Be treated to a complimentary foot scrub or mask with every classic manicure at Nail Salon Asian. Tel: 6736 0901
- Cap off your pampering session with 20% off all hair services at Estique Hair & Beauty Bar. Tel: 6733 6797
All offers valid until 31 December 2014
For different itineraries around Orchard Road, check out our full shopping guide here.
Image: Ashley Isham