1-Day Madness Shopping in Singapore Orchard Road
Whether you are on a stopover to Singapore or just visiting for a short few days, you simply cannot miss the city’s state most famous shopping boulevard, the Orchard Road. Also sometimes known as the “Champ Elysees of South East Asia”, Orchard Road is a clean and swanky stretch of 2km tree-lined street straddling more than 20 iconic shopping centers and department stores.
Sweeping through all the 2,000 over stores dotting this famous shopping street in a single day is almost an impossible task. Hence we have created this 1-Day Madness Shopping Itinerary in Orchard Road where time-pressed visitors will be guided to 11 most popular malls spawning more than 1,200 retail, food & beverage, entertainment and body care services outlets in total.
Getting around the malls along this long street is very easy with these three conveniently located MRT stations – Dhoby Ghaut Exchange (NS24/NE6/CC1), Somerset (NS23) and Orchard (NS22).
Crazy Morning – Tax-Free Shopping with Breakfast at Killiney’sMost of the shopping malls and stores in Orchard belt do not open until 11am. But there is one store that opens slightly earlier at 10am daily that you should start the madness shopping with. That is the DFS Galleria located at 25 Scotts Road (nearest MRT station is Orchard, NS22) and is of the best place in town to pickup duty-free and genuine cosmetics and perfumes.
A hearty breakfast is definitely a good way to start the day and we recommend cheap and good breakfast local-style at Killiney Kopitiam. It is a famous Hainanese cafe chain-store located at the nearby Lucky Plaza shopping center (#01-10) along Orchard Road. Killiney serves delicious Kaya and Butter Toast, spicy Mee Siam and Laksa and Singapore-style coffee and milk tea daily from 7am onwards.
After you are done with DFS Galleria, walk towards Shaw House and get into the underpass and follow the signage to make your way to ION Orchard shopping mall. Ion Orchard is one of Singapore’s biggest and most glitzy shopping malls with unique duplex flagship stores housing premium brands like Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Dior. There have also been frequent sightings of famous Hong Kong celebrities shopping in this glam mall and if you are in luck, you could bump into them!
After the heady mix of luxury shopping with celebrity watching, walk over to Wisma Atria shopping mall just next door for lunch.
Madness Afternoon – Branded Shopping with Lunch Feast on Famous Local Dishes
Besides being home to flagship stores like Tory Burch and Coach, there is a little-known local food haunt aptly called Food Republic on Level 4 of Wisma Atria serving Singapore’s all-time favorite hawker fares. Food prices are affordable at less than USD$10 for most dishes like Chicken Rice, Bak Kut Teh, Fried Prawn Noodles, etc.
To walk off the lunch induced lethargy, head to Ngee Ann City (Takashimaya Shopping Center) a huge shopping complex next door that is also affectionately known by the local as “Taka” or “Takashimaya”. If you are still not done with branded shopping or you could not find that coveted LV bag, you can try your luck at premium boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, Loewe, Cartier, Bvlgari and Hugo Boss. If reading is in your blood, you can also visit South East Asia’s largest bookstore, the Kinokuniya on 3rd level.
At basement 1 of Takashimaya shopping center is an underpass that leads to Lucky Plaza Shopping Center. Lucky Plaza is popular hangout with the domestic Filipino maids working in Singapore. As such Lucky Plaza has many stores selling Filipino produce and authentic Philippines cuisine. It is also known to be a hotspot with locals looking for cheap branded perfumes.
Continuing down Orchard Road away from Ion Orchard direction, is the Paragon Shopping Center, a 6-storey upmarket mall fronted by cluster of flagship stores from brands like Gucci, Miu Miu and Tod’s. It is anchored by Marks and Spencer and Metro, one of Singapore’s oldest departmental stores.
Opposite to the Paragon is a new exclusive shopping mall called the Knightsbridge. It is most famous for the one and only Abercrombie and Fitch store in Singapore. The iconic American brand is well-loved for their trendy American lifestyle clothing. Flagship stores from brands like Topshop, Brooks Brothers and Tommy Hilfiger can be found under the same roof too.
Walking a further 5-minute down from Knightsbridge, situated at the crossing between Orchard and Grange Road is H&M Singapore. You can’t miss this pristine white building with bright outdoor screens displaying the latest men and ladies fashion from the fast-fashion Swedish retailer.
By now, your stomach should be growling for dinner with all the shopping. Fret not, walking a short distance down on the same street from H&M building is the 313@Somerset shopping center where dinner can be found.
Satisfied Evening – More Local Cuisine and More Shopping!
313@Somerset is situated directly above Somerset MRT Station and is very popular with the young and trendy flocking to mass market fashion brands like Forever 21, Uniqlo, Zara and Cotton On. The large and thriving Republic Food Court on Level 5 won’t fail to delight with a vast range of local favorites like Nasi Padang, Bak Kut Teh, Dim Sum, Roti Prata (Indian pancake) and Chicken Rice.
After dinner, you can head to The Centrepoint which is synonymous with Robinsons (anchor tenant), a 154 year old department store well-loved and frequently visited by Singaporeans born in the 60’s and 70’s. You will be able to find good quality shirts, linen, lingerie and household products.
Finally, to end the evening, just head for Plaza Singapura which is 10-minute walk from Centrepoint, located at the other end of Orchard Road and right on top of Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station. Plaza Singapura is a one-stop family mall with a huge supermarket, Best Denki electronics and appliances superstore and Spotlight, the popular Australian store for crafting, fabrics and home decorating products.
As a celebration to mark the end of the madness shopping itinerary, you can rest and relax by catching the latest blockbuster movie at the 10-screen Golden Village Cineplex on the top floor of Plaza Singapura shopping mall.
Most importantly, do check out these budget hotels near Orchard Road for your next visit to Singapore. They can be a real bargain compared to the grander hotels lining Orchard Road.