Takashimaya Shopping Center
Takashimaya Shopping Center or Ngee Ann City as it is officially known is considered a prominent landmark along the swanky Orchard Road. It is easily accessible by a 5-minute stroll via underground walkways from Orchard MRT Station (NS22).Affectionately called “Taka” by the locals, the humongous Ngee Ann City retail complex is impossible to miss with its shiny reddish-brown granite façade and a spectacular outdoor fountain fronting Orchard Road. Takashimaya still draws “oohs and aahs” from visitors despite being older than the swankier ION Orchard next door.
Spanning 7 levels with over 100,000 square meters of retail space, Takashimaya shopping center attracts hordes of visitors with “under-one-roof” designer-label and international-brand boutiques and myriad of gastronomical delights.
Under-One-Roof Designer Goodies, Watches and Jewelry
For ladies who love to shop, you need not feel guilty about your better-half getting bored in this shopping center. Takashimaya shopping center has something to keep them interested and occupied too.
For the ladies, Ngee Ann City shopping center can be a whole-day affair with over 120 specialty stores carrying luxury and designer labels like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, Tiffany, Loewe, Celine, Fendi, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Chloe, La Perla and Guess.
For men, interesting mechanical movements from Swiss chronographs and tourbillon watches will help keep them busy. They can get “lost in time” with these exclusive watch boutiques like Chopard, Piaget, Sincere Fine Watches, The Hour Glass and Van Cleef & Arpels.
If watches are not their cup of tea, then the Schmidt flagship store on level 5 will surely appeal to their inner geeks. The Schmidt store stocks advanced photography and electronics products from Artisan & Artist, B+W, Berlebach, Cullmann, Delsey, Lenspen, Jawbone, Minox, Multiblitz, Nissin and Tebe.
The Takashimaya shopping center also offers an “under-one-roof” convenience for female shoppers to get their favorite cosmetics and toiletries from the likes of Fancl, Crabtree & Evelyn, Aesep, Aveda, Kiehl’s, L’Occitane , M.A.C, Jo Malone, The Body Shop and Sephora.
Takashimaya Gems Not to be Missed
Takashimaya department store with Japan origins is the anchor tenant in Ngee Ann City shopping center. Japanese brands feature heavily in the fashion, accessories and household wares sold in this Singapore’s largest department store at over 35,000 square meters big.
Singapore’s largest bookstore, the Kinokuniya located on level 3 is also an attraction with a huge selection of titles numbering more than 500,000. For Japanese manga fans, the Takashimaya – Kinokuniya main store carries the most comprehensive titles you can find in Singapore.
French, Japanese and Asian Food Delights
The moniker of “under-one-roof” given to Takashimaya shopping mall couldn’t be more apt with a bewildering choice of fine dining and casual restaurants here.
Paul French Family Bakery and Patisserie with over 120 years of savoir-faire has setup a bakery cum café on level 3 (next to Kinokuniya bookstore). Diners can enjoy the fluffy croissants, exquisite cakes and desserts while overlooking the bustling Orchard Road from the window seats.
At Basement 2 of Takashimaya shopping center, a sprawling Japanese food court can be found. Little stalls here sell Japanese snacks like Squid Balls, Yakitori Sticks and Rice Crackers. The Japanese eateries here also serve affordable and authentic set meals like Tonkatsu, Tempura, Ramen and Teriyaki from different regions of Japan. The confectionery section too shall not be missed with many of these Japanese artisans setting shop on Singapore shores for the first time.
If you crave for upmarket Asian fare like spicy Thai cuisine, Korean BBQ, Indonesian delights and healthy Cantonese soups, they can all be found on level 4 and 5.
You definitely won’t go hungry in Takashimaya shopping center.
Tourists can process their tax refunds at the Customer Service Center on Level 2. The tax refund service is provided by the reputable Global Blue agency.
The minimum spending needed for tax refund is SGD$100 (inclusive of GST) and you can accumulate up to 3 combined receipts on the same day.
Just make sure to have your passport with you.
Tip – If you are looking for cheaper alternative to the luxury hotels in Orchard Road, you can try these budget hotels near Orchard Road instead.
Information counters are conveniently located on Level 1 and 2. Money changers for foreign exchange can also be found on Basement 2 and Level 3.
Mon-Sun: 10am – 9:30pm (Restaurants open till 11pm)
Address: 391 Orchard Road Singapore 238872
Contact Number: +65 6506 0458/0460
Mall Website: www.ngeeanncity.com.sg
Takashimaya Department Store Website: www.takashimaya-sin.com
Nearest MRT Station: Orchard MRT Station (NS22)