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Key Info

Orchard Road, Queenstown

Price & Hours

Free
Hours vary by store

Details

Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.4

scorecard

  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Every modern metropolis must have its commercial avenue. Singapore's version is Orchard Road. This electric boulevard buzzes with the whizzing of cars, the humming of neon lights and the swiping of credit cards, a far cry from the way things once were way back when. Orchard Road got its name from the presence of fruit orchards, nutmeg plantations and pepper farms that dotted the area in the early 19th century. Today, the mile-long street houses tons of eateries and a whopping 47 shopping malls carrying high end brands, popular international retailers like Zara and H&M as well as local shops. The massive ION Orchard shopping complex is arguably the centerpiece of the street, so you'll inevitably be lured inside by the designer names and stream of fashionable patrons. 

We definitely encourage window-shopping, but depending on your purchasing power, you should be wary of the enticing bright lights here. At various stores, the price tags range from reasonable to obscene, so we recommend saving your cash for unique souvenirs found in other character-filled neighborhoods like Little India and Chinatown. If you're still interested in getting a taste of this flashy thoroughfare, Orchard Road also houses art galleries, movie theaters, clubs and various other entertainment opportunities.

If you're a clothes horse you're likely to enjoy this mammoth of an attraction, but if you're not, you may not find Orchard Road worth your time. While some were simply taken by the buzz and crazy amount of stores available, other's just saw Orchard Road as nothing more than a big shopping area. You can reach this shopaholic nirvana via the Orchard MRT station, which will place you in the heart of the shopping district. For more information about Orchard Road and all of what it has to offer check out its website.

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