Lots of fantastic shopping, from a real mix of local and global brands. The shopping centres all have their own personalities, ranging from the airy, glass covered luxury of Ion, to rabbit-warren of independent vendors at Far East Plaza. Whatever you are looking for, you should be able to find it at Orchard. Orchard Road is named after the nutmeg orchards that used to cover the area in the 1830s. Many large trees still shade the road, providing relief from the Singapore sun. The shopping centres also have numerous underpasses (often mini-shopping centres in their own right) meaning you can get still get your AC fix or shelter from the rain! The area is well connected, with Orchard, Somerset, and Dhoby Ghaut MRT stations linking you to the city and the north of the island, and lots of buses to take you everywhere else.
Due to it’s central location, space is at a premium so there isn’t much in the way of green space. It’s also hard to get much peace and quiet, as Orchard is always bustling and buzzy. If you want to walk your dog or enjoy the great outdoors, Orchard probably isn’t for you.
The surrounding roads offer high-rise condo living. There is a mixture of old and new options, but you’ll find that this central location comes at a price. Even the smallest unit comes at a premium. There’s a small selection of renovated shophouses along Emerald Hill and Cairnhill Road if you want a bit more space.
The hustle and bustle, and great connections across the island. Get to know your way around the shopping centres, from high-street to high-end, and unearth some of Singapore’s great local designers. There’s also lots of food options to explore to keep you going whilst you flex the plastic!
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Places to Go
Nothing less than a tea institution, this swanky boutique with its tea gastronomy and tea infused patisseries is a symbol of luxury for tea lovers.