Paragon Shopping Centre
At the heart of Orchard Road lies Paragon, a high-end retail mall that resonates with the luxury niche of Singapore’s consumer market. Home to numerous international luxury brands, it is the destination of choice for both Singapore’s elite and their foreign tourist counterparts. It spread across six levels are fashion stores, eateries, designer department outlets and sports boutiques including Jimmy Choo, Canale Patisserie Chocolatier, Muji and Nike. More fashion wear can be found at Marks & Spencer on the third level. Local department store Metro Paragon takes up three whole floors. Occupying the top level are some shops specializing in Chinese art and antiques. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located on the ground floor, with dining services in the basement area with food ranging from Indian and Thai to international cuisine.
Mustafa Centre is a must-do tourist stop for many Indians, usually brought here by their eager, helpful relatives living in Singapore. You get just about everything here—all at cheaper rates. I mean even a stethoscope. The bigger point is it open 24 hours, never ever close. The mall is actually two department stores joined together with goods sold under the Mustafa name and streamlined by type. One of the main attractions is the jewellery sections where gold can be picked up inexpensively, the centre is also a great place to buy Asian inspired gifts to take back home. Accessories are brilliant buys, mostly hand made with an eclectic ethnic touch, from bags to costume jewellery that you won’t find anywhere else.
Bugis Junction is one of the more vibrant shopping malls in Singapore. It’s a modern and clean mall that definitely caters to the younger crowd. Prices are reasonable both at the fashion stores and the food junction. Nice mix of local specialties along with Japanese and Western goodies. Bugis Junction has plenty of big names to keep Singapore’s trend-setters happy. Inside the complex you’ll find international retailers Topshop/Topman, Levis, Converse, Adidas, Desigual as well as some boutique stores selling locally designed and produced clothes and accessories. Lining the mock old-age style street of shops is also a handful of cute cafes and bistros. It is good to eat at bugis junction, on the top of this building have a lot of food court and is cooling air-conditioning.
Suntec City Mall
This shopping and office destination was constructed in accordance to Feng Shui principles. The 5 towering office blocks are designed to represent a left hand’s fingers, with the Fountain of Wealth sitting in the middle of the “palm”, symbolizing wealth. According to Fengshui masters, visitors who walk around, counter-clockwise, the central base of this Fountain 3 times while touching the water would gain good luck. At night, the fountain comes alive with spectacular laser performances and song dedications. Suntec shopping mall is the second largest after VivoCity and has a total of 360 retail outlets over four floors featuring brand names, department stores and plenty of restaurants. Promotions and sales are regular features, plus there is also a tourist card offering discounts for visiting shoppers.
A stylish architectural wonder, ION Orchard glows like a futuristic beacon at the end of Orchard Road enticing fashionistas and luxury shoppers inside. Orchard Road would be the most popular and most commonly heard names if anyone should mention about shopping. This place is the central hub, also known as the ‘city’ of Singapore , and it is well known among tourists. ION Orchard is the most glamorous shopping complex a glass, marble and steel work of art where there are even extra special toilets for high spending customers and celebrities. Orchard Road offers major departmental stores, supermarkets, movie theatres, restaurants, entertainment. Superior services include butler style concierge and a celebrity chef fine dining establishment. Luxury couture, the hottest names fresh from the world’s runways, art exhibitions and even cloud viewing attract an in-vogue shopping crowd at ION Orchard.
Knightsbridge Mall forms part of the trend-setting Grand Park Orchard Hotel. The mall is very cutting edge in design allowing retail outlets to completely customise their space via double façade frontages and direct street access. About 8,000 sqm in retail size, this chic mall offers many first time flagship stores in Singapore currently in high demand such as American youth apparel Abercrombie & Fitch that occupies about 21,000 sft in size and up to four storeys, as well as American classic wear Brooks Brothers. Dining is offered at the five-star hotel next door which, like the mall, is a dazzling creation of glass chic. Knightsbridge Mall is the newest kid on the Orchard Street block and certainly one of the most eye-catching. This is the place to come and shop for your favourite brands, the choice of outlets may be limited, but the retailers that are there showcase in spectacular style. The Knightsbridge Mall on 270 Orchard Road cannot be missed with its gigantic eight story high media wall and floor to ceiling glass flagship stores, the adjoining Grand Park Orchard is also a cool work of art designed with a herringbone patterned glass facade.
Shopping mall VivoCity is launching a new 15,000 sq ft space that will house nine retailers, including two brands new to Singapore — American Eagle Outfitters and Weekends. VivoCity claimed that is a bigger shopping mall in Asia. Situated on the HarbourFront and billed as a shopping, entertainment and lifestyle destination rolled into one, VivoCity is home to Singapore’s largest cinema, biggest toy store, an amphitheatre, wade pool and four food courts – it might more appropriately be referred to as a mega mall given its sheer size and facilities. Shopping outlets at VivoCity are spread across seven levels and cover just about every brand name imaginable. It also has a train station that is linked to Sentosa.
Mandarin Gallery known as Meritus Mandarin Shopping Arcade, the sparkling Mandarin Gallery brings the very best international designers and personalized tailored shopping to Orchard Road. Situated adjoined to the prestigious Mandarin Orchard hotel, the mall is compact but very couture with brands such as Marc Jacobs and Just Cavalli showcasing high-end merchandise. The Mandarin Gallery with over 100 small shops presents a more exclusive shopping experience than many of the other malls on Orchard Road. This boutique mall has managed to differentiate itself in a saturated market by focussing on independent designer boutiques, making a welcome change from the same-old high street and designer brand names which feature heavily in the other Orchard Road malls. Mandarin Gallery is also home to several popular restaurants, including breakfast favourite Wild Honey, wine & cheese haven Jones the Grocer and the immensely popular ramen hangout, Ippudo Ramen.
Ngee Ann City
Ngee Ann City is one of the most imposing structures on Orchard Road with an enviable collection of luxury boutiques including Chanel, Tiffany, Dior, Cartier, La Duree, etc. The red granite buildings evoke the image of a mausoleum, paying homage to Orchard Road’s former use as a cemetery. Ngee Ann City also features a spacious central courtyard (the semicircular “Civic Plaza”), a wide sidewalk, and an indoor atrium (“Takashimaya Square”). Also represented are trendy European high street brands such as Zara, Mango and Ted Baker although the accent at Ngee Ann City is undoubtedly on Japanese brands. If you fancy a bite to eat then there’s lots of choice with a world selection of food and beverages on offer.
Fast East Plaza
Far East Plaza on Orchard Road is one of Singapore’s older shopping complexes attracting a young cool crowd looking for one-off bargain buys from unknown designers. For 33-year-old Far East Plaza, adapting to the competition will not be easy. Here you can find an array of reasonable fashion items like clothes, shoes, musical instruments, accessories, and bags to everything a teenager desires. Here are also some shops offering relaxing beauty sessions to the visitors. There is also great restaurants and food outlets offering the best of delicacies. It just need 10 minutes walk from Orchard MRT Station. Around 800 retail outlets occupy the six level mall catering to a mix of young students and tourists looking for something different.