Day 3 of 6
The Heart of Singapore – Shoppers Paradise: Orchard Road!
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After taking in the historical sights that Singapore had to offer yesterday, we decided to venture into the other side of the city – The Urban Oasis.
Spanning at about 2.2km, Orchard Road is a swanky, one-way boulevard flanked by distinctive and iconic shopping malls, restaurants and hotels.
The Urban Oasis
Orchard Road is the retail and entertainment hub of Singapore. It is a major tourist attraction, in addition to being the most popular shopping enclave in the city-state.
The shopping belt of Orchard Road offers nearly 800,000 sq m of retail, dining and entertainment options to please any taste or budget – from opulent brands to high street fashion, and exclusive restaurants to fast food joints.
Outside of the malls, the main thoroughfare is immaculately landscaped with flowers and greenery, creating pockets of cool, natural calm amid the heat and hectic urban sprawl.
Exploring the shopping avenue by walking up and down the ample pedestrian malls was fun! Should you happen to feel your feet calling for a break, taking a well-deserved rest under the shade of the historic Angsana trees that graces the urban sidewalks is an experience in itself!
Orchard Road is a shopper’s haven and cosmopolitan playground set among a lush, tropical landscape that is ubiquitous in this garden city.
Here are some shopping centers we visited!
The Paragon is a high-end shopping mall selling branded items such as Gucci – whose flagship store operates here.
Other world-renowned brands include Miu Miu, Prada, Coach, and Burberry with a Metro department store.
There’s a pretty well stocked Marks & Spencer store as well.
This shopping center has a huge Toys ‘R’ Us that occupies an entire level, if i remember correctly!
The Paragon also houses a large number of restaurants serving cuisines all kinds of cuisines, from around the world.
Next, we headed to Ngee Ann City; more well known as Takashimaya – situated just across the road!
(Yes, there is a Takashimaya outside of Japan too!)
Takashimaya / Ngee Ann City opened in 1993 and is the largest shopping mall in the Orchard Road shopping belt.
It houses branded boutiques such as Vacheron Constantin, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Burberry, Loewe and many more!!
Oh, and did I forget to mention Chanel?
But none of these really attract me.. My favorite?
And of course, no Takashimaya is complete without the standard Japanese デパート inside, Takashimaya.
The mall is also home to Southeast Asia’s second largest Japanese bookstore, Kinokuniya.
Here are some more pictures taken inside of Takashimaya.
Takashimaya has two towers, named: Tower A and B which are both 26 stories high and linked together by a central structure – Takashimaya Square.
Ngee Ann City is also home to the largest Best Denki in Singapore, known as Big Best.
The basement of the mall is also used to hold special seasonal sales, attracting huge crowds!
Fountain at Takashimaya / Ngee Ann City – really nice touch.
I like the feel of this Takashimaya store in Singapore, it’s really spacious compared to the cramped alleyways of megastores in Japan – where space = money.
Inside the デパート of Takashimaya.
All right, last few pictures here before we head for…
Wisma Atria is an established shopping mall on Orchard Road in Singapore with retail businesses on 5 levels.
The 230,000 square feet center which opened in 1986, is directly linked underground to Orchard MRT station and neighboring centers. With its convenient location and close proximity to hotels and service apartments, the mall draws a high shopper traffic of locals, tourists and business travelers.
Wisma Atria has 5 levels of shopping with 1 basement and 4 levels. The mall offers over 100 specialty stores anchored by Japanese department store Isetan, fashion brands GAP – the first Asia flagship store outside Japan,and local food haven Food Republic.
Shoppers can shop for with array of international fashion brands such as Aldo, Coach, Cotton On, Dorothy Perkins, Gap, Lacoste, Lovisa, Ms Selfridge, Nine West, Seafolly, Tommy Bahama, Tory Burch and local favorites Charles & Keith, Pedro and Southaven.
Isetan Department Store also houses popular fashion labels Armani Exchange, DKNY, Calvin Klein and Paul Smith.
Right across the road from Wisma Atria is another shopping mall called: Lucky Plaza.
Lucky Plaza has a wide range of shops specializing in Filipino products, electronics, shoes and sports goods. Certainly unique!
The upper levels include bars, nightspots and several doctor’s premises.
Shops that sell perfume and cosmetics can be found on most floors of Lucky Plaza.
The complex also houses beauty salons on the fourth floor that attract foreign tourists and flight crew due to the lower costs compared to prices of salons in the rest of the shopping district.
There is a food court in the basement that sells cheap local fare. There are also other food joints in the building, such as McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and other eateries too.
Walking up and down Orchard Road, we eventually arrived at the Mandarin Gallery.
Mandarin Orchard Singapore is a 5-star hotel located in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore.
This hotel houses a recently renovated shopping complex, Mandarin Gallery, which has branded boutiques such as Montblanc, Emporio Armani, Marc by Marc Jacobs, D&G, Vertu, Just Cavalli and Mauboussin, as well as restaurants such as Ippudo.
Located inside, forming the base of Mandarin Orchard Singapore – Mandarin Gallery also houses international high-end brands like Y-3, Bape and Hugo Boss.
We decided to end the day by heading toward Suntec City, to have an early dinner and to catch the spectacular night show at: The Fountain of Wealth!
The Fountain of Wealth
Located in one of Singapore’s largest shopping malls, Suntec City houses the Fountain of Wealth together with the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Center.
It is situated in such a way that the gigantic fountain is the hub of this shopping district.
The Fountain of Wealth is listed by the Guinness Book of Records in 1998 as the largest fountain in the world.
During certain periods of the day, the fountain is turned off and visitors are invited to walk around a mini fountain at the center of the fountain’s base to collect coins for good luck.
Every night, the fountain is the setting for spectacular laser performances and live shows, as well as live songs and laser message dedications between.
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