1. ION Orchard
A stylish architectural wonder, ION Orchard glows like a futuristic beacon at the end of Orchard Road enticing fashionistas and luxury shoppers inside. Welcome to Singapore’s 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. 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.
2. Orchard Central
One of the new kids on the block, Orchard Central towers above other Orchard Road shopping malls. Take one of the six super escalators to explore this mall, which includes some quirky modern art pieces and the world’s tallest indoor climbing wall. Tourists can pick up Orchard Central’s discount passport at the concierge and enjoy up to 25% off selected brands. Easy to find, the mall is on the corner of Orchard Road and Killiney Road, around five minutes’ walk to the MRT at Somerset.
3. Far 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. Around 800 retail outlets occupy the six-level mall catering to a mix of young students and tourists looking for something different. Fashion shops are on the casual and often outrageous side, tourists tend to visit more for the discounts available on items such as cameras and CDs. Accessories are also a great buy here, especially custom made bags, belts and jewelry.
4. Paragon Shopping Centre
Multi award-winning Paragon is a high-end mall housing luxury consumer goods and sought after in-trend brands from across the world. Spread over six levels are fashion stores, eateries, designer department outlets and sports boutiques including Jimmy Choo, Canale Patisserie Chocolatier, Muji and Nike. Parents will find plenty of choice in brand name kids clothing such as Armani Kids, Petit Bateau and Guess Kids. Classic & chic, Paragon caters to a varied market of cutting-edge fashion seekers and sharp city slickers. There are plenty of eating choices from fine dining to café culture and food court fare. Paragon has racked up a host of consumer awards including Tatler Best of Singapore Guide & Most Glamorous Mall by IS Magazine.
5. Plaza Singapura
Opened as the first multi-storey shopping mall in Singapore in 1974, Plaza Singapura has gone through a renaissance of sorts. Located across the Dhoby Ghaut MRT, this one-stop lifestyle shopping mall features a Carrefour, John Little, Marks & Spencer, Best Denki, Spotlight, cineplex, fashion, music, home wear and an eclectic range of food and beverage outlets.
6. Mandarin Gallery
Formerly known as the Meritus Mandarin Shopping Arcade, the sparkling Mandarin Gallery brings the very best international designers and personalized tailored shopping to Orchard Road. Situated next 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. Discerning shoppers will be pleased to know that there is also some home-grown talent including an Ashley Isham boutique on the second floor. There are three levels of elegant shopping with a few classy restaurants thrown in for good measure. Accessories and international fashion are the main store staples targeted at an affluent jet-set crowd.