To many visitors, Orchard Road is the most famous retail street in Singapore. Lined with department stores and boutiques stocking the world’s best luxury fashion and lifestyle goods, along with restaurants, bars and hotels, this is a must-visit experience when in Singapore.
As well as benefiting from an impressive range of retail options, visitors to Orchard Road can shop in a beautifully landscaped environment where historic angsana trees shade the pavements, providing a calming addition to this bustling street, and reminding visitors of the street’s history as an area of fruit orchards, nutmeg plantations and pepper farms. Fast forward 150 years and the 2.2 kilometre boulevard has become one of Asia’s ultimate luxury shopping destinations.
Start your journey at the recently renovated Hermès store, on the picturesque corner of Orchard Road and Anguilla Park. Spanning four storeys, the French brand’s Singapore flagship shop offers leather goods, silk scarves, men’s and women’s clothes, shoes, accessories, fragrances, watches and jewellery as well as a selection of homewares. Visitors can also explore the gallery on its top floor: Aloft at Hermès. One of only five art spaces around the world operated by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, this is where some of the world’s best contemporary art is showcased.
Another boutique to seek out is Franck Muller, whose luxurious watch and jewellery store can be found at Isetan Wisma Atria. Franck Muller is dedicated to expertise in horology and offers an extensive range of styles. Friendly members of staff are available to offer advice, and to share their knowledge, about each timepiece, helping you to find your perfect item.
Fine watches and jewellery can also be found at ION Orchard, in Cartier’s concept boutique – the first of a kind. The double-storey façade is made from curved glass and features gold, inspired by a Cartier gold vanity case designed in 1932. The inside is as equally stunning, with custom-made chandeliers and an elevator fitted with beige leather walls and bronze panels. Cartier’s men’s and women’s collections are displayed in separate areas of this elegant yet relaxed retail space where you are sure to find something beautiful to take home with you.
Prestigious Swiss brand Omega has a newly opened boutique at ION Orchard which embraces a natural aesthetic, drawing inspiration from the elements, with warm lighting and dark brown interiors. Stop by to explore Omega’s own-brand watches as well as fine jewellery and leather goods.
For the best in beauty, look no further than the recently relocated Sephora flagship store. Here you can browse the world’s leading make-up, haircare and beauty brands including Lancôme, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Benefit, Estée Lauder, Bobbi Brown, Clinique and Marc Jacobs. Talk to one of the in-store experts for advice about this season’s latest products.
Stock up on fashion staples at the new Uniqlo store at Orchard Central. The Japanese brand has made quite an impact with its distinctive modern clothing since its first Singapore store opened eight years ago. Menswear, womenswear and accessories are all part of the brand’s portfolio. For summer, its innovative Airism range, which includes T-shirts, undergarments and activewear, uses breathable, quick-drying fabric which is perfect for the tropical Singapore climate.
If you’re looking for a one-stop destination at the heart of Orchard Road, the towering, glass-fronted Paragon shopping centre should be at the top of your list. Its 20 floors host the likes of Burberry, Armani, Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Miu Miu and Prada. Paragon is also a great place for gastronomical delights, with its selection of Asian and international restaurants. Tambuah Mas serves Indonesian home-style cuisine such as lalab, a Javanese salad, and a selection of desserts. For a formal dining experience, book a table at the Michelin-starred Crystal Jade Golden Palace, where regional Chinese food is prepared using modern techniques, along with a selection of tempting cocktails.
Wherever you choose to shop, Orchard Road is sure to delight you with its impressive offering of world-renowned stores and an enticing environment.