With a plethora of shopping options available on Singapore’s most hip retail street, you’re probably wondering where to begin. Wonder no more — we’ve sussed out the best shopping malls on Orchard Road, which spans both the Orchard and Somerset MRT stations. Alight at the former and pass through the gantries straight into the heart of ION Orchard, the crown jewel of Singapore’s most iconic shopping district.
All venues are near the Orchard and Somerset MRT stations
At 1 Scotts Road, a stone’s throw away from the Orchard Road belt, you’ll find the Hermes flagship store at Scotts Square. Shop for your favourite Hermes products, but also make sure to look out for Aloft, the in-house art space, and the store’s window installations, which are refreshed every season with artwork by different artists.
Then, head to Pedder on Scotts (also at Scotts Square), where there are over seven retail zones carrying sports gear, apparel for men, women, children and more. You can also take a break from shopping and sip on a cuppa at their in-store café, The Coffee Academics.
Cross over to T Galleria by DFS for a wide variety of beauty and luxury brands, all duty-free and with an emphasis on highly-personalised service and expertly curated collections. Pro tip: pick up your duty-free souvenirs here if you want to avoid the airport rush.
Sephora is the best friend of the makeup-savvy, and this cosmetic giant’s the first stop on our list. At their 2 ION Orchard flagship store, you can put on your best game face at the Kat Von D or Make Up For Ever boutiques-within-a-boutique —you’ll look flawless as you gear up for a full day of shopping ahead.
To complete the look, check out In Good Company for neo-modern wardrobe essentials. The contemporary local brand carries womenswear, accessories, and even a ‘mini me’ collection of kidswear for the trendy young tots.
Explore the flagship store of H&M’s sister-label COS (Collection of Style) for even more chic, minimalist fashion. If you need to catch a breather, just head to their accessories corridor, where you can pull out cubes under the display shelves to use as seats while you try on shoes.
Founded over 80 years ago, 3 TANGS' longstanding status as one of Singapore’s most iconic department stores has garnered it household familiarity. Head to its outlet at Tang Plaza and you’ll find a variety of brands, including several Singapore-based labels. Update your wardrobe with pieces from Aijek, which carries modern, feminine clothing by self-taught designer Danelle Woo.
Other local brands include menswear label, Biro, which takes a minimalist approach to design with a focus on precision tailoring and craftsmanship, and MAX.Tan, a local award-winning label that plays with androgyny, geometry and simplicity in their designs, all with a dash of rebellious spirit.
A luxury brand mecca where sophisticated shoppers flock to, 4 Paragon is where you’ll find some of the best and latest in fashion. Take Spanish brand LOEWE’s Casa Loewe store, for instance. The boutique was conceptualised by LOEWE’s creative director himself, Jonathan Anderson, and is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia — you’ll be awe-struck by the gorgeous emerald ceiling decor panels, and a luminous, roomy space.
Gucci’s trademark golden-bronze glamour shines like a beacon for the fashionistas amidst the Orchard Road bustle, and can be spotted even from outside the mall. Gucci’s Paragon store has also hosted special exhibitions such as a Gucci Garden installation, which displays the Italian luxury label’s Gucci Garden collection by Alessandro Michele amidst an imaginary universe of flora and fauna.
Up your street cred when you shop at Bathing Ape at 5 Mandarin Gallery. This Japanese brand has long been popular among street style gurus — think vibrant colours, neon signage, and prints of the iconic BAPE® ape’s head silhouette.
Ladies, pamper yourself at Victoria’s Secret’s flagship store. This 12,000-square-foot duplex carries the full range of the brand’s coveted lingerie, fragrances, beauty and body care products alongside Victoria Sport, the brand’s athletic line, and PINK, a special varsity-inspired collection for young girls and women.
If your signature style is laidback and understated, you’ll find a kindred spirit in Beyond The Vines and their ethos of effortlessness — the Singaporean brand brings style and comfort to the everyday woman through their thoughtfully designed clothes.
Round up your shopping trip at 6 Orchard Central, which is right by Somerset MRT. Pick up souvenirs for friends and family back home at Tokyu Hands, a Japanese lifestyle concept store that’s a treasure trove of adorable (but also practical) trinkets, such as plush toys, stationery and household products.
Orchard Central is also home to Uniqlo’s Southeast Asian flagship store. Be sure to swing by the ‘U+S and the World’ corner, which highlights Singapore culture, style and creativity by showcasing homegrown businesses from the Orchard area.