Asia’s most famous shopping street, Orchard Road is a dream destination for those seeking serious retail therapy in the heart of the city. Shop the unexpected from high-end and high street to designer and discounted finds. Here’s a handy guide on what to look out for.
There’s a new wave of Singaporean design virtuosos on our shores—check out these brands by our very own local designers.
More than just a shopping mall, Design Orchard is a hub, incubator and haven for local designers. Curated by beloved local retailer Naiise, the building’s first floor showcases wares from over 60 Singaporean designers.
Design Orchard. 250 Orchard Road, Singapore 238905.
Beyond the Vines
This contemporary womenswear label with thoughtful and understated designs for the modern woman is inspired by the simplicity, minimalism and functionality of the Scandinavian movement. Expect modern easy-to-wear pieces that are in the muted shades of white, grey and blue.
Mandarin Gallery. 333 Orchard Road #02-21, Singapore 238897. +65 8157 0577.
Proudly Singaporean, jewellery label Choo Yilin modernises local Peranakan* designs with pieces made from traditional jade, precious metals and gemstones. Pick from a range of rings, necklaces and earrings from the boutique line or personalise your own jade bangle.
In Asia, jade is regarded as an heirloom item. Let your memento of Singapore live on as you bequeath this bespoke piece to a loved one or the next generation.
*The term is an Indonesian/Malay word that means “local born”, which generally refers to people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage.
Mandarin Gallery. 333A Orchard Road #02-23, Singapore 238897. +65 6733 1131.
IN GOOD COMPANY
Clean, classy and modern are the hallmarks of this label, and its selection of chic wardrobe essentials. The design duo who founded IN GOOD COMPANY—Sven and Kane Tan—focus on women’s basics in neutral shades, producing six capsule collections a year. These coveted pieces are perfect for the fashionista who loves mixing and matching.
ION Orchard. 2 Orchard Turn #B1-06, Singapore 238801. +65 6509 4786.
Stalwarts of Orchard Road, Robinsons and TANGS are amongst the oldest multi label heritage department stores along the belt, and have remained at the cutting edge of fashion and impeccable service.
Originally known as Spicer and Robinson, Robinsons started as a family warehouse at Commercial Square (now known as Raffles Place) and boasts a 150-year heritage as a local retail powerhouse.
The Heeren. 260 Orchard Road, Singapore 238855. +65 6735 8838.
Set up in 1958 by local businessman C.K. Tang, it is Orchard Road’s first department store. Walking down Orchard Road, you can’t miss the TANGS building, an iconic structure modelled after Chinese palaces.
Tang Plaza. 310 Orchard Road, Singapore 238864. +65 6737 5500.
Mon-Sat 10.30am-9.30pm; Sun 11am-8.30pm.
What’s a great shopping street without great international brands? Orchard Road is home to the flagships of many international brands.
Discover elegant timepieces when you step into Malmaison, an exquisite emporium for enthusiasts and collectors alike. Celebrating artistry and craftsmanship, this official retailer exquisitely curates a collection of over 50 of the world’s finest watch brands, to match any aesthetic.
Knightsbridge. 270 Orchard Road #01-01, Singapore 238857. +65 6884 8484.
Mon-Sat 11.30am-8.30pm; Sun 11.30am-8pm.
The largest flagship in Southeast Asia for the renowned American designer’s label, venture into the store that features the only standalone in the region with a fully dedicated menswear line—Michael Kors—as well as the Shoe salon, a footwear haven for ladies and gents.
Mandarin Gallery. 333 Orchard Road #01-12/13 & #02-13, Singapore 238867. +65 6723 8055.
The secret is out—The American lingerie brand’s first Southeast Asian flagship store has landed on our shores. The boutique houses a stunning range of signature seductive lingerie, active wear, fragrances and beauty products in a shiny 12,000-square-foot duplex.
Mandarin Gallery. 333 Orchard Road #01-01/02/03 & #02-01/02/03, Singapore 238867. +65 6723 8055.
Mon-Thu & Sun 11am-10pm; Fri & Sat 11am-11pm.
When it is time to return home, leave with the flavours of Singapore that the locals wax lyrical over. Da bao (the local term for take away) the best of our foodstuff in your carry on and share a taste of your experiences and memories with your loved ones upon your return.
Bee Cheng Hiang
Smokey and scrumptious enough to have you asking for more, Bee Cheng Hiang bak kwa (barbequed meat) is a well-loved local snack that is especially popular during Chinese New Year. These addictive snackables can also be packed and sealed for the flight home, to retain the utmost quality in savoury flavours.
Bee Cheng Hiang at Paragon. 290A Orchard Road #B1-10A, Singapore 238859. +65 6732 3433.
Bee Cheng Hiang at Takashimaya. 391 Orchard Road #B207-4-1, Singapore 238873. +65 6835 4546.
Bee Cheng Hiang at Peranakan Place. 186A Orchard Road, Singapore 238849. +65 6732 7716.
Fancy a sophisticated souvenir? TWG might be your cup of tea. This luxury tea company offers an impressive selection of over 800 teas, specially harvested from around the world, which makes it one of the largest tea ranges globally. Browse their extensive tea collection, or select some gifts from their range of unique products, from secret tea tins (numbered tins that come in mystery flavours) to tea-scented candles.
ION Orchard. 2 Orchard Turn #02-21, Singapore 238801. +65 6735 1837.
Janice Wong Singapore
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a taste of celebrated local pastry chef, Janice Wong’s chocolate creation. Each bonbon is an unconventional work of art, inspired by her childhood memories. Motivated to try your hand at creating your own art piece? Grab a tub of edible Chocolate Paint, with over 35 unique flavours such as green mango and smoked chocolate, and resist the urge of licking every last drop before your trip home.
Paragon. 290A Orchard Road #B1-K28, Singapore 238859. +65 9233 7547.