Young lady smelling some perfume while shopping
1 Orchard Road

2pm: Orchard Road—a great street

Orchard Road’s beginnings are somewhat humbler than its status today as Southeast Asia’s premier shopping street.

Your first stop should be the grand old dame of Singapore's department stores, Robinsons, first established in 1958 by an English merchant as a “family warehouse”. In 2013, it moved into a brand new store at The Heeren and remains a firm favourite with both locals and visitors, selling everything from clothing to home accessories.

On the opposite side of Orchard Road, you can explore designer boutiques, such as Y-3 and A Bathing Ape, at Mandarin Gallery.

Another Singapore establishment to check out is TANGS. Stocking a wide selection of men’s and women’s clothing including local designers, makeup and even an in-store spa, it’s a destination in its own right.

For the next leg on our trip, and a different kind of shopping experience altogether, head to Kampong Gelam.

Take the MRT (North South line) to City Hall MRT, transfer via the East West line to Bugis MRT station and walk to Haji Lane off North Bridge Road.

A scene of the colourful shophouses at Haji Lane, where customers are dining al-fresco
2 Haji Lane

3.30pm: Unique buys at Haji Lane

Once an empty row of pre-war shophouses, Haji Lane has been given a new lease of life by local designers and young entrepreneurs who have set up their hip boutiques selling cutting-edge fashion and unique made-in-Singapore products.

Located within the ethnic district of Kampong Gelam, Haji Lane's raw, energetic vibe is a world away from the polish of the international stores.

Head over to Soon Lee (73 Haji Lane). This womenswear store located in a charming three-storey shophouse specialises in sassy clothing by local designers, one-of-a-kind jewellery, very cool handbags and the cutest books in town.

For your last stop, visit Sup Clothing (38A Haji Lane). The boutique stocks streetwear brands such as The Hundreds, X-Large and Billionaire Boys Club—and if you’re lucky, you might come across limited edition gems, too.

For our final destination, walk back towards Bugis MRT station as we get ready to explore Bugis Street.

A bustling Bugis Street, a bazaar packed with stores
3 Bugis Street Market

4.30pm: Exploring the New Bugis Street

Our final destination is Bugis Street, which for decades was a popular destination for anyone looking for loud music, cheap beer and after-hours entertainment.

Rebuilt in the 1990s, Bugis Junction today is the main mall and captures much of the area’s heritage, including many of the original shophouses in its design. Packed with international brands, a cinema and some great entertainment and dining options, it has helped put the area back on the map over the last 20 years.

If you don’t mind stepping out of the air conditioning, Bugis Street is well worth a visit. With over 600 shops, it’s actually the most populous shopping street in Singapore. Whether you’re looking for the latest fashion and accessories, bag loads of souvenirs or even a manicure, the chances are you will find what you’re looking for here.