No visit to Singapore is complete without a trip to Orchard Road. With its world-class malls and endless retail options, this district is truly a must-visit for shopaholics and discerning fashionistas.
Despite the buzz and bustle on its busy streets, you don’t have to feel pressured to keep up. Beat the doldrums and explore Orchard Road’s diverse restaurants, recreation spots and retail options at your own pace. Here’s our guide to spending an entire day in this bustling district.
10am: Brunch at PS Café
Take it easy and spend your morning with a laid-back brunch at PS Café. With its warmly-lit interior and cosy ambience, this beloved café is the perfect setting for brunch lovers on lazy mornings.
Dig into Western-style comfort food with the café’s signature dishes like eggs benedict, the PS Big Breakfast and truffle fries with grated parmesan. You may also want to save space in your belly for their dark chocolate cake, served with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.
12noon: Retail Therapy
Beat the afternoon heat—and walk off that post-brunch food coma—with a shopping spree at the many iconic malls along Orchard Road.
Start with ION Orchard, which houses flagship, concept and lifestyle stores from a host of luxury and international fashion brands. Whether you’re looking for a swanky suit from Armani Exchange or the latest street wear from Zara, you’re bound to find a worthwhile purchase at ION Orchard.
Next, head across the road to TANGS. This sprawling space stocks everything from homeware to cosmetics and fashion. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for local wares like LOVESG’s charming keychains or delicious sauces from Shermay’s Singapore Fine Food.
If you’re in the mood to peruse more local wares, head to Design Orchard—our local craftsmen’s passions and inspirations are on full display here. Admire the beautiful jewellery from Eden + Elie, pamper yourself by purchasing the natural skincare products from RE:ERTH and exude individuality with the bespoke scents from The Lab Fragrances.
Orchard Road is home to various cafes where you can take a break from your shopping spree. Swing by Coffee Academics and lounge on their tatami mats, or opt for an alfresco coffee while people-watching at Oriole Cofee + Bar.
4pm: Book browsing at library@orchard
Spend the late afternoon browsing the book collection and taking a break from shopping at library@orchard.
Located on the third and fourth floors of Orchard Gateway, this quiet space is replete with a vast array of reading material, from science fiction novels to magazines and academic works.
If you’re looking to show off your inner bookwork on Instagram, there’re tons of great spots to snap a quick shot. The stairs connecting level 3 to level 4 give a great vantage point of the library’s many tomes.
6pm: Dinner at Salt Grill and Sky Bar
Take your fine dining experience to the next level (literally) at Salt Grill and Sky Bar. Perched on the 55th and 56th level of ION Orchard, this restaurant boasts an unforgettable view of Singapore’s skyline at dusk.
The restaurant specialises in modern Australian cuisine, with a whole range of seafood and savoury meat dishes to pick from. Indulge in caviar sourced from Yarra Valley, feast on king prawns from Shark Bay or dig into an unctuous slab of Angus Ribeye Steak.
8pm: Drinks at Manhattan
With a number two spot on the list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars in 2019, Manhattan is a must-visit for alcohol aficionados.
With its old-world décor, sophisticated vibes and tipples, this swanky watering hole makes for an unforgettable night out. Channel your inner Don Draper by sipping on their Mad Men cocktail—made with whisky, black walnut bitters and champagne—or indulge in a glass of Kryptonite, made with gin, vermouth, mint syrup and clarified watermelon.
10pm: Unwind at Orchard Central’s Rooftop Garden
As it gets late, get a dose of fresh air and quiet respite at Orchard Central’s Rooftop Garden. The endless traffic along Orchard Road fades into a quiet buzz at this tranquil location, and you’ll be able to enjoy a panoramic view of the district’s golden lights.
12midnight: Midnight movie at Cineleisure Orchard
Round off your trip to this dazzling district with a midnight movie at Cineleisure Orchard. This popular cineplex screens movies till late, and tends to have numerous options from the latest Hollywood blockbuster to independent films.
If you’re sleepless in Singapore, you can sing your heart out at GANSO MANEKINEKO, a karaoke lounge that opens until the wee hours of the morning.
6am: Breakfast at Killiney Kopitiam
As the sun rises on the Lion City, treat yourself to a breakfast of champs with classic fare at Killiney Kopitiam.
This beloved chain of restaurants got its start as one of Singapore’s oldest eateries, and has been feeding hungry locals since 1919. We suggest opting for the establishment’s beloved breakfast combination of kaya (a traditional jam made from coconut and eggs) toast, soft boiled eggs and a cup of kopi (local coffee).