If you’re a shopaholic tourist who’s going through a 24-hour layover in the country, have I got a recommendation for you today—Singapore Orchard Road!
Orchard Road is famous for its luxurious shopping experience, renowned brands, entertainment options, and vibrant atmosphere. But let’s look further at what makes it a must-visit destination for both locals and tourists in Singapore.
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Best Time To Go
The best time to go to Orchard Road would be on weekdays, weekday evenings, and in cooler months (between December and February). Most of the time, the place is packed with locals and tourists, but weekends expectedly bring in more people.
It’s good to take note of festive seasons and when sales events and promos happen to be prepared for crowds and plan your itinerary.
Things To Know
Currency: Singapore dollar
Calling Code: +65
How To Get Around
Location: Orchard Road is in Central Singapore, 2.2 km from the junction of Tanglin Road and Orange Grove Road to Dhoby Ghaut (Google Map).
Trains: Take the Orchard (North-South Line) and Somerset (North-South Line) MRT, as trains are the easiest and most reliable way to get around Singapore.
Buses: Take the 7, 14, 16, 36, 65, 111, 123, 174, or 502 Bus depending on your location. Tickets cost S$1 to S$3.
Car: If you prefer driving, there are popular parking spots in the area including ION Orchard, Ngee Ann City, and Paragon.
Taxis: Taxis in Singapore are known for their high availability and efficiency. With a large fleet and advanced dispatch systems, it’s relatively easy to find a taxi, especially in busy areas like shopping malls, hotels, and transportation hubs.
Walking: Orchard Road itself is a pedestrian-friendly area, with wide sidewalks and numerous pedestrian crossings. If you’re up for some leisurely strolling and don’t mind the tropical weather, walking is a great way to soak in the vibrant atmosphere at your own pace.
Alternatives: Consider using a combination of transportation modes depending on your needs and preferences. For example, you could take the MRT to Orchard Road and then explore the area on foot, hopping on a bus or grabbing a cab (or taxi alternatives) when needed.
Where to Stay in Orchard Singapore
Orchard Hotel Singapore
Address: 442 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238879
Phone: +65 6734 7766
Nestled in the beating heart of Orchard Road, the Orchard Hotel stands tall and proud. This contemporary oasis boasts spacious rooms that would make anyone feel right at home.
There’s a rooftop pool where you can soak up the sun while sipping on your favourite cocktail. Oh, and did I mention it’s conveniently located near Orchard MRT station?
And it bagged the prestigious TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award of 2023, so rest assured you’ll be in good hands during your stay.
Hilton Singapore Orchard
Address: 333 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238867
Phone: +65 6737 4411
Hilton Singapore Orchard features a sophisticated rooftop bar offering panoramic views of the city skyline. Sky Bar has signature cocktails, fine wines, and a selection of delicious bites, which I thoroughly enjoyed with a colleague.
I also commend the hotel’s staff for their professionalism and attentive service, ensuring that guests’ needs are met and their stay is comfortable and enjoyable. Here’s a tip: tip generously!
As Paris Hilton once said: “That’s hot.”
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
— From amiharunaami
Address: 22 Orange Grove Road 258350 Singapore
Phone: (65) 6737 3644
At the heart of Orchard Road is a five-star paradise tucked away amidst lush tropical gardens. It’s an idyllic vacation spot right in the middle of all the retail and dining action.
And when it’s time for bed, premium bedding with high-quality mattresses, soft pillows, and luxurious linens ensures a restful sleep experience. Pricey but worth it, I’d say.
Orchard Rendezvous Hotel
— From nothinglefttoinheritdarlings
Address: 1 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247905
Phone: +65 6737 1133
Here’s a hotel that’s strategically positioned near Dhoby Ghaut MRT station, ensuring I’m just a hop, skip, and jump away from all the buzz. Orchard Rendezvous Hotel’s front desk operates 24 hours a day, providing assistance and support to guests.
I appreciate that there’s a dedicated work desk provided in the room, offering a convenient space to catch up on work or plan activities. Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi is available in the rooms, too.
Plus, there’s a rooftop pool that’s practically begging me to dive in and soak up the skyline views while enjoying a refreshing cocktail.
YOTEL Singapore Orchard Road
Address: 366 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238904
Phone: +65 6866 8000
YOTEL Singapore Orchard Road is a contemporary hotel that takes compact and efficiency to a whole new level. It’s quite affordable, too.
I love its signature SmartBed, which can be adjusted for different positions to suit comfort preferences. A Technowall is available in the room, which includes adjustable mood lighting and a flat-screen TV with a variety of channels for entertainment.
There’s also a Club Lounge where guests can relax and enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages!
Hotel Jen Orchardgateway
Address: 277 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238858
Phone: +65 6708 8888
Hotel Jen is a modern gateway to the retail wonderland of Orchard Road. Its rooms feature contemporary decor with clean lines and a sleek design aesthetic featuring an en-suite bathroom and comfy bedding.
Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi is available in the rooms, ensuring guests can stay connected during their stay. Plus, it has a rooftop infinity pool that makes me feel like swimming in the sky!
Address: 22 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228517
Phone: +65 6738 5888
The stylish rooms at Quincy Hotel feature sleek and contemporary furnishings, with clean lines and elegant touches. They maximise space and functionality with a tasteful colour palette, high-quality bedding, and well-appointed amenities.
It won the TTG Travel Awards for 2022 and several other recent accolades, too.
It’s just a stroll away from Orchard Road’s shopping mecca. This boutique hotel also offers an all-inclusive all-you-can-eat buffet, which is a solid plus for foodies!
Where to Eat in Singapore Orchard
Crystal Jade Golden Palace
Address: 290 Orchard Rd, #05 – 22, Singapore 238859
Phone: +65 9177 2091
Crystal Jade Golden Palace offers an elegant and refined dining atmosphere, with tasteful décor, comfortable seating, and a sophisticated ambience. It’s been a favourite restaurant for celebrations and family gatherings for years now (mine included).
If you have the opportunity to visit, I highly recommend trying its Peking duck, which comes with plum, sugar, and garlic condiments to enhance the flavour. It’s pricey but delicious.
Address: 313 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238895
Phone: +65 6834 4041
Marché Mövenpick features an interactive marketplace concept which I found intriguing. Guests can explore different food stations and watch as their dishes are freshly prepared in front of them.
I was also able to customise my meals! The options include made-to-order pasta, pizzas, salads, and grilled meats so diners can create their unique culinary creations.
Another plus is that it’s a family-friendly environment, with dedicated kids’ menus, play areas, and activities, ensuring an enjoyable experience for the whole family.
Address: 5 Purvis Street #01-04 S188584
Phone: +65 6333 1982
If you’re on the hunt for a slice of French heaven without breaking the bank, then you simply cannot miss Saveur. This place is a true gem where affordability meets culinary wizardry.
The menu reads like a love letter to your taste buds, with dishes like duck confit and beef bourguignon that are executed with the precision of a Michelin-starred maestro.
And the best part? Saveur uses only fresh and seasonal produce as ingredients! Quelle joie!
The Sushi Bar
Address: 391B Orchard Rd, #05-34/35 Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238874
Phone: +65 8818 3535
If you’re craving sushi in between all the shopping and exploring, I recommend The Sushi Bar on Orchard Road. I find that it offers a good balance between quality and affordability.
I always take time to appreciate the skilled sushi chefs’ precision and artistry in their craft. Each sushi roll or nigiri is visually appealing, fresh, and flavorful even after several orders.
And here’s the kicker: their omakase menu lets you view the Sushi Bar’s chefs in action as they prepare unique and seasonal dishes in front of you!
Lawry’s The Prime Rib
Address: 333A Orchard Rd, #04 – 01 / 31, Singapore 238897
Phone: +65 6836 3333
Feel like treating yourself to some prime rib roast? Lawry’s is renowned for its carefully aged, seasoned, and slow-roasted to perfection prime ribs, resulting in tender, flavorful, and succulent cuts of meat.
Is it pricey? Yes. 285 grams of “Lawry’s Cut” will cost you S$145. But oh, is it worth it.
Start the dining experience with the famous spinning bowl salad. Servers skillfully prepare this unique salad at your table, tossing fresh greens with their special dressing (talk about dinner entertainment!).
If you’re feeling extra atas, sommeliers can assist you in choosing the perfect wine pairing to enhance the flavours of your dishes.
Address: 390 Orchard Rd, #02-09A, Singapore 238871
Phone: +65 6708 9288
Should you find yourself feeling extra famished, visit the Instagrammable PS.Cafe. Its menu includes burgers, pasta, salads, and a fusion of international flavours and dishes against a gorgeous backdrop.
You can indulge in desserts or artisanal cakes while seated indoors or enjoy the outdoor terrace with its natural lighting. I find that people-watching is especially good when you’ve got the cafe’s truffle fries in front of you.
The menu also includes vegetarian and gluten-free options, ensuring there are choices for various dietary preferences.
The Marmalade Pantry
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #04-11A ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
Phone: +65 6385 0741
If you want a fancy afternoon tea, check out The Marmalade Pantry. It’s famous for its signature cupcakes and pastries, which are freshly baked in-house (and are hard not to scarf down!).
It’s quite affordable, too. I paid around S$78 per set for the Afternoon Tea and enjoyed the modern bistro atmosphere of the place.
I also like how it keeps things fresh and exciting by introducing seasonal menu items. It draws inspiration from international cuisines and incorporates local and regional influences into its menu.
Address: 333A Orchard Rd, #03 – 01 / 02, Singapore 238897
Phone: +65 6235 3900
“Wild Honey” reflects the concept of exploring and indulging in the various flavours and cuisines from around the world, much like the natural and diverse characteristics of wild honey. It’s also a brunch place that offers the convenience of all-day dining.
Its all-day breakfasts are inspired by international cuisines, such as the full English brekky, shakshouka dish, and California meal. And they’re pretty reasonably priced at around S$25 for meat dishes, S$8 for sides, and S$29 for fish dishes.
It’s cosy, homey, and serves breakfast food. Honestly, what’s not to like?
Din Tai Fung
Address: 176 Orchard Rd, #02-55, Singapore 238843
Phone: +65 6694 2292
I’ve been wanting to try the xiao long bao at Din Tai Fung and finally got the chance to do so for this post. The delicate dumplings are filled with flavourful broth and a variety of fillings (I got the crab and wasn’t disappointed).
Other stuff on the menu that I found irresistible included the shrimp and pork shao mai (steamed dumplings), fried pork chop, and spicy chicken wings.
As for its prices? Not bad at all. Around S6.30 for appetisers, and S$9.90 for steamed dumplings and rice menu items.
What to Do in Orchard Road
Indulge in serious retail therapy at Paragon Shopping Centre
Address: 290 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238859
Phone: +65 6738 5535
Paragon enjoys a prime location along Orchard Road, making it easily accessible and a convenient choice for both locals and tourists. It’s hard to miss with its spaciousness and open design that allows natural light to flow into the interior space.
It also focuses on luxury and high-end brands like Gucci, Versace, Dior, Givenchy, and Tiffany & Co. It’s become a fave of the atas shoppers for this reason.
I can’t quite afford those brands, but I do enjoy Paragon’s architectural combination of straight edges and curved surfaces, creating an interesting visual contrast.
Visit the National Museum of Singapore
Address: 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Phone: +65 6332 3659
This might come as a shock, but shopping could get old hat at some point. To cleanse your palate with some culture, I suggest making a stop at the National Museum of Singapore.
It offers a captivating journey through the nation’s rich history, culture, and heritage. A particularly interesting permanent exhibit is the Singapore History Gallery, which houses fascinating artefacts, immersive multimedia displays, and interactive exhibits.
Besides that, the museum frequently refreshes its exhibitions, ensuring that there’s always something new to discover.
Admire the ION Orchard building
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Phone: +65 6238 8228
Whether you’re strolling along Orchard Road during the day or exploring the vibrant street at night, the ION Orchard building’s striking architecture never fails to leave a lasting impression.
Its exterior is a façade with a unique combination of glass and metal, creating a modern and futuristic look.
It also seamlessly integrates with its surroundings, creating a cohesive and integrated urban environment. The mall connects to the Orchard MRT station, making it easily accessible to commuters.
It’s truly a testament to Singapore’s progressive spirit and its dedication to creating spaces that combine functionality with breathtaking aesthetics.
Get pampered at Remède Spa
Address: The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911
Phone: +65 6506 6896
One of the best places in Orchard to indulge in luxurious relaxation is the Remède Spa at The St. Regis Singapore. It offers a haven of tranquillity and rejuvenation, providing a wide range of exquisite treatments and therapies to soothe both the body and mind.
Remède Spa also offers exclusive amenities, including a steam room, Jacuzzi, and relaxation lounge, where you can further unwind and rejuvenate before or after your pampering session.
Take part in Christmas on a Great Street
Address: Orchard Road, Singapore
Phone: +65 8917 7823
One of the most highly anticipated festivals to attend on Orchard Road is Christmas on a Great Street. Each year, Orchard Road transforms into a magical wonderland during the festive season, making it an unforgettable experience for locals and tourists alike.
The entire stretch of the road comes alive with festive cheer, as shopping malls and establishments show a collective effort to come up with creative and enchanting displays.
One particularly iconic feature is the light-up along Orchard Road’s pedestrian walkways, where trees are draped in cascading lights, creating a breathtaking canopy of sparkling brilliance.
Where to Shop on Orchard Road
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Phone: +65 6238 8228
Within ION Orchard are boutiques dedicated to local designers and brands. These shops offer a range of fashion, accessories, and lifestyle products that highlight Singapore’s design talent and showcase a distinct local aesthetic.
Check out Carrie K, Beyond the Vines, In Good Company, and Mash Up for homegrown brands with timeless designs. I think it’s great that these local labels share the same space as global luxury designers!
Paragon Shopping Centre
Address: 290 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238859
Phone: +65 6738 5535
What makes Paragon Shopping Centre particularly interesting for me is the presence of a boutique art gallery called Art Works.
It features a collection of contemporary art pieces, including paintings, sculptures, and mixed media artworks from both local and international artists.
And if you have kids, check out The Better Toy Store, a boutique offering a curated selection of high-quality, educational, and unique toys. They focus on toys that inspire creativity, imagination, and learning for children of all ages.
Address: 313 Orchard Road, Singapore, Singapore
Phone: +65 6496 9313
Known among locals as a trendsetter’s haven, 313 @Somerset is where fashion-forward millennials gather to stay ahead of the trends. This mall is a hub for youthful and edgy fashion, offering a mix of international and local brands.
It’s great for both fashion-conscious and budget-conscious shoppers, too.
If that’s you, check out The Editor’s Market. Its minimalist and contemporary range of clothing, accessories, and footwear is based on a “one-price” system where shoppers can enjoy a fixed price regardless of the item’s design or size.
Far East Plaza
Address: 14 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228213
Phone: +65 6734 2325
“Gadget Galaxy,” aka Far East Plaza is a techie’s treasure trove. Tech enthusiasts will find themselves in paradise with the myriad of electronics, gadgets, and accessories available here.
From the latest smartphones to gaming gear and quirky tech trinkets, this mall is a haven for all things digital.
Takashimaya Department Store
Address: 391A Orchard Road, Singapore 238873
Phone: +65 6738 1111
When you enter Takashimaya, you’ll instantly get a feel of why it’s an iconic department store that has captivated shoppers for decades.
With its vast array of merchandise ranging from fashion and cosmetics to home décor and gourmet delights, this retail wonderland offers a delightful shopping experience for all.
And don’t forget to explore the basement food hall for a culinary adventure!
What to Expect from Singapore Weather
Singapore experiences hot and humid weather throughout the year, with temperatures ranging from 24°C (75°F) to 34°C (93°F).
Wet Season: Singapore’s wet season occurs from November to January, with increased rainfall and occasional thunderstorms. This period is characterized by higher humidity levels.
Dry Season: The dry season in Singapore typically runs from May to July, with relatively lower rainfall compared to other months. However, it’s important to note that rain showers can still occur sporadically.
Inter-monsoon Periods: Singapore has two inter-monsoon periods, from March to April and August to October. During these periods, there may be occasional rain showers and slightly increased humidity.
Apps to Download For a Trip to Singapore Orchard
Grab: Ride-sharing, food orders, groceries
ION Orchard: Guide for rewards on promos, member deals, and privileges
Singapore Heritage: Guide for Singapore visitors with directions to places of art, culture, heritage and historic interest
Eatigo: Guide to discounted dining based on location, availability, and preferences