Singapore At A Glance: Orchard Road

Named after the plantations that lined it in the 1840s, Orchard Road is famous worldwide for its retail options. Paragon (290 Orchard Rd., 6738‑5535), Palais Renaissance (390 Orchard Rd., 6737‑6993), ION Orchard (2 Orchard Turn, 6238-8228), 313@somerset (313 Orchard Rd., 6496-9313) and Ngee Ann City (391 Orchard Rd., 6733‑0337) are good if you are looking for renowned international brands. High street labels like Topshop and FCUK are housed in Wisma Atria (435 Orchard Rd., 6235‑2103) and, for street fashion items with attitude, The Heeren Shops (260 Orchard Rd., 6733‑4725), Far East Plaza (14 Scotts Rd., 6734‑2325) and Orchard Central (181 Orchard Rd., 6238-1051) are ideal. Tanglin Shopping Centre (19 Tanglin Rd., 6737‑0849) is a treasure trove of art, antiques, furniture and souvenirs.

For more information, drop by Singapore Tourism Board’s (STB) Singapore Visitor’s Centre @ Orchard Road. Junction of Cairnhill Rd. and Orchard Rd., 1800‑736‑2000. Open daily 9:30am‑10:30pm.