Orchard Road is a major tourist attraction and the retail and entertainment hub of Singapore. It stretches 2.2km long and is lined with numerous shopping malls. Read on to see it in black and white!
Orchard Road got its name from the nutmeg, pepper, and fruit orchards or the plantations that the road led to in the mid-1800s. Today it is a thriving shopping paradise and most, if not all tourists would at least step foot once on Orchard Road.
In this article, I will introduce a few of the more popular and prominent shopping malls.
First and foremost, Wheelock Place and Liat Towers. These 2 adjacent buildings are famous for different reasons.
Wheelock Place used to by synonymous with Borders, the bookstore that has gone bankrupt. Borders used to be my favorite weekend hangout where I can spend a leisurely afternoon browsing through various books and magazines.
Liat Towers became famous due to the previous few Orchard Road floodings whereby the basement F&B outlets and retail stores were half submerged.
Just right across the road from Wheelock Place is ION Orchard, which opened in 2009. ION Orchard is a high-end shopping mall where many designer boutiques have their flagship stores. Some examples are Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Armani, Prada etc. ION Orchard’s observation deck, ION Sky, is located on the 55th and 56th floor of the building. With the high of 218 m above ground, it offers a panoramic view of the city.
Further down the road is another large-scale shopping mall, Ngee Ann City.
Before ION Orchard was built, Ngee Ann City is THE place to be for designer boutiques. Even today, Ngee Ann City still have many designer boutiques such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Mont Blanc, Tiffany & Co. The empty space in front of Ngee Ann City is known as the Civic Plaza. This is where many large-scale events such as concerts, exhibitions etc. are held. During weekends, there are always plenty of human traffic and promotions being held.
Along Orchard Road, one can always see construction and improvement works being carried out. This is to ensure that things are in tip, top conditions.
If you had seen Orchard Road before, do come back again as things might have changed in between!