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Your Ultimate Guide To Shopping At Orchard Road, Singapore (For Every Budget!)

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Amira Rahmat  •  Mar 13, 2020

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If you’re a shopaholic, you should visit the shopping belt of Orchard Road in Singapore at least once in your life. Dubbed the national pastime, it’s no wonder that the country is dotted with hundreds of shopping malls and Orchard Road is one of the most vibrant shopping hubs around! Credit: Giphy The Singapore shopping scene does offer various world-class brands, but it also never forgets price-sensitive visitors who shop according to their budgets. There is, in fact, something for everyone to suit their needs and wallets! So, here's the guide to shopping malls in Orchard Road that you've been waiting for 🤗 P.S. If you are already feeling hungry, here are some delicious eateries in Orchard to refuel while you're on your shopping day!
Budget
1. Far East Plaza
When it comes to street fashion, this mall hits the spot. Shops fill up 5 floors of Far East Plaza, selling all sorts of things that you can ask for – from accessories, shoes, clothes and beauty parlours! You can even find unique gems which are imported from Korean, China and Thailand.  Wander around the stalls and just keep your eyes peeled for the best trends. You can shop till you drop here! If you feel hungry, make sure to head up to the 5th floor to get your fix of halal food from Puncak, Cahaya or Ayam Penyet Ria. Opening hours: 10AM - 10PM Address: 14 Scotts Road, Singapore 228213 Website
2. Lucky Plaza
As the name suggests, you might just get lucky while finding the right top or shoes for you. While it may get a bit crowded during the weekends, there are just so many jewellery stores, watches, apparels and accessory shops in the mall. There are even occasional fleas held here! The things sold here are wallet-friendly but you can still get a gorgeous piece or two to your wardrobe. You may even try your luck with some bargaining skills with the sellers there. If you're looking to shop for affordable perfumes, this is the place to go as prices here are more affordable as compared to more luxurious malls as you can buy them in sample sizes - check out Dollars & Scents and Perfume CG.
Credit: Mhelody Olga on Facebook Apart from clothes and fashion apparel, there are also a plethora of Singapore souvenirs and unique snacks to bring home! For those of you looking for cheap chocolates, head over to Valu$ on the 6th floor. We've rounded up some of the best things you need to buy from Valu$ 🤗 While you do your shopping, don’t forget to complete your daily prayers around Singapore as well. Here are some prayer spaces around touristy areas! #HHWT Tip: Make sure you fuel up with a scrumptious meal at the halal-certified Jollibee Fried Chicken at Lucky Plaza! Opening hours: 10AM - 10PM daily Address: 304 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238863 Website
3. SCAPE Underground
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Credit: SCAPE SCAPE bursts with vibrancy and energy that seems to attract the teenagers and youth every week. Being one of the longest-running flea markets around town, you can expect to find cool merchandise from handphone covers to beauty products, bags and caps. SCAPE is also home to some of the best pop-ups and flea markets for shopping local designers, handmade and vintage finds! Whether you consider yourself a youth or not, you should still drop by here when you come to Orchard 😅 Did we also mention that it is also a great place to take that perfect OOTD shot, day or night? Opening hours: 12PM - 10PM Address: 2 Orchard Link #04-01, Singapore 237978 Website
Mid-range
4. Orchard Central
 Located in the heart of the shopping district in Singapore, Orchard Central is a popular place to visit for locals and travellers alike.  There are several popular brands here, from Southeast Asia’s first flagship store of UNIQLO to Japanese chain stores like DON DON DONKI and TOKYU HANDS! DON DON DONKI occupies two floors of the mall, while UNIQLO takes up a whopping three floors! In DON DON DONKI, take your time to browse through the huge variety of snacks, travel essentials, toiletries, make-up and luggage bags, most of which are imported from Japan! Frequent shoppers might have already noticed that this place hosts pop-up stores and events from time to time. Don't forget to drop by the super Insta-worthy [email protected] to get some stunning shots! Check out these 11 other picture-perfect spots in Singapore that you can visit for free. Opening hours: 10AM - 10PM Address: Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road B1 & B2, Singapore 238896 Website
5. Takashimaya
A Japanese retail giant with an upmarket department store, Takashimaya offers a unique shopping experience with over 180 specialty stores spanning across 6 floors!  If you are looking to browse through some luxury products, you can visit numerous stores such as Fendi, Chopard, Chanel and Cartier here. For those looking to buy some gifts for yourself or your family, you can also choose to get some Pandora charms, Nespresso capsules and Japanese confectionery, or PlayStation 4 games for the young! #HHWT Tip: If you're travelling to Singapore, good news! You can obtain more information on tourist privileges at the Atrium Level 1 and 3, Customer Service Centre, or at the cashier counters. Opening hours: 10AM - 9.30PM Address: 391A Orchard Rd, Singapore 238873 Website
6. [email protected]
Fast becoming one of the more well-known shopping destinations in the Orchard Road belt, [email protected] is nestled right above Somerset MRT station. How convenient is that? What makes this mall a little different is its Discovery Walk located on the ground floor. It is designed to give the vibes as though you are walking along a breezy street in Europe!  It is also home to the flagship store of The Editor’s Market, one of the popular brands among young Singaporeans today. You might also be happy to know that Charles & Keith is in this mall too - time to shop till you drop! Not to mention that 2 halal-certified Japanese eateries - Sora Boru and Ichikokudo Hokkaido Ramen - are located at Basement 2 of [email protected] too, so you can definitely refuel after all that shopping. Opening hours: Sun - Fri; 10AM - 10PM, Sat; 10AM - 11PM Address: 313 Orchard Road Singapore 238895 Website
7. Apple Store
Singapore's Orchard Road is home to Apple’s first store in Southeast Asia. The beautiful 120-foot glass façade with trees inside the store itself attracts many shoppers from all around the world. This store offers a complete range of Apple products, and phone accessories from desktops, software, iPads and iPhones. Even if you are not an Apple lover, this place along Orchard is definitely a must-go! There are plenty of photo opportunities all around if you know where to look 😉 Opening hours: 10AM – 10PM Address: 270 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238857 Website
8. H&M Flagship Store
Welcome to Southeast Asia’s largest H&M store right here in Orchard! With four floors of women's clothes, menswear, shoes, accessories, sportswear and even for babies, you will be spoilt for choice.  The huge store is quite impossible to miss along the shopping street and you can actually get cheap winter clothing during the summer season. This Swedish clothing brand also offers some stylish Muslimah modest wear and maxis, but if you are not able to find it in the stores, you can find them on their online site! Address: 1 Grange Road Singapore 239693 Opening hours: 10AM - 10PM Website 
Luxury
9. T Galleria by DFS
Shoppers will be pleased to know that they will not have to go far from main downtown to shop duty-free! Conveniently located in the heart of the city, T Galleria by DFS is one of the city’s ultimate shopping destination, offering a unique duty-free shopping experience with a wide variety of luxury items. Here, you can find handbags, perfumes and cosmetics carrying brands such as Louis Vuitton, Coach, Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Dior, Jo Malone and more! Opening hours: 11AM - 8PM Address: 25 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228220 Website
10. ION Orchard
Credit: Erwin Soo on Flickr ION Orchard has got to be one of the iconic and swankiest malls in town. Home to over 300 retail stores, including Topshop and Sephora, as well as luxury labels such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Longchamp, Prada and more, this mall can keep you occupied for hours.  Come night time, the facade transforms into a huge billboard, which will be lit by LEDs and advertisements. Its atmosphere and architecture are simply not to be missed. There are also tourists perks! Head over to the Global Tax-Free service counter at B3 Concierge together with your invoices from participating merchants. Here, you can also get some information on hassle-free eTRS ticket issuing and other tax refund things to take note of. Opening hours: 10AM - 10PM Address: 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801 Website
11. Paragon
For all things glitz and glam, head over to Paragon which is one of Singapore’s premier upscale retail mall. Spread across six storeys are fashion stores, restaurants, and designer department outlets under one roof. There are also promotions and deals specially lined up for tourists! For assistance, you may visit their Concierge service at Level 1. Some of the tourist's exclusives are S$30 SPH Malls vouchers and gift vouchers with minimum spending of $3,000, and discounts when you show your passport and participating outlets including MUJI, Emporio Armani, and Moschino! Address: 290 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238859 Opening hours: 10AM - 10PM Website
12. TANGS
Singapore’s favourite shopping destination here shouldn’t need an introduction, housing a department store and a stylish food court.  For over 75 years, TANGS has been providing international, regional and local fashion, together with beauty, home brands and travel accessories to tourists and locals alike. From time to time, there will also be pop-up stores from various brands! Look out for offers from cosmetics like MAC or French brand La Mer among others.  Heads up for tourists, there are also exclusive tourist privileges such as discounts or exclusive tourist sets - just present your passport and you're good to go! Opening hours: 10AM - 10PM Address: 310 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238864 Website
Claiming tax refunds
 As a tourist in Singapore, if you make any purchases above $100 (including GST) at eligible shops, you may claim a refund on the 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST). To find out if the shop is participating in the Tourist Refund Scheme, you can look out for the “Tax Free” shopping logo or sign on the shop. Apply for your refund using the electronic TRS kiosks at Singapore’s Changi Airport Departure Check-in Hall and Departure Transit Lounge. You may choose to receive the refund in cash or have it credited to your card. Do take note that you must leave Singapore with your items within two months of the date of purchase, and remember not to check in your items in your baggage! Find out more here. With a wide range of shops for different budgets to choose from at Singapore's Orchard Road, you'll be more well-informed the next time you're doing your shopping in Singapore 🤗 Time to let your inner shopaholic do the work for you!