Orchard Road was named as such because it used to be vast plantations of pepper and nutmeg. It is a long strip of malls and hotels. You would actually need a day or two just scouring every department store and arcade in Orchard Road. Fronting Istana Park is Plaza Singapura that has the Carrefour and other shopping finds. Across it, behind Istana Park is the Park Mall. If you’ll walk along Orchard Road you’ll find Tanglin Mall, Meridien Shopping Arcade, Centrepoint, Galleria, Forum, Midpoint, the Promenade, Orchard Point, Orchard Emarld, Orchard Plaza, Takashimaya, Ngee Ann City, Tangs, Wisma Atria, Far East Plaza, Lucky Plaza, Shaw House, Hilton and Mandarin Gallery. The list seems endless and one can get overwhelmed by such big names, neon lights and coffee joints near these malls.
It’s a great shopping experience if you know how to budget your money and your time. With that in mind, list down what you want to buy, the shops you want to visit and the budget you will allocate for such. Then, just choose which shops in the malls or which malls you will spend more time rummaging for the best bargain. You can start from 10am till night. There are hawkers where you can fill your stomach and get some rest due to exhaustion. If you feel dizzy with all the walking, fitting and haggling, reenergize with a short stop at the park and let the fresh air and the trees calm the throbbing in your head and the ache in your ankles.