Orchard Road, a boulevard that stretches for some 2.2 km and is the entertainment and retail center in one of the most magnificent cities in the world Singapore. This area, which is known as the Orchard is one of the premier tourist attractions of Singapore. The area once famous for its orchards and plantations during the early part of the 20th century gives this area its ambiance as well as its name.
Know to the locals, as Tang Leng Pa Sat Koi or Tanglin market and Vaira Kimadam, fakir’s place, which it’s known by not only the Singaporeans, but also the Chinese, and Tamil who live there. This is but one of 55 urban planning areas under the auspices of the Urban Redevelopment Authority, which makes up a key part of the central region in Singapore central business district for the Central Area.
Orchard Road Central Area
The Orchard Planning Area as the areas officially called has spent over $40 million in renovations and restoration in the area during the year of 2009. New street lamps, planter boxes, urban green rooms as well as street tiling, flour, totem poles beautify and give the area a distinctive look.
Strolling down this Boulevard, it is rated in travel magazines is one of the best places to play, shop, and dining pleasure that has something for everyone.
It really doesn’t matter whether you’re looking in the latest in foreign fashion and luxury items or whether you’re looking for native Singaporean specialties. This is the place for those who follow fashion and want to be part of the active Singapore lifestyle.
Shopping Paradise at Orchard Area
Robinson’s and Tang’s 2 of the most respected names in Singapore’s Mercantile enterprises make up one of the most popular shopping centers in the area as they have the latest in fashion and are one of the mainstays of the area because of this, and, of course, their world-class service.
Robinsons, who started out as a family-owned warehouse in Commercial Square, now renamed as Raffles Place. It is now island wide and has been a local favorite, and power in Singapore’s fashion industry that dates back over 150 years.
TANGS, on the other hand, was started in 1958, by a local Singaporean by the name of C. K. Tang, was Orchard Road’s first department store, and in 1982, moved in at the intersection of Orchard and Scotts Road. TANGS is famous for not only its electronics and household goods but a massive selection of apparel and fashion accessories as well.
Designer Brands Orchard Central
Both of these Singaporean giant’s stock not only a variety of locally designed clothing such as those by Aijek, who specializes in using light and airy pieces made from natural fibers, as well as finely crafted limited-edition footwear from Atelier Fang.
Another portion of Orchard Road is where you can find Singaporean designing labels from KEEPERS and you should give a look-see at brands like Gnome & Bow and their fine line of briefcases, wallets, and uniquely designed bags for women. Whole9Yards is noted for a minimalist and vintage look on their wares and is well looking at as well.
If you want to see this area and all its grandeur, show up on the 1st Saturday of every month during the months of July through September. The entire 500m stretch of Ngee Ann City to ION Orchard is closed to traffic from 6 PM to 11 PM during Pedestrian Night.
This is where shoppers and those who like a night on the town can participate on the street entertainment activities and other special events that are sure to please tourists and locals alike while they shop.