While Singapore’s Orchard Road is known around the world for being a shopping paradise, there are many other things that you can do there. This is a single short stretch of road where you could buy everything ranging from luxury items to your daily needs. But, we have listed down the top 10 cool things to do at Orchard to help you plan your time around in this lovely place better:
This is undoubtedly the most popular thing to do at Orchard Road. As soon as you exit the bus or MRT, you will see stores lined up all along the street. From the MRT, you can access the different malls via the underground routes and there are shops all along the tunnels as well.
There are some of the biggest designer labels here such as Louis Vuitton, Prada and Gucci, as well as other high-street brands like H&M, Topshop and even an Apple store.
One of the most fun and free things to do in Orchard Road is to visit Emerald Hill, a historical neighbourhood dating back to 1845. This neighborhood is known for its stunning architecture, known as Chinese Baroque. It is a combination of styles from East Asia and Europe, especially in the use of colourful ceramic tiles and pastel-hued walls.
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Pop and Contemporary Fine Art
If you are into art and culture, you will love just walking around and exploring the magnificence of Orchard Road. Orchard Central, one of the malls on the strip, has art exhibitions and displays within its malls such as some Yayoi Kusama works on its rooftop gardens.
National Museum of Singapore
Right when you think Orchard Road is about to end , you will sight Singapore’s premier museum i.e. The National Museum of Singapore. This is the best place if you are interested in the history of Singapore, with relics, manuscripts and artefacts from Singapore dating back to various eras. Its architecture has been inspired from the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Fort Canning Park
For those who love to be around some lush flora all the time, this is the perfect location. It is located in proximity to Orchard Road in the heart of Singapore and Fort Canning Park is one of the city’s most significant historical landmarks.
If you want to escape the hustle of a city to a place where you could spend some moments of solitude around walking trails and unusual plants, you will not get a better deal than this. It also houses Battle Box, an interesting underground tunnel complex from the Second World War.
It served as the erstwhile Government House and Istana is more popularly known as the place where the Singaporean President’s office is located. It was constructed from 1867 – 1869 by Sir Harry St George Ord, who was the first governor of Singapore.
It was designed in a neo-Palladian Anglo-Indian style and has stunning surroundings against a landscape that includes a 105mm Japanese cannon, a six-foot high statue of Queen Victoria hewn from Sicilian marble, four ponds and an old well.
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This famous gallery is located on Queen Street, right across the street from the Singapore Art Museum with a primary focus on contemporary photography and video artwork. The artists here are mostly from countries in Southeast Asia such as Thailand, Laos and Malaysia.
SG Flight Simulations
If your childhood dream of becoming a pilot never came true and you always wanted to captain your own plane, you should definitely visit this place.
Your dream will come true as long as you don’t mind never taking off! SG Flight Simulations is located inside Orchard Central Mall and lets you try aviation, on an Airbus A320 such that you can experience take-off and landing.
Every vacation needs some hustle, and every vacation needs to end with some spa relaxation. We cannot give you enough reasons why you need to visit this Spa but let us tell you that their amazing custom blends created with a whole host of essential oils, the hot stone massage and
the Zsa Zsa Gabor orange and pumpkin scented facial will leave you feeling more rejuvenated than ever before.
This is the most popular art house cinema that became open to the public way back in 1990, and brought in the mainstream culture the joy of watching alternative movies.
Today, it ceases to be the only place to see art house movies in the city where several festivals, director talks and special events are organised as well.
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