• Gisellablu

    Dubai-based international label Gisellablu has just made its Singapore debut with a flashy, black-and-gold store space located in Raffles City. Expect to find bold, chic and feminine pieces at affordable prices (from$50), as well as glamorous footwear from sister shoe label Aurora Wild.

    #01-13 Raffles City, 252 North Bridge Rd., 6337-7004, S(179103)

  • Head of Department

    Robinsons department store at The Heeren has just gone undergone a massive $40 million makeover and now sports six levels of over 200 exclusive brands, including See by Chloe, Jamie Oliver, Illamasqua and Sophie Hulme, all housed within a sleek, polished setting. Gorgeous art installations also pepper the space.

    260 Orchard Rd., 6735-8838, S(238855)

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  • COS and Effect

    H&M’s more polished sister label COS has just opened its first Southeast Asian store here, a muted 5,900 sq. ft. space that seems to go on forever, stocking clothes for women, men and children. Expect sharp, impeccably cut, minimalist pieces in safe neutrals—clearly made to defy seasonal fads—at affordable prices (from $29).

    #03-23 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, 6238-8933, S(238801)

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  • Far East Shopping Centre

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    Golden shopping

    Far East Shopping Centre is best known for its selection of jewellery and precious stones, with rare porcelain, gold, diamonds, old carvings and sculptures all on sale here. You’ll also find computers, health equipment and cheap fashion items in the stores, alongside tailors and other beauty shops, which makes it a great place to get a suit tailored or to get your nails done.

    Close to Orchard MRT station, the mall is also filled with restaurants and bars, making it most accessible for a nice meal or a drink after a day of shopping. Enjoy a meal at Rakuichi Japanese restaurant or Shashlik restaurant before moving to Harry’s Bar or The Sportsman pub for drinks.

    • OPENING HOURS: Daily 10am - 10pm
    • CATEGORY: Antiques, Electronics, Fabrics, Sports, Hair/Health/Beauty
    • FEATURES: Budget, Indie, Local Flavour
    • ADDRESS: Far East Shopping Centre, 545 Orchard Rd Singapore 238882
    • CONTACT NUMBER: (65) 6735 1218
  • Haji Lane

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    Budget bohemia thrives in Haji Lane, a sliver of an alley sandwiched between Arab Street and Bali Lane. Mini-boutiques mix with Middle Eastern shisha cafes and design houses. Pick up some monochrome accessories at Salad (55 Haji Lane, 6299 5808) and for kitsch appeal, don’t miss Pluck (31/33 Haji Lane, 6396 4048). For an even more exciting fashion experience you’ll need to leave ground level and make your way to the second floor of the shop houses. Soon Lee is one such must-visit shop offering an eclectic range of books, one-of-a-kind clothes, jewellery, hats and accessories (56 Haji Lane, 6297 0198).

  • Funan Digitallife Mall

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    Gadget gateway

    Funan Digitalife Mall is one of the best places in Singapore to go to, for all things computer and tech-related. Found in the City Hall area between Victoria Street and North Bridge Road, it positions itself as Asia’s leading IT shopping mall – with people coming from afar to have a browse through all of its specialty digital shops.

    A haven for techology geeks, Funan offers the newest and widest range of gadgets, from laptops and desktop computers to printers and digital cameras. One of the best things about the mall is the various deals that you’ll find here, with outlets selling value-for-money products at competitive prices.

    Funan also has free wireless internet, so you can test your latest purchase immediately by going online. The mall also has several restaurants and entertainment options once you’ve had your fill gadget-hunting.

    • OPENING HOURS: Daily 10am - 10pm
    • WEBSITE: Funan Digital Mall
    • CATEGORY: Electronics
    • FEATURES: IT, tech, digital
    • ADDRESS: 109 North Bridge Rd Singapore 179097
    • CONTACT NUMBER: (65) 6336 8327
  • ION Orchard

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    Where it all comes together

    ION Orchard brings together the world’s best-loved brands in flagship, concept and lifestyle stores. Spread over eight levels of shopping space, you can indulge in over 330 retail, F&B and lifestyle stores, which include the six duplex flagships—Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Dior, Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana. In addition to a coveted stable of brands, an extensive food hall offers visitors myriad food choices ranging from local favourites to international cuisines.

    Take dining to the skies
    Located at an impressive height of 218 metres above ground level, ION Sky is the new focal point of the city.

    Home to Salt grill & Sky bar, the elegant 6,000 square feet contemporary restaurant is helmed by none other than Australian celebrity chef-restaurateur, Luke Mangan.

    Offering Australian cuisine with a touch of Asian flare, Salt Grill on the 55th floor is the casual version of his award-winning Salt Grill in Sydney. Besides mouthwatering cuisine, food connoisseurs will get to enjoy an unrivalled 360-degree view from the observatory, the highest point on Orchard Road.

    For an extra touch of romance and glamour, head to the Sky Bar on the 56th floor for pre- or post-dinner drinks.

    Tourist Privileges
    Flash your passport at the Singapore Visitors Centre at ION Orchard on L1 to redeem a Tourist Wallet featuring attractive privileges from selected brands. Enjoy an exclusive Limousine Airport Transfer when you spend $2,000 in a single receipt.

    • OPENING HOURS: 10am - 10pm daily
    • WEBSITE: Ion Orchard
    • CATEGORY: Fashion & Accessories, Jewellery & Watches, Beauty/Wellness/Sports, Books & Lifestyle, Electronics & Communications and F&B.
    • FEATURES: Over 330 retail, F&B and lifestyle stores
    • ADDRESS: ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn Singapore 238801
    • CONTACT NUMBER: (65) 6238 8228
  • Mandarin Gallery

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    A blend of artistry and elegance

    Set your pulse racing at the sleek Mandarin Gallery. A must-visit during your Orchard Road jaunt, it’s a sophisticated mall that’s home to some of the most elegant labels and tantalising eateries. An adjunct of the five-star Mandarin Orchard hotel, this mall will take your breath away with its range of shopping options.

    The ground level features high-end brands like Just Cavalli, Vertu and Montblanc, while on the second floor you’ll find Singapore’s most famous fashion designer, Ashley Isham’s boutiques. With Bathing Ape, D&G, Galliano and Emporio Armani stores also here, pick out a simple outfit or a stunning suit or cocktail dress and turn heads on the street.

    The Mandarin Gallery is also the place to relish great food. Try Wild Honey for an eclectic range of Asian and International fare – their sumptuous all-day breakfasts are quickly becoming the talk of the town, while steak lovers can savour the wonderful cuts of meat at Lawry’s the Prime Rib. Creamy tonkotsu ramen can also be enjoyed at Ippudo’s first outlet in Singapore, although its high popularity means you might have to wait in line a while.

    Just before you head home, pick up some groceries at jones the grocer, a minimalist designed supermarket that supplies your fill of pasta, coffee and even cake mix. Mandarin Gallery is the perfect place for the fashionista looking for quality labels, or the gourmet seeking a satisfying meal.

    • WEBSITE: Mandarin Gallery
    • ADDRESS: Mandarin Gallery, 333 Orchard Road Singapore 238867
    • CONTACT NUMBER: (65) 6831 6363
  • Orchard Central

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    European shopping

    As Singapore’s tallest vertical mall, Orchard Central is an exciting and inviting spot to do your shopping. Designed such that glass is a central feature throughout, the mall has a breezy and welcoming feel.

    Billed as an experience for the stylish shopper, Orchard Central has everything from fashion to food, including Singapore’s first Mediterranean-style marketplace, which also gives it a clear point of difference from other rival malls.

    The mall is divided into different clusters, with separate areas for pampering, fashion, active lifestyles and food. From German fashion items to bsc Lingerie and DZ bags, you’ll find it all at Orchard Central. You can also experience alfresco dining in the sky, with restaurants on the seventh and eighth floors, making this a perfect place to grab a bite to eat after a long day of shopping.

    • OPENING HOURS: Daily 11am - 11pm
    • WEBSITE: Orchard Central
    • CATEGORY: Fashion, Home Furnishing, Music, Departmental Stores, Souvenirs, Books, Hair/Health/Beauty
    • FEATURES: Luxury, Indie, Local Flavour, Designer brands
    • ADDRESS: Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Rd Singapore 238896
    • CONTACT NUMBER: (65) 6238 1051
  • Paragon

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    Loving luxury

    Ideal for designer and luxury items, Paragon is an upmarket shopping mall with 200 stores and six levels. Situated on bustling Orchard Road, it has luxury goods retailers like Miu Miu, Gucci, Alfred Dunhill and Salvatore Ferragamo, and fashion labels like Armani Exchange, Diesel, Escada, G-Star, and Miss Sixty that call Paragon home.

    Certainly a fashionista’s paradise, there is also a mixture of other labels here, including sportswear brands like Nike, Adidas, Asics, and Pan West, while kids will be thrilled with the selection of toys and clothes at Paragon Junior and Toys ‘R’ Us.

    There is also a food cellar in the basement, and casual café dining options available on every floor. Paragon also houses Paragon Medical, a medical tower that hosts specialist clinics catering to a range of key medical specialisations such as aesthetics or cosmetic surgery, dentistry, radiology, obstetrics and gynaecology, fertility centre and traditional Chinese medicine.

    • OPENING HOURS: Daily 10am - 9.30pm
    • WEBSITE: Paragon
    • Paragon Medical Website
    • FEATURES: Fashion, Departmental Stores, Souvenirs, Hair/Health/Beauty
    • FEATURES: Luxury, Designer brands
    • ADDRESS: Paragon, 290 Orchard Rd Singapore 238859
    • TELEPHONE NUMBER: (65) 6738 5535