Prime shopping and prestige living at Orchard Road

Bathed in the luminous glow cascading from digital advertising billboards fronting the malls along Orchard Road, it is hard to imagine that this shopper’s paradise was once landscaped with nutmeg plantations, pepper farms and fruit orchards in the early 1800s.
Orchard Road’s dramatic transformation into a shopping mecca officially began in 1958, when local merchant C.K. Tang established the first department store on the street. The grand dame, with its iconic green-tiled roof evocative of traditional Chinese architecture, still stands today as TANGS, holding fort at the corner of Orchard and Scotts Road, as modern marvels continue to burgeon all round.
Today, the 2.8-km boulevard rivals some of the best retail destinations in the world from London’s Bond Street and Paris’ Champs-Élysées to New York's 5th Avenue, immaculately landscaped with flower beds and greenery as a nod to the area’s historical roots.
Located in the central region of Singapore, Orchard Road is home to more than 20 malls offering a total of 800,000 sqm of prime retail space served by three MRT stations: Orchard, Somerset and Dhoby Ghaut.
International luxury brands, designer labels, high-street fashion, lifestyle boutiques, premier hotels and an endless assortment of gastronomic and entertainment options provide all the retail therapy necessary for every palate and pocket.
Apple, for instance, opened its first concept store in Southeast Asia – Apple Orchard Road – here two years ago. Housed in a two-storey tall, elegant glass structure, the store opened to much fanfare, galvanising a tech-savvy community of Apple fans beyond its gadgets through regular workshops with local creatives.
Certainly, it’s not just all about shopping; Orchard Road is a lifestyle experience.
The folks at the Orchard Road Business Association, which oversees the development, promotion and marketing of the shopping belt, are always innovating new ways...