Paris has the Champs-Elysees, New York has Fifth Avenue, and Singapore has Orchard Road. This 2.5km stretch of road is said to have the largest concentration of shopping malls in the world, and that's not hard to believe as you make your way along the street. As well as shopping malls, Orchard Road is also home to several world-class hotels. If you are staying in the area, you will find will find a wide variety of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets within the malls and other hotels, and most malls have a food court for a cheaper option. Three MRT stations along Orchard Road make travel to the rest of Singapore simple, and you'll also find a taxi stand at every mall.
It's all about brands in Singapore, and while the malls boast designer labels such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada, you'll also find all the major hotel groups represented here. The St Regis is the glitziest of all, with its crystal chandeliers, personal butler service and fleet of personalised Bentleys. International five-star favourite the Four Seasons is another popular choice, or check into the Shangri-La, the group's flagship hotel boasting lush gardens and outdoor facilities just a short walk from the retail frenzy.
Recent addition the Grand Park Orchard boasts its own shopping mall, the Knightsbridge, as does the Meritus Mandarin in the Mandarin Gallery, famed for its independent designer boutiques. For a bit of colonial charm, then check into the Goodwood Park hotel on Scotts Road, its heritage building making a welcome change from the modern architecture surrounding it.
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