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The Top Things To Do On Orchard Road In Singapore

The Top Things To Do On Orchard Road In Singapore

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Orchard Road, the 2.2 kilometers long shopping boulevard, has been known as Singapore’s heaven for fashionistas and is the most popular spot for tourists traveling to Singapore. Apart from shopping on Orchard Road, you might find some cultural activities on this street such as the colonial style architecture, art galleries and interactive art designs. In this guide, The Culture Trip shares some of the best things to do on Orchard Road.


Orchard Road is a renowned shopping district in the tropical nation of Singapore. It is full of shopping malls which agglomerate tons of international brands. There are flagship stores like Gucci, Zara, Bershka and many more. Some Singaporean brands are also impressive, such as Charles & Keith, which you may get a glimpse of local designs. These shopping malls are spread along the Orchard Road and are easily accessible from MRT exits. If you are not a big fan of shopping, you can appreciate the sculptures or interactive art designs used to decorate the malls. The light shows and decorations are replaced from time to time, and will surely be impressive to look at.

Pop and Contemporary Fine Art

Situated on the intersection of the Orchard Road and Scotts Road, Pop and Contemporary Fine Art specializes in original paintings, limited edition lithographs, screen prints, etchings and sculptures in the contemporary and pop art genres. They are the sole Asian representative of Burton Morris, who is a well known American pop artist. Still, there are others feature artists, like Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana and Yayoi Kusama. In this art gallery, you can buy top-notch modern artworks. The specialists here will provide you with professional advice to find out the most perfect artwork for you.

350 Orchard Road, Shaw House #11-08 Singapore 238868, +65 6735 0959

Emerald Hill

Emerald Hill is a conservation area in Singapore. Originally bought by the Englishman William Cuppage in 1845, this area has its notable architectural style which is often referred as the Chinese baroque style, identified by the use of colored ceramic tiles, carved swing doors, shuttered windows and pastel-shaded walls with fine plaster moldings. Emerald Hill also a part of the Peranakan community. This is why you might find some bars which adopt Peranakan influenced interior design. 5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar is one of the recommended bars in this region, and is surely a great place to spend an evening in.

Emerald Hill Rd ,Singapore

SG Flight Simulation

Situated inside the Orchard Central Mall, SG Flight Simulation provides an exciting simulation of aviation. In this simulation exercise, you can become a pilot and take control of an Airbus A320 with a 180 degree curved screen and a full flight deck. It brings you the most realistic simulation, and equipment is always there to make you feel like you are on the aircraft. There are different packages, ranging from 30 minutes to 90 minutes, and you can choose the level of difficulty from beginners to professional pilots. If you are an aviation enthusiast, this place is definitely a must.

181 Orchard Road #04-31/32 Orchard Central Singapore 238896, +65 66342797


Istana was constructed in 1869 and is situated right next to Dhoby Ghaut MRT station. It is the former residence of Singapore’s British governors. Istana has a similar architectural style to many 18th century neo-palladian style buildings designed by British military engineers in India. This type of building is characterized by verandahs, louvered windows and paneled doors. It illustrates how the British colonization has influenced Singapore’s architecture. Apart from appreciating the regal and elegant architecture, you might also visit the parkland nearby, which is a treasure trove of flora and fauna.

Orchard Road Singapore 238823