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  • Civil Defence Heritage Gallery
    3.5 stars

    This place sounds like a yawner judging by the name but it's actually a lot of fun, especially for youngsters. The gallery is located in the Central Fire Station, which is the oldest in Singapore. The whole first level commemorates the history of firefighting in Singapore, the highlight of ... read more

  • The Istana
    3 stars

    The Istana (palace in Malay) is the official residence of Singapore's president, located at the very end of Singapore's bustling Orchard Road behind a large white gate flanked by sentries. The building was completed in 1869 and originally served to house the governors in the British colonial ... read more

  • Orchard Road Christmas Light Up
    4 stars

    Singapore's Orchard Road Christmas Light Up is not to be missed if you're in Singapore during the festive period. While there won't be snow glistening or sleigh bells ringing in sunny Singapore during Christmas, on the main shopping street of Orchard Road, retailers do their best to create an ... read more

  • Lucky Plaza
    3.5 stars

    Situated right in the heart of the Orchard Road shopping district, Lucky Plaza is the unofficial hub for the Filipino diaspora in Singapore. From the exterior, Lucky Plaza looks dated, but step inside this mini-Manila and you'll be surprised at some of the treasures you'll find. While it doesn't ... read more

  • National Museum of Singapore
    4 stars

    From backwater fishing village to British colony to modern metropolis, Singapore's National Museum traces the city-state's history in staggering detail. The National Museum of Singapore is housed in a beautiful 1887-built building (the former Raffles library and museum) and offers an array of ... read more

  • Walking street: Orchard Road
    4 stars

    This shoppers' paradise is also a pedestrians' paradise with wide sidewalks, manicured trees and interesting public art. There's also a whole lot of people and crossing some of the roads through the underpasses can be disorienting. For a long walk you can Orchard Road all the way from Tanglin ... read more

  • Singapore Botanic Gardens & National Orchid Garden
    4.5 stars

    One of the prides of Singapore is this lush garden with more than 10,000 tropical species. While you can see 99% of them for free, visitors must pay for full access to the orchid collection (many named after celebrities who have visited) and Cool House with carnivorous plants. Even if you skip ... read more

  • 313@Somerset Mall
    4 stars

    With trendy stores like Zara, Mango, Uniqlo, and a Singapore's flagship 3-level Forever 21, 313@Somerset is one of Orchard's newest but most popular malls. You can test drive the latest Apple gadgets at the Epicentre showroom and on the upper floors you'll find sportswear, books, jewellery, and ... read more

  • The Battle Box
    4.5 stars

    Nearly nine metres below the hills of Fort Canning Park lies the Battle Box — an abandoned bunker used by British officers during World War II. The bunker was rediscovered in the late 1980s and has been converted into a sort of museum with creepy soldier mannequins and an audio guide telling the ... read more

  • Istana Park
    4 stars

    This little park can be a much-needed retreat from the crowds on Orchard Road. The lush trees and ferns are nearly enough to block out all the malls and there are lots of places to sit, including along the reflecting pool. Istana Park is opposite the Istana, the official residence of ... read more

  • Tangs
    4 stars

    Like Bloomingdale's in New York or Harrod's in London, Tangs is Singapore's landmark department store. The Orchard Road location is the flagship store and has five levels of high-end housewares, luggage, cosmetics, jewellery, shoes and fashion. Women should check out the lingerie department ... read more

  • Ion
    3.5 stars

    This mirrored behemoth of a mall opened in mid-2009 and sits above the Orchard Road MRT station. Ground floor tenants are flagship stores for luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Prada, but most of the real shopping happens on the lower levels at Mango, Steve Madden, bebe, Sephora cosmetics and ... read more

  • Ngee Ann City
    4 stars

    Equally imposing from inside and out, this granite palace is the poshest mall on Orchard. Well-heeled Singaporeans come here to shop at Armani, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Shanghai Tang and Juicy Couture where the price of a single shoe may exceed your monthly travel budget. Ngee Ann City ... read more

  • Orchard Central
    3 stars

    The OC is the tallest mall on Orchard Road and has the super-escalators and climbing wall to prove it. The retail is a mix of big brands and unique boutiques and, though it opened long before neighbouring 313@Somerset Mall, it still feels a bit empty. The highlights are the Mediterranean-themed ... read more

  • Tanglin Mall
    3.5 stars

    At the quieter northern end of Orchard Road, Tanglin Mall is a favourite with the expat families who live nearby. Offering Western-sized fashions, maternity wear, educational toy stores, comfortable footwear, do-it-yourself-shops and organic groceries, Tanglin Mall has a very difference ambience ... read more

  • Fort Canning Park
    3 stars

    Between Orchard Road and downtown, this hilly park is home to walking trails, spice gardens, a boutique hotel and the Battle Box bunker from WW2. The outdoor amphitheatre regularly hosts concerts and other events. If you want to avoid the climb up you can take an escalator from near the National ... read more

  • DFS Galleria
    3 stars

    It's normally only possible to shop duty free (in other words, nothing is taxed, making it 10 to 40% less expensive than normal) within the international passenger terminal of airports or at border crossings. DFS Galleria rejects that premise while offering a lot more stuff to buy than you'll find ... read more

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