We travel to Singapore to discover Orchard Road, the largest avenue in the city. It is the favorite place to go shopping and spend an unforgettable day discovering luxury spaces and even art galleries. Let yourself be carried away by the culture and novelty of this country and lose track of time in this fantastic place. We're going for a walk on the biggest avenue in Singapore!
Stroll through Orchard roadOrchard Road - i viewfinder / Shutterstock.com
We anticipated that Orchard Road is the largest avenue in Singapore. Specific, measures 2.2 kilometers in length and is known as the most commercial street in Singapore.
The reason is that along the avenue are the most exclusive hotels, shops and shopping centers from the city. And not only that, but there are also art galleries, entertainment venues, etc.
The origin of its name is due to the plantations of orchids, nutmeg and pepper which took place throughout the 19th century once Singapore was founded. All these plantations disappeared at the beginning of the 20th century due to natural disasters. Currently, the street is surrounded by large tree plantations.
Today, Orchard Road is the street of shopping, hustle and bustle. It is a lively place full of vitality at any time. In some ways it can remind us of Oxford Street in London, precisely because of that commercial environment.
Shopping on Orchard RoadORchard Road - i viewfinder Shutterstock.com
Along Orchard Road you can discover from shopping centers at the foot of the road to the most exclusive places. The total commercial area is eight hundred thousand square meters of shops, One last!
Some prominent shopping centers have existed since the 20th century and have remained immovable since then. Highlights Singapura Square, special for its architecture. Also Ngee Ann City, the largest in Singapore or ION Orchard, place of sale of large fashion firms.
Most of the businesses are spas, Beauty salons, boutiques, etc. Further, Singapore's most special hotels, restaurants and cafes are located on this street. Many of them are extremely luxurious, but this street is very commercial and buyers of all social classes come.
On the other hand, fairs are organized in many shopping centers to distract you from shopping and take a break. Orchard Road is always lively, especially when shops extend their shopping hours until eleven o'clock on Saturdays. All crazy!
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Mandatory stops at Orchard RoadIon Orchad - Wenjie, Zhang / Flickr.com
Strolling along Orchard Road does not have to be exclusively to buy. What makes this place special is the design and architecture of the buildings, especially modern and current. Along this avenue there are many interesting places to discover. Some of them demand to deviate a little from the avenue, but it will be worth it.
One of the places where you can go is to the Istana Palace. It is a palace built in 1867 for the government. Currently, it is the residence of the president of Singapore. You can find it in Edinburgh Street. With the same name, there is a wonderful terrace where you can enjoy one of the most beautiful bars in Singapore.
During Christmas, Orchard Road dresses up with its best lights and a walk along the avenue becomes a spectacle. Finally, we recommend you to finish your walk in Orchard Road enjoying the street performances that you can find along the way.
How to getOrchad Road - Cegoh / Pixabay.com
To get to Orchard Road you can go perfectly by public transport. Using the subway, you have the purple and red lines and two stop options to get off. The first, Orchard (red line) and the second, Bhoby Ghaut (purple and red).
You also have numerous city buses available. A very simple trip to spend an unforgettable afternoon of shopping. Cool!
Touring Orchard Road is one of the essential walks in Singapore. It is only two kilometers from the Chinatown neighborhood, so it can be interesting to plan a full day touring both areas. But above all, do not forget to enjoy your trip to the fullest, you are not in such a city every day!
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