Singaporeans love shopping as much as they love eating. Orchard Road, for example, is an area where people and tourists alike with the heart for food and shopping can find everything that will delight them.
A Myriad of Shopping Malls
Orchard Road is dubbed as the Lion City’s retail and entertainment centre. As the iconic shopping belt in the city, it is the home of many shopping malls including The Centrepoint, Tanglin Mall, Lucky Plaza, Plaza Singapura, and Wisma Atria. Not only that, you can also find Orchard Central, Palais Renaissance, Mandarin Gallery, Ngee Ann City, ION Orchard, and many more.
With the myriad of shopping malls, boutiques and shops all contained in a span of 2.2 kilometre-long street, Orchard Road can definitely awaken and delight every shopaholic.
Orchard Road in the Old Times
Since the time that it was developed, Orchard Road has been unstoppable from improving in giving Singaporeans and tourists an exquisite shopping experience. Indeed, the atmosphere in this famous shopping centre was never dull. The shopping activity is always vibrant and one can really notice that the business industry here is dynamic, which becomes a reason why Singapore is known as a shopping paradise.
Going back to 1830s, Orchard Road was then a place lined with pepper farms, nutmeg plantations, and fruit orchards. However, in the first part of 19th century, these farms, plantations, and orchards started to make way for civilization. Slowly, the road was occupied with wet markets, hawker centres, as well as residential development.
In 1958, the first department store in Orchard Road was opened. More than a decade after, shopping malls such as Plaza Singapura and Tang Plaza were opened, thus paving the way for other shopping malls. Through the years, Orchard Road was filled with countless shopping malls, making it the well-known shopping district in the city today.