Finding the Best Values along Orchard Road this Christmas
Orchard Road has long enjoyed its reputation as a key destination for luxury shopping and one of the mandatory Instagram ‘check-points’ for most tourists in Singapore. Nonetheless, those with a penchant for exploration will realise that this place has more to offer than just another place for high-end shopping. Armed with the right tips, one can easily find the best values along Orchard Road this Christmas with minimal effort!
From Cheap Eats to Value-for-Money ‘Atas’ Dining Experience
Mastercard’s latest study has shown that tourists spend an average of SGD17-SGD25 on a single meal. While these figures do not reflect the prices at neighbourhood hawker centres, this price range is a good indication for most restaurants along Orchard Road.
Those looking for affordable meals will find luck in Far East Plaza, Lucky Plaza and Orchard Tower. One can get a decent meal for as low as SGD5 at these malls. But don’t expect anything fancy.
If you’re not watching your diet, we recommend a sinfully good serving of Pak Ndut’s ‘Bebek Goreng’ – Indonesian deep fried duck, and a side of crispy duck skin to share. For those looking for affordable good time, our pick is FungKee Hotdogs. Founded and helmed by Knut Randhem, the man behind the opening of Ce La Vi (previously Ku De Ta) in Singapore, FungKee serves hot dogs and quality cocktails at an affordable price. Drop by the vegan-friendly FungKee Hotdogs at Orchard Tower after dinner! For fine dining that does not burn a hole in the pocket, check out the one Michelin-starred Alma which offers a 3-course European-Asian fusion lunch for only SGD39++; just be sure to make a reservation.
Affordable Shopping All Year Round
Looking to burn off those calories? Nothing does it better than an affordable retail therapy. Sounds wishful thinking?
Although luxury brands like Gucci and Cartier occupy the most prominent spots along Orchard Road, it does not mean that shopping is reserved for the wealthy. While one may be quick to think of fast fashion brands such as H&M, Uniqlo, Zara and Cotton On when it comes to affordable shopping, all fashionistas alike would be happy to discover that there are actually more options available at Orchard Road.
To give your wardrobe and accessories collection a breath of fresh and youthful air, try your luck at Scape, a community and retail space targeted at the youths. Those visiting Orchard Road on weekends will also have a greater variety of artisanal, handcrafted products at the weekend flea market, Scape Marketplace.
If you are into Japanese goods or late night shopping, the 24-hour Japanese discount retailer, Don Don Donki at Orchard Central is not to be missed. Get ready to go crazy over a myriad of Japanese snacks, household items and cosmetics for a fraction of normal retail prices. Those with a sweet tooth should not miss out on the shop’s famous slow roasted sweet potato. Just remember that queue is shorter on weekday afternoons and late nights. Eat it while it’s hot!
Tip: Looking for a bargain on souvenirs for loved ones and colleagues? There’s no better place in Orchard Road than Lucky Plaza.
Cheap Thrills and Instagrammable Spots
Those who have ever visited Orchard Road would know that the place is not short of talented buskers entertaining evening shopping crowd throughout the year. However, Orchard Road is also known for its yearly Christmas lights display and festivity. Tropical heat aside, it’s the perfect place to soak up some holiday vibes.
This year, the Orchard Road Christmas light-up is not to be missed as it is hailed to be Disney’s largest Christmas street light-up in Southeast Asia. Happening from 10th November 2018 to 1st January 2019, it features Disney and Pixar’s characters along almost 3km stretch of Orchard Road. Those visiting with kids or as a couple in between 15th November – 26th December 2018 will also be glad to know that there are a list of entertainment which includes pyrotechnics, amusement rides and a duplex carousel.
For a bird’s eye view of the city, head to ION Sky, Level 56 of Ion Orchard and take a peek through the state-of-the-art BEHOLDTIM telescopes for free. However, access to ION Sky is only available from 330pm to 530pm daily, before the sunsets. If one’s looking to take a shot or two of the city at night, the best option is to grab an evening drink and some light bites at the Salt Grill & Sky Bar, just a floor below the observation deck.
Stay Closer, Better and Longer in Orchard
If staying in comfort and within budget along Orchard Road seems like a stretch, then consider the newly rebranded and refurbished Orchard Rendezvous Hotel. Just a few minutes’ walk from Orchard Road MRT, this 388-room hotel at Orchard Road has some of the most spacious hotel rooms on the island. The family rooms can comfortably fit up to four adults at once, which is quite rare given the usual room sizes in Singapore.
Aside from the Superior Room category, all rooms also come with a complimentary smartphone for guests’ usage during their stay. The phone comes with not only unlimited mobile data and local calls but also access to exclusive deals for popular tourist destinations. Not only can guests save on international data roaming charges and entrance tickets, it also makes exploring Singapore much more convenient.
This article is published on behalf of Far East Hospitality. For more information about the hotels and its curated experiences, please visit www.stayfareast.com.