From luxury retail to world-class international cuisines, the much-coveted Orchard area is home to a wealth of experiences.
There is more to this former plantation area than just retail glamour and enchantment, with top local and international schools, country clubs, and being just a 10-minute drive to the CBD. The Istana - official residence and office of the President of Singapore sits along Orchard Road too.
EAT & DRINK
CHIKUWA TEI (6-min drive)
Traditional Japanese restaurant serving hand-made gourmet sushi and savoury Japanese cuisine with a philosophy of using only the freshest.
JIGGER & PONY (6-min drive)
Cool, relaxed hangout offering classic craft cocktails, a good whisky selection, a delectable nosh to go with their enticing cocktail creations.
KILLINEY ROAD FOOD TRAIL (15-min drive)
On the fringe of Orchard Road sits Killiney Road - a narrow road which is colourful and busy. Start off your day with local breakfast at the famous the famous Killiney Kopitiam, at o. 67. Right next to it is Warung M Nasir, one of the best places in the city to enjoy a tantalising collection of authentic Padang-style dishes. Trot a few units down the road to this casual Cantonese-style restaurant for perfectly charred char siew and melt-in-your-mouth fatty roast pork, the very reason why they have become a mainstay along Killiney Road.
LITTLE INDIA (10-min drive)
Little India is a buzzing historic area that shows off the best of Singapore’s Indian community, from vibrant culture to incredible shopping. Walking down the streets itself is a sensory experience – brightly-coloured saris, incense, spices and Indian pop music swirl around along with street stalls selling tempting delicacies. Definitely one of the most charismatic neighbourhood in Singapore.
WILD HONEY (15-min walk)
Just off the tip of Orchard Road, Wild Honey provides a calm respite from the busy shopping crowds.. The spacious and modern restaurant offers delectable favourites, with a choice between indoor and al fresco dining.
ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES
EMERALD HILL ROAD (7-min drive)
Colourful terrace houses in the Chinese Baroque style line this road in the conservation area between Newton and Orchard Road. This was once a nutmeg plantation owned by William Cuppage until his death in 1872, after which it was subdivided. Wealthy Peranakans snapped up the land and made it their home, building these beautiful houses. Over the years, they have been meticulously restored and maintained.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE (7-min drive)
One of the oldest and largest museum in Singapore, the original domed building, designed by colonial engineer Henry E. McCallum in a neo-Palladian style, has been a local landmark since 1887. A sizable chunk of the collection is devoted to the history of Singapore and tracing the country’s evolution from British crown colony to independent nation.
TIONG BAHRU (10-min drive)
Located in one of Singapore’s oldest residential estates, Tiong Bahru has become synonymous with trendy cafes, quirky boutiques, unique architecture, mural art and good old-fashioned foods! Whether a history buff, a foodie or a shopaholic, there is something for everyone to discover in Tiong Bahru.
SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS (8-min drive)
Inscribed as Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015, this national park is worth setting aside half a day for!
SINGAPORE RIVER CRUISE / MERLION PARK (10-min drive)
Get ready to set sail on a traditional bumboat and drift along the Singapore River, taking in the sights of famous landmarks such as Raffles' Landing Site, the Merlion, ArtSceince Museum, Singapore flyer and Marina Bay Sands. Hop aboard in the late afternoon or early evening to catch the sunset, for that added bonus.
ADAM ROAD FOOD CENTRE
Small in stature but quite a giant in Singapore’s dining scene. Adam Road Food Centre offers hawker gems that is popular amongst the locals. Built in 1974 to house the street hawkers plying their trade along Bukit Timah Canal, Adam Road Food Centre was quickly known as a place for great Malay food, a recognition that continues up to today. Did not take long before other stalls also drew up their share of long queues too.
Fun fact: The Nasi Lemak stall Selera Rasa was reportedly a breakfast staple for the Sultan of Brunei whenever he visits.
A "Do You Know?" moment. Experience the destination like a local.
BEYOND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
Get off the mainland and head to this charming island to bask in the rustic outdoors and explore one of Singapore’s last remaining villages or kampongs. Take a 30-minute car ride to Changi Point Ferry Terminal, and board a bumboat to the island.
SUNGEI BULOH WETLAND RESERVE
This sanctuary, an ASEAN Heritage Park, is as wild as it gets in manicured Singapore. The 500 acres of land is made up of mangroves, mudflats, ponds, and forests that are home to a biodiverse ecosystem of mudskippers, crabs, water snakes, monitor lizards, otters, and the odd crocodile. The trails are quite flat and is fairly easy to navigate.
THE SOUTHERN RIDGES
Hike above the city, a ten-kilometre network of ridges, pathways and bridges elevated above the city skyline. The hiking route is a favourite haunt of avid birdwatchers and nature lovers, and visitors can expect to see up to 43 species of birds.
DECEMBER 2022 / JANUARY 2023