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A NIGHT OUT ON ORCHARD ROAD

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 25 Apr 2019  

 

When you walk around Orchard Road in the evening and look at the glittering malls and swanky boutiques that line this boulevard, it’s hard to imagine that this used to be an area filled with nutmeg and fruit plantations. But it wasn’t just orchards that could be found here; in the 1800s, there were even graveyards and mansions where the shopping centres now stand. 

 

Orchard Road

 

Despite being known as one of Singapore's most bustling retail hubs, Orchard Road shouldn’t be looked over when it comes to a night out. Start at the Tanglin end of Orchard Road where it’s quieter and a little more laid-back. Here, you’ll find outdoor cafés where you can start your evening with a Japanese or Italian dinner. 

Walk off dinner and cocktails and head towards Scotts Road, where the malls become busier and the streets more crowded. This is the ideal place to people-watch, as it’s one of the city’s most-used intersections. Have a glass of wine at a bar, or find al fresco dining options along Scotts Road and Orchard Road. You’ll love the diverse mix of people who walk past: trendy teenagers, families, joggers out for an evening run – and of course, the serious shoppers laden with bags.

 

Emerald Hill

 

Speaking of shopping, set off for retail therapy at an array of shopping malls along Orchard Road before moving on to the area around Somerset MRT station. This unique area is home to malls, restaurants and a stretch of shophouse restaurants and bars on Killiney Road. It also houses a great selection of Japanese restaurants and sake bars where you can sample a range of nibbles along with your drinks. 

Very close to Somerset MRT station is a charming enclave known as Emerald Hill. This conservation area used to be a Peranakan (Straits Chinese) residential area, and the gorgeous mansions and houses are still standing on either side of cobblestoned streets. The shophouses have been converted into popular bars today, most of them casual and relaxed, with live music and great happy hour deals. Despite the very modern surroundings of Orchard Road, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a different world in Emerald Hill when you sit at an outdoor table with a beer, looking at the French windowed-shophouses, lush greenery, and Chinese lanterns around you. 

 

Cuppage Terrace

 

A short walk away is Cuppage Terrace, located just off Orchard Road. This charming collection of bars and restaurants features a central al fresco seating area that's covered by a high awning – so it's a great spot to take shelter in if rain strikes without warning! If you're in a wine and cheese sort of mood, you'll be impressed with the wide selection of casual drinking and dining chains available.

 

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