Hotels situated around Orchard are surrounded with countless shops as well as a number of enormous malls. The district may have taken its name from the nutmeg orchards once planted here, but now it’s better known for the likes of DFS Galleria, ION mall, Lucky Plaza, Great World City and the trendy Far East Plaza. Shops in Orchard stay open late on the last Friday of each month, but the best time for a shoppers is during ‘The Great Singapore Sale’ held each summer.
There's no question that cosmopolitan atmosphere is what draws residents, expatriates and tourists to Orchard Road, but there are a few secondary attractions onsite. The number of high commissions and embassies (including those for the US, UK, Japan, China and Malaysia) make this an important neighborhood for tourists planning onward travel. Orchard also boasts a few hospitals that draw medical tourists, namely Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Gleneagles Hospital and Camden Medical Centre.
This is an attractive place to be based during a visit to Singapore, and hotels in Orchard include some of the city’s finest. The bigger, five-star hotels have comprehensive amenities, including a few of Singapore’s favorite restaurants and clubs. It’s convenient to have a comfortable room close to the late-night district for those who like to stay out late.
The main sightseeing attraction in the Orchard area is Sri Mariamman Temple. As the city’s most important Hindu Temple, it generates a fair amount of tourist traffic. It also stands at the gateway to Chinatown, where many more sites await.