Produced by SilverKris for Raffles City Singapore
While Orchard Road is known for its many shopping options, this luxury mall in the historic Civic District is just as compelling for shopping enthusiasts with their finger on the pulse. Since its opening in 1986, the mall has been continuously cultivating a curated selection of luxury boutiques from some of the world’s most sought-after brands.
Its most recent revamp, which began in 2021, has seen an introduction of more than 50 new stores and restaurants including Sephora’s first Store of the Future concept, Givenchy Beauty’s flagship boutique, well-loved athleisure brand Lululemon and Australian grocer Surrey Hills. Whether you’re looking for a classic fragrance or updating your wardrobe with timeless looks or trendy threads, here’s what Raffles City has in store for you in 2023.
For the trendsetting fashionista
Raffles City is in tune with cutting-edge luxury fashion, featuring dozens of sought-after international labels. Montblanc, for example, is a luxury pen company with over a hundred years of experience creating high quality writing instruments, as well as bags, leather goods and timepieces. The mall also features contemporary brands like the London-based COS that’s known for elevated essentials, unconventional designs and reimagined icons. For colourful and trendy womenswear, head to & Other Stories and peruse their collection of shoes, bags, accessories and beauty products sourced from ateliers in Paris, Stockholm and Los Angeles.
Beyond designer fashion, Raffles City also has an impressive line-up of luxury watch boutiques including Cortina Watch, located at the dedicated ‘Peacock Alley’. A favourite among horology enthusiasts, Cortina Watch offers a robust selection of haute horlogerie brands including IWC Schaffhausen, Omega, Tudor, TAG Heuer and Jaeger-LeCoultre. Iconic luxury watch brand Rolex also has a revamped boutique highlighting the brand’s most sought-after pieces.
For the beauty and fragrance guru
Discerning fragrance enthusiasts have plenty to discover at Raffles City. Leading Italian fragrance house Acqua di Parma’s specialty store – the brand’s only barbiere in Singapore – features signature scents along with a range of beauty and lifestyle products. Also notable is the Givenchy boutique that is the first and only standalone flagship store in Singapore. The outlet carries exclusive products and offers services unavailable anywhere else. You’ll also be able to take advantage of Givenchy’s team of professional beauty consultants who can offer personalised recommendations. Adding to the impressive line-up of luxury fragrance brands is Chanel, Dior, Gucci and Guerlain that also have their own boutiques.
For the sophisticated aesthete
Rounding off Raffles City’s luxury offerings is Ode to Art. This contemporary gallery showcases a broad spectrum of mediums ranging from paintings and sculptures to photography and art installations. The gallery displays works from a number of distinguished contemporary art figures including pop artist Robert Indiana and acclaimed Chinese sculptor Chen Wenling. The gallery also puts the spotlight on emerging artists from across the globe.
For the epicurean tea connoisseurs
After a day spent shopping, you’ll no doubt be in need of a bite and perhaps a revitalising cup of tea. Paris Baguette x teatra is a newly opened concept store that offers the French-inspired Korean bakery’s lauded pastries, cakes and sandwiches paired with fine tea sourced from across the world by teatra.
If you’ve worked up an appetite for something more substantial, park yourself at PS Café’s Raffles City outlet that looks like a charming Parisian bistro right in the middle of the mall. The menu here highlights brunch classics, sandwiches, pastas and toothsome desserts like the golden banana butterscotch cake.
Alternatively, head to the exclusive Tourist Lounge @L65. Located in Swissôtel The Stamford, it’s one of the few places that offer a daytime lounge service for tourists – and you’ll also enjoy stunning 360-degree views of Singapore. Entry to the lounge includes complimentary WiFi, newspapers and coffee, tea, soft drinks and light snacks. You can also store two pieces of luggage for the day making it possible to lighten your load and extend your shopping trip.
How to get there?
Raffles City is linked directly to Singapore’s City Hall MRT Interchange station along the North-South Line and Esplanade MRT station along the Circle Line.
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