ION Orchard is a stylish architectural wonder, glowing like a futuristic beacon at the end of Orchard Road – enticing fashionistas and luxury shoppers inside. Welcome to Singapore’s most glamorous shopping complex – a glass, marble and steel work of art, where there are even extra special toilets for high spending customers and celebrities.

Superior services include butler-style concierge services and a celebrity chef-helmed fine dining establishment. Luxury couture, the hottest names fresh from the world’s runways, art exhibitions and even cloud viewing attract an in-vogue shopping crowd at ION Orchard.

Louis Vuitton is present on a grand scale alongside other fashion greats such as Harry Winston, Miu Miu, Cartier, Prada, and Yves Saint Laurent. Glittery, swanky and unashamedly lavish, ION Orchard takes the Singapore mall shopping experience to a whole new level.

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ION Orchard is a magnet for luxury goods aficionados, with a ream of impressive extravagant brand names lining the polished marble mall. Halle Berry was decked out in Harry Winston gems when she collected her Oscar for Best Actress, so it’s definitely worth a peek through the window of this fine jeweller’s even if you’re just window shopping. Bringing the brands down to earth are the cheaper chic names such as Topshop.


  • Armani Exchange
  • Calvin Klein 
  • Guess
  • H&M
  • Gucci
  • Zara

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Even the food hall is fabulous at ION Orchard. With faux Philippe Stark Ghost chairs and decadent chandeliers, the aptly named Food Opera claims Singapore’s largest variety of food in one location, with over 80 vendors. Sleek escalators whisk you down to Basement 4 where a veritable feast of options awaits.

For those seeking something even more special, there are plenty of fine dining restaurants starring celebrity chefs and haute cuisine. Touted as Singapore’s ‘sexiest’ restaurant, the Salt Grill & Sky Bar is ION Orchards pièce de résistance. Located at the top of the mall, it offers a degustation menu, an À la carte menu, and an executive set lunch menu.

Owned by celebrity chef Luke Mangan of Sydney Glass Brassiere fame, delights at Salt Grill & Sky Bar include Australian yellowtail kingfish sashimi and ocean trout rillettes.

Dining Directory

  • Food Opera
  • Gyoza-ya
  • Nara Thai
  • Putien
  • Yoku Moku | Four Leaves

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ION Orchard attractions go beyond superb shopping and fine dining – this creative building also hosts art exhibitions in its very own gallery. Occupying 5,300 sq ft on level 4, ION ART presents arts and culture events from across the globe. Emerging artists and designers present their work including those incorporating mixed media.

Interestingly, the mall has been assigned status as an ‘Official Cloud Spotting Area’ thanks to the ION Sky observation deck. At 218 metres high on the 56th floor, the viewpoint gives 360° views of Singapore through state-of-the-art BEHOLD telescopes. It’s also a great location for catching a fashion show or product launch.

ION Orchard is easily accessible via Orchard MRT Station. There are multiple entrances into the shopping centre from the MRT station via a new LED-lit walkway. The 2 main subway entrances are on Level 1. The car park has spaces for 650 vehicles including disabled parking – there is free parking from Monday to Friday if you spend over S$100. From Changi Airport, the mall is a 30-minute train ride away. Landmarks include the Marriot Hotel which is directly opposite. Once inside ION Mall, useful services include concierge on levels 1, 4 and basement 3, Singapore Visitors Centre on level 1, a Singapore Airlines centre and with complimentary cell phone charging throughout the mall. There are regular shopping promotions including frequent deals for AMEX Platinum Card holders. A tourist privilege card with a range of discounts is also available. 

ION Orchard

Location: ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, Singapore

Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm

Phone: +65 6238 8228

Ari Gunadi | Compulsive Traveller