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Orchard Road

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Singapore's main shopping drag is a riot of every brand imaginable and then some, mixing designer bags with American snack foods, bespoke perfumes with sassy party dresses. The sheer range of offerings can be overwhelming, so we suggest sticking to this relatively simple path: Nip into Exquisite by Salon 916 for a shampoo that feels more like massage, plus Singapore's speediest blow-dry (Orchard Parade Hotel, 1 Tanglin Rd.; 65-6735-2917). European and hot Indian brands abound across the street at Palais Renaissance (390 Orchard Rd.; 65-6737-1520), and the most aromatic treasures can be found below ground amid the bespoke perfumes sold at Flaming Queen (B1–12 Palais Renaissance; 65-6235-3918; Detour down Scotts Road for deals that spill out from tiny storefronts inside Far East Plaza (14 Scotts Rd.; 95-9673-6477;, especially the Indian skirts and tunics at Silkland Store (03–61; 65-6734-4843) and the jaw-dropping bikini bargains at Sheer Romance (01–96; 65-6235-8852). Wisma Atria mall (435 Orchard Rd.; 25-6235-2103; offers international casual-wear brands, but of the options there, it's a local name, Southaven, that's worth a look for well-cut and well-priced cotton frocks (01–12/13; 65-6734-6608). Eclecticism, also at Wisma Atria, is another must stop for party dresses and playclothes (01–07; 65-6732-0938; Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and the like can be found inside Ngee An City (391 Orchard Rd.;, but it's much more fun to cross the street and check out what Singapore's own talent is up to—for example, the sturdy yet stylish travel bags from ProjectShopBloodBrothers (03/41–44 Paragon mall, 290 Orchard Rd.; 65-6735-0071).

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