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ION Orchard Walkabout

ION Orchard Walkabout

Not long ago, I took a walk at ION Orchard, a new-concept styled shopping mall that opened in the prime shopping district of Singapore, Orchard Road. First stop to satisfy my salivating mouth is Gindaco Tsukiji (築地銀章魚燒), the renowned Takoyaki from Tokyo, Japan. Gindaco Tsukiji is located at basement 4 and there seems to have an indefinite queue due to the popularity.

ION Orchard Walkabout

After 10mins of waiting, I got my Takoyaki (6 pcs) at S$4.80 and quickly hurried off to a corner to devour it! 😛

ION Orchard Walkabout

Walking around the basement area of ION Orchard. Majority of the shops are already opened for business. Believe the official opening launch of ION Orchard is somewhere in Oct 2009.

ION Orchard Walkabout

Nippon-Ya (Japanese Food Boutique) at #B4-13 sells food stuffs imported from Japan, majority are largely sweets (mochi, cookie, cake, chocolate, etc) !

ION Orchard Walkabout

Burger King at ION Orchard – a new concept restaurant brought in by Burger King Corporation themselves. Did not give it a try as I have only recently tried Burger King Whopper Bar.

ION Orchard Walkabout

Are you a donut lover? Cos Dunkin’ Donuts is back in Singapore!

ION Orchard Walkabout

Headed outside of ION Orchard to see the fantastic architecture. It was a hot and humid day but perfect for photo taking! Look at the reflections made by the sun on the glass, does it look like some big diamond? 😛

ION Orchard Walkabout

Teleport station to ION galaxy? Hehe, nope! This goes down to the Orchard MRT Station and basement of ION Orchard.

ION Orchard Walkabout

ION Orchard – taken from a further distance to capture the canopy.

ION Orchard Walkabout

At the entrance to ION Orchard. Giorgio Armani, one of the numerous notable luxury brand tenants in ION Orchard.

ION Orchard Walkabout

Flagship stores of Cartier and Dior at the entrance facade.

ION Orchard Walkabout

The roof canopy of ION Orchard. Overlooking Singapore Marriott Hotel on the right side.

ION Orchard Walkabout

Taken from Wheelock Place (opposite/across the road).

ION Orchard Walkabout

Since we were already nearby at Isetan Orchard, decided to head off to the basement to grab some coffee at McCafe. But when I got off the escalator, this counter in front of McCafe stole my attention! They are selling German beer and we decided to give it a go. 🙂

ION Orchard Walkabout

I understand that the beer counter was part of the German Fair organized by Isetan Orchard. Decided to go for wheat aleValentins Weißbier (Weissbier) 500ml for S$10. Hmm, seems to me that it was a tad too expensive as I remembered seeing it going for S$7+ in supermarkets.

ION Orchard Walkabout

After the beer and a rest, back to strolling at ION Orchard again. Heading down directly to basement to check out food restaurants for our dinner.

ION Orchard Walkabout

Animated displays at the side of the escalators.

ION Orchard Walkabout

EpiCentre @ ION Orchard – a premium reseller of Apple products. Still drawing the crowds!

ION Orchard Walkabout

Our dinner will be at Aoba Hokkaido Ramen – a top ramen from Asahikawa, Hokkaido. Barriers are setup to facilitate the long queues.

ION Orchard Walkabout

The interior of Aoba Hokkaido Ramen – not too huge with sitting capacity around 30 – 40 persons.

ION Orchard Walkabout

Shio Scallop Ramen S$12.80++.

ION Orchard Walkabout

Pumpkin Croquette S$5.80++.

ION Orchard Walkabout

Shoyu Tontoro Ramen S$16.80++. We also each had a Green Tea at S$1.90++. Total for the meal was S$41.53 (including 7% GST, 10% service charge and after 10% discount using Citibank credit card).

ION Orchard Walkabout

After dinner, next up, will be to take photos of the lighted-up ION Orchard. Taken from Wheelock Place.

ION Orchard Walkabout

ION Orchard taken from Isetan Orchard.

ION Orchard Walkabout

The tall building behind ION Orchard is The Orchard Residences.

ION Orchard Walkabout

Sky is getting darker. Another shot taken from Wheelock Place.

ION Orchard Walkabout

Night view of the front facade of ION Orchard.

ION Orchard Walkabout

Night shot of the canopy at ION Orchard.

ION Orchard Walkabout

All the luxury brands are also lighted up, bringing out their individual style and classiness.

ION Orchard Walkabout

The behind of the egg-like structure that leads down to Orchard MRT and basement of ION Orchard.

ION Orchard Walkabout

Black and white themed Dior.

ION Orchard Walkabout

Louis Vuittion at ION Orchard.

ION Orchard Walkabout

Colurful Prada at ION Orchard. The photos captured here is only a partial representation of what you can explore/shop at ION Orchard as I didn’t finish walking the whole of it. I will be back again! If you are coming to Singapore, please do visit ION Orchard and share with me your experience as well!


Leaving you with the video of ION Orchard night scene.

Photos on this blog post are taken on Panasonic DMC-LX3K 10.1MP Digital Camera.

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