5 fun things to do in Orchard Road that don’t involve shopping

There’s more to Singapore’s shopping belt than retail therapy. With a slew of new restaurants and bars, and a huge rooftop hydroponic operation, Orchard Road has some pretty fun weekend activities on offer. Here’s what to do.

Load up on Mexican food

, 5 fun things to do in Orchard Road that don’t involve shopping
Señor Taco

This vibrant fairy-lit joint at 313@Somerset is modelled after a Mexican beer garden and the menu at Barrio by Mex Out keeps to typical Mexican crowd pleasers: quesadillas, taco, tortas (Mexican burgers) and generous rice bowls. You can also get a Margarita if you’re in a festive mood or go with the usual Mexican beer buddies such as Corona and Negra Modelo. If you’re looking to go all-out for Mexican cuisine, check out the old classic Senor Taco at Orchard Towers. Aside from the usual fare of taco and quesadillas, their expanded menu offers a wider selection of antojitos (Mexican street food) and specialties from different Mexican regions in addition to the widest range of premium tequila in Singapore.

Go trampolining

, 5 fun things to do in Orchard Road that don’t involve shopping
X-Park, BOUNCE Singapore

This new indoor adventure arena opened its doors at Cathay Cineleisure early this month. Modelled after an urban playground with 28 interconnected trampolines, BOUNCE Singapore lets you do variety of activities that involve trampolining such as playing a game of basketball and dodgeball, running up a wall or taking on a challenging obstacle course.

Visit Singapore’s first rooftop urban farm

Amid the skyscrapers and fancy malls, a group of farmers are hard at work. Comcrop, Singapore’s first commercial rooftop farm located above *Scape produces organic food such as sweet Italian basil, heirloom tomatoes, peppermint and spearmint for hotels and restaurants in the area. Over the weekend, it transforms into a community farm over the weekend with visitors and volunteers, and they also conduct monthly tours.

Belt your favorite tunes at karaoke

Instead of the usual night at a bar, switch it up for a shameless ’90s karaoke sesh at OverEasy Orchard’s Guilty Pleasures on Jul 5. Channel your inner Britney, Madonna and Savage Garden while resident DJ of Poptart and Tiko Disko, KiDG spins some embarrassing classics.

Can’t make that date? There are plenty other options to belt out your favorite songs. If you’re looking for a pocket-friendly and long-term option, check out Manekineko, one of Japan’s largest karaoke chains. Their stylish VIP rooms can fit up to 30 people and there’s a self-service bar providing Japanese snacks and drinks to soothe your aching throats.

Fly an Airbus A320

, 5 fun things to do in Orchard Road that don’t involve shopping
SG Flight Simulations

You don’t have to get a pilot license to fly a commercial jet plane. Specifically, the 180-seater Airbus A320. SG Flight Simulations lets you captain a plane with an instructor on hand to guide you, and you can bring two extra friends. There are different flight packages to choose from—30, 45, 60, and 90 minutes, and you get to pick your destination from over 20,000 worldwide airports, choose your desired weather conditions (rain/snow/clear), and also time of the flight (day/night).