One of the most famous shopping boulevards in Asia, the 2 km stretch of Orchard Road is home to restaurants, art galleries and a host of air-conditioned malls. The eastern end of the street is a few minutes’ walk from 30 Bencoolen hotel, with the bustling central area a 20-minute stroll away. Lined with cooling Angsana trees, Orchard Road became a focus for shopping at the beginning of the last century, with the first department store opening in the 1950s. Today, major malls along the street include Paragon Shopping Centre, The Centrepoint and Ngee Ann City. The landmark 56-storey ION Sky building features an observation deck and marks the highest point on Orchard Road.