While I am on the topic of shopping, I notice that Paragon Shopping Centre has been named one of the top shopping centres by Singapore Tatler for the third year running. Tatler's guide, The Best of Singapore 2008 was launched in 2006 and showcases the best places to dine, shop and stay.

I definitely agree that Paragon is one of the best shopping centres in Singapore. It has a very sleek, modern feel, never feels too crowded, and has a wide variety of shops. The designer labels are all there; Gucci, Valentino, Versace, Coach and more, but I go for The Project Shop and Cafe (L 3), Early Learning Centre (L 4), and I love Japanese store Muji (L 4) with its down to earth, practical clothes, toiletries, stationary and Japanese snacks.

On level 4 there are also some interesting furniture and homeware shops like XZQT, Quedos and Aussino for bedding as well as a few sports shops and the very good Planet Traveller for all your travel needs.

Paragon is very popular with Japanese tourists and expats, and the Market Place supermarket in the basement has a great Japanese section, with sushi, sashimi, and many Japanese ingredients and implements for cooking.

There are also some very good restaurants in the basement, including Akashi Japanese Restaurant, Shimbashi Soba, Din Tai Fung for excellent Chinese dumplings, and My Mum's Cuisine for the best Hokkien Chicken Rice I've tasted. Spageddies is also there, as is Starbucks, Bread Talk and Seven 11.

For anyone with kids, Level 5 has been tagged 'Junior Paragon' as there are numerous child-oriented shops here. Osh Kosh, Guess Kids, Kids 21, Giordano Junior, Ocean Paradise, Early Learning Centre are all there, while Toys'r'us is just up the escalator from a small playground for 2-6 year olds.

Paragon is definitely worth a look for both high-end fashion and more everyday needs. There is even a Fitness First gym here and a floor of Medical Suites (L 6), so really there is no excuse not to visit.

Paragon Shopping Centre
290 Orchard Road
Tel: (65) 6738 5535

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