Located along Orchard Road, it is a good place for tourists who are interested in doing their last minute shopping. The mall that boast over 500 retail stalls sells mostly souvenirs. It is easily accessible by train (Orchard MRT station), bus and car.
There is nothing worth really salvageable. There's a nice dessert place on the 2nd floor, they serve really good food too, but besides that there is no way I'll step into this place without enough blackmail or threats.
The retail shops sell cheap clothes, the watch shops sell overpriced watch straps, the food places are quite capable. Nothing here is too extremely amazing.
The only commendation I have is for this tucked in perfume/ cologne place. The scents there are really a pleasant surprise, but it's authenticity is highly questionable.
Not a place to visit, not even if you're a foreigner.
Sharing Orchard Road with the likes of ION Orchard and Paragon, Lucky Plaza, with its uninspiring-at-best exterior looks like a filthy, desolate, run-down little cottage in comparison.
Its interior is equally inadequate. Venturing inside, you would find a-dime-a-dozen Singapore souvenirs touted as being unique at marked up prices, catering to unsuspecting and gullible tourists. The apparel there is unfashionable and the shoe stores there sell cheap, plasticky shoes that would definitely be agonizing for your feet when put on.
For the prices there, you can get something ten times more fashionable elsewhere. Not worth a visit.
I don't mean to judge or anything, but just by hearing all these, I'd rather not stop by the place anymore, or at least not in a really really long time. Orchard is a big place, so there are many other places to shop at. If you want clothes that don't necessarily have to kill your wallet, try Bugis Street, you're better off there, I guess. Tourists could stop by Lucky Plaza for the experience, while others might probably go there for service shops or the food even. Just know that if you are in desperate need for the toilet, avoid Lucky Plaza's at all cost (even Bugis Street's toilets have more standard)!
I've only been here a few times, mostly for the pizza hut outlet there (exceptional service) and once to explore the interior of Lucky Plaza.. and i must say, there's a lot to be improved on. I'm not saying that it should be remade into another generic mall, but something could be done?
The shops are all largely uninteresting and on that one time I went to the upper floors, some were closed and those that were open doesn't really seem to call me in. You could find cheaper/better alternatives elsewhere, actually.
I would avoid Lucky Plaza to do anything else. I wouldn't buy souvenirs there nor would I buy anything else as most of the shops there have a bad rep of ripping off tourists. Couple of exceptions exist. I'd buy perfumes from Dollars and Cents, I've shopped there a few times and they have earned my trust. The other is a chocolate shop facing the main road. I'd wait for a good bargain at the bargain bin. For example, I could get 3 huge bars of Toblerones at $10.
What attracted the locals to visit Lucky Plaza would be for Indonesian food. The Ayam Penyet eatery on the 5th floor is the most well known among the locals in Singapore. Other than that, there are quite a number of Indonesian restaurants serving authentic Indonesian cuisines.
Other than being able to get a food and souvenir fix at Lucky Plaza, I guess these are the two reasons the locals would visit Lucky Plaza, amist of their shopping trip along Orchard Road.
I had to visit this shopping mall on numerous occasions, as my aunt used to operate a store here, and I helped her as a courier. Even though I was a familiar face (I come in at least twice a day, 5 days a week), I experience touting on levels so extreme they would make Chinatown seem amateurish.
I was dragged into shops, shouted at, and even threatened by shop owners on many occasions. They could not understand that I was simply not interested in their wares, and presumed that I was a gullible tourist. Very bad experience indeed, do take heed and beware of such incidents.
Despite all of it, it does have its perks that keep it running. Lucky Plaza is home to many money changers and being placed under such competitive circumstances, the rates are therefore very much bargain-able. Cheap cosmetics and fragrances are also found here, with many shops selling it at prices lower than retail prices, if you wont mind the fact that it is last season that is.
Lucky Plaza too, has one of the best food places in town. Right in the heart of Orchard road it is difficult to find the budget eats, especially with wallet strings getting increasingly tighter in relation to countless shopping. The Yong Tau Foo store at the top level is pretty much always crowded, with enthusiastic shoppers stopping for a quick meal or the office people coming down for a quick bite. In summary, it is the best budget place available in the heart of bustling Orchard road.
My personal favorite is the Ayam penyet Ria located at the second floor of the building. Just ask the security guard or anyone there to locate the place and they will be glad enough to show you. Enjoy.
I absolutely abhor going there on Sundays, as the place is absolutely overflowing with Filipino workers. when I get the chance, I will only visit Lucky Plaza on weekday evenings where the crowd is noticeably thinner.
Shopping-wise, I do not find anything of interest there as I find that the prices are slightly marked up, due to the influx of tourists there. however all being said, I personally love the Ayam Penyet shop on the 5th floor. Reasonably priced at $4 per plate, the ayam penyet is highly sought-after and it's not difficult to see why. A hearty meal can be walked off by exploring the numerous retail outlets there.
There are many shops that sell Singapore souvenirs at cheap prices. Most souvenirs are sold at 3 for $10. Many paraphernalia are sold at the same price too. Although the first few shops seem to be selling the same souvenirs at the same price, do not be tricked! Walk further in and you will realise there are cheaper deals! Take for example, the Merlion keychain that is sold in a pack of six is sold at 3 packs for $10 but after walking around, there are shop selling as low as 18 for $10 and 10 for $5!
But the mall is only good for people looking for souvenirs as other shops mostly sell less fashionable clothes though they are priced low.