Instagram has become a real go-to resource for many people planning their upcoming travels. By visualizing the best places to visit before you arrive, it allows you to narrow down exactly which places to add to your must-visit list and which ones not to. I recently visited Singapore for a three-day girls trip. So, it's no surprise that our itinerary was planned around visiting some of the most Instagrammable places in Singapore.
I have actually visited Singapore many times, and it has to be one of the most photogenic cities I’ve ever been to. In fact, there are so many Instagram worthy places in Singapore that I wasn't able to capture them all during my three days there. So, in addition to my own recommendations, I decided to ask my fellow travel blogger network, which places they would recommend and why.
Here is a list of the 20 Most Instagrammable Places in Singapore from a bunch of ‘professional travellers'!
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Undoubtedly one of the most recognizable spots in Singapore, the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay is a must-visit place on anyone Singapore itinerary. It’s worth visiting this spot during the day time and returning at nighttime for the Garden Rhapsody lighting show.
Opening Hours: You can wander around the garden between the hours of 5 am to 2am. The OCBC Skyway, Cloud Forest and Flower Dome are open between 9am – 9pm daily.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit the gardens is early in the morning, before the crowds, or in the evening for the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show at 7:45 pm and 8:45 pm daily. I recommend visiting both times!
How to Get There: Catch the MRT to Bayfront station and follow the signs to Gardens by the Bay.
Ticket Prices: It’s free to wander around the base of the Supertree Grove, but you’ll have to pay an additional fee of $8 per adult (and get there early to book) if you wish to walk along the 22-metre high OCBC Skyway path that connects between the two larger Supertrees. For an extra $28 SGD you can purchase combo tickets that include the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome.
The Cloud Forest
By Mariza from Hoponworld
Not only is there plenty to do, see and love in Singapore, the city is also extremely photogenic. And, any visit here will quickly reveal just how Instagrammable the Lion City is!
One of the most Instagrammable places in Singapore is undoubtedly the Cloud Forest – a spectacular indoor rainforest. Nestled in Singapore’s esteemed Gardens by the Bay, the Cloud Forest is simply breathtaking – inside and out!
The dome is filled with diverse plant life, floral delights and the world’s largest indoor waterfall – standing 30-m tall. Dive into this tropical paradise as you stroll among orchids, ferns and pitcher plants. Then follow the Cloud Walk and Treetop Walk for more photo opportunities before heading to the learning centre to learn about reducing our footprint on the earth.
Since the Cloud Forest recreates a tropical montane climate, visiting here actually offers a bit of relief from Singapore’s relentless heat and humidity. But you might still want to bring a light sweater as the constant cool-mist can get a bit chilly. It's also worth checking out the Flower Dome next door, which features flora from drier climates all over the world.
Opening Hours: You can visit the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome from 9am – 9pm daily.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit the Cloud Forest & Flower Dome is early in the morning, before the crowds, or at sunset.
How to Get There: Catch the MRT to Bayfront station and follow the signs to Gardens by the Bay.
Ticket Prices: Tickets cost SG$28 (US$20) at the ticket booth but consider grabbing them online seeing that it is such a popular tourist attraction. The ticket covers entry to both the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. You can also purchase OCBC Skyway Combo tickets for an extra $8.
As the name suggests, this bridge was designed to resemble a double helix chain. It’s a pedestrian bridge that connects the Marina Centre with the Marina Bayfront area. This totally instagrammable bridge is free to walk along, but you might have to wait for a while for the crowds to dissipate if you’re looking to get a photo with no one in the background.
Entry Price & Opening Hours: It's free to wander across the Helix Bridge and it's open all the time.
How to Get There: Catch the MRT to Bayfront station and walk through the Marina Bay Sands Bayfront Shopping Mall to the other end. Head outside and you can't miss the helix-shaped bridge to the north of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to get photos along the Helix bridge is at sunrise when there are fewer people, or at sunset.
The ArtScience Museum
The first time I heard the words ‘ArtScience Museum’, I wasn’t all that interested. Until I saw photos on Instagram of the Future World Exhibition. Namely, the Crystal Universe exhibit might just be the most instagrammable place in all of Singapore, but in addition to this major drawcard, I seriously could have spent all afternoon at the ArtScience Museum. There were interactive design, science and technology exhibits galore to ignite one’s inner child. I was like a big kid in a candy store!
The ArtScience Museum is located on the Bayfront area, at the foot of the grand Marina Bay Sands hotel complex. It’s the distractive lotus flow shaped building that stands out on the bay and can be seen from all over the Downtown Core area of Singapore.
Opening Hours: The museum is open from 10 am to 7 pm daily, last admission 6 pm.
Best Time to Visit: Any time of day is great for visiting the Art Science Museum. It offers a cool respite from the humid Singapore weather!
How to Get There: Catch the MRT to Bayfront station and walk through the Marina Bay Sands Bayfront Shopping Mall to the other end. Head outside towards Singapore City and the striking lotus flower-shaped building should be right in front of you.
Ticket Prices: Ticket prices for tourists range from $19 SGD for one exhibit to $40 SGD for all exhibits.
Ministry of Communications and Information Building
Formerly the Old Hill Street Police Station, the Ministry of Communications and Information Building features a rainbow array of colourful shutters, making it one of the most sought-out Instagrammable places in Singapore. There’s a little trick to getting the best photo here. Stand on the opposite side of Hill Street and wait for the light to turn red before the cars clear out of the way. Snap!
Entry Price & Opening Hours: It's free to wander around the MICA Building any time of day.
Best Time to Visit: To get the best shot of the MICA building, you'll need to stand on the other side of the road and shoot with a wide-angle lens. The best time of day for a photoshoot is any time during daylight hours, except the morning and afternoon rush hours. The middle of the day is best at there are frequent gaps in the traffic allowing you to snap photos without any cars.
How to Get There: Hop on the MRT and transfer onto the blue line. Alight at Fort Canning Station. When you get to street level, walk back towards the Marina Bay Sands Hotel until you come to the MICA building on the corner.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel
By Nicholas of Rambling Feet
From afar, the Marina Bay Sands looks as if a skateboard was stranded on the roofs of the three glassy towers. It was never going to be mistaken for any other structure in Singapore. At the time of its opening, the resort was the most expensive building on earth.
The infinity pool is the one swimming pool in Singapore everyone wants to enter for the commanding view of the Central Business District and the F1 street circuit. It's reserved for hotel guests, but you can still see it from the restaurant and the nightclub, just like in Crazy Rich Asians. While you're there, don't forget to check out the bird's eye view on the other side of the Gardens by the Bay and the South China Sea.
How to Get There: To get there, take the yellow Circle Line on the MRT system and alight at Bayfront station. You'll find yourself in the basement of the shopping mall. There are plenty of Insta-worthy sights in this part alone like the Rain Oculus sculpture, a canal, and a nightly light-and-water show.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit the viewing deck on the Marina Bay Sands Hotel is undoubtedly sunset!
Entry Price & Opening Hours: It's free to wander around the base of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and the attached shopping complex. The “skateboard” on the roof of the three hotel towers houses a garden (admission: $23), a restaurant, viewing deck, and a nightclub.
The Infinity Pool at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel
The infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel is one of the most popular Instagrammable spots in Singapore. So, it’s no wonder that access has been restricted to hotel guests only. Otherwise, every tourist in Singapore would want to visit. In fact, many guests only stay here for one night, just to experience the pool.
Opening Hours: The pool is open from 6 am to 11 pm daily.
Best Time to Visit: Unfortunately the pool is packed with selfie-taking tourists pretty much all hours of the day. But it's a lovely spot for a sunset cocktail. Get there early in the morning for the best photoshoot opportunity.
Ticket Prices: If you want this particular shot (above), you’ll have to book a room at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and settle in for the evening. Prices start at $377 SGD per night.
Singapore Botanical Gardens
By Maire of Temples and Treehouses
Singapore Botanic Gardens is a beautiful historic attraction, over 150 years old and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was once a British colonial tropical garden. The gardens cover a huge area, with stunning green walkways, ponds, heritage trees and photogenic tunnels of leaves and flowers. My favourite area was the landscaped National Orchid Garden, which is overgrown with thousands of species of stunning orchids in vibrant colours.
Ticket Prices: You can visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens for free but it’s $5 Singapore dollars to enter the Orchid Garden.
Opening Hours: The Singapore Botanic Gardens are open from 5 am to 12 am daily.
Best Time to Visit: Any time of day is great for visiting the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
How to Get There: The Singapore Botanic Gardens is located right next to a dedicated underground train station called the Botanic Gardens MRT Station.
Koon Seng Road
By Alex of The Swedish Nomad
Koon Seng Road has quickly become a popular hotspot for Instagrammers travelling to Singapore. The colourful houses line up along the road and it doesn't get much more picturesque than this. These old houses come in green, turquoise, pink, blue, yellow and many more colours. It's a classic Instagrammable spot in Singapore.
Entry Price & Opening Hours: It's free to wander around Koon Seng Road any time of day. Please remember to be respectful when taking photos as it is a residential area.
Best Time to Visit: You can get photos along Koon Seng Road any time of day really, but best in the early morning or at sunset.
How to Get There: Koon Seng Road is located a bit off the main route, so it's best to get here by taxi. UBER or Grab are the best options if you want a quick and cheap ride. Just make sure that you have an internet connection because taxis normally don't drive by this residential area.
Lined with colourful red lanterns, picturesque Peranakan shophouses and markets selling cheap trinkets and souvenirs, Singapore’s Chinatown, located on Pagoda Street, is a stark contrast from the skyscrapers of the nearby Downtown Core area and offers many instagrammable photo opportunities. The nearby Chinatown food street is also a haven for amazing hawker food stalls where you’ll find the best Chili Crab in Singapore.
Entry Price & Opening Hours: It's free to wander around Chinatown and its accessible 24/7. Beware though you might be convinced to spend money in the stalls.
Best Time to Visit: Dinner time! Chinatown is a hive of activity in the evening and has some absolutely fabulous food.
How to Get There: Catch the North-East Line (purple) or the Downtown Line (blue) to Chinatown MRT station.
The Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris Wheel located on the Marina East side of the Marina Bay area. The Singapore Flyer offers spectacular views over the Marina Bay, ArtScience Museum, Helix Bridge and the Gardens by the Bay.
Opening Hours: The Singapore Flyer is open from 10:30 am to 10:30 pm daily, last flight boards at 10 pm.
Best Time to Visit: Any time of day!
Ticket Prices: Tickets will set you back $33 SGD per adult for one rotation. However, the most instagrammable photos I’ve seen of the Singapore Flyer are taken from the ground, looking up at the Ferris Wheel. There are also champagne dinner experiences available.
How to Get There: Take the MRT to the Promenade Station (on the yellow or blue line). Take exit A and look out for blue pedestrian signs to the Singapore Flyer.
Located in Kampong Glam is where you’ll find the buzzing, all-hours, hipster street – Haji Lane. Featuring an eclectic mix of hole-in-the-wall cafes and bars, hip shopping boutiques and totally instagrammable street murals, Haji Lane is the place to go to experience the more diverse side of Singapore.
Entry Price & Opening Hours: It's free to walk along Haji Lane and it's open all day and night.
Best Time to Visit: Haji Lane comes alive at night and this is a great time to experience the eclectic vibe. Morning is the best time to take photos of the murals that line the street but expect the streets to be empty, except a whole lot of trash leftover from the night before.
How to Get There: Take the MRT to Bugis Station (green or blue line) and walk about 200 meters north-east along Victoria Street.
The Chinese Gardens, located in Jurong East, is a bit of a hike from the city centre, but well worth a visit if you’re on a mission to find the most Instagrammable places in Singapore.
Ticket Prices: The gardens are free to visit.
Opening Hours: The Chinese Gardens are open from 6 am to 11 pm daily.
Best Time to Visit: There is no perfect time to visit the Chinese Gardens, but its a bit of a hike to get there, so be sure to take travel time into account when planning your visit.
How to Get There: The Chinese Gardens are accessible via MRT, head to the Chinese Gardens MRT station.
By Mar Pages of Once In A Lifetime Journey
Little India is home to several street murals and art installations that are created and added to the scene every year as part of the Street Art Walk, which happens every January.
As a result, some of the neighbourhood's heritage and current affairs are represented in colourful art pieces that range from buffalo referring to its past as a buffalo rearing area to the present area development. My favourite is this mural by local artist Didier Matthieu showcasing colourful traditional Indian dancers in their costumes.
The bright mural spans a long wall under the 5-foot way that is common of Singapore's colonial structures and sits behind a few columns that make it quite difficult to photograph in full.
Entry Price & Opening Hours: Little India is open all the time and is free to wander around the streets.
Best Time to Visit: Time your visit with lunch or dinner and try one of the many fabulous Indian restaurants. You can't go wrong really!
How to Get There: Little India can be accessed via Little India Station MRT or Ferrar Park MRT station, both on the North-East Line (purple).
Fort Canning Park
Fort Canning Park is located on a small hill with beautiful gardens in Singapore’s central business district. Formerly, Government Hill, there is a lot of interesting history behind Fort Canning Park. Not to mention photo opportunities. There is also a beautiful colonial-style hotel located in the park called Hotel Fort Canning.
Entry Price & Opening Hours: Fort Canning Park is open 24 hours and is free to wander around. It's located right near the MICA Building, so I recommend visiting these two Instagram photo spots together.
Best Time to Visit: Anytime, but I wouldn't recommend walking around here at night. It can get quite dark.
How to Get There: Hop on the MRT and transfer onto the blue line. Alight at Fort Canning Station.
By Marianne of Mum on the Move
Boat Quay is one of the most instagrammable places in Singapore. It is where you get to really see the juxtaposition of the grand old colonial buildings up against the shiny new skyscrapers. This was formerly where the ships used to unload their cargo into the city, and the old godowns (warehouses) have been beautifully preserved and are now bars and restaurants that line the river.
Entry Price & Opening Hours: Boat Quay is open any time of the day, but is most lively at night. It's free to visit.
Best Time to Visit: Visiting Boat Quay at night is a treat, as you get to see all the lights of the buildings reflected in the water, and Singapore’s beautiful skyline at its most impressive.
How to get there: Catch the purple line to Clarke Quay. At Clarke Quay MRT station, look out for signage for Exit E.
Haw Par Villa
By Jamie Davies of Where You’re Between
Bursting with colour, Haw Par Villa is one of the most unique places in Singapore. Haw Par Villa is a sprawling theme park filled with statues and dioramas that depict tales from Chinese and Buddhist folklore.
The statues of Haw Par Villa teach a moral message, most commonly the importance of loyalty, piety and righteousness. This is particularly true of the notorious Ten Courts of Hell, where sinners atone for their misdeeds in life with a selection of gruesome punishments – the Ten Courts of Hell are so graphic there’s even a parental guidance warning at the entrance.
The moral message behind many of the statues at Haw Par Villa is a less than obvious, such as the crab with a lady’s head, or the rat talking on the telephone. Haw Par Villa is a wonderfully crazy place to explore and a throwback to a different era.
Ticket Prices: Admission to Haw Par Villa is free.
Opening Hours: The park is open from 9 am to 6 pm daily.
Best Time to Visit: Anytime but there is not much shade, so best to avoid the midday sun!
How to Get There: Hop on the MRT Green Line to Haw Par Villa MRT station.
Sentosa Island is Singapore's premier theme park location. Sentosa Island is filled with an array of themed attractions, offering several instagrammable spots around the island. With plenty of hotels, restaurants, shopping and adventure attractions, if taking photographs is not your thing then there are so many additional things to do on Sentosa Island.
How to Get There: From Singapore City, catch the Circle Line (yellow) to Harbourfront MRT, then transfer onto the Sentosa Express.
Entry Price & Opening Hours: Opening times and tickets to the theme parks around Sentosa Island vary. Please visit the Sentosa website for more information. If you plan to visit Sentosa Island, consider spending a few nights here as there are some amazing hotels and so much to see and do.
By Karolina Patryk
While you're in Sentosa Island, fill your IG feed with the most eye-catching pictures of the most Instagrammable places at the Universal Studio in Singapore. As you enter, skip the usual pose in front of the Universal Studio globe unless you can get creative with it by catching close-up shots from a unique perspective. Instead, find the yellow cab at 208 Fifty Avenue and strike a fierce pose for an Instagram-worthy shot.
Before you go for a ride on the Battlestar Galactica, take a picture of its colourful tracks. All it takes is a bit of proper angling and timing to get that perfect shot. The bright and sunny world of Sesame Street also has great backgrounds for your Instagram pose. If you don’t feel like being in the picture, get creative with its mish-mash of colours, shapes and furry characters. And, if you prefer something darker, get a few close-up shots of dinosaur teeth and skulls at Jurassic Park.
Ticket Prices: One-day entry will set you back $79 SGD for adults and $59 SGD for children. Combo tickets with other nearby attractions are also available.
Opening Hours: The park is open 10 am to 7 pm Sunday to Thursday, and 10 am to 10 pm Friday and Saturday.
How to Get There: From Singapore City, catch the Circle Line (yellow) to Harbourfront MRT, then transfer onto the Sentosa Express.
The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
By Queenie of MS Travel Solo
The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is one of the most iconic landmarks in Singapore. Or as the locals lovingly call it, “The Durian”.
The Esplanade has a theatre, concert hall and other smaller performance venues along with other installation spaces within the dome. It is an excellent spot for visitors to watch theatre shows, concerts and other performances.
However, the theatre is most famed for its unusual architectural feature. The exterior of the building resembles a durian, one of the most distinctive fruits in Asia, where the exterior is full of spikes, and the inside is fleshy aromatic fruit. The glass spikes on the dome-shaped structure allow unobstructed views of the outside from the performing centre while shielding from the sun.
Best Time to Visit: The Esplanade glimmers during daytime under sunlight while it shimmers at night with artificial lights. Visit the Esplanade both day and night to capture the best Instagram photo for your feed.
How to get there: Take the MRT to Esplanade Station (CC3) on the Circle Line (Yellow) or City Hall (EW13/NS25) on the East West Line (Green) and North South Line (Red), respectively. Then walk 5 minutes towards Marina Bay.
Can you recommend any other Instagrammable places in Singapore that we missed? Let our readers know about them in the comments below.
More Tips for Visiting Singapore
Where to Stay in Singapore
Here is a list of recommended hotels to stay at during your trip to Singapore:
- The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
- SO Sofitel Singapore
- Hotel Fort Canning
- Andaz Singapore
- The Outpost Hotel Sentosa Island
Transport in Singapore
- Public Transport: The MRT (Mass Rapid Transport) is the fastest and most convenient way to get around Singapore. Most of Singapore's attractions are within walking distance of an MRT station. There is also a train line that services Singapore airport.
- Taxi or Rideshare: Taxis, Uber, and Grab are all available and reasonably priced in Singapore.
The main form of currency accepted in Singapore is Singapore Dollars. At the time of writing, the exchange rate is approximately 1 USD = 1.39 SGD and 1 AUD = 0.93 SGD. You can check the latest exchange rate on Google. Most places accept credit cards.
Tipping is encouraged when you experience good service. Gratuity may be added to your bill by some restaurants and hotels.
Depending on your nationality, you may require a Visa to visit Singapore. A number of nationalities, including the USA and Australia, are allowed a 90-day Visa-free stay. Apply for a Visa (or check if you need one) using iVisa.com.
Recommended Day Tours in Singapore
For some of the best tours and things to do in Singapore, check out these recommended day tours:
- Singapore Zoo Night Safari
- Breakfast with the Monkeys at Singapore Zoo
- Chinatown Night Tour with Trishaw and Boat Ride
- Singapore City Electric Bike Tour
- Singapore Private Guided Food Tour
Singapore Unlimited City Pass
If you're planning to see a number of attractions in Singapore, then the iVenture Card might be a worthy investment. The card includes entry to over 35 activities and attractions and is available in 2, 3 or 5 day combos. It includes entry to a number of places listed in this guide, such as Universal Studios, Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, River Safari, Marina Bay Sands Skypark, Gardens by the Bay and much more.
Planning a trip soon? Here is a list of the websites and resources we use for booking everything from flights, to accommodation, tours, and more:
- Skyscanner for booking the best flight deals
- Booking.com | Agoda | Hotels.com for booking the best hotel deals
- Airbnb | Stayz | VRBO for home rentals
- Rentalcars.com for quick and easy car rentals
- Luxury Escapes for luxury package holiday deals and tours
- Get Your Guide for a great range of day tours
- Tourradar | Intrepid for multi-day experiential and adventure tours
- Priority Pass for airport lounge access in hundreds of locations around the world
- Skyroam to stay connected to WiFi everywhere I go
- iVisa for processing entry visas for many countries around the world
- Covermore for the best worldwide travel insurance coverage (Australians & New Zealanders only)
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