Are you looking for the most Instagrammable places in Singapore? If so, you’ve come to the right place!
Whether you have 1 day in Singapore or many, Singapore is a beautiful city with tons of incredible places to take photos. From cool green spaces and mind-blowing landmarks to colorful streets full of murals and skyscraper-studded skylines.
In this guide, I’ll cover the best places to take Instagram-worthy photos in Singapore. Throughout this photo guide, I’ve also included lots of tips and tricks to help you make the most of your Singapore trip!
Ready to find the most Instagrammable places in Singapore? Let’s dive right into this Singapore photo guide to discover Singapore’s best Instagram spots!
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Before visiting the most Instagram-worthy places in Singapore
Before you visit Singapore, read my guide on the best things to do in Singapore as well as these Singapore budget tips. I’ve included lots of advice, like what to do in Singapore, and how to save money on your trip. This detailed guide on when to visit Singapore will also come in handy.
Here are a few more tips, along with the ones above, to help you make the most of your time in Singapore.
- Search the best hotels or hostels in Singapore. It’s best to book accommodation at least one month in advance. (See my top recommendations below).
- Get to the city quickly by booking a private transfer or a shared shuttle bus transfer from the airport to your hotel.
- Grab a 4G Sim Card with 100G data at the airport to ensure you have super-fast internet, no matter where you are in the city. Alternatively, order a portable Skyroam pocket device for delivery straight to your hotel.
- Make sure to buy an EZ Link Card (Singapore’s tap-and-go transit card). By doing so, you can whiz to all corners of the city without the headache of buying tickets. Alternatively, pre-order a NETS FlashPay Card (similar to the EZ Link card) for pickup at the airport.
- Grab the Singapore Tourist Pass if you’re planning on visiting lots of attractions. The pass is available in different packages and can save you up to 57% in admission fees. The Singapore all-access pass is a bit more expensive but you’ll be able to explore all of Singapore’s top attractions in 2-3 consecutive days.
- If you have limited time in the city, this half-day tour is a great alternative to discover the most photogenic places in Singapore.
- Singapore is one of the safest cities in the world. That said, it’s always best to have proper travel insurance when visiting a new country. World Nomads is my preferred travel cover provider. Apply online in a few quick clicks.
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Instagrammable Places in Singapore Quick Overview
Since there are so many cool places to take photos in Singapore, it can be quite tricky to fit them all in if you only have 1 or 2 days in Singapore. That said, this guide covers the creme de la creme of Instagram-worthy places in Singapore, so feel free to tailor this Instagram guide to your preferences.
Here’s a quick look at which photo spots are included in this Singapore Instagram guide:
- Gardens by the Bay
- SuperGrove trees
- Cloud Forest
- Little India Rainbow House
- Haji Lane
- Masjid Sultan Mosque
- Pagoda Street Chinatown
- Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
- Helix bridge
- Peranakan Terrace House
- Singapore Botanic Gardens
- Fort Canning Staircase
- The Jewel Changi Airport
- McRitchie Treetop Walk
- Henderson Waves
- Old Hill Street Police Station
How to get to these Instagrammable Places in Singapore
Singapore is a convenient city to visit. It has an excellent transport system, consisting of trains and buses, ready to transport you to all corners of the city.
The easiest way to get around Singapore is by subway (MRT). The MRT has an extensive network of underground trains that can take you anywhere in the city. Like the MRT, another great and undoubtedly the cheapest way to get around the city is by bus. Buses are cheap, frequent, and super easy to take.
The MRT operates from 5:30 am to midnight every day, while buses run from 6 am to midnight.
Make sure you get an EZ-Link Card (Singapore’s tap-and-go transit card) to use the public transport without the headache of bothering with small change. Also, be sure to download the gothere.sg smartphone app to help you get around Singapore stress-free. It’s a super useful app that gives the best options (in real-time) to reach your destination via public transport.
Taxis are plentiful in Singapore, and it’s pretty easy to flag one down. Prices are generally cheaper than most other countries, making it the right choice if you don’t want to bother with public transport. Grab Taxi is also available in Singapore, and booking a ride on the app is fast and cheap.
Top Instagrammable Places in Singapore
Gardens by the Bay
Arguably the most Instagrammable place in Singapore, Gardens by the Bay, is a horticultural and architectural wonderland and a must on any Singapore itinerary. Located adjacent to Marina Bay, this beautiful nature park sprawls across a whopping 101 hectares and is jam-packed with plenty to keep you busy.
There are several points of interest worth your time, but the two most Instagrammable places have to be the SuperGrove Trees and the Cloud Forest.
The Supertrees consist of 18 vertical tree-like structures adorned with more than 162,000 plants like ferns, orchids, and flowering climbers. Most of the trees are fitted with solar panels, which generate electricity to cool the conservatories below.
You can visit the SuperGrove Trees from 5 am to 2 am daily. However, for the best photos, a visit at sunset is highly encouraged. While it’s free to stroll around the outdoor gardens and marvel at these vertical avatar-like structures from below, the best views are undeniably from atop the 22m-high aerial walkway. The OCBC Skyway is accessible from 9 am to 9 pm daily, but it’s best to buy a discounted ticket online in advance as the lines are always long.
The Cloud Forest
The Cloud Forest is housed in a massive glass dome made up of 2,500 different glass pieces. It’s a magnificent architectural creation, and probably the most Instagram-worthy place in Singapore.
Inside, you’ll find a tropical paradise full of diverse plant life and the world’s tallest human-made indoor waterfall. The dome creates a tropical montane climate found between 1500m and 3000m, offering a welcome reprieve from Singapore’s relentless heat.
For the best photos, head up to the Cloud Walk and Treetop Walk. From here, you’ll get an excellent vantage point while strolling among varied plant life and cool mist.
Since the Cloud Forest is a popular attraction in Singapore, it’s best to visit in the morning to skip most crowds. Oh, and travel tip — the lines at the Cloud Forest are always long. Grab your discounted tickets online in advance to skip them. That way, you’ll have more time to explore the lush gardens and take more photos. The Cloud Forest is open from 9 am to 9 pm, with the last admissions at 8 pm.
Two to four hours is sufficient time to visit the SuperGrove Trees as well as the two conservatories. Plan to spend longer if you want to take a swim, grab a bite to eat, or catch the Garden Rhapsody Light and Sound Show.
Catch the Downtown Line (blue line) to Bayfront MRT Station to get here.
Little India Rainbow House
Little India is filled with charming shophouses that line the streets, beautiful temples, vivid murals, and the aroma of exotic spices!
While there are many photo opportunities here, the most Instagrammable place is the colorful House of Tan Teng Niah. Famed for its bright rainbow exterior, House of Tan Teng Niah has quite a unique history. The villa was built by a local Chinese businessman in the early 1900s and is the last surviving Chinese villa in Little India. Today the house is a National Heritage Site and a popular spot among Instagrammers.
The easiest way to get to the Little India Rainbow House is take the North-East MRT Line (purple line) to Little India MRT Station.
No visit to Singapore would be complete without stopping by Haji Lane – one of the city’s most Instagram-worthy places. Haji Lane pops with color no matter which way you turn. There are many cool places to take photos, so remember to bring an extra battery!
While Haji Lane is only a few 100 meters long, it’s lined with hipster hangouts, cool bars and cafes, hip boutique stores and Instagrammable murals.
Since Haji Lane is one of the narrowest streets in Singapore, it does get crowded rather quickly. If you want to have the lane all to yourself, it’s best to come before 10 am when most of the shops and restaurants open. Alternatively, join the scrum to experience Haji Lane at its best!
At night, you’ll find the lane brimming with young people, backpackers, and foodies looking to sample all the exotic cuisine.
Masjid Sultan Mosque
A short stroll from Haji Lane, and a worthwhile stop while exploring historic Kampong Glam is the beautiful Masjid Sultan Mosque. Constructed in 1824, it’s one of the most iconic mosques in Singapore and features enormous golden domes and a large prayer hall.
Take the Downtown Line (blue line) to Bugis MRT Station, exit B. From here; it’s a 6-minute walk to Haji Lane and a 5-minute walk to the mosque.
Pagoda Street Chinatown
Chinatown is a bustling heritage area in Singapore full of Instagrammable places. Besides the charming lanes showcasing bright red lanterns and cute colonial shophouses, it is full of history, culture and just the place to get acquainted with Singapore’s nightlife.
One of the most Instagram-worthy spots in the area is Pagoda Street – a vibrant walkway teeming with bargain hunters and foodies in search of cheap, tasty food like chili crab and Hainanese chicken rice.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
After you’ve explored all the nooks and crannies of Chinatown, drop by the majestic Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.
While the temple houses lots of sacred relics and artifacts, the star attraction has to be the giant golden stupa weighing a whopping 3,500kg. If you don’t have time to explore the temple’s interior, make sure to at least take a photo of the exterior’s ornate features and impressive 3-tiered wooden doors.
The easiest way to access Pagoda Street is via the Downtown Line (blue line) or the North-East Line (purple line). Alight at Chinatown MRT station and take exit A. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is a 3-minute walk from here on South Bridge Road.
Taking a stroll across the 280m-long Helix Bridge is a huge must when visiting Singapore. The pedestrian walkway links Marina Centre with the Marina Bay area and offers an excellent vantage point over the bayfront.
Besides its unique architecture, resembling a double helix DNA model, it’s a great place to take Instagrammable photos of Singapore’s magnificent skyline.
While the Helix Bridge is a popular photo spot both day and night, it’s best to come early in the morning. Golden hour is another popular time to visit as it’s the perfect spot to catch an epic sunset. At night the entire deck is lit up showcasing a double helix structure. And, if you look carefully, you’ll spot the pairs of colored letters (c and g/ a and t) lit up in green and red representing the four bases of DNA.
The Helix Bridge is located near the ArtScience Museum (another must-see Instagram spot), so you really can’t miss it. Take the Circle Line or the Downtown Line. The nearest MRT station is Promenade near Esplanade. Alternatively, hop-off at the Bayfront MRT Station if you want to explore Marina Bay Sands Shopping Mall first.
Peranakan Terrace Shophouses
One of the most Instagrammable places in Singapore is undoubtedly the Peranakan shophouses on Joo Chiat Road.
The pastel-colored houses are adorned with ornate designs of flowers, birds, dragons, crabs, and beautiful geometrical tiles. Since this is a residential area, it’s less crowded than elsewhere in Singapore. That said, come in the morning or afternoon (before or after rush hour) to skip most of the crowds.
The MRT doesn’t serve the east coast well, so it’s best to catch bus #33 or #16 to Joo Chiat. From here, it’s a short 5-minute walk to these cute and Instagram-worthy houses.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
With a 163-year-old history, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a beautiful oasis and the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of Singapore.
The gardens, which also happen to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site, cover a whopping 82 hectares. It is full of lush plant life, beautifully themed garden, forests, and peaceful lakes. There are tons of places to take photos, but the most Instagrammable place has to be the Orchid Garden’s golden archway.
It’s free to enter the gardens, but there is a small fee (SG$5) to enter the National Orchid Garden. Here, you’ll get to see thousands of orchid species, wander through lush archways and be awed by the beautiful plant life surrounding you. For a unique experience, consider joining this Botanic Garden tour & picnic.
Since the gardens are open from 5:30 to midnight, it’s a great add-on to your list of Instagrammable places in Singapore. Take the Circle Line (orange) or Downtown Line (blue) and hop off at the Botanic Gardens MRT Station.
Fort Canning Park Tree Tunnel
Fort Canning Park Tree Tunnel is a gorgeous underground staircase in Fort Canning Park. Its beauty lies in the juxtaposition of architectural details of the stairs next to the soft cascading green vines. Plus, when you look up, the sky peeks through the tree branches while the sun casts light over the entire staircase. The whole scene is rather magical.
To take the best Instagram photo, stand or sit on the flat surface in the middle of the spiral staircase. Ask your photographer to angle the camera upwards and be close to the ground. Then ask your photographer to run up the stairs and take a photo of you from above. Most people only take a picture from below and not from the top. Both views are equally stunning!
Since visiting Fort Canning Park is one of the best free things to do in Singapore, there may be long queues for taking photos at the staircase. Try to go early on a weekday and avoid weekends and holidays.
Take the MRT to Dhoby Ghaut station and walk 6 minutes from Exit B. The tree tunnel is at the north end of the park.
Recommended by Queenie from MS Travel Solo.
Jewel Changi Airport
Jewel Changi Airport is one of Singapore’s newest attractions. It is easy to overlook that it is a mall when its architecture and features are so Instagram-worthy.
You will find the world’s largest indoor waterfall behind a skin of triangular glass panels and lush indoor gardens at its heart. Between 9 am and 11.30 pm daily, the water cascades 40 meters from the ceiling to the mall’s basement.
The best time to go is the evening; every hour from 7.30 pm to 11.30 pm, it turns into a light-and-music spectacle. Grab a spot early on any of the above-ground floors (free) or watch it from the canopy park ($5).
Another way to see it is to take the Skytrain between Terminals 2 and 3. Take note that Jewel is on the Changi Airport’s landside, so if you’re in transit in Singapore, you need to clear immigration to get there.
Recommended by Nicholas from Rambling Feet.
Macritchie Treetop Walk
When people think of Singapore, most imagine high-end shopping and sophisticated rooftop bars. But, there is so much more to Singapore.
There are plenty of spots dotted around this island that are lush green havens. Some include tourist attractions for eco-tourism, like Gardens by the Bay.
The Macritchie Treetop Walk is a great place to go on a bushwalk. The walk will take two to three hours from the Venus Drive Carpark and features a 250-meter long suspension bridge providing some great jungle views.
Bus #167 will take you from many tourist spots, such as Somerset, Dhoby Ghaut, and City Hall. Get off at the ‘Opposite Flame Tree Park’ stop. Following your route on Google Maps makes it super easy to get there.
Because the jungle is relatively sheltered, you do not need to arrive at sunrise or sunset for the perfect lighting. The best time to visit will be around 8 am to 10 am, or from 3 pm to 5 pm. This is when the sun isn’t at its harshest, so the lighting for photography will be more favorable.
Recommended by Delilah from Our Travel Mix.
Swirling above the city in a swerve of slatted wood, the Henderson Waves walkway takes you above the treetops in one of the most picturesque ways imaginable. Built from balau wooden ribs, the walkway extends for 274 meters at 36 meters above the ground.
It’s a place for romantic couples, children playing, and solo travelers, young and old, to stride through the sky. The design leads to nests and nooks in the walkway, so it’s easy to stop and set up a tripod, read a book or gaze at the stars.
Illuminations run from 7 pm to 7 am daily, adding another dimension to its beauty. It’s very popular at weekends, so early mornings during the week provide the best chances of having the place to yourself.
You can reach the Henderson Waves through either Telok Blangah Hill Park or Mount Faber Park. Take the Circle Line (orange line).
And if you wish to hike further, the Henderson Waves walkway is part of a 5km long Southern Ridges Walk and a great addition to any Singapore trip.
Recommended by Abi from Inside the Travel Lab.
If you’re looking to make good use of all your favorite Instagram beach captions, Sentosa is just the place to do that! Known as Singapore’s playground, Sentosa Island is the fun place to be in Singapore. Home to Singapore’s best beaches, beachfront resorts, bars, restaurants, and a host of attractions, you could easily spend your entire Singapore vacation just in Sentosa!
You can spend your day riding the rollercoasters at Universal Studios, zipping down water slides at Adventure Cove Waterpark, or marveling at the 100,000 marine creatures at the Southeast Asia Aquarium. Enjoy sundowners in one of the fun beach bars before dining in style and then end your day trying your luck in the 24-hour casino. It’s all up for grabs on Sentosa!
Even getting to Sentosa is fun, with the choice of transport options, including cable car, monorail, or walking across the water via the footbridge. Of course, you could also take a taxi – it’s only a 15-minute drive from downtown Singapore.
Recommended by Marianne from Mum on the Move.
Old Hill Street Police Station
If you’re visiting Clarke Quay or Fort Canning Park, you have to stop by the Old Hill Street Police Station!
The Old Hill Street Police Station is a huge must on your Singapore Instagram spots hit list and one of the city’s prettiest historical landmarks. Built in 1934, it served as a police station and barracks for many years before being crowned as a National Monument in 1998. More than 150 police officers and their families lived here back in the day, and it was known as one of the most important police stations in the city center.
While the Old Hill Street Police Station certainly has an interesting past, today, it’s a photo hot spot and home to the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI). With 927 rainbow-colored window shutters painted in everything from red and blue to green, purple, and yellow, it’s a cool place to snap beautiful pics for your Instagram feed.
For the best photography, come early in the morning when crowds are minimal or at night when the building is illuminated. A great angle to picture the building in its entirety is from across the street.
Take the North-East MRT Line (purple) to Clarke Quay Station and walk 4 minutes from Exit F to get there.
Where to stay in Singapore
Singapore has no shortage of excellent accommodation options. While most of the accommodation in Singapore is quite expensive, there’s plenty of choice for those traveling on a shoestring.
If this is your first time in Singapore, the Marina Bay neighborhood is an excellent base. Not only will you be close to the city center, but you’ll also have easy access to Singapore’s top attractions, museums, parks, and booming nightlife scene. That said, expect to pay premium prices.
Best places to stay near Marina Bay
- Luxury: If you’re looking for the creme de la creme, it doesn’t get better than Singapore’s most iconic hotel — Marina Bay Sands. It will cost you a pretty penny, but the views from the infinity pool, excellent service, and lovely decor of this 5-star property will surely make up for it.
- Affordable Luxury: Fullerton Bay Hotel is a beautiful 5-star property located mere steps from the Marina. Boasting elegant interiors, breathtaking views, and a gorgeous rooftop pool, The Fullerton is an excellent base for those looking for an upscale stay at surprisingly affordable rates.
- Mid-range: While Naumi Hotel Singapore is located in the heart of the city, it is within walking distance to the Marina. It’s the right choice for travelers looking for something a bit more affordable without sacrificing style and comfort.
Cheap Places to stay in Singapore
For cheaper accommodation in Singapore, the neighborhoods of Little India, China Town, Bugis, and Geylang offer excellent budget-friendly accommodation at a fraction of the price you’ll find elsewhere in Singapore. While these areas aren’t nearly as glitzy as Marina Bay, they’re filled with character, cute shophouses, loads of hipster hangouts, and enticing food bazaars. Here are my top choices:
- Affordable Luxury: With lots of shops, restaurants, and an MRT station nearby, Hotel NuVe Heritage is the perfect base for travelers looking for an upscale stay at reasonable rates. The 4-star property is located less than 2km away from the excitement of the city center.
- Mid-range: Hotel Mono is a beautiful Instagram-worthy boutique hotel mere steps from the Chinatown MRT Station. You’ll be right in Chinatown’s hustle and bustle, with easy access to cool restaurants, bars, clubs, and shopping.
- Budget: MET A Space Pod is a funky hostel and an excellent budget-friendly option for your stay in Singapore. The hostel is only 50m from Arab Street and a great place to stay if you want to be close to excellent food and shopping.
Best time to visit Singapore
Since Singapore is located just north of the equator, it has a tropical climate. The weather is typically hot and humid, with average temperatures ranging between 25°C and 33°C. It’s a great year-round destination, but there are a few months that are typically more pleasant to visit Singapore. The best time to visit Singapore is from February to April when it has the least rainfall and the lowest humidity.
January is the coldest month in Singapore, with an average low temperature of 26°C. The hottest months fall between May to July, with average temperatures in the mid to upper 30’s. It’s best to avoid Singapore during the warmer months, especially if you aren’t accustomed to sweltering heat.
Unlike other countries nearby like Thailand and Malaysia, there are no distinct wet or dry seasons in Singapore, and every single month sees some rainfall. That said, the heaviest precipitation occurs during the two monsoon seasons —Northeast Monsoon Season (Dec-March) and the Southwest Monsoon Season (June-Sept).
That wraps up this Singapore photo guide! If you have any Instagrammable places in Singapore to add to this list, let me know in the comments below.
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