Need inspo for your latest #OOTDs or envy-worthy landscape snaps? We did the dirty work and scoured the island for the best Instagrammable spots in Singapore
Quick poll: Have you tried taking a long break from Instagram? We’ve tried… and failed. Repeatedly. We’re not proud of our addiction to the photo-sharing app, but we’ve accepted it, much like our need for coffee, or spa visits. How else do people share their #OOTDs, travel snaps or mad photography skills, right?
To help you up your ‘gramming game, we traversed the island (plenty of adventures were had) and nailed down 10 Insta-worthy spots in Singapore. But hey, we’re not just talking about your run-of-the-mill locales that you’ve probably already seen on everyone’s feeds – we’re here to show you the real Singapore, spots that are off the beaten path, so rest assured that your pics will be unique enough to give your pals some feed envy. Let’s start exploring!
Pro tip: Keep a portable charger handy – you’ll run out of juice in no time.
The House of Tan Teng Niah
Despite being located in the centre of the Indian community in Singapore, Little India’s most colourful landmark is actually a Chinese villa – and the last remaining one in the vicinity. Its exteriors boast a mix of South Chinese and European architectural details and attention-grabbing psychedelic colours – a refreshing change from Singapore’s gleaming (yet sometimes monotonous) backdrop of soaring skyscrapers and cutting-edge buildings.
The House of Tan Teng Niah, 37 Kerbau Road, Singapore 219168.
Getting there: Take exit B from Little India MRT. The shophouse is immediately noticeable from an alley on your left.
Nearest MRT: Little India MRT.
The Esplanade Bridge
We’d probably meet with scepticism on this one, but trust us: this one’s a winner. Despite its high density of human traffic and tourists, its commanding structure, shadowed arches and symmetrical planes makes this spot the perfect backdrop for moody #ootds and monochrome architectural shots.
Getting there: A three-minute walk from Esplanade.
Nearest MRT: City Hall
Marina Bay Cruise Centre
Sit up for this one, city ‘grammers. Serving as a marine gateway to the city, the cruise centre is undoubtedly swanky. Its most striking feature is its roofscape, which resembles the breaking of waves with its angular form and alternating panels of aluminium and glass. Photo-worthy spots are found everywhere at this architectural icon, including its spacious, sun-drenched carpark (with perfectly symmetrical panels on its ceiling) and sloping entryway.
Marina Bay Cruise Centre, 61 Marina Coastal Drive, Singapore 018947.
Getting there: Bus service 402, or a not-so-quick walk from Marina South Pier MRT station.
Nearest MRT: Marina South Pier MRT station.
Champions Way (Woodlands)
Growing up, we were fascinated by Teletubbyland’s hilly green and well-manicured pastures. Live out your childhood fantasies at this unnamed grassland located in a residential neighbourhood in Woodlands. Have your subject hike to the top of the hill – all that negative space helps create a sense of scale, and showcases the brilliant juxtaposition between the enormous hill against the contrastingly tiny size of your subject.
Getting there: Walk from Woodlands MRT or take bus 900A from Woodlands temporary bus interchange. The grassland is located behind the Singapore Sports School and Innova Junior College.
Nearest MRT: Woodlands MRT station.
We’re not referring to the mall itself here but its baffling exterior features. The maze, located on a rooftop adjacent to Mandarin Oriental Marina Bay, can be boggling to figure out if the doors between its paths are locked. The only way to access them is multiple trips up and down staircases connected to these paths. The staircase above is actually made up of two alternating ones (which embarrassingly, took a while for us to figure out).
Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594.
Getting there: For the alternating staircases, look for the Millenia Walk exit. For the maze, walk along the perimeter to Mandarin Oriental Marina Bay, cross the lobby and head up the spiral staircase of the adjacent building.
Nearest MRT: City Hall.
It’s not everyday that one encounters a lighthouse in Singapore’s cityscape. Head straight to the pier, where the Johor Straits Lighthouse awaits at the edge, with the Tuas Second Link bridge as another interesting focal point in the backdrop. Later, walk around the luxe Raffles Marina Country Club and stroll along the promenade, soaking in the sea breeze and gorgeous views. Don’t forget to (pretend to) live the high life with an #ootd amongst the many yachts docked at the marina.
Raffles Marina, 10 Tuas West Drive, Singapore 638404.
Getting there: Take bus 192 or 193 from Boon Lay MRT.
Nearest MRT: Boon Lay MRT.
Thian Hock Keng Temple
With its remarkable architecture and history (it’s one of the oldest Chinese temples in Singapore), the restored-to-perfection Thian Hock Keng Temple is one of Telok Ayer’s biggest gems. Detailed carvings and sculptures pepper the architectural masterpiece’s interiors, while gorgeous encaustic tiles make for interesting #fromwhereIstand photos. As with any place of worship, proceed with caution and respect.
Thian Hock Keng Temple, 158 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068613.
Getting there: Walk down Telok Ayer Street until you see the majestic temple on your right.
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer MRT.
Bras Basah Roof Top
So, yes this old complex’s roof top isn’t the most hidden of locations and the gorgeous skyline views are by neighbouring buildings. But what caught our eye here are the blue-painted panels, which create striking and perfectly aligned angles amongst the grittier walls.
Bras Basah Complex, 231 Bain Street, Singapore 180231.
Getting there: Walk to Bras Basah complex from Bras Basah, Bugis or City Hall MRT. Take the elevator up to the fourth floor.
Nearest MRT: Bras Basah
We’ll make no bones about this: Unless you’re equipped with a car, Tuas is not an easy place to shoot at. Any serial Instagrammer worth her salt would have heard about the sand dunes and lalang fields. While these do exist, they require patience to sniff out amongst the confusing terrains of Tuas. Take your time to drive around and recce – abandoned and open construction sites are aplenty here for adventurous ‘grammers.
Getting there: While we strongly recommend you to drive there, you have the option of taking 182M towards Tuas South Avenue 9 from Boon Lay MRT.
Nearest MRT: Boon Lay MRT.
Singapore Sports Hub
While entry into the National Stadium is prohibited outside of major events, the public areas in the hub offer multiple IG-worthy spots for the trained eye, including a colourful 888m running track around the stadium, towering staircases and grassy promenade. Just remember to get dressed in your finest athleisure wear first.
National Stadium: 1 Stadium Drive, Singapore 397629.
Getting there: Take the exit to the National Stadium from Stadium MRT station.
Nearest MRT: Stadium.
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