We scoured the city for the most impressive street art, graffiti and places in Singapore. So get your cameras ready and snap one up for the ‘gram...
Always looking for the coolest places to snap one up for Instagram? Say no more. As much as we love checking out hipster cafes and restaurants with unique interiors, and liking gorgeous tiles fresh off the feed, we can’t resist taking Instagram-worthy snaps at various locations in Singapore. (Hello, Katong and Joo Chiat, Bras Basah-Bugis and Sentosa!). And if you prefer an artsy backdrop for your #OOTDs (shout out to the artists who have been making waves with their impressive works of art), immerse yourself in the outdoor beauty of murals, street art and Instagram-worthy spots that will have you raking all the likes.
Oh, and check out our video for some picture-perfect inspo…
WALL CRAWL! We scoured the city for the best street art, graffiti and Instagram-worthy places in Singapore. Shout out to Yip Yew Chong, Ceno2, The Fishtank by RippleRoot, and all the rad artists who have been making waves with their impressive works of art and blessing us with killer Instagram posts! Need more photo inspo? Check out our video…https://goo.gl/pHqdCa
Posted by Honeycombers on Tuesday, 19 December 2017
This hip neighbourhood has got ‘em all: from some of the island’s best cafes and restaurants to bookstores and yoga studios. So there’s no surprise we found a couple of cool wall arts tucked within its alleys, including a wall sticker of a goat by Tiong Bahru Market and a slew of heritage murals by painter Yip Yew Chong, including ‘Pasar and the Fortune Teller’ (pictured above; Blk 73, Eng Watt Street), ‘Bird Singing Corner’ (Blk 71, Seng Poh Lane) and ‘Home’ (Blk 74, Tiong Poh Road/Eu Chin Street).
The narrow streets of Haji Lane are no stranger to the camera. Besides a great mix of hole-in-the-wall boutiques, and hipster cafes and bars, it also boasts an eclectic array of sky-high street art at every corner — just check out the one above featuring space cadets (along Beach Road), as well as the ever-popular one next to A.R.C. Coffee by painter Yip Yew Chong (29 Sultan Gate), The Singapura Club bar by graffiti artist Ceno2 (36 Haji Lane), and of course, the Piedra Negra mural (241 Beach Road).
Sultan Arts Village
Nestled along the quaint Malay enclave of Kampong Glam, specifically between Aliwal Arts Centre and the Malay Heritage Centre, is the Sultan Arts Village where you’ll find fascinating street art and graffiti by both local and international artists. Explore graffiti shop, The Black Book, as well as its practice walls for new sprays and tags. We also recommend walking down and checking out the wall behind the Aliwal Arts Centre every now and then to find jaw-dropping wall art that’s ever-changing!
Location: Sultan Arts Village, 71 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198496
222 + 51
If you’re an art junkie, then you’d be familiar with the Bras Basah-Bugis district. Surrounded by art schools, studios and stores, it’s no wonder this is a hotspot amongst the artsy fartsy. Head down to 222 Queen Street and 51 Waterloo Street, an arts centre offering an eclectic medley of lifestyle spaces for art, music, dance and fitness. Snap away at the graffiti-filled wall by the 222 Queens Street building or step into the entrance of 51 Waterloo Street to find a corridor of walls with doors capturing scenes from Singapore’s past by mural painters Yip Yew Chong and Yuen Kum Cheong.
Location: 222 + 51, 51 Waterloo Street/222 Queen Street, Singapore 188550
Amoy Street Food Centre
If you’re a frequent visitor of Telok Ayer, you’ll know that the ‘hood is a lover’s paradise. Satisfy your hawker craves at Amoy Street Food Centre where you can get anything from international fare like pasta dishes and chalupas, as well local delights like fish soup and Maggi Goreng. But look beyond the food! Plastered around this hawker centre are a couple of fantastic murals, from dragons to Samsui women, designed and painted by students from the Anglo-Chinese School.
Location: Amoy Street Food Centre, 7 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069111
Any fan of Ripple Root can spot the dream team’s design from a mile away. Tucked behind the building that houses Kilo Lounge and the Yoga Movement — at 31 Hong Kong Street and 21 Tanjong Pagar Street, to be exact — are playful paintings of a sepoy (guard), pagar (gate), singa (lion), stamp, and even a nutmeg plant, a nod to the building’s heritage, a former nutmeg plantation.
Location: 21 Tanjong Pagar Street, Singapore 088444
Commissioned by The Working Capitol, Ripple Root turned boring white walls at Keong Saik Street into playful backdrops filled with their own take on floral motifs of the traditional Peranakan tiles located around the area. According to the duo, the project was “to inject lively fun into classical Keong Saik Street heritage.” And boy, did they manage to do just that!
Location: The Working Capitol Building (next to LOLOKU), 1 Keong Saik Rd, 089109
Footsteps away from the main CBD drag is this bustling enclave filled with the best spots that will satisfy every imaginable post-work cravings from smooth sake, juicy burgers, fresh seafood, Mexican bites, toasty coffee, and even lovely books. Down the road, by indoor cycling studio, CruCycle, are the bright, colourful dots, similar to those found in a game of Twister.
Location: Next to CruCycle, 68 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089527
A walk away from the Duxton is this quaint neighbourhood that exudes an authentic suburban-hipster charm, thanks to the plethora of indie cafes, restaurants and stores amidst the old-school HDB setting. Down Everton Road is Yip Yew Chong’s very first public mural that showcases the rich Peranakan culture of the Blair Plain Conservation Area, as well as a sentimental personification of the artist’s younger days, back when he was living in the neighbourhood.
Location: 40 Everton Road, Singapore 089393
Besides checking out world-class restaurants, hip watering holes, cool guesthouses and iconic attractions around the iconic Singapore River, take a stroll down the tunnel underneath Coleman Bridge, between Riverwalk and Central, where the art by Social Creatives takes you on a journey through Singapore’s history.
Location: Eu Tong Sen St, Coleman Bridge, Singapore River
Another Singapore-themed wall art by Social Creatives, this jazzy mural showcases Singapore’s transition into the modern city it is today. Located amongst residential blocks in front of Jalan Besar Community Club, it’s hard to miss this wide, brightly coloured mural.
Location: Blk 805 French Road, Singapore 200809
All photography: Darissa Lee and Hazirah Rahim for Honeycombers
Video: Hazirah Rahim for Honeycombers
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