From rooftop bars to public spaces, here are the best places to be when beautiful fireworks shoot off in Singapore.
Other than polishing up our National Day song know-how, we’re gearing up for this year’s fireworks display by sussing out the best spots in Singapore to watch the sky light up on 9 August. You can catch the fireworks during NDP rehearsals every Saturday from now till the parade too! We expect the sky to light up around 7pm, so be sure to nab a spot before then. While the parade is held at The Float @ Marina Bay, there are many other places that offer sweet views, like cool rooftop bars and swanky alfresco restaurants. Here are the best lookouts in the city that provide a perfect view of the fireworks in Singapore, and then some.
Best places to watch the fireworks in Singapore
1. Le Noir
We don’t just love Le Noir for its food, drink and live entertainment experience. Situated along the scenic water view of the Singapore River, you’re basically guaranteed a stunning front-row seat to the firework action. Kick back with a Singapore Sling and watch the light show unfold.
Le Noir, #01-84, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972
2. Singapore Flyer
If you’re someone who believes higher is better for your fireworks viewing experience, it doesn’t get any better than the Singapore Flyer. Plant yourself 150 metres up in the sky and come face-to-face with the pyrotechnics. To make it an extra special occasion, opt for the sky dining or champagne experience.
Singapore Flyer, 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803
3. Helix Bridge
There’s nothing quite as romantic as a walk hand-in-hand with someone along the waters of the Singapore River. If you’re out for a date night this coming National Day, make a pitstop along the Helix Bridge to get an uninterrupted view of the lights in the night sky.
Helix Bridge, Downtown Core
4. Smoke & Mirrors
Located in the National Gallery Singapore, this rooftop bar is the ultimate site for a panoramic view of the pyrotechnics display. In an unpretentious setting with killer cocktails, you’d definitely want a drink in hand as you marvel at the stunning night sky.
Smoke & Mirrors, #06-01, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
5. Esplanade Waterfront
This 300m long waterfront is the perfect place to catch the fireworks – and you don’t even have to fork out a single cent! Head early to score yourself a good spot; the waterfront gets really crowded during peak festive periods.
Esplanade Waterfront, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Front row seats to the fireworks display with a side of mouthwatering burgers? Yes, please! Besides the killer views, OverEasy’s grub is the other thing that keeps us coming back for more. Menu highlights include the truffle burger and the mac & cheese. We recommend making reservations waaaay in advance (you can WhatsApp the team at 9129 8484 for National Day bookings).
OverEasy, #01-06, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213
Nestled high above the city in the penthouse of Marina Bay Financial Centre, this high-rise brewery, restaurant and lounge is an impressive venue to catch the fireworks. For a more intimate experience, book the private dining rooms that boast a spectacular view of the city. There’s limited outdoor seating, so call ahead to nab that sweet spot.
Level33, #33-01, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, 8 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018981
8. Mount Faber Peak
While the view of the fireworks is from a distance here, this hilltop destination is perfect for a romantic rendezvous. A couple of bars and restos – including Arbora and Dusk Restaurant & Bar – are located here, so kick back over a beer or two and soak in the show in serenity.
Mount Faber Peak, 109 Mount Faber Road, Singapore 099203
9. Ce La Vi
Perched above the observation deck of the SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, Ce La Vi boasts a restaurant, club lounge, and an unrivalled view of Singapore. It’s pretty much the perfect venue to catch the fireworks while partying with your mates.
Ce La Vi, L57 Skypark, Marina Bay Sands Hotel Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018971
10. Mr Stork
If catching the fireworks is high on your list of priorities, you’d best be heading over to Andaz Singapore. Mr Stork is the famous rooftop bar at this lush hotel. At 39 stories high, this is one sweet spot to catch the breathtaking fireworks display, especially from the observatory deck.
Mr Stork, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street, Singapore 189354
The swanky rooftop bar and tapas restaurant is the place to be if you want knockout views of the fireworks. Mains like duck confit and spinach risotto are to be had, but if you prefer, go for light bites like the mini wagyu beef sliders. Head there before 8pm to also catch Marina Bay Sands’ spiffy laser light shows from your seat.
Lantern, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326
12. Marina Barrage
Singapore’s 15th reservoir, Marina Barrage, is a dam built across the mouth of the bay between Marina East and Marina South. Bring along a picnic mat and chill on the spacious rooftop garden as you wait for the dazzling illuminations in the sky.
Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951
13. Super Loco Customs House
Apart from the incredible music, Mexican bites and delightful booze, Super Loco Customs House is awesome as it sits pretty on the bay. And that means just one thing – front row seats to catch the fantastic fireworks. It’s limited seating, so you’d better get your reservations in.
Super Loco Customs House, #01-04, Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049323
Oysters, alcohol and a remarkable view of the fireworks: Best. Combo. Ever. If you’re like us, be sure to hit up Southbridge. The bar, which overlooks the Singapore River, knows a thing or two about umami with its show-stopping creations like the wagyu beef sliders, octopus taco, and chilli beef quesadillas.
Southbridge, 5/F (rooftop), 80 Boat Quay, Singapore 049868
Regarded as one of the best restaurants in the world, this high-flying, Michelin-starred restaurant pairs modern French cuisine with to-die-for views of the Singapore skyline. Dig into glorious dishes with the magnificent light show as your backdrop.
Jaan, Level 70 Equinox Complex, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882
Guarantee yourself an unforgettable view of the fireworks with a fancy dinner at this dreamy urban loft. Perched atop Ocean Financial Centre, Zafferano offers a sleek dining experience, thanks to its elegant ambience and authentic Italian menu bursting with bags of flavour. If you’ve got a luxe gathering in the works, book the private dining room and you’ll be treated to a totally glorious (and best of all, private) view of the show with your chosen few.
Zafferano, L43, Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049315
17. Bay East Garden
Easily one of our fave secret spots for picnics and scenic bike rides, Bay East Garden offers gorgeous, sweeping views of the Marina Bay Skyline without the usual hordes of tourists. It’s situated opposite the Supertree Grove, Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, and we suggest splurging on hawker treats to go from Satay by The Bay to feast out while waiting for the big show.
Bay East Garden, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
18. Marina Bay Promontory and The Lawn
Bring the gang, a picnic mat and your cameras, and head to The Lawn where you can sit, relax and enjoy the picturesque show! If you don’t fancy lounging around at The Lawn, park yourself down along Marina Bay Promontory, with unhindered views galore.
The [email protected] Bay, 11 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018940
19. Kinki Restaurant & Bar
Apart from its contemporary Japanese grub, graffiti walls, sake and themed cocktails, this casual street-style eatery with a stellar view is another joint for catching a glimpse of the fireworks. Clink those ochoko cups as you make your toast!
Kinki Restaurant & Bar, #02-02, Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049323
20. Caffe Fernet
So you’d rather treat your loved ones to an elaborate family-style meal? Caffe Fernet might just be your spot for the evening. The restaurant hosts a wonderful dinner and drinks with a side of fireworks! Almost every table has a lovely view of the bay…
Caffe Fernet, #01-05, Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049323
21. Merlion Park
If you’re not looking for a super luxe stake-out spot, this might be a great alternative. Secure your seats early as many will flock to this open space for the most striking and unhindered views of the skyline. There isn’t a more apt way to commemorate our independence than with Singapore’s famous icon, the Merlion!
Merlion Park, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213
Remember, the early bird catches the worm! Whether it’s setting a reminder to make your reservation or snagging that open spot early at Marina Barrage, get the best seats to watch the fireworks in Singapore.