Guess which country made it to the top 10 most Instagrammable countries in 2019? The multitude of hot Instagram spots have nabbed Singapore the glory of being the 10th best country in the world to get amazing shots for the ‘gram.
Even though Singapore’s a pretty tiny island – about 170 times smaller than New York City – you can find plenty of shots for your Instagram feed at every corner. From Hollywood movie & HBO drama worthy backdrops to a mishmash of traditional and modern aesthetics – there is something for everyone. Here’s a list of the many different spots you can plan your trip around:
The ‘Cliche’ Instagram Spots in Singapore
Gardens by the Bay
Imagine Avatar in real-life. Gardens by the Bay is the closest any country has gotten to a real-life version of that magical forest in James Cameron’s epic movie. Visit in the late afternoon and explore the Flower Dome and Cloud Forests in the comfort of air-conditioned bliss. Feast your eyes (and your camera) on macro shots of stunning vegetation and beautiful shots of flowery fields for your Instagram feed. Depending on the season, the Flower Dome features different types of florals.
In the late evening, get a wide-angle shot of the towering supertrees as they illuminate the night sky with their mesmerizing lights. Even better, head to the top of the walkway between the trees and get an aerial shot of the famous Marina Bay Sands.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Another iconic Instagram spot in Singapore is the Marina Bay Sands hotel – featured prominently in the recent Crazy Rich Asians movie. It’s a jaw-dropping architectural wonder which serves as a stunning backdrop against the Singapore cityscape.
You can find many amazing spots for your Instagram feed. From the mandatory city landscape shot from the Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck to the indulgent shot of you lounging in the hotel’s famous infinity pool. Inside the hotel, there’s even an indoor canal ride for you to pretend you’re in Venice.
Old Hill Street Police Station
The rainbow-hued windows of the Old Hill Street Police Station are a perfect Instagram spot to stop by while in the touristy Clarke Quay vicinity. Stop for a quick minute or two across the street from the station to get a full shot of this newly restored historic building, before heading over to explore the many bars and restaurants in Clarke Quay central for a party to end the day.
This hipster street is lined with the hole in the wall cafes, quirky boutiques, understated bars and more… Everywhere you turn is a pop of colour and uniquely indie aesthetics – just perfect for the ‘gram. There’s murals at every corner too – so it works as the perfect backdrop for your #ootd. Did we also mention there’s a Selfie cafe, which allows you to print out your photo onto a cup of coffee? Can you understand why Haji Lane is the perfect Instagram spot in Singapore now?
Well loved local Instagram Spots in Singapore
National Gallery Singapore
The National Gallery Singapore is a sight to behold from the exterior. It’s commanding steps and columns that flank this restored historical former Supreme Court building make up the backdrop of many a Singaporean couples’ wedding portraits.
Inside the gallery, there are many popular Instagram spots that Singaporeans love too. The Rotunda dome, City Hall Chamber, the roof garden, link bridges and even the intricately designed stairs are all worthy of capturing for your feed.
A historic neighbourhood of the wealthy Peranakans of the past, Emerald Hill has really interesting and well preserved historic architecture. A quick stroll up the side street (it’s super near Somerset MRT station) of the main shopping belt, will uncover a street full of colourful and Peranakan-inspired architecture. The unique doorways of each home along the street makes for interesting backdrops as well.
Head into the heartlands to explore one of the earliest public housing districts that have evolved over the years into a bustling hipster district. Hipster cafes, wet markets and traditional Chinese restaurants can all be found along the same stretch of road. Explore the murals hidden throughout the estate that depict the history of the neighbourhood.
Bonus: The winding back alleys also make an interesting composition for couples shoots and definitely your Instagram feed.
The ‘Off the Beaten Track’ Instagram Spots
Want some shots of nature? For a rustic feel, Coney Island is the best Instagram spot in Singapore for you to nail the perfect shot. With lush forested areas, random tree stumps and even wooden structures around, you can be sure to get that off the beaten track look for your feed. If you’re lucky, you may be able to spot a wild cow or monkey too!
Tip: Try to cycle to Coney Island, as it’s extremely inconvenient to get about on foot.
Japanese Cemetery Park
The Japanese Cemetery Park located in the heartlands is extremely popular with local Singapore influencers who flock there to take #ootds under the lush and colourful bougainvillaea archways that remind us of cherry blossoms in Japan. It is, after all, a burial ground, so many people take care not to prominently feature any tombstones in their photos.
Raffles Marina Lighthouse
The most inconveniently located Instagram spot in Singapore has got to be Raffles Marina’s lighthouse. This 12 meters high lighthouse sits at the end of the promenade, overlooking the Tuas Second Link. If you make it to this special spot, you can be proud to say you’re one of the rare few tourists who has made it to almost the end of Singapore – with a picture to proof!
Start Exploring Singapore’s Instagram Spots
Singapore may be a small city, but it is chock-full of beautiful places to see and visit. This list is but a small fraction of the many places you should visit on your trip to Singapore. Let us know if you have visited any of these Instagram spots in Singapore and which is your favourite.