There are countless number of Instagrammable places in Singapore. If you google “instagram worthy places in Singapore”, you will come up with many search results. Maybe too many, in my opinion.
And most visitors travelling to Singapore will likely have limited amount time to spend in the city. Between sightseeing, eating good Michelin street food, and searching for murals in the city, it doesn’t leave much time for searching Instagram worthy spots.
So I’ve put together a list of 10 aesthetic places in Singapore that are worthy of capturing for your Instagram. You can visit all of them even if you are only spending a few days in Singapore.
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What you need to know before searching for the best Instagrammable places in Singapore
Before searching for the best Instagram-worthy places in Singapore, take a look at my Singapore solo travel guide and learn about the city first. I included recommendations for must-see attractions and ideas on where to stay and what to eat in Singapore.
And here are some specific tips on taking photos and searching for aesthetic places in Singapore:
- Take Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), an efficient subway system to search for all these Instagrammable spots in Singapore.
- Get an EZ-link card, a rechargeable subway card. When you use the EZ-link card, you pay the discounted rate instead of the full fare. Purchase one at the MRT station or any 7-Eleven.
- The best time to go to these photography spots in Singapore is early in the morning when the weather is not as hot and not as crowded.
- Use Google Maps to navigate around Singapore to find these Instagram spots. I included a link to addresses to all these Instagram places. Click on the link and it’ll open Google Maps with the location on your mobile phone.
Top 10 Instagram worthy places in Singapore
There are so MANY Instagram-worthy places in Singapore! So much so that I don’t think anyone can possibily see them all in one trip.
So I have narrowed down my top 10 Instagrammable places in Singapore for anyone who is visiting Singapore and have limited time.
Here is what I was looking for when it came to selecting my top 10 choices:
- Geometric shapes and design
- Use of Colours
- Architectural style and design
- A mix of architecture and nature
So in no particular order, here are my top 10 favourite Singapore Instagrammable places:
- The Hive (Learning Hub South)
- The Jewel
- Crystal Universe at ArtScience Museum
- Helix Bridge
- Supertree Grove
- Cloud Forest
- Marina Barrage
- Katong Shophouses
- Old Hill Street Police Station
- Fort Canning Tree Tunnel
1. The Hive (Learning Hub South)
The Hive, also known as Learning Hub South is part of the Nanyang Technological University on the city’s west end. The “dim sum basket building” was completed in 2015 but it was only recently that I found out about this hidden Instagram worthy gem.
From the outside, the twelve organic eight-storey towers look a bit wobbley because the towers taper toward the base. And on the inside, the towers formed scalloped-edge balconies facing the open atrium.
And from a photography perspective, there are infinite possiblities to take the perfect Instagram photo. Roam around the building and take photos at the bottom, each level and from the top. This is a photographer’s dream!
However, the Hive is all the way on the west end of the city. But hopefully these photographs can convince you to make a trip out there.
The Hive Address: 52 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore | Hours: 24 hours
How to get there: Take the MRT to Pioneer Station (EW28) and take Exit A. At the bottom of the staircase is a bus stop. Get on bus 179 and alight at Academic Building Station (see route)
2. The Jewel
The Jewel is a nature-themed complex that houses many retail outlets and F&B establishments and is part of Singapore Changi Airport. The Jewel isn’t just a regular airport; it is an eye-catching Instagram photo opportunity.
When you walk through the Shiseido Forest Valley lining the perimeter of the core, you will find many vantage points to see the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, HSBC Rain Vortex.
And in the evening, catch one of the light and sound shows (7:30pm and 8:30pm Monday to Thursday; 7:30pm, 8:30pm and 9:30pm Friday to Sunday) and see the 40m tall waterfall light up.
You simply can’t take a bad photo here. Just take a look!
The Jewel Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore | Hours: 11am–10pm Monday to Thursday; 10am-10pm Friday to Sunday
How to get there: Take the MRT to Changi Airport Station (CG2). Then follow the signs in Terminal 3 for the Jewel. The walk takes about 8 minutes.
3. Crystal Universe at ArtScience Museum
One of my favourite parts of the Exploring New Frontiers exhibit at the ArtScience Museum is the room with all the vertical light installation called Crystal Universe.
The room is filled with vertical LED lights hanging from the ceiling and the colour of the light changes in a very dynamic way that it feels like you are standing in a room with an infinite number of stars that are moving in space.
It is a permanent exhibit that was skillfully executed by teamLab, a renowned international collective. They also put together other creations in the museum where you can immerse yourself in a world of digital interactive installations, aka awesome spots for taking photos for Instagram.
How to get there: Take the MRT to Bayfront Station (CE1/DT16) and take Exit D. Meander your way out of Sands Expo & Convention Centre and walk north for a few minutes on the harbour until you see the ArtScience Museum.
4. Helix Bridge
Helix Bridge or The Helix is my absolute favourite piece of modern architecture in Singapore. It is a 280m-long pedestrian walkway with a spiral design element that resembles the double-helix strands of DNA.
What is unique about the bridge is the dynamic design of the structure itself. The look and feel of the bridge change as you walk the entire length of the bridge because of the placement of the blue glass coverings. They are placed sparingly and strategically to mimic the curvature of the helix-like shape.
Which means your photographs of the Helix Bridge change as you walk through the bridge. You can potentially get thousands of variations of the Helix Bridge!
And if you can, visit the bridge at night to the series of lights that highlight the double-helix structure even more. It is truly one-of-a-kind!
Helix Bridge Address: Marina Channel, Singapore | Hours: 24 hours
How to get there: Take the MRT to Bayfront Station (CE1/DT16) and take Exit D. Meander your way out of Sands Expo & Convention Centre and walk north for a few minutes on the harbour until you see the bridge.
5. Supertree Grove
Gardens by the Bay is one of the best urban parks in Singapore. And one of the top highlights and most photographed spots is Supertree Grove.
And there are many ways to photograph the “trees” in Supertree Grove. The easiest is to wander at the base of the park and admire these vertical gardens from below.
In the evening, check out Garden Rhapsody, a music and light show (7:45 pm and 8:45 pm every evening). Go early so you can grab a good spot to watch the free show.
And if you are not afraid of heights, walk the OCBC Skyway or get a bird’s eye view from the Supertree Observatory which is the tallest one of the 18 “trees”.
I recommend visiting Supertree Grove during the day and at night. There’s a different vibe to it. Take a look at the photos below.
Supertree Grove Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore | Hours: 5am-2am
How to get there: Take the MRT to Bayfront Station (CE1/DT16) and take Exit B for Gardens by the Bay. Walk across the bridge to the park and follow the signs for Supertree Grove.
6. Cloud Forest
Another fantastic Instagrammable spot in the Gardens is the Cloud Forest, a domed exhibit with a 35m tall indoor waterfall and luscious tropical plants.
When you enter the Cloud Forest, you can see the giant waterfall from the base. And as you follow the guided path, it will lead you to various tropical plant exhibits and see the waterfall from various altitudes.
But the best places to take photos are on the aerial walkways inside the dome. Walk on the Tree top walk, the long walkway a third way up the mountain where you can see all the exotic plants from above. Then go even higher to the Cloud Walk and enjoy views of Marina Bay from the top.
The paid exhibit is worth seeing. The entrance fee includes the Flower Dome next door.
Cloud Forest Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore | Hours: 9am-9pm | Admission: Get an advanced ticket for $53 for both Cloud Forest and Flower Dome
How to get there: Take the MRT to Bayfront Station (CE1/DT16) and take Exit B for Gardens by the Bay. Walk across the bridge to the park and follow the signs for Cloud Forest.
7. Marina Barrage
Marina Barrage has to be my favourite place to visit in Singapore. It is Singapore’s 15th water reservoir and the first one in the city to bring in a new source of water supply.
Besides all the cool functional capabilities of this reservoir, I’m really there to see the modern contemporary building. There is a long spiral-ish walkway to the green roof where you can relax and watch the sunset. Moreover, it is an epic spot to see the Singapore skyline!
So time your visit to Marina Barrage so you can capture a sunset Instagram photo.
Marina Barrage Address: 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore | Hours: 24 hours
How to get there: Take the MRT to Gardens by the Bay Station (TE22) and take Exit 1. The walk to Marina Barrage takes about 4 minutes.
8. Katong Shophouses
Peranakan culture refers to people who were born locally in Singapore, and typically they are Chinese and Malay. And it can be seen in food, architecture and everyday life.
When you visit the Katong neighbourhood, you can see Peranakan shophouses on Koon Seng Road. The pre-war architecture has an ornate facade and detailed motifs. Moreover, these two-storey preserved shophouses are colourful and bright.
There are many Peranakan shophouses all over Singapore (Emerald Hill, Tanjong Pagar, etc.), but the best representation of these colourful houses are in Katong.
Reminder – when you take photos in front of these shophouses, don’t loiter too long because these are residential homes.
Koon Seng Road Address: 19 Koon Seng Road, Singapore | Hours: 24 hours
How to get there: Take the MRT to Paya Lebar Station (EW8/CC9) and take Exit F. Walk south passing PLQ Mall, then walk east on Sims Avenue until you reach Geylang Serai (street) and walk south. This street turns into Joo Chiat Road. Continue walking until you see Koon Seng Road. It’s a 23-minute walk from the subway to the Peranakan houses.
9. Old Hill Street Police Station
Old Hill Street Police Station has to be one of the most instagrammable places in Singapore. The rainbow facade is eye-catching and one-of-a-kind.
When the building was first constructed in 1934, it housed over a thousand police officers and their families. Today, the historic building is a government office space.
Most people may not know about the history and evolution of this building. But many people have seen the colourful building all over Instagram.
And depending on where you take a photo, you can capture different colours of the rainbow. I like all of them so I used a wide lens to capture the whole thing.
Old Hill Street Police Station Address: 140 Hill Street, Singapore | Hours: 24 hours
How to get there: Take the MRT to Clarke Quay Station (NE5) and walk 3 minutes north on Hill Street.
10. Fort Canning Tree Tunnel
Fort Canning Park was part of many important historical milestones in Singapore, it serves as a green space for visitors today. Plus, it has a hidden Instagram-worthy spot at the north end of the park.
The Tree Tunnel is an underground tunnel that will lead you to a beautiful spiral staircase with an opening above. At the top of the stairway, lush greenery is draped over the edge. And when you stand at the bottom of the staircase, you can see many trees hovering over the opening.
Many people queue in the tunnel (the wait can be long so go early) for the perfect shot of this Instagrammable gem. The best shot is taken from below while you sit or stand on the edge halfway up the staircase.
Most people will only take photos from below. But you may also want to take a photo from above. It has a total feel to it!
Fort Canning Tree Tunnel Address: 51 Canning Rise, Singapore | Hours: 24 hours
How to get there: Take the MRT to Dhoby Ghaut Station (NS24/NE6/CC1), and take Exit B. Walk across Dhoby Ghaut Greens to Fort Canning Park. Follow the signs for the “tree tunnel” in Fort Canning Park, located at the north end of the park.
Where to stay in Singapore as a solo traveller
Here are a few recommended boutique hotels in Singapore so you can get a good night’s sleep in between all your photo-taking adventures around Singapore:
- Lloyd’s Inn Singapore ($$) – a small minimalist boutique hotel near Orchard Road. I wrote a full review of Lloyd’s Inn Singapore on why I love this hotel.
- Check prices & reviews: Agoda
- Wanderlust ($$) – a boutique hotel in a 1920s Art Deco building in Little India.
- Check prices & reviews: Agoda
- The Warehouse Hotel ($$$) – the most luxurious boutique hotel in Clarke Quay.
- Check prices & reviews: Agoda
Which of these Instagrammable aesthetic places in Singapore do you like the most?
Hopefully all of them! Do you have any favourites yourself?
I hope this post inspired you to go out and find some of the best photo spots in Singapore. It’s hot and humid during the day so go early when it’s cooler. Plus, you can avoid the crowd.
Let me know in the comments if you like this list or you think another instagrammable spot should be part of my top 10.
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