Singapore might be the smallest country in Southeast Asia, but that doesn’t mean it’s short of Instagrammable spots. It has such a mix of historical and modern and that’s part of what makes it so photogenic. One of our favorite ways to explore a city is to find all the best places to take photos, so we put together this list to help you find all the best photo spots in Singapore.
Photo Tips: The best times of day to take photos is early in the morning, about an hour after sunrise, and the hour before sunset. If you want photos without other people in them or without having to wait for crowds to pass, we always suggest waking up early and getting to the spot you want to go right at sunrise. Not only will you get the best morning light that way, but you’ll also be able to create those dreamy photos without anyone else in them.
Keep in mind, Singapore is hot, so you’ll want to wear light dresses and breathable clothes.
The Most Instagrammable Spots in Singapore:
Future World at the Art Science Musuem:
The Art Science Museum is unlike any other museum we’ve ever been to. It’s interactive and so much more than just art hanging on the walls. The Future World exhibit is truly magical and makes for some of the most beautiful photos. The Crystal Universe installation changes colors light and creates a really unique photo opportunity. You do have to buy tickets in order to go in. Tickets to one exhibit are $18 SGD (about $14 USD) or two exhibits are $30 SGD (about $22 USD), and you can buy tickets in advance online here: Art Science Museum tickets.
To get the shot: You’ll likely need to be patient in order to get your shot. We suggest hanging at the end of a group and waiting for them to pass through so you can take your photos once they’ve turned the corner without holding up a crowd behind you. You can go through as many times as you like, so if you don’t get the shot you want the first time, just go around and walk through it again. It’s pretty magical to experience multiple times too, because it changes colors, music, and how it lights up every few minutes.
Location: Art Science Museum
Gardens by the Bay:
Gardens by the Bay is probably the most popular spot in Singapore. The Supertree Grove is the perfect spot to capture those iconic Instagrammable moments.
To get the shot: We recommend going up a level from the main area to the sidewalk that goes around the Supertree Grove. There are a few spots with rock paths and view points where you can take the photo from above. That way you can capture the entirety of the Supertrees and Marina Bay Sands in the background. Plus, then you’ll be out of the way of the crowds of other tourists. You can also go right after sunset when the trees light up and get a photo at dusk which can create a beautiful and unique perspective. You can also pay to go on the OCBC Skyway ($8 SGD or about $6 USD) and take a photo with a panoramic view of the city.
Location: Supertree Grove
The Cloud Forest:
The Cloud Forest is part of Gardens by the Bay and houses what used to be the world’s largest indoor waterfall (before the Jewel that’s now at the Singapore airport), and it’s truly breathtaking. It costs $18 SGD (about $15 USD) to get in.
To get the shot: To get a photo in front of the waterfall, get there early (it opens at 9 am) and be patient. We noticed that groups of people tend to come in waves. We were there around 10 am and just waited patiently until a few groups passed and then had a quick second when no one else was in our shot. The waterfall is at the very front of the conservatory, so most people come in, look at it, take a photo, and keep walking. So if you’re patient, you’ll likely be able to get a photo without anyone in it.
Location: Cloud Forest
Peranakan Joo Chiat Houses:
For the quintessential Instagram shot, head down to the colorful Peranakan houses on Joo Chiat Road. This historic neighborhood is full of old shop houses are so charming, colorful, and picturesque. The MRT doesn’t go here though, so you’ll either need to take a few buses or a taxi to get to this street.
To get the shot: The houses are on both sides of the street, so you can pick which ones you want your photo in front of. Play around with different angles, like straight on or from an angle. People do live in these houses, so please be respectful.
Directions: Peranakan Houses
To get the shot: This entire cafe is set up for a photo op, so it’s pretty easy to take a picture. If you want a photo inside the cafe (set up like the Central Perk), then you do have to order and eat there. But there’s an entire section outside the restaurant area with props from the set and Monica and Rachel’s kitchen that you can just walk in and take pictures without having to eat at the cafe.
Directions: Central Perk Singapore
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Tan Teng Niah House in Little India:
To get the shot: We suggest getting there early in the day as the area does get pretty crowded, but you can also be patient and get your shot in the gaps in between people walking by. Walk around the house and try getting different shots from different angles too.
Location: Tan Teng Niah House
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Old Hill Street Police Station:
To get the shot: The best way to get a photo here is to ask someone to take a photo of you from the sidewalk. Be extra careful and cross the street at your own risk as it’s a very busy street. Or stand on the sidewalk and get a closer up shot and let the rainbow colored building act as an accent behind you.
Location: Old Hill Police Station
The Jewel at the Changi Airport:
To get the shot: You can walk all around it on various levels, so you can get creative and try to take photos of it from every angle. We suggest spending time there when you land, so you don’t have to stress about seeing it all before you leave and making it to your flight in time. But if you choose to go on your way out, make sure you give yourself enough time to take the train or bus to get to the other Terminals and check-in on time.
Location: The Jewel Changi Airport