When it comes to visiting a city, one of the best things you can do is to get up as high as possible and take it all in from the very best view points.
This means rooftop bars, restaurants and cool rooftop lookouts. These places afford you a chance to take in the city from a new angle, giving you perspective over the place you’re visiting and allowing you to take some pretty amazing photos too.
To help you find the very best rooftops to visit in Singapore, from the hidden to the famous, here are 8 incredibly photogenic spots to put on your must-do list.
Orchard Central Roof Garden
A fantastic hidden gem in the heart of Singapore, the Orchard Central Roof Garden sits on level 11 and 12 of Orchard Central. It’s free to get up there and you’ll find the garden a beautiful little oasis sitting high above the buzz of Orchard Road. It’s definitely worth checking out and can offer you some great photo opportunities in the afternoon and evening.
181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896.
Did someone say drinks? Lantern sits atop The Fullerton Bay Hotel and offers great views of the Marina Bay Waterfront and Singapore skyline. The best time to visit is in the evening, once the sun has set. You’ll find the place adorned with brightly coloured lanterns, pumping out killer cocktails and great music. It offers a great atmosphere and fantastic views to boot.
80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326.
Ce La Vi
Probably the most well-known rooftop bar in Singapore, Ce La Vi (formerly Ku De Ta) sits atop Marina Bay Sands. It offers some of the very best views of Singapore, especially at dusk and evening when the city lights up all kinds of pretty.
1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018971.
Another of the most well-known rooftop bars in Singapore, 1-Altitude offers the highest views of Singapore’s cityscape, including a very breathtaking view of Marina Bay. The best time to visit is definitely after dark, when the city and bay come alive in a sea of bright lights. You can also use this viewing point to take in the light show that happens at Marina Bay Sands.
1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616.
Potato Head Folk
For a rooftop bar for locals, head to Potato Head Folk. This low set building offers a few floors of culinary delights, with the 4th floor dedicated to an open-air bar. Think strings of glowing lights, comfy seating and cool mural artwork around the place. You’ll find the food here fantastic and get a chance to soak in life a little more local. Go for the rooftop, stay for the food and drink.
36 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089143.
Another of Singapore’s gorgeous rooftop bars, LeVel 33 offers some pretty gorgeous views of the Marina Bay and surrounds. If a trip to Ce La Vi or 1-Altitude seem too touristy, but you still want those pretty water views, LeVel 33 is the spot for you. It’s quite unexpected then that this place is a Craft Microbrewery! Yep, that’s right, it’s one of the fanciest spots in Singapore you can sample amazing craft beer with an incredible view.
8 Marina Boulevard, #33-01 MBFC Tower 1, Singapore 018981.
You’ll find Loof on the top floor of Odeon Towers, serving up fantastic food and drinks and offering a very cool vibe in the evenings, perfect for unwinding after a day of sightseeing. The bar is super cool but not overwhelmingly hip, it offers you a local experience in a very pretty spot.
331 North Bridge Road, #03-07 Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop, Singapore 188720.
Pinnacle @ Duxton
Surprisingly this spot isn’t very well known, which is great for the savvy traveller because it offers some of the very best views of Singapore. It’ll show you the skyline in a way you’ve never seen it before and afford you views of a huge portion of the island, from Chinatown and Sentosa to Woodlands and beyond. The 50th story skybridge opens at 9am and only allows 200 people up per day at a cost of $5 per person. You’ll need an EZ-Link card to pay, which you can get from the MRT station. If you only put one rooftop on your list, make it this one!
1 Cantonment Rd, Singapore 080001.
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