7 Alternatives to Rooftops Bars for Views of Singapore

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January, 2021

Whilst some of the best views across Singapore can be enjoyed from rooftop bars, there are many other places to take in the vistas when you don’t fancy a drink.

Take a look at this list of some of places that aren’t bars and restaurants to enjoy views in Singapore. Amongst our suggestions you’ll find some fantastic nature spots, interesting architecture, and other viewpoints across the island.

Don’t forget you’ll need a Singapore arrival card for your trip, even if you’re from a visa-exempt country. You can complete the arrival card online before departure in just a few minutes.

The Roof Terrace at the Esplanade

Esplanade- Theatres on the Bay is a performing arts center in Downtown Core, close to the river. Not only does this iconic venue boast a program packed with world-class cultural events, but it also offers some fantastic outdoor spaces.

Head up to the Roof Terrace at the Esplanade to take in some of the very best views of Singapore’s skyline. Furthermore, the landscaped terrace features lawns, shrubs, and trees making it the perfect place to take some time to relax, not to mention snap some great photos.

The Towers at Palawan Beach

For views of the more natural side of Singapore, jump on the beach tram to Palawan beach. Getting to the viewpoint is an adventure in itself. You’ll need to walk across the rope bridge that leads to an islet dubbed the “Southernmost Point of Continental Asia”.

Once there climb to the top of the watchtower and soak up the views across the turquoise water and watch the ships sail by. We’re sure you’ll agree the picturesque view is worth the effort!

What’s more, you can make the most of your time in Palawan to take a dip in the lagoons and maybe even have a go at some watersports for an adrenaline rush.

TreeTop Walk at MacRitchie National Park

Another one for nature enthusiasts, the treetop walk at MacRitchie National Park offers lush forest views.

The free-standing suspension bridge connects Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang, the 2 highest points in MacRitchie, providing a birds-eye view of the forest canopy and the plants and animals that call it home.

The walkway is approximately 250 meters long and stands up to 25 meters above the ground. You might be interested to know that the bridge also serves a scientific purpose, helping researchers to identify plant species and better understand the forest ecosystem.

50th Floor Skybridge at The Pinnacle @ Duxton

The Pinnacle @ Duxton is a public housing project of over 1,800 apartments distributed across 7 blocks. Whilst one of the 2 skybridges is reserved for residents (complete with a gym, jogging track, and community plaza) the 50th floor is open to the public.

The views of Singapore’s skyline and Chinatown are second to none.

The 50th floor is open from 9 am till 9 pm, members of the public have to pay $6 to access the skybridge.

Skypark Observation Deck at Marina Bay Sands

If you are willing to spend a few dollars, Skypark Observation Deck undoubtedly has some of the best views across Singapore.

From the top you’ll be able to spot all the most iconic buildings and attractions: look out for the aforementioned Esplanade and the Merlion Statue. You’ll even get sea views that stretch from Marina South Pier to the Singapore Strait. Guests usually spend around 45 minutes to an hour on the deck, there’s so much to take in.

One of Singapore’s best rooftop bars is also at the top of Marina Bay Sands in case you do fancy a drink after all.

The Skypark Observation Deck is open daily from 11 am till 9 pm. An adult ticket costs $26 with reduced rates for senior citizens and children.

Observation Hides at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Returning to nature, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve observation hides give you another chance to see some of Singapore’s varied fauna and flora up close.

Take your own binoculars if you have some, if not hire a pair and do a spot of bird-watching. With somewhere in the range of 140 different bird species, you’re sure to catch a glimpse of some colorful feathered friends.

Volunteer-led tours take place weekly and are a great way to get to know more about the ASEAN Heritage Park and its inhabitants.

Henderson Waves: Singapore’s Highest Pedestrian Bridge

Towering 36 meters above ground level, Henderson Waves is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore with suitably impressive views.

The bridge curves and twists, like a wave, with recessed and shell-shaped niches where you can sit and contemplate the vistas. It’s a great place to head for some peace and quiet away from the city below.

You might like to head there at dusk when the bridge is illuminated with LED lighting. Alternatively, visit the bridge as part of the 10 km Southern Ridges Walk trail that connects 3 parks: Kent Ridge Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, and Mount Faber Park.

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