The Best Spots To Capture Singapore’s City Skyline

© Silas Khua/ Flickr
© Silas Khua/ Flickr
Photo of Clara Cho
21 October 2016

In the concrete skyscraper jungle of Singapore, it is hard for a first-time visitor to determine the best spots for that majestic bird’s-eye view of the city-state. The Culture Trip Singapore brings you a thoughtful selection of picture perfect places to capture the beautiful and iconic cityscape of Singapore.

Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer
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The Singapore Flyer has been celebrated as Asia’s largest observation wheel. The Flyer towers at 165 meters above ground level, offering a panoramic view of Singapore’s cityscape through its glass cabins. Take in the stunning views from the Flyer Lounge while sipping on award winning cocktails. For a more comfy, sit-down meal option, check out Sky View Kitchen.

Marina Bay Sands Sky Park

Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, Singapore
Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, Singapore | © Silas Khua/ Flickr
Colloquially referred to as ‘MBS’, this phenomenally integrated resort has taken Singapore’s cityscape by storm. It’s made of three identical towers of 55 levels each, connected by a 340 meter long Skypark. Hotel guests can take a dip in the world acclaimed Infinity Pool, stretching 150 meters in length and hovering over Singapore’s skyline. For non-hotel guests there’s a dedicated Observation Deck which offers luxurious views of the country’s cityscape. Alternatively, the legendary Cé La Vi skybar comes alive at night, offering you music, drinks and an unforgettable view.

Esplanade Rooftop

This contemporary performing arts venue, with its distinct thorny exterior, is another great place to take in the city views. The Esplanade – Theaters By The Bay has consistently shaped the performing arts scene in Singapore, hosting a myriad of both local and international performances. Alternatively, head to the classy rooftop bar, Orgo, located atop the Esplanade. Enjoy their interesting mojito selection while hanging out with friends against the backdrop of bright lights of this vibrant city-state.

1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore, +65 6828 8377,

ION Orchard’s Sky Observatory

Art Gallery, Market, Shopping Mall
View of ION Orchard during Christmas
View of ION Orchard during Christmas | © Huzzair Aiman/Flickr

ION Orchard features a perfect hideout for amazing views of Singapore. 56 levels closer to those puffy white clouds, ION’s Sky Observatory offers stunning views of the city as well as the famous shopping district. Equipped with the BEHOLDTIM telescopes, enjoy spectacular views from another angle of Singapore. For those desiring a meal with a view, you may wish to check out Salt Grill and Sky Bar by celebrity chef Luke Mangan, located just below the observatory.

Empire Bar, Singapore Land Tower

Bar, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
Located on the 57th floor of an unsuspecting office building in Raffles Place, Empire Bar is a hidden gem in the Central Business District. Empire Bar boasts a refreshing alfresco area with stunning views of Marina Bay and beyond. Its central location makes it a favorite bar for the working crowd in Raffles Place.

h Storey Skybridge, The Pinnacle@Duxton

The Pinnacle Sky Garden 50th Storey Skybridge, Singapore
The Pinnacle Sky Garden 50th Storey Skybridge, Singapore | © Jan/ Flickr
This award-winning architectural wonder has made many jaws drop at the sight of it. The Pinnacle@Duxton’s crowning glory lies in its 500 meter rooftop garden, 50 stories above the ground. This public residential estate offers an amazing 360 degree view of Singapore from varying perspectives. From the port, to Gardens By The Bay, to other residential areas of Singapore, the Pinnacle@Duxton lets you marvel and bask in the splendor of Singapore’s cityscape. Fitted with reclining chairs amidst lush greenery, it is a must-visit. Plan your schedule ahead of time as only 200 visitors are allowed per day.


Bar, Restaurant, Nightclub, Fusion
Boasting the world’s highest alfresco bar, 1-Altitude is the highest point in Singapore. It offers majestic, unobstructed panoramic views of Singapore. Head on to the Upper Viewing Deck on the 63rd floor or enjoy a meal with a view at Stellar, located on the 62nd floor.

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