Skyscrapers in Singapore dominate the island nation’s skyline.
Occupying only 720 square kilometres in area while housing a population of over 5.75 million, land is scarce and valuable in this fast-growing city state. Faced with space constraints, the only way to build is often up. This has led to the creation of architecturally impressive and towering skyscrapers outlining Singapore’s cityscape.
Bring home picture-perfect photos and memories of Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD), and impress your friends and family with your visit to the Lion City.
To help you along, here is our guide to taking the best photos in Singapore’s CBD.
1. The Top Floor of Pan Pacific Singapore
Offering sweeping views of fireworks during major events like the Formula 1 Night Race and annual National Day Parade, Pan Pacific Singapore’s Pacific Club Rooms and Suites with Marina Bay views are popular with locals during festive occasions.
Pacific Club rooms make the ideal retreat for business travellers who wish to snap that panoramic photo of Singapore’s bay area. Club guests can also enjoy access to Pacific Club on the 38th floor that offers a 360-degree view of the city. Other club benefits include daily champagne breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening cocktails and canapés.
2. Asian Civilisations Museum
Covering over 5,000 years of Asian culture and history, Asian Civilisations Museum is a well-loved cultural institution which first opened in 2003. Located on the Singapore River near the Anderson Bridge, ACM has a river terrace which offers breathtaking views of the Singapore River.
Position your camera or smartphone lenses to catch Singapore’s glittering financial district and pre-war houses of the Boat Quay dining areas in the evening. If you are lucky, you may also snap a photo or two of the Singapore River Taxis traversing the river throughout the day.
Part of the National Heritage Board group of museums, the ACM itself features an exciting calendar of temporary exhibitions showcasing collections from around the world. The latest of these shows are Joseon Korea: Court Treasures and City Life and South Asia and the Islamic World: Highlights from the Collection.
3. 1-Altitude Bar
Test your camera’s panorama mode from the world’s highest al fresco bar.
Perched at the rooftop of the 1 Raffles Place building, 1-Altitude’s 63rd storey upper viewing gallery and bar is located 282 metres above sea level with a 360-degree view of Singapore’s skyline. From this almost stratospheric vantage point, you can see landmarks such as Marina Bay, ArtScience Museum, Chinatown, Singapore Flyer, the Padang, National Gallery Singapore, the Esplanade Theatres by the Bay, and even ships in the harbour.
Do check the Meteorological Service Singapore’s nowcast and forecast for weather updates; we recommend heading there in time for sunset on a clear day.
4. Level 33 of Marina Bay Financial Centre
Billed as the world’s highest urban craft brewery, LeVeL33 restaurant offers you an unblocked eagle’s eye view. Here you can take stunning photos of Singapore city, Marina Bay and the Singapore Flyer by night.
While you are here, watch ships floating in the harbour while sipping on unfiltered, unpasteurised beers brewed on site. Pair it with a menu of European cuisine created by Executive Chef James Tegerdine; hearty Sunday roasts include pork, beef, fish, chicken, and lamb with all-day breakfasts and sweet desserts. The daily beer dining menu includes Australian tiger prawns, Black Angus beef, slow roasted lamb shoulder, and ox tongue.
5. ME@OUE Bayfront
ME@OUE at OUE Bayfront is a rooftop restaurant and bar serving Japanese, French, and Chinese fare. Watch cooks hard at work at its open concept kitchen or start collecting your Singapore travel photos of the financial centre and bay from its full-length windows.
Lunches feature air-flown Hokkaido scallops with Nashi pear and ponzu sauce, and phyllo pastry with king tiger prawn. Or if you’re stopping by in the evening, relax on a couch on the rooftop lounge with a bottle of beer.
6. Kinki at Customs House
Urban Japanese restaurant and bar Kinki is located in Collyer Quay’s historic Customs House, built in the 1960s as a lookout with a 23-metre viewing point where police would track incoming boats.
Kinki’s rooftop bar features an imaginative graffiti wall and quirky Japanese lanterns that will light up your photos of Singapore at night. You can also focus your lenses on a view of the former shipping entry point to Marina Bay.
Nestled amidst Marina Square, Suntec City, and Millenia Walk shopping malls, Pan Pacific Singapore is just five minutes away from Promenade and Esplanade MRT stations. Learn more about its 360-degree view Pacific Club and see you soon!