It’s no secret Singapore is full of incredible photo spots sure to boost your Instagram feed. In this post, I’m taking you along showing exactly where to find the best Instagram spots in Singapore.
I am so excited to be sharing another Instagram guide with you. I can’t believe the positive response I got from my Vegas IG guide. Nothing brings me more joy than knowing I’m helping you see and take photos of the world. However you want to view it – it makes me happy.
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Instagram does not need to be a negative space filled with envy and loneliness. Bring it with you to the physical world to some pretty sweet places like Singapore.
Honestly, even if you don’t do it for the gram, by following this guide alone, you will have covered a huge part of Singapore. Some people eat their way through cities, which I totally do, but not on the same scale as looking for points of interest to capture and unique experiences.
Photography and videography is a passion of mine. If I left on a trip without my camera and my phone magically disappeared, I would be forced to charge my credit card to replace it because I NEED to capture moments I might never get again. Not like the annoying person in front of you at a concert. In a more tasteful way.
In fact, 90 percent of my photos never see the social light of day. They are for me to look back on and remember how lucky I was to have been there.
I just wanted to get that out of the way before anyone thinks Instagram is a show-off tool with the intention of making others jealous. It does not have to be. So use this guide to take some incredible photos for you. If you decide to share, be genuine and share from the heart. That is when you inspire others and attract a positive space on social media. So deep haha.
Where can I get Instagram Pictures in Singapore?
If I had more time in Singapore this post would be insanely long. Every corner, building and back alley of Singapore has a photo-worthy spot. This city is incredibly photogenic so you can take Instagram pictures pretty much anywhere.
There are tops spots and a few lesser-knowns in this guide I think you will appreciate. Don’t forget to watch the video for a closer look at these places. It was a ton of fun to make.
All of these spots allow photography at no additional cost. Additional cost being a photo fee. There are some places on this list that do require an admissions fee like Cloud Forest (spoiler) but I was never stopped and told I can’t have a professional camera. There is only one rule and that is. . .
Please remember to be respectful of the place and the people around you. Appreciate don’t destroy.
With that said let’s jump into #1. Keep reading. . .
12 Best Instagram Spots in Singapore
Given how beautiful the city is, Instagram spots can be found just about everywhere but these are my top 12 that I think are worthy of your feed.
#1 Old Hill Street Police Station
This building looks like a bunch of giant paint swatches. It makes you wonder why every building doesn’t do this because it’s amazing. In front of the Old Hill Police Station is a bus stop making it easy to get to from anywhere in the city.
You can shoot from the bus stop for full building. There are tons of flowers around the bus stop if you want to get creative with your framing. The photo above was shot from the street median. We wanted to get a bit closer to show detail.
Address: 140 Hill St, Singapore 179369
#2 Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Located in Chinatown is this Buddist temple and museum. This place is as fascinating outside as it is inside. Many people will capture their photos from inside, but I was really drawn to the outside, though either place you decide will yield great images.
If you like my spot, then across the street is a tiny crosswalk. We played around with angles and found the lower to be better. Just be mindful of cars turning on this street. There is so stop sign.
Address: 288 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058840
#3 Library @ Orchard
The Library at Orchard is not easy to find. If you rely on Google Maps as I do then once you get inside of the mall directions start to get unreliable. You will want to ask the concierge if you find yourself lost. The library is on the 3rd floor of the mall.
Surprisingly there were not a ton of people here. We went later in the day which I recommend. Have your camera person walk up to the next floor and shoot down to capture the wavy bookshelves.
Address: 277 Orchard Road, Orchard Gateway, #03-12/#04-11, Singapore 238858
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#4 House of Tan Teng Niah
Located in Singapore’s Little India is the colorful house of Tan Teng Niah. This rainbow-colored house is home to several offices but the real draw is outside.
Any side of the building is going to be great but you will find many gathering on the right side of the building. The crowds were relatively thin when I got there, but I did go first thing in the morning around 10 am.
As with many popular photo spots, you want to arrive as early as possible. The good news is the building is big enough so that multiple people can get their photos without stepping in each other’s space.
Address: 37 Kerbau Road, Rochor, Singapore, 219168, Singapore
#5 Fort Canning Tunnel
I love the magical vibes of Fort Canning Tunnel. It’s one of the most interesting Instagram spots in Singapore in my opinion. People are respectful here and form a line. I love that.
To get the best photo you will want your photographer or tripod to be low to the ground shooting straight up. I brought flower props to complete my fairytale-like idea. I felt like a princess who was chilling in my “secret” spot.
Address: River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037 (only to the park). Because the tunnel doesn’t have an exact address, Google Maps Fort Canning Tunnel and it will get you there.
#6 Bugis Street Shop Houses
You can find shop houses all around the city, but none as colorful as the ones next to Bugis Market. Your ultimate goal is to get on the stairs themselves with your helper further down on another set of stairs, but since these are privately owned, it wasn’t so simple.
Maybe if you’re lucky you can sweet-talk your way up there. If not, I still think the matching door to stairs is fun and colorful – perfect for Instagram.
After you’ve taken your photo, walkthrough Bugis Market. This was my favorite street market in town. They had so many cute clothes. I bought everyone in my family (and myself) jewelry and souvenirs.
Address: 3 New Bugis Street, Singapore 188867
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#7 Helix Bridge
If you’re into modern design then the Helix Bridge is a great Instagram spot in Singapore. It’s called Helix Bridge because of the spiral-like design that resembles a double helix.
This bridge connects you from Marina Bay Sands Shops to the other side of the marina. You can get to the next spot on the list from here. Be sure to stop along the way at their designated viewpoints to admire the downtown core. It’s an unforgettable view.
Address: Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956 (Outside of the Marina Bay Sands Shops on the 3rd floor).
Though there are eight Merlion’s total scattered around the city, the biggest and most popular one is on the Marina Bay. It’s an icon of the city and a must-visit if you’re looking for the perfect keepsake photo that proves you were indeed in Singapore.
If you’re curious to know what the Merlion stands for, read my 7-Day Guide to Singapore next.
Address: Across the bay from Helix Bridge. You will see it.
#9 Gardens By the Bay
Cloud Forest is open daily from 9 am to 9 pm but the last tickets are sold at 8 pm. Tickets are 28 Singapore dollars per adult but you can get a discount if you flew Singapore airlines. I think it was around 3-5 dollars.
The best time to go is during Golden Hour. You minimize shadows and had a gorgeous golden glow peeking through the windows as you can see from the picture above.
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
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Gardens by the Bay is the most popular Instagram Spot in Singapore and for good reason. Not for one second was I disappointed. The grounds and show are stunning. They did an amazing job with this entire place. All I ask is that after you capture your photo, you stay and watch the light show because it was so good.
The best time to get your picture is during Blue Hour. When the sky is dark blue and the lights of the Supertrees finally come on. After you finish at Cloud Forest, head towards the Supertree grove to catch blue hour.
#10 The Jewel at Changi Airport
For our last night in Singapore, we checked in to the Yotel at the Jewel. We knew this was a massive shopping mall with the largest indoor waterfall in the world, the Rain Vortex. 40 meters tall, the Rain Vortex cascades down through the center of the Jewel.
This incredible centerpiece can be viewed from every floor in the mall, but level 3 is where you have a wide enough opening that captures it all including the pretty roof design.
Address: Airport Boulevard Terminal 2, Level 3 Departure Transit Lounge, Singapore
#11 Sultan Mosque
The closest I’ve ever come to living my princess Jasmin Arabian night. One thing I love about Singapore is the distinct cultural neighborhoods. The city is a huge melting pot.
The Sultan Mosque can be shot from two different places. One is from the street entrance on the right side of the building’s entrance (left picture). The other is from the brick road lined with palm trees (right picture).
I really wanted to capture the top part since that’s what I loved most about the mosque. You will need to have your camera person stand much further away from you to capture yourself and the top of the building. Don’t forget to hold the camera vertical.
Address: 3 Muscat St, Singapore 198833
#12 Marina Bay Sands Pool
Da da da daaa! The final spot on this list is the infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands. It’s not a spot so easy for people to get but if you are willing to splurge for a night at this luxurious hotel you will not be disappointed. Broke but happy.
Ever so often they evacuate the pool for cleaning. Many will get distracted and run to get food or to the bathroom. This is your time to wait by the pool. As soon as they are done cleaning it, run in and snap your photo. This is a clever way to ensure no other kiddos are splashing around in your photo.
Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
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Best Camera Gear for Travel
For those who read my blog regularly, you might be familiar with some of the items on this list. I love buying and testing out new geat that is lightweight, useful and of good quality.
I knew I was going to be bringing tons of equipment on this summer trip around Asia from my drone to tripods. For my camera, I chose to bring my Canon M50 mirrorless and 15-45mm lens with me.
The Canon M50 is perfect for travel. It produces sharp images and can record video in 4k at 30 fps for 1080p at 60 fps. I love how the lens twists down saving even more space in my day bag. I can’t recommend this camera enough is you are a hobbyist looking for a nice camera but not one that will break the bank.
If you’re not about buying a camera or really want to keep it light, then a smartphone will suffice. The best smartphones for photography are the Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel 3, and iPhone 11.
The camera on the new iPhone is insane. You have the option for super wide-angle shots or zoomed in. It’s three lenses in on one phone. That explains the hefty price. The Canon M50 is cheaper. That’s all I’m saying, but the iPhone has way more functions. After all, it is a mini-computer. You can shoot, edit, and post your Instagram photos from one device.
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For added quality, use these clip-on lenses and post-edit your photos in free apps like Lightroom Mobile CC.
I did bring my DJI Ronin-S but honestly never used it. I did, however, use my Mavic Air Drone. If you want stable footage but can’t afford an expensive gimbal, grab this Katana Cinema Tray by Polar Pro. You can convert your drone into a three-axis gimbal for less than $50. It takes up less space than the Ronin and is light enough to carry in your day bag.
Can I go back to Singapore now? Hopefully, you gathered a sense of how majestic this city is. It’s a melting pot and all your pictures will be so diverse. Hard to believe one city, well one country can house this many photogenic places.
Your Instagram ’bout to be lit! But remember, these photos are not about feeding your ego. They are about appreciating the places you have been to.
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What do you think of these spots? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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