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9 cool viewpoints and rooftop bars in Singapore
Singapore is very impressive not only from below, but also from above. In this article we will show you the most beautiful viewpoints in Singapore, from which you can experience the city from a completely different perspective.
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Looking down on Singapore from above is definitely something special.
We love exploring the most beautiful viewpoints in a city and that's exactly what we've done extensively in Singapore.
In this article we will show you all the rooftop bars and viewpoints that we have tested ourselves and also tell you whether we think it is worth a visit or not.
Of course, we have also written down all the important information for you, such as: B. Directions, prices, opening times and what you should pay attention to.
There is definitely something for everyone here: free and very cheap viewpoints, as well as slightly more expensive rooftop bars.
Read all of our articles on Singapore
Marina Bay Sands
The Marina Bay Sands Hotel has become one of the landmarks of Singapore since it opened in 2010. The infinity pool on the roof of the building is world famous and the view from up there is breathtaking.
A visit to Marina Bay Sands is almost a must for every visitor to Singapore.
In total, you have three options to get to the roof terrace:
- You stay in the hotel. Only then are you allowed to use the pool on the roof.
- You eat or drink something in one of the three rooftop restaurants.
- You buy a ticket for the Skypark.
Most visitors choose option 3, as this is definitely the cheapest of the three alternatives.
The tickets cost 23 SGD. It is a little cheaper if you buy your ticket online from Getyourguide beforehand. Then you save yourself the queuing.
Buy your ticket online here
We recommend going to the Skypark at sunset. It is at its busiest then, but the view is just phenomenal.
If you want to sit in the pool at a height of 200 meters and look down at Singapore's skyline, then you have to book a room in the hotel. You can find the current room prices here:
Current room rates at Marina Bay Sands
You can find all information about Marina Bay Sands in our detailed article about the hotel:
Also read our article with all information about Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue
Mon-Thu: 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Fri-Sun: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
22 SGD (approx. 14 euros)
The big wheel in Singapore: Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer Ferris Wheel is located just behind Marina Bay Sands. Until 2014 it was the largest Ferris wheel in the world, but currently it is still number 2.
Similar to the famous Viennese Ferris wheel, the Ferris wheel drives very slowly. A circumnavigation takes a full 30 minutes. The Singapore Flyer even drives so slowly that the Ferris wheel does not even have to be stopped to get on and off.
The view is of course great, but you can only take photos here through panes of glass. In addition, the view is relatively similar to that of Marina Bay Sands, so we recommend doing only one of the two.
The ride is not a bargain and costs 33 SGD.
Photo tip: We recommend a polarizing filter for taking photos through a pane of glass. With this you can reduce the reflections in the glass. We'll tell you which filters we use for our cameras in our photo equipment and how to use a polarizing filter correctly in our detailed article on filter photography.
30 Raffles Avenue
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
If you like to have your drink at a height of 282 meters and look down at most of Singapore's buildings, then you have to go to the highest rooftop bar in the city: the 1-Altitude.
Up there you have a 360-degree view over Singapore. The audience is a bit snobbish and the dress code is smart casual, i.e. no shorts, no flip flops.
Entry costs SGD 30 (SGD 35 from 9:00 p.m.) and includes a drink.
Our tip: every Wednesday is ladies night, women get free entry to 1-Altitude!
Raffles Place (EW, NS)
Sun, Mon, Tue: 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Wed, Fri, Sat: 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
Thu: 6:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
30 SGD (35 SGD from 9:00 p.m.)
Our absolute favorite among the sky bars is the LeVeL33. From here you have a great view over Marina Bay and a slightly different perspective for taking photos. Tripods are not allowed here either. However, we were allowed to take photos with a small gorrilla pod.
At least as great as the view is the very tasty beer. The LeVeL33 is the highest craft beer brewery in the world. The beer is really delicious, but of course not cheap either. But that's not beer in Singapore anyway.
You can usually get standing room on the terrace without a reservation. If you want to sit in the LeVeL33 and even eat, you should reserve in advance.
You can find the LeVeL33 in the Marina Bay Financial Center Tower 1.
8 Marina Boulevard 33-01
Raffles Place (EW, NS)
11:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Fri and Sat: until 2:00 a.m.
Drinks (small beer from about 10 SGD)
National Gallery Rooftop
There is also a beautiful view of the skyline from the roof of the National Gallery, which is also so well worth seeing.
You don't have to buy a ticket to the National Gallery to get up to the top of the building. In the outside area there is probably an outdoor exhibition (we haven't had anything there yet, except for the bar).
If you don't just want to look, you can also indulge in a cocktail in the Smoke and Mirrors bar on the roof of the National Gallery.
1 St Andrew's Road
Sat-Thu: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Fri: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Aura Sky Lounge
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Smoke and Mirrors
Mon-Thu: 3:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Fri: 3:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Sun: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
The Pinnacle @ Duxton
The Pinnacle @ Duxton is a housing development on the outskirts of Chinatown that consists of a total of seven 50-story high-rise buildings.
All seven houses are connected to a huge viewing terrace on the roof, from which you have a great view of Chinatown, the Financial District and the port of Singapore. And best of all: Not only house residents are allowed up there, but visitors too. And even better: The whole thing only costs a whopping 6 SGD (just under 4 euros).
But there is one small difficulty: It is not that easy to find the entrance. But that's why you have us.
Important: To get to the roof terrace, you need an EZ-Link card or a Singapore Tourist Pass. If you take the subway in Singapore, you should definitely have one of them anyway.
The seven buildings are numbered with letters from A to G. To get to the roof terrace, you have to go to building G. The letters are always big, including on the elevators.
There is a small hidden counter on the 1st floor of Building G where you can buy a ticket. If you walk through the park between the houses, you will find yourself on the 3rd floor. So you have to take the elevator down to the first floor.
You then pay your 6 SGD per person at the counter (cash only!). Your access authorization for the roof terrace will then be saved on your EZ-Link card or Tourist Pass.
Now you're almost there. With elevator A or B you go up to the 50th floor. There you stand in front of a turnstile to which you hold your EZ-Link card and then you are finally upstairs.
1 Cantonment Road
9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Esplanade Roof Terrace
The Esplanade Roof Terrace is a free roof terrace on top of the small shopping center that is part of the Esplanade Theater.
The view is not particularly spectacular, but at least you have a slightly elevated position to look at the skyline and the Marina Bay Sands.
Unfortunately, the pillars of the open-air stage in front of the viewpoint are annoying for photographers. The roof terrace is not a must, but since it's free, we didn't want to withhold it from you.
10:00 am to 9:00 pm
The ION Sky is a lesser-known viewing platform right on the bustling Orchard Road.
It belongs to the ION Orchard shopping center and offers a great view over Singapore from the 55th floor. However, the view is completely glazed, so it is a bit more difficult to take photos.
It's also a bit complicated to get up there at all. To do this, you first have to buy something from the ION Orchard. For every SGD 20 purchase you get a ticket to ION Sky.
Actually, you have to install an app for this and show it when you go shopping. A few days later you will receive your ticket for the viewing platform on your mobile phone. Since most tourists don't have that much time, there is also an easier option.
You can simply go to one of the information desks (concierge) in the shopping center with your receipt and say that you want to go to the ION Sky. Then you will get your ticket. Don't forget your passport, because you have to show it there.
There are seven time slots every day at which you can have your ticket issued: 2:00 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
At the top you will be shown a short film before the shutters go up and you can enjoy the view.
In our opinion, you don't necessarily have to see this vantage point either. But if you're in the area anyway and want to buy something, it might still be a good idea.
20 SGD (purchase value in the mall)
Orchard Central Rooftop Garden
A reader drew our attention to the free Rooftop Garden on the Orchard Central Mall.
Without the tip, we probably wouldn't have discovered the Rooftop Garden. There are two different ways to get there. Either you take an elevator in the shopping mall that goes to floor 11 and then take the escalator to floor 12.
We recommend the second variant, because it is much more spectacular. Outside the building there are very long escalators from which you already have a great view. On Orchard Road, roughly level with Emerald Hill Road, on the side of the mall, you'll find the escalators that will take you up!
The long escalator alone, from which you can look down, is worth a visit to the Orchard Central Rooftop Garden.
You don't have to pay an entrance fee. If you want, you can take a break at one of the many rooftop restaurants.
11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
These were our 9 viewpoints in Singapore that we visited and tested for you. Of course, these are not all the viewing platforms or rooftop bars the city has to offer.
Maybe you've been to Singapore before and can recommend a cool vantage point, a rooftop bar or a great restaurant with a view?
Then we look forward to your comment.
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