Singapore’s wonderfully shady, breezy parks and serene beaches are perfect for lounging and playing. They are also excellent spots to set up a picnic and enjoy some fresh air with family, friends or even that someone special.
Looking for the prettiest places to picnic in Singapore? Get those mats or blankets and picnic baskets ready, and check out these scenic locations!
1. Pasir Ris Park
With a massive playground, gorgeous sea views, ocean breezes and plenty of room to lay in the grass, Pasir Ris Park is totally worth the trek out to the the Far East of the island – especially if you’ve got kids. And don’t forget the scooters or bikes for the long, paved pathways along the coast!
Pasir Ris Park
Address: Along Pasir Ris Central, 519639
2. East Coast Park
For a picnic in Singapore with some great ocean views and lush, shady green spots, head to East Coast Park. Bring the beach toys, and lay your blankets right in the sand as you watch the cargo ships in the distance. Or, forget the picnic basket, as there are plenty of restaurants along its stretch – including al fresco spots – if you want to dine-in (outdoors) or takeaway.
East Coast Park
Address: East Coast Park Service Rd.
3. West Coast Park
If you live in the West and are looking for all of the above without traipsing across Singapore, you can’t beat West Coast Park Playground? Check. Paved pathways? Check. Beach? Check. Footpaths? Check. No one will claim they’re “bored” at this “play centre of the west”.
West Coast Park
Address: West Coast Ferry Rd., 126978
4. Marina Barrage
Hunting for some place to picnic in Singaporewith views of the bay and the dazzling city skyline? The Bay East Garden is a perfect spot! Tucked in the corner of the Marina Bay Area (opposite the golf course) sits this green stretch of land, perfect for an afternoon of snacking, relaxing and kite flying. If it gets too hot, there’s also a water play area for the little ones.
Bay East Garden
Address: 8 Marina Gardens Dr., 018951
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Mon. to Sun.)
5. MacRitchie Reservoir
If picnicking among the best of Singapore’s flora and fauna sounds fantastic, take a hike to MacRitchie Reservoir where you can, literally, take a hike. Loads of trails will lead you through one of Singapore’s most beloved nature reserves, or just relax amongst the native trees and birds.
Address: Along Lornie Rd
6. SingaporeBotanic Gardens
Lots of quite spots await you in the lush greenery of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. There is something almost poetic about the tranquil beauty of Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, whether by this stunning gazebo or along Symphony Lake.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Address: 1 Cluny Rd., 259 569
Opening hours: 5 to 12 a.m. (Mon. to Sun.)
7. Fort Canning Park
With ancient artefacts, plenty of open, green spaces and heritage sites, you can learn about how the hill served as the Headquarters of the Far East Command Centre and British Army Barracks as well as the location for 14th Century Malay Kings’ Palaces… all right in the heart of the city!
Fort Canning Park
Address: River Valley Rd., 179037
8. Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
While dogs are welcomed at most Singapore parks, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park has a particularly popular, large, fenced-in dog-run area nestled within the park. Even big pooches will love the freedom of running with friends. The rest of the park is also lovely with plenty of scenic spots perfect for a picnic in Singapore.
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
Address: Along Bishan Rd. and Ang Mo Kio Ave. 1
9. Gardens by the Bay
Night-time picnics are a twist from the normal daytime picnics, and are more enjoyable due to the lack of stifling heat from the afternoon sun. The Bay East Garden at Gardens by the Bay is open 24/7, and has a gorgeous view of the Marina Bay skyline that you can admire whilst you enjoy your picnic.
Bay East Garden
Address: 11 Rhu Cross, 437440
10. Jurong Lake Gardens
If you’re looking for parks with plenty to do, try Singapore’s first national gardens in the heartlands, where spaces are created for families and the community to come together. The 90-hectare Jurong Lake Gardens has a dog-run, three-hectare water playground, another playground inspired by nature, cycling trails, water sports centre and even a lovely meandering walk along the water’s edge.
Note: Lakeside Garden is currently open while Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden and Garden Promenade are closed for maintenance works and will be opening progressively from 2021 onwards.
Jurong Lake Gardens
Address: Along Yuan Ching Rd and Boon Lay Way
With three beaches to pick from (Siloso, Tanjong and Palawan) Sentosa Island boasts some great picnic spots with gorgeous waterfront views. (Hint: Capture the sunset for your socials.) There’s plenty of room to lay out a mat or even indulge in a game of beach volleyball. If it gets too warm, you’ll be just by the water to take a dip!
12. Hort Park
Relax in the tranquil surroundings away from the bustle of the city at Hort Park. Lush lawns and a collection of beautifully designed gardens will give you plenty of choices for a picnic spot. There is even a Nature Playgarden for the kids and a floral walk with lush flowering plants.
Address: 33 Hyderabad Rd., 119578
Opening hours: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Mon. to Sun.)
By Kathleen Siddell / Updated + additional reporting by K Praveena