Bored of going to shopping malls for fun and food? Remember, it isn’t just a concrete jungle; there are plenty of great spots for picnics in Singapore! Reconnect with nature with your family and friends by hitting one of the following picturesque picnic places in Singapore from Marina Barrage and the Botanic Gardens to reservoirs and beaches. Just don’t forget your umbrella, picnic food, picnic mat, sunscreen and insect repellent!
The Botanic Gardens
One of our all-time favourite spots, the gardens are great for sophisticated picnics in Singapore. You can lay down your blanket almost anywhere, but our favourite patch of grass is probably at Palm Valley and Symphony Lake, especially when they’re staging one of the regular free classical music concerts. There’s also a huge variety of flora and fauna to explore, and the occasional appearance of swans on the lake!
5am-12pm | 1 Cluny Road, 259569
MacRitchie Reservoir Park
A popular destination for nature lovers and exercise enthusiasts, MacRitchie has plenty of convenient amenities such as toilets, drinking fountains and showers, as well as great walking or running trails for a more energetic type of picnic in Singapore! On top of that, you can enjoy scenic views across the reservoir. So bring your picnic food and picnic mat, and settle into a cosy spot. Beware of the sneaky monkeys that abound in the area. They’ll snatch your snacks away in mere seconds!
7am–7pm | MacRitchie Reservoir Park, 297732
The Green Roof at Marina Barrage, approximately the size of four football fields, is open to the public for recreational activities. Enjoy panoramic city views of Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay as you tuck into tasty food on your picnic mat. The area is also a popular spot for flying kites, so you can enjoy views of colourful kites in the sky as a bonus or join in the fun. It does tend to get pretty crowded on weekends, so make sure you snag a spot early.
Open 24 hours (Green Roof: 8am to 9pm daily) | 8 Marina Gardens Drive, 018951
Chinese and Japanese Gardens
For a traditional twist to picnics in Singapore, try the iconic Chinese and Japanese Gardens in Jurong. Among the attractions are a rainbow bridge and a pagoda, inspired by historical structures in ancient China and modelled on the gardening techniques of Japan. This is a lovely spot to have picnic food and snap some Insta-worthy shots too.
*Some areas may be closed for redevelopment | 1 Chinese Garden Road, 619795
Work up an appetite on the steep-ish paths and check out the spice garden and archaeological remains at Fort Canning Park before shaking out your picnic blanket. The outdoor lawns also regularly draw concerts, theatre productions and festivals so you may get serenaded in the process!
Open 24 hours | River Valley Road, 179037
If you fancy spreading yourselves out on a huge lawn, HortPark’s one-stop gardening hub could be the ideal spot for picnics in Singapore. Here, you get to expand your knowledge on plants and gardening, and view showcases of garden designs in addition to enjoying picnic food. On top of that, it’s frequented by nature lovers who enjoy exercising along the Southern Ridges. There’s plenty of shade too, a much-welcomed feature on bright and sunny days.
6am–11pm | 33 Hyderabad Road, 119578
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay has loads of areas for a special picnic in Singapore, but we suggest Bay East Garden. This 2km waterfront stretch has sublime views of the Marina Bay skyline, plus open lawns, swaying palm trees and waist-high flowering shrubs. Chill out with a book and picnic food with your loved ones. With a size equivalent to 32 football fields, there’s ample space for finding a spot for a hearty picnic.
5am–2am | 18 Marina Gardens Drive, 018953
Esplanade Roof Terrace
The Esplanade Roof Terrace is located right in the city centre, so it’s one of those picnics in Singapore with an urban vibe. You’ll have the impressive city skyline in your vision, including Marina Bay and the iconic Merlion. The terrace area is also full of manicured lawns, shrubs and small shade trees – it’s a green refuge that can beat the heat on sunny days. On top of that, the proximity to Esplanade theatres means you can plan to catch a post-picnic performance!
Open 24 hours | 1 Esplanade Drive, 038981
East Coast Park
With a scenic coastline that stretches more than 15km, the beach at East Coast Park is an excellent venue for weekend picnics in Singapore. Grab a spot under the shade of the casuarina trees, close your eyes, take in the breeze and just imagine you’re on holiday. Being a prime spot for cyclists, picnickers and runners, it does get quite crowded!
Open 24 hours | East Coast Park Service Road
West Coast Park
This is another great picnic place in Singapore – an open space by the sea! West Coast Park is divided into two parts. The western area is known for its Adventure Play Area. There’s a bicycle obstacle course, a sand-play area, plus lots of swings and climbing structures that older kids will have fun on. For those who prefer a quieter environment, the eastern area is a good choice to have a relaxed picnic amidst the greenery.
Open 24 hours | West Coast Ferry Road, 126978
Pasir Ris Park
A picnic place in Singapore suited for the whole family, Pasir Ris Park has an adventure play area with a flying fox, swings, a sand area and rope climbing pyramids. There’s also a mangrove walk, a horse-riding centre, cycling paths, a maze and a kitchen garden. They will keep you occupied for an eventful picnic day. Keep a lookout for the ice cream uncle for a final dessert round.
Open 24 hours | 136 Pasir Ris Road, 519127
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Trek to Singapore’s highest peak! (Okay, it’s only 164m, but you’ll still feel it in the legs!) Keep an eye out for monkeys, lizards, flying foxes, birds and a range of flowers. Remember to bring your picnic mat, put on comfortable walking shoes and plenty of mosquito repellent. Home to one of the most diverse ecological systems in Singapore, picnicking here will allow you to get into the centre of nature and take in the fresh air.
Daily 7am–7pm | Hindhede Drive, 589318
Kranji Reservoir Park
Grab one of the pavilions or benches and enjoy the panoramic view of the Straits of Johor. Don’t forget to pack a fishing rod! The park has two fishing grounds, so if you’re feeling lucky you can try catching your own lunch. The lush green canopies, pavilions and benches also make it a cooling picnic spot with enough amenities for comfort. Far from the city centre, this picnic place in Singapore is known for its serene ambience.
Open 24 hours | 30 Kranji Way, 739440
A peaceful, scenic walk from hilly jungle down to the yachts at Keppel Bay, Labrador Park is a popular picnic place in Singapore to watch the sunset. You can also cycle along the waterfront to kid-friendly restaurants at Keppel Bay should you run out of food! The 2.1km walk will take you to the heart of nature as it includes the Alexandra Garden Trail, Berlayer Creek Mangrove Trail and Bukit Chermin Boardwalk.
7am–7pm | Labrador Villa Road, 119187
St John’s Island
Take the ferry from Marina South Pier for a picnic on the beautiful St John’s Island, away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Join a pre-picnic guided nature tour with the Tropical Marine Science Institute. The island’s natural shores are ringed by gorgeous coral reefs, so take advantage of that by bringing your snorkelling gear to swim in the lagoons after picnicking on the beach.
Open 24 hours; most ferries run from 9am to 5pm
Clementi Woods Park
In the Clementi neighbourhood, you’ll find the charmingly named Clementi Woods, which is nicely tucked away and the perfect setup for a cosy gathering. Besides having grass fields for placing picnic mats, there are also multiple sandy playgrounds for kids to frolic. It’s a lesser-known spot ideal for a family hangout over the weekend. Its proximity to West Coast Plaza also means you get to restock your picnic food readily.
Open 24 hours | West Coast Road
Popular among kids and adults alike, VivoCity Skypark is an open rooftop space overlooking the sea and Sentosa island in the distance. It has a fun-filled outdoor water play area with fountains that kids love. Make sure to slather on a lot of sunblock as the area can get hot on sunny days.
10am – 10pm | 1 HarbourFront Walk, 098585
The Plaza at Waterway Point
Away from the CBD area, The Plaza at Waterway Point is full of fields overlooking Waterway Park and the river. A noteworthy point is that the grass on the fields is fake, so you don’t have to worry about insects. Set up your picnic mat and enjoy some snacks, with the opportunity to do some shopping at the mall too. The area is also a popular spot for community events and installations.
10am – 10pm | 83 Punggol Central, 828761
The Lawn @Marina Bay
A large green oasis above the Marina Bay Link Mall, you can take away food and drinks from the mall and have a picnic on the lawn as you enjoy the view of Marina Bay Sands. The space is large enough to hold fitness and dance classes, and fly kites too! There are plenty of activities you can plan for the whole family.
Open 24 hours | 8A Marina Boulevard, 018984
For more guides to nature hangouts, head to our Living in Singapore section, or check out where to camp in Singapore.