“Hot and humid with a chance of rain…” goes the daily Singapore weather report, but don’t let that put you off! Hit one of the following perfect picnic spots – and remember the umbrella, the picnic blanket, the sunscreen and the insect repellent.
One of our all-time favourite spots in Singapore, the gardens are great for sophisticated picnics. You could 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.
5am-12pm | 1 Cluny Road, 259569
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 those who want to move, and good views across the reservoir for those who just want to sit. Beware of sneaky monkeys, though!
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 while you tuck in.
Open 24 hours (Green Roof: 8am to 9pm daily) | 8 Marina Gardens Drive, 018951
For an Asian twist to your French picnic, try the iconic Chinese and Japanese Gardens in Jurong. Among the attractions are a rainbow bridge and a pagoda, inspired by structures in China and modelled on the gardening techniques of Japan. Note: there are ongoing refurbishments being done at the Gardens and some areas may be closed.
Closed for redevelopment. Expected completion: end 2021 | 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.
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 picnic spot. There’s plenty of shade, too.
6am–11pm | 33 Hyderabad Road, 119578
There are lots of areas within Gardens by the Bay to picnic in, 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.
5am–2am | 18 Marina Gardens Drive, 018953
The Esplanade Roof Terrace is city central and a great spot to sit back and watch the Merlion in action, against the backdrop of the Marina.
Open 24 hours | 1 Esplanade Drive, 038981
About a ten-minute walk from Jurong Bird Park is Jurong Hill Park and its Garden of Fame. Admire the 27 trees planted by foreign dignitaries such as Queen Elizabeth II, and enjoy the great views.
Open 24 hours | 60 Jurong Hill, 628926
With a scenic coastline that stretches more than 15km, the beach at East Coast Park is an excellent venue for a weekend picnic. Grab a spot under the shade of the casuarina trees, close your eyes, take in the breeze and just imagine you’re on holiday.
Open 24 hours | East Coast Park Service Road
Another great open space by the sea! There’s a bicycle obstacle course, a sand-play area, plus lots of swings and climbing structures that older kids will have fun on. Take frisbees and sand play equipment.
Open 24 hours | West Coast Ferry Road, 126978
Great for the whole family, it has an adventure play area with a flying fox, swings, a sand area and rope climbing pyramids. There’s a mangrove walk, a horse-riding centre, cycling paths, a maze and a kitchen garden. Keep a lookout for the ice cream uncle.
Open 24 hours | 136 Pasir Ris Road 519127
Trek to Singapore’s highest peak, keeping – 164m! – keeping an eye out for monkeys, lizards, flying foxes, birds and beautiful flowers. Take good supportive walking shoes and plenty of mosquito repellent.
Saturday/Sunday 7am–6pm | Hindhede Drive, 589318
Grab one of the pavilions or benches and enjoy the panoramic view of the Straits of Johor. Pack your fishing rod. The park has two fishing grounds, so if you’re feeling lucky try catching your own lunch.
Open 24 hours | 30 Kranji Way, 739440
A peaceful, scenic walk from hilly jungle down to the yachts at Keppel Bay. Plus, check out The Training Shed, an awesome, chilled-out event in Labrador Park that’s staged once a month.
7am–7pm | Labrador Villa Road, 119187
Take the ferry from Marina South Pier for a picnic on Lazarus beach. Join a pre-picnic guided nature tour with the Tropical Marine Science Institute. The island’s natural shores are ringed by coral reefs, so bring your snorkelling gear to swim in the lagoons after picnicking on the beach.
Open 24 hours, most ferries run from 9am to 5pm
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