Top 15 Picnic Spots in Singapore For A Relaxing Weekend

Top 15 Picnic Spots in Singapore For A Relaxing Weekend

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Get Your Picnic Basket & Picnic Mats Ready Because You Simply Can't Miss Out On These Top 15 Picnic Spots In Singapore!

Singapore may be known as that little red dot, but this country has proven time and again not to be underestimated. With its futuristic skyline and bustling city life, it’s challenging to think of a place for picnics other than the usual suspects of the MacRitchie Reservoir or the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park.

But did you know that this vibrant island city-state is home to a surprising number of idyllic picnic spots hidden within its urban sprawl?

From lush neighbourhood parks and serene waterfronts to hidden gems that promise tranquillity away from the crowd, our little red dot is home to countless picnic spots that picnickers of all ages and walks of life will enjoy.

So get your picnic basket and essentials ready, gather your friends or family (both if you’re lucky!), and let’s check out these picnic spots in Singapore that you can visit for your next picnic session! (Psst...we've broken them down into different categories so you can choose the most suitable one for your ideal picnic!)

Top 15 Picnic Spots in Singapore To Explore For A Leisure-Packed And Memorable Weekend

The Best Picnic Spots in Singapore for Scenic Views

Gardens by the Bay's modern Supertrees make for a unique picnic spot with sights of the Singapore skyline. Photo by Addie.

1. Gardens By The Bay (Bay East Garden is currently under renovation and will only be accessible in 2027)

No picnic list worth its salt is complete without a mention for Singapore’s iconic Gardens by the Bay in the heart of downtown Singapore! This futuristic park is a stunning marriage of modern horticulture and garden artistry with its massive Supertrees, lovely Flower Dome, and cooling Cloud Forest.

Even though it’s not widely known as a picnic spot in the most usual sense, the Gardens by the Bay is actually one of the most convenient picnic spots where picnickers can enjoy leisurely walks along the well-maintained paths and individual sections of the vast area. That said, I’d recommend coming to this picnic spot on a weekday as it will be crowded during the weekends simply because of how popular it is amongst locals and tourists.

There are several shaded picnic spots with benches, both indoors and outdoors, where picnickers can enjoy their picnic spread. Those who’d like their dose of sunshine can also opt to enjoy the area’s open lawns like the Marina Barrage, and quieter gardens like the Bay East Garden and Promenade for a more tranquil experience.

Take Note: The Bay East Garden is currently closed for renovation works until 2027 as of 24th October 2023.

If you’re not fond of preparing your own picnic meals or if you’re after an impromptu picnic experience, you’ll be happy to know that there are various dining options in and around Gardens by the Bay, be it casual cafes, local hawkers at Satay by the Bay, or even fine dining establishments for the more boujee ones amongst us.

The nearest MRT to Gardens by the Bay is the Bayfront MRT along the blue and yellow line (blue line = Downtown line, and yellow = Circle line), which is directly connected to the park via a short walk.

Opening Hours: 5am - 2am, daily

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore, 018953

Explore Telok Blangah's nature trails or have a slow day at the park. Photo by National Parks Board of Singapore.

2. Telok Blangah Hill Park

Telok Blangah Hill Park is perhaps one of the most underrated picnic spots in Singapore that is mostly frequented by its nearby residents. It’s home to a series of hills and green spaces that offer spectacular views of the city, the harbor at VivoCity, and the iconic horseshoe-shaped beach on the Southern Islands, and you can easily access this spot within walking distance from either the Telok Blangah or Labrador Park MRT stations.

Picnickers can enjoy leisure walks through the beautifully landscaped foliage of the hill park, or enjoy bird-watching thanks to the park’s rich biodiversity. You can even spot the occasional park-goers carrying out their yoga or meditation session.

Dedicated picnic tables are available in the vicinity, though not many. That said, the grassy lawns of the park are vast which allows you ample space to lay out your comfy picnic mats.

Grey Montigo Ace Bottle Mega at the park.

I’d recommend packing a delicious picnic spread from home because there aren’t many dining options here save for the ones found within Alkaff Mansion which tend to be on the pricier end. What I enjoyed was a refreshing chilled orange juice packed in my leakproof Montigo Ace Bottle Mega which kept it icy cold for over 5 hours throughout the time I was out.

Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily

Address: 10, Telok Blangah Green, Singapore, 109178

Esplanade Roof Terrace. Photo by

3. Esplanade Roof Terrace

The Esplanade Roof Terrace is part of the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, also known as Singapore’s premier performing arts centre. It’s known for its unique durian-shaped dome, with locals fondly referring to it as the durian dome.

The roof terrace of the Esplanade offers visitors an urban oasis amidst a bustling city, while treating them to a mix of artistic architecture and greenery. You'll marvel at the stunning 360-degree view of the Singapore skyline, the popular Marina Bay, and the Singapore River while enjoying a leisurely picnic amidst its lush greenery, small manicured lawns, and artistic sculptures which litter the area, making it a true paradise for photography enthusiasts and content creators.

While picnic tables are not provided in the area, there are soft grassy areas where you can lay your picnic mat and enjoy a casual, laid-back picnic. There are also a range of dining options from cafes and casual eateries you can visit and pack food from if the idea of carrying a picnic basket of food isn’t your cup of tea.

You can access the Esplanade Roof Terrace from its nearest MRT station, the Esplanade MRT, which is conveniently located right below the complex.

Fun Fact: Did you know that there is a hidden children’s playground there you can access free-of-charge, and that it’s also a perfect place for a night picnic where you can enjoy scenic views of Singapore coming to life at night?

Opening Hours: 6am - 3am, daily

Address: 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore, 038981

Oriental bridge that connects the Chinese Gardens and Japanese Gardens of Jurong East Park.

4. Chinese Gardens @ Jurong Lake Gardens

Picnickers who love a good dose of culture, art, and architecture can skip the Jurong Hill Park and instead enjoy a picnic in the Chinese Gardens of Jurong East. This park was inspired by the architectural and landscaping style of imperial Chinese gardens, and is known for its Twin Pagodas, oriental bridges, and tea houses. All of them being representations of Chinese culture and philosophy.

Think strolling through tranquil elements such as ponds, gentle streams, and well-manicured gardens with a variety of foliage, with the iconic Bonsai Garden that adds to its already picturesque sights. It’s a real treat for those seeking a tranquil escape since it’s within walking distance from the Chinese Garden MRT.

Comfortable grassy patches are available for you to lay your picnic mats down and enjoy frolicking about just like mischievous palace officials you’ll see in Chinese dramas, while shaded options like pavilions and benches are also there for picnickers who wish to avoid the sun.

Wildlife like tortoises and fishes can be spotted in the area’s ponds, but just remember that you are not allowed to feed them. So remember to bring enough food only for yourself and your picnic guests!

Opening Hours: 6am - 10pm, daily

Address: Jurong Lake Gardens, Boon Lay Wy, Singapore, 619795

Japanese Gardens in Jurong East Park. Photo by Akhil from Google Images.

5. Japanese Gardens @ Jurong Lake Gardens

The Japanese Gardens were originally designed in 1974 to showcase traditional Japanese landscape design in a tropical setting, while serving as a symbol of Japanese-Singaporean friendship and cultural exchange.

Tranquil ponds, rock formations, traditional Japanese-style gazebos, and Singapore’s largest collection of water lilies make their home here. Think quiet corners for picnics, meditation, tai chi sessions, and overall relaxation.

Much like the neighbouring Chinese Gardens, picnic tables are not available in this picnic spot, so bring your picnic mat and lay it out to enjoy a meal in the open air.

You can access the Chinese and Japanese Gardens via the Chinese Garden MRT on the East-West line, also known as the green line to locals.

Opening Hours: 6am - 10pm, daily

Address: 1 Chinese Garden Rd, Singapore, 619795

Lovely Picnic Spots in Singapore for Romantic Getaways

Palawan Beach on Sentosa Island. Photo by

6. Palawan Beach

One of Singapore’s ideal locations for a romantic beach picnic in Sentosa Island, Palawan Beach is known for its soft, white sandy shores, crystalline waters, gentle waves, and delightful views.

Aside from the beach, it’s famous for its suspension bridge which leads to a small islet that is said to be the closest point to the Equator in Asia. This is definitely one picnic spot in Singapore where you can experience a perfect blend of natural beauty and leisure amenities, making it a top choice for both tourists and locals for a romantic beach picnic.

While picnics are often enjoyed just before the afternoon sun is at its peak, picnicking at Palawan Beach is a little different. Because this spot is best known for its sunset views, I’d recommend enjoying a pre-sunset picnic here from about 4pm onwards so you can enjoy the natural romantic setting of the sunset.

There are no picnic tables available here, so do come prepared with a beach blanket or portable picnic table that will hold steadily in the sand. (You’ll also want to be properly prepared to impress your date!)

Getting there is a little lengthy as you’ll start by arriving at HarbourFront MRT which sits on the northeast line (purple line) and circle line (yellow line). Then take the Sentosa Express to the Beach Station, followed by a short walk to Palawan Beach.

Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily

Address: 54 Palawan Beach Walk, Singapore, 098233

Pearl’s Hill Terrace @ Pearl’s Hill City Park. Photo by National Parks Gov.

7. Pearl’s Hill Terrace @ Pearl’s Hill City Park

Pearl’s Hill City Park is a charming little hidden gem found atop a hill just outside of Chinatown, providing a peaceful retreat from the typical hustle and bustle of Singapore. It’s a communal garden characterised by its lush greenery and mature trees that create a secluded and cooling atmosphere, with a picturesque terrace that sets a quiet and intimate air for a romantic picnic.

Couples can enjoy a peaceful walk around the park's easily accessible walking trails, taking in its natural beauty with heart-to-heart or lighthearted conversations in the middle of the park’s serenity. Picnicking couples can also enjoy birdwatching and nature photography, given the park’s rich biodiversity.

Pearl’s Hill Terrace @ Pearl’s Hill City Park gazebo and bench. Photo by National Parks Gov.

There gazebos and benches strewn about the park, so picnickers can set their picnic equipment there and enjoy delightful picnic surrounded by nature in the shade. But those seeking a more down-to-earth setting can always lay their mats out on the grassy areas and enjoy the quiet serenity.

Picnickers can easily access Pearl’s Hill Terrace via Outram Park MRT or Chinatown MRT on the purple and blue line respectively, with both being within walking distance.

Opening Hours: 7am - 7pm, daily

Address: Chin Swee Road &, Pearl's Hill Rd, Singapore, 169879

Tanjong Beach in Singapore, Sentosa Island. Photo by Ravish Maqsood.

8. Tanjong Beach

Found at the other end from the Palawan Beach on Sentosa Island, Tanjong Beach is one of the local’s favourite picnic spots in Singapore for romantic getaways and seaside trips with friends.

It’s known for its crescent-shaped beachfront, soft and white sandy shores, and calm waters (it’s a man made beach after all!), with the Tanjong Beach Club located just by the beach for those after a cold beer, the usual beach fare, and maybe even an unsung picnic indoors. 

That said, it’s exceptionally beautiful during evenings when the sun sets and casts its stunning orange glow, creating a romantic ambience. So come during the later hours of the afternoon to enjoy a romantic stroll, relax with a picnic on the sand, and enjoy splashing at each other by the beach just before the sun sets.

Just like Palawan Beach, you can access Tanjong Beach via HarbourFront MRT, followed by the Sentosa Express to Beach Station. Once you’re at the Beach Station, take the Sentosa Bus or enjoy a long and leisurely walk to Tanjong Beach.

Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily

Address: Tanjong Beach, Singapore, 098233

Labrador Park Nature Reserve. Photo by Rohit Singhal.

9. Labrador Park, a.k.a. Labrador Nature Reserve

Labrador Park is a unique historical park where nature and heritage coexist harmoniously. It was previously fortified by the British as one of Singapore’s strategic defence sites in 1878 in conjunction with Fort Siloso in Sentosa, which can be found opposite Labrador.

Because of that, it is home to World War II relics like the fort and gun posts, a picturesque coastal cliff, and lush nature trails that makes it a distinctive spot for picnics and leisurely activities.

Labrador Park boardwalk. Photo by National Parks Gov.

Couples can enjoy the fresh air of the sea breeze and sunset views while strolling along the coastal boardwalk, while admiring the flourishing flora and fauna along the well-maintained and tranquil trails. Having said that, I’d recommend coming to Labrador Park during the later hours of noon to enjoy the sunset along the coastal boardwalk!

The typically peaceful setting of this park makes it perfect for a quiet, intimate picnic where couples can enjoy on one of the park’s many benches and vast grassy areas. Picnickers can access Labrador Park easily by getting to the Labrador Park MRT situated on the Circle line.

Opening Hours: 7am - 7pm, daily

Address: 91 Labrador Villa Rd Singapore 119190 Labrador Villa Rd, Singapore, 119190 

Family-Friendly Picnic Spots in Singapore for Weekend Family Activities

Fort Canning Park. Photo by Joshua Tsu.

10. Fort Canning Green @ Fort Canning Park

Fort Canning Park is known as a historical landmark in Singapore with history that dates back to the 14th century, even previously serving as the seat of Malay royalty. Today, it is one of the top picnic spots in Singapore for families to visit during the weekends, thanks to its vibrant green fields that blend historical significance with natural beauty.

Interesting relics such as the Fort Gate, ruins of a fortress, and the well-cared for Spice Garden can be found on-site, with ancient trees and exotic plants dotting its territory.

Fort Canning Tree Tunnel. Photo by Kelvin Han.

Families can enjoy a lovely picnic on the spacious lawns of Fort Canning Green, enjoy leisurely strolls or even jog on its trails, and capture IG-worthy shots at the iconic Fort Canning Park Tree Tunnel. Those who are lucky may even get to enjoy cultural concerts and festivals which are often held at the park!

Getting to Fort Canning Green is simple - just take the MRT to Fort Canning MRT on the Downtown line or drive and park your car at one of Fort Canning Park’s convenient car parks.

Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily

Address: Fort Canning Park, Canning Rise, Singapore

The UNESCO World Heritage Site Singapore Botanic Gardens' iconic gazebo. Photo by Samson Thomas.

11. Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 162-year-old tropical garden located at the fringe of Orchard Road. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015 and is a testament to Singapore’s reputation as a City in a Garden.

That aside, the Botanic Gardens is a historic park that is perfect for weekend family picnics, where families can lay on its picturesque green surroundings like the Palm Valley or Symphony Lake areas where outdoor concerts are often held.

While children enjoy an educational and interactive play session at the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, mom and dad can enjoy leisurely strolls, partake in a session of bird watching, and explore various themed gardens found on-site.

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is accessible within walking distance via the Botanic Gardens MRT along the Circle and Downtown lines.

Opening Hours: 5am - 12am, daily

Address: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore, 259569

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. Photo by Gede Bagus Bayu Pentium on Google Images.

12. The Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

For (somewhat obvious) reasons, I tend to refer to the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park as Singapore’s little Central Park. Yes, I’m referencing the one in New York. This park in the city is one of the largest urban parks in Singapore that is known for its innovative, eco-friendly design and community-centric spaces.

It was initially a concrete canal which was transformed into a naturalised river as part of an initiative to bring people closer to water and nature.

Picnic goers can enjoy the park’s lush greenery, open lawns, and the meandering river that flows across the long stretch of the park which adds to its scenic charm. You can bring your beloved furkids here, spread out your picnic mat, yummy picnic meals and snacks, and enjoy a truly relaxing and joy-filled picnic session with family.

Montigo Sense Coffee Cup for coffee on-the-go.

And if you’re a little too bogged down by life’s daily demands to prepare packed picnic lunches and snacks, you can always bring your family to the park’s on-site restaurants and cafes. They serve delicious freshly cooked cafe fare and barista-made coffee which you can takeaway in your Montigo Sense Coffee Cup to keep it hot or cold for up to 6 hours, which is more than enough for the duration of your picnic!

Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily

Address: 1384 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore

Peaceful & Relaxing Picnic Spot in Singapore

Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant picnic lawn. Photo by Jhinng Ky.

13. Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant

Singapore’s Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant is one of the most unlikely yet relaxing picnic spots in Singapore and is an architecturally noteworthy construct. It looks like a modern stadium with a green rooftop that is open to the public as a public park. Think of it as one of Singapore’s innovative approaches to combine utility with public recreational spaces.

The picnic spot is found on its green rooftop, where picnickers can enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree view of the Marina Reservoir and the Marina Bay Skyline with the Marina Bay Sands as its focal point. It’s still rather quiet and underrated, making it ideal for picnickers who’re seeking a quiet weekend getaway from the city and people in general (introverts, rejoice!).

Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant. Photo by Andrew via Google Images.

While it boasts a vast, open grassy area, you’ll notice that there is little to no shade to be found at the green rooftop. So bear that in mind and perhaps consider heading over with your picnic essentials during the later hours to avoid getting roasted by the hot tropical sun at noon.

The Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant can be accessed via the nearest Tanjong Rhu and Mountbatten MRT stations, both a short distance away.

Opening Hours: 8am - 9pm, daily

Address: 1 Marina E Dr, Singapore, 029996

The Best Beach Picnic Spots in Singapore

East Coast Park for a beach picnic in Singapore. Photo by Rayson Tan.

14. East Coast Park

Enter Singapore’s classic beach picnic spot, the East Coast Park. The East Coast Park is one of Singapore’s most treasured urban getaways and largest park with a scenic coastline that stretches over 15km.

It’s a hub for both leisure and sporting activities like cycling, roller-blading, wakeboarding, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, making it a truly versatile destination for Singaporeans of all ages and interests.

While its sandy beach may not be home to soft, white sand, it still offers a quintessential beachside experience with swaying coconut palms, well-maintained cycling paths, shaded barbecue pits, and the calming sound of the waves.

East Coast Park barbecue pit zone. Photo by Rayson Tan.

Picnickers can enjoy a barbecue with their nearest and dearest, bring their own ready-packed picnic meals, or head on over to the East Coast Lagoon Village Food Court to pack yummy grilled sambal stingray, some barbecued squid, prawns, and the classic satay (meat skewers) for a truly scrumptious picnic feast.

With everything said and done, the East Coast Park is a little bit of a challenge to get to for those who do not drive. You’ll have to take the MRT to Bedok or Eunos MRT stations, then catch a bus, taxi, or Grab ride to the park.

Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily

Address: E Coast Park Service Rd, Singapore

Changi Beach Park's picturesque old world charm. Photo by Crystal Y.

15. Changi Beach Park

The Changi Beach Park stands as one of the oldest coastal parks in Singapore that stretches over 3.3km along the northeastern coast. It’s a serene and relatively untouched beach compared to the bustling East Coast Park, West Coast Park, Palawan Beach, and Tanjong Beach, making it a top choice for picnickers who prefer a more quiet ambience for their picnic.

Changi Beach Park picnic goers. Photo by National Parks Gov.

You’ll get to experience a naturally sandy beach with views of the Straits of Johor along with passing aircrafts from the nearby Changi Airport. It’s one of the rare places in Singapore that retains a hint of its old village atmosphere with traditional barbecue pits, stone tables, stone benches, and gazebos found about the area.

Picnickers who intend to enjoy a picnic there but don’t enjoy the idea of making picnic meals from scratch can always make a quick stop at the Changi Village Hawker Centre to pack their favourite dishes ahead of the picnic. Followed by a quick trip to the Little Island Brewing Company microbrewery for a refreshing cold one before leaving for home.

Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily

Address: Nicoll Dr, Singapore, 498991