You may have considered dishing out S$26 (or S$23 if you book on Klook) to head up the Skypark Observation Deck at Marina Bay Sands to get a panoramic view of the iconic Singapore skyline, but you could consider checking out one of these rooftop gardens that come with stunning views and without the entrance fee.
Rooftop gardens in Singapore with CBD / Marina Bay views
A new 280-metre building in the CBD, Capitaspring houses offices and serviced residences, as well as restaurants.
What you may not know is that it has – not one, but – two rooftop gardens that are open to the public at no fee.
Its first rooftop garden is the Sky Garden at Level 51 (the highest floor of the building), which also has an observatory deck that offers a view of the Marina Bay area.
Besides the Sky Garden, you can also check out the Green Oasis, a mid-air botanical promenade that goes from Level 17 to 20. The spacious roof garden is filled with over 38,000 plants.
Note that both Capitaspring rooftop gardens are only open to the public from Mondays to Fridays (excluding public holidays), from 8.30am to 10.30am, and 2.30pm to 6pm.
Address: 88 Market Street, Singapore 048948
Most new HDB projects in Singapore come with roof gardens but none is quite like the one at [email protected]
This may be a HDB estate but is probably one of the most iconic housing projects in Singapore and if you’re not a resident, you’ll be charged a small fee for entering its rooftop garden, called the Skybridge, located at Level 50. The estate also has another rooftop garden at Level 26 that is only reserved for residents.
This rooftop garden offers a 360-degree views of Chinatown and CBD, but note that you won’t be able to see much of Marina Bay from here.
The Skybridge is open to the public from 9am to 9pm and costs S$6 if you’re not a resident. Want to enter for free? Buy a unit here or make friends with residents and have them bring you up when you visit!
To find out more about how you can access the Skybridge, visit the [email protected] website.
Address: 1G Cantonment Road, Singapore 085301
Funan Urban Farm
Located at Level 7 of Funan, this rooftop garden also functions as an urban farm run by Edible Garden City.
Here, you’ll find a plethora of fruits, vegetables, and edible flowers, along with a great view of the CBD area and seating areas for some quiet time (tip: bring a book!)
Address: 107 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179105
Marina Barrage Green Roof
Marina Barrage Green Roof is probably the most well-known rooftop garden in Singapore. The iconic landmark is actually a Catchment Area Park and the Green Roof is likely the spot that most members of the public visit.
It’s the size of approximately four football fields and when it’s not booked for events, you’ll usually see families and groups of friends gathered for a picnic or kite-flying session.
While you can sit at the benches, we’d highly recommend that you bring a picnic mat so you can lounge on the grass to look out to the Marina Bay area or at the sky where lots of kites are flying on weekends.
Address: 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951
You may have heard about the complaints by residents that made the news of the public swarming to this HDB estate for its rooftop garden on special days such as New Year’s day.
Located at Level 47 of the HDB estate, this rooftop garden is windy and offers an unobstructed view of the city, even though it’s located at Queenstown.
There are plenty of seats and tables so feel free to bring along a book and drink to have some quiet time here at night.
Address: 86 Dawson Road, Singapore 141086
The rooftop garden at Design Orchard doubles up as a public amphitheater and event space.
The highest point of the rooftop garden is at Level 3 and it cascades down to Level 1, which means it doesn’t offer the unobstructed bird’s eye view that you’ll get at other rooftop gardens listed in this article.
However, there are sheltered seats and is easily accessible, and while you don’t really get a scenic view (just malls and cars zooming past), it’s great for people-watching.
Address: 250 Orchard Road, Singapore 238905
Orchard Central Garden
Even if you have been visiting Orchard Central, there’s a chance that you may have overlooked. its rooftop garden.
Located at Level 11 and 12 of the mall, this rooftop garden is rather small, but gives a panoramic view of the Orchard area. There are no seating area but some structures, plants, and water features.
Chances are you won’t be spending a lot of time here but you can certainly consider heading here for a walk after a satisfying meal.
Address: 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
OUE Downtown Gallery
Like at Funan, Edible Garden City operates an edible rooftop garden on Level 5 of OUE Downtown Gallery. Here, you can look forward to seeing over 50 types of local produce that’s also supplied to the restaurants in the building.
Besides the lush environment, this rooftop garden also offers the view of the CBD area.
Address: 6 Shenton Way, OUE Downtown 2, Singapore 068809
Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden at National Gallery Singapore
You may not know this but National Gallery Singapore has a rooftop garden at Level 5 of the building.
With a water feature, green walls, and benches for you to take a break at, the rooftop garden is also home to art installations from time to time.
Currently, a kinetic structure by artist Cao Fei is on display, and will continue to be so until 25 October.
Address: 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) Roof Garden
Here’s a lesser known rooftop garden that offers a sea view and overlooks the Marina Bay area. This rooftop garden doubles up as an event space that the public can book or for hosting events that SCCC organises.
Besides shrubs and water features, there’s also seating for those who wish to sit and relax.
Note that the building is only open from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm.
Address: 1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906
Rooftop gardens in Singapore with non-CBD scenic views
Located at Level 3 of Vivocity, this free-for-all rooftop garden is spacious and offers a gorgeous view of the border of Sentosa.
There are plenty of seating area and you’ll often find groups of friends sitting on the floor engaged in conversations. There are also water features that make the area more interesting.
The mall often hosts events at this open space so look out for them on its website or social media platforms.
Address: 1 HarbourFront Walk, Singapore 098585
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Located at Level 5, just beside the food court, here’s a green space that you may not expect at this Orchard mall. (Can you see the green “pillars” in the photo above? That’s where it is.)
Offering a view of the Orchard area, this rooftop garden also has a mini playground for children to spend time at.
Address: 313 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238895
Here’s another HDB estate with a gorgeous rooftop garden.
While it isn’t as popular as the ones that offer city views, this is located at Level 9 and has unobstructed views of Punggol Reservoir and Pulau Punggol Timor, which are pretty scenic, if you ask us.
Address: 322A/B, 323C/D, Sumang Walk, Singapore 822322
This rooftop garden is at Kallang Trivista, a HDB estate, and it offers views of the Kallang River and National Stadium.
Scenic views aside, residents have also volunteered to upkeep its urban farm, which has edible flowers, fruits, and vegetables, adding to the lush environment at this rooftop garden.
Address: 8 Upper Boon Keng Road, Singapore 382008