Singapore is not known as the Garden City (or 'City in a Garden') for nothing — in fact, nearly 46.5 percent of the city is covered in green. But some of these verdant spots stand out above the rest. Here, we've rounded up 10 of our favourite Singapore parks.
So pack a picnic basket and hunker down for a lazy afternoon.
Best for nature lovers: Singapore Botanic gardens
For the cream of the crop, look no further than the Botanic Gardens. Time Magazine's 'Asia's Best Urban Jungle' and the Michelin Green Guide three-starred attraction, with its unbeatably vast range of foliage and educational signs, will satisfy every green-space craving. The park’s gems include the National Orchid Garden, a rainforest and the Evolution Garden, which depicts the formation of Earth’s earliest plants, as well as theatre stages surrounded by an expanse of springy grass.
There are weekly Saturday tours of the grounds and concerts to keep nature and culture lovers entertained. Click here to see the complete list of events at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Singapore Botanic Gardens & Henderson Waves bridge
Best for romance: Mount Faber Park
The (in)famous Mount Faber Park has a monopoly on this title. With its sweeping, panoramic skyline of Sentosa, multiple hideaway spots and posh, hilltop dining experiences at The Jewel Box, this is the place for serious canoodling.
Take a scenic stroll along Faber Walk, and get cosy at Faber Point at sunset. As the city lights up before your eyes, let loose the whispered sweet nothings and let the romance begin.
Don't forget to also check out out the Henderson Waves bridge which connect Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Park. Perched 37m above Henderson Road, the 273m bridge boasts a striking wave-like structure made up of a series of undulating curved "ribs".
Off Telok Blangah Rd.
East Coast Park
Best for outdoor dining: East Coast Park
East Coast Park is a foodie’s mecca with hawker centres, cafés and seafood restaurants lining its 15km length. Squeeze into popular seafood restaurants such as Jumbo Seafood and Tung Lok, or dig into Belgian beers and bites at Brussel Sprouts while basking in the salty sea breeze. If you’ve stuffed down one too many chilli crabs, burn off some calories with a brisk walk along one of the park’s meandering trails.
OffEast Coast Parkway.
Best for families: Pasir Ris Park
Go for a jaunt through Pasir Ris Park with the kids in tow. While the coastline view is a plus, tours of the mangrove swamp (every third Saturday), kitchen garden (every first Saturday) and maze garden make up a trio of educational opportunities for all. Playgrounds, pony rides, and bird-watching towers keep the kids entertained, while nearby barbecue pits, nature trails and fitness equipment ensure parents can keep an eye out for their little ones.
52 Pasir Ris Ave.
Best for lunch breaks: Esplanade Park
Rat racers, step outside your air-conditioned cubicle and get a breath of fresh air at the Esplanade Park, a tidy little oasis that’s privy to sweeping views of the city and the Marina Bay area. Rows of benches and cosy, shady spots ensure both a calming midday retreat and a chance to clear your head. It’s also popular with courting couples at sundown.
Off Connaught Dr.
Best for picnics: Sembawang Park
Sembawang Park’s beachside locale is perfect for a lazy weekend picnic. While fishing is a popular pastime here, many can be seen crowding around barbecue pits and picnic tables sprinkled along the coast. Alternatively, flap out your chequered blanket and have yourself a feast here at one of the country’s last remaining natural beaches.
Off Sembawang Rd
Best for meditation: Pearl's Hill City Park
Built around a reservoir on top of a hill, Pearl’s Hill City Park is tucked away amid the fast-paced streets of Chinatown. Relax by the lotus pond and experience some peace and tranquility away from the bustle of city life.
Pearl’s Hill Terrace.
Best for fitness buffs: Bedok Reservoir Park
This former sand quarry now has a new lease of life as a fitness hub in recent years. The 4.3km track located on the fringes of the reservoir serves as the perfect playground for joggers and trail runners, while sea-sports fans can enjoy hours of fun on the waters with a kayak or on a dragon boat. Those with a thirst for adventure can check out aerial adventure course, Forest Adventure. There's even a rooftop gym nearby. Called Gym @ Bedok Reservoir, the 2,000-sq-ft air-conditioned facility located in Block 714A, Bedok Reservoir Road, offers an alternative to the jogging track and watersports facilities at Bedok Reservoir Park.
Bedok Reservoir Rd.
Best for greenthumsb: HortPark
Just a short walk away from Mount Faber Park is HortPark. A visit to HortPark makes a great day trip for the entire family. If you're into gardening, head here as HortPark aims to promote gardening as a hobby and lifestyle. It also has interactive programmes for learning and education. Highlights include a Balinese Garden, a Herb and Spice Garden, a Silver Garden featuring silver, grey and white hued plants and a Lifestyle Corner where you can learn how to bring the outdoors indoors.
33 Hyderabad Rd.
Best for dog lovers: Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
Singapore's most dog-friendly parks - Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park's dog run corner has justg gotten bigger. After a $76.7-million revamp, the size of the dog run area has doubled, with more benches and water coolers added for the convenience of dog owners. This is a great place to take your children too if you want them to meet other dogs and their proud owners, or to let your pooch get some good exercise.
1382 Ang Mo Kio Ave. 1
Go to www.nparks.gov.sg for more information