Singapore is a city of skyscrapers and is also rich in history and heritage, which is derived from a multi-ethnic population which includes Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian citizens and residents.
From modern environs to historic vantage points, a bird’s eye view of Singapore’s skyline is as diverse as the island nation’s culture. Here are eight of the best rooftop views to check out when in Singapore.
Some views are from bars and restaurants, while others are from quiet viewing decks. Some vantage points have clear views of airliners landing and taking off at Singapore’s Changi International Airport. What all the views have in common are terrific panoramas.
This shortlist also contains recommendations for recently opened establishments:
● Harry’s Bar at Changi Airport, Terminal 1 (Departures/Transit Mall (West), Level 4, near the Cactus Garden): This laid-back, open-air hang-out is located in Changi’s rooftop cactus garden and has spectacular views of one of the runways. Patrons flying Singapore Airlines receive a 15 per cent discount. For more information, call +65 6546-6351 or visit www.harrys.com.sg;
● 1-Altitude, at 1 Raffles Place: Situated on Singapore’s highest point, 282 meters (925 feet) above sea level, 1-Altitude stakes claim to being the highest-off-the-ground alfresco bar in the world. Contact +65 6438 0410 or go to www.1-altitude.com;
● LeVeL 33, #33-01 MBFC Tower 1, 8 Marina Boulevard: LeVeL 33 bills itself as the “World’s Highest Urban Craft-Brewery” and resides in the penthouse of the Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC). Call +65 6834 3133 or go to www.level33.com.sg;
● New Asia Bar, Level 71, Swissôtel The Stamford Hotel Singapore, 2 Stamford Road: At 71 stories, Swissôtel The Stamford’s New Asia Bar is one of the highest in Singapore and has a superb view. Dial +65 6837 3322 or visit www.equinoxcomplex.com;
● Hai Tien Lo, Level 37, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard: This is one of the best spots in Singapore for a “sky dining experience”, serving Cantonese cuisine prepared by Master Chef Lai Tong Ping while guests enjoy great views of the city and harbor. For more information, ring +65 6826 8338 or visit www.panpacific.com;
● Lantern at The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay: Lantern is a rooftop bar and pool oasis with panoramic views of the Marina Bay waterfront and the Singapore skyline. Located on the rooftop of the new Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, Lantern offers 360-degree views of the Lion City. Call +65 6597 5299 or go to www.FullertonBayHotel.com;
● ying yang at the club hotel, 28 Ann Siang Road: The club hotel located on trendy Ann Siang Rd. now features ying yang, a full-service rooftop bar which has quickly become known to Singapore’s party crowd. Ying yang features a selection of premium drinks and bar snacks to be savored while taking in the bar’s excellent view of the Central Business District and Chinatown, one of the best views of the city. Contact +65 6808 2188 or visit www.theclub.com.sg; and
● The Pinnacle@Duxton, 50/F, The Pinnacle@Duxton, 1 Cantonment Road: The Pinnacle@Duxton is an iconic housing project in Singapore ‘s public-housing history, with many unique features. Born out of the first international design competition for public housing, it is also the first in the world with two skybridges which link the seven blocks, at the 26th and 50th storys. The skybridges create possibly the longest continuous skygardens in the world, offering panoramic views of the city skyline. The skybridges are open to the public for a small fee. For more information, go to www.pinnacleduxton.com.sg.