Picnic spots in Singapore

Romantic picnic spots in Singapore

Many think that Singapore’s utterly devoid of any picturesque picnic spots. Not true at all: we’ve got a few picture-perfect places for you to bring the full picnic setup – basket, rug, and all. Much like a K-drama, all these picnic spots have stunning scenery so you’re sure to be sharing a few heartfelt moments in style.

From sprawling fields of greenery to an Orchard Road rooftop garden, here are 5 secret picnic spots for your next couple photoshoot in Singapore:

1. Toa Payoh Town Park 

Picnic spots in Singapore - Toa Payoh Park

No one would’ve thought that this unassuming heartlander park was filled with such picturesque scenery, but with its cobblestoned bridge and quaint moss-covered pond? Toa Payoh Town Park is a scene straight out of a Korean period drama. You can almost envision figures moving around gracefully in hanboks.

But we sat ourselves down and had a picnic instead.

Picnic spots in Singapore - Toa Payoh Park

While there’s no shortage of grassy picnicking spots, here’s a tip: the hexagonal enclave by the pond is quiet with few passersby plus it looks great in photos.

Outfit styling

Picnic spots - Toa Payoh Town Park

Her sandals have a subtle shimmer, almost like golden snakeskin.

To fit in with the rustic charm of Toa Payoh Town Park, both outfits were casual but chic – all in neutral shades of white, beige, and grey. Wardrobe staples like a striped tank top and flowy high-waisted pants lent her an effortless look, especially when paired with her one-strap Birkenstock Magic Snake Madrid in Gold ($109).

2. Portsdown Road

Picnic spots - Portsdown Road

As a random street in between one-north and Buona Vista, Portsdown Road is a nature haven for those deprived of towering trees and fields of green. There’s even an old water tank that has just the right touch of rust – for that vintage feel. While this area’s filled with quaint cafes, pull yourself up a picnic rug and settle in one of the many light-filled clearings.

Picnic spots - Portsdown Road

If you wander through, you’ll eventually stumble upon a cluster of colonial-style buildings. These are the perfect backdrop for your couple shoot, with its classic black-and-white tones and rustic window shutters.

Outfit styling

Picnic spots - Portsdown Road - Birkenstock sandals

With the flowy vintage of the ‘50s in mind, we went with a cream linen dress for her and a draped striped outershirt for him. She matched her outfit with a pair of Birkenstock Arizona Big Buckle in Zinfandel ($199) – with a retro edge from its rich burgundy tones and oversized rose gold buckles.

3. Design Orchard

Picnic spots - Design Orchard

Many Korean drama-inspired shoots take place amidst lush greenery and streaming sunlight, but newly-opened Design Orchard proves otherwise – its minimalistic design and neutral tones are more than enough to reenact the stylish city life of an ulzaang girl.

Picnic spots - Design Orchard

It’s in the middle of Orchard Road, with a sloped rooftop that offers a sanctuary for those exhausted from the frenzy of everyday life. If you head up to the very top floor, there’s a hidden garden that’s filled with creeping vines and giant pots filled with aquatic plants.

Picnic spots - Design Orchard

Peek around the corner for this Instagrammable backdrop: it’s a grey concrete slab that’s filled with circular openings – some for light to shine through and others to reflect.

Outfit styling

Picnic spots - Design Orchard

As a nod to the building’s stunning architecture, we went for a modern but playful look. She had on cream overalls with a bright red striped tee, while he had on understated basics. The real star of the show? Her Birkenstock Daytona Papilio in Eyes White ($149). These came with cutesy eye motifs, complete with blue shades and eyelashes.

4. Chinese and Japanese Gardens

Picnic spots - Chinese & Japanese Gardens

To capture those period drama feels, it’s Chinese and Japanese Gardens you’re after. With intricate white railings and a vibrantly-coloured pagoda rising in the background, it’s almost as if you’ve stepped foot into Korea, circa imperial dynasty.

Picnic spots - Chinese & Japanese Gardens

While there are plenty of nice spots for a picnic, it’s this grassy patch by the white rainbow bridge that we made a beeline for. The bridge connects Chinese Garden to Japanese Garden, so you can still see towering pagodas in the distance.

Outfit styling

Picnic spots - Chinese & Japanese Gardens - Birkenstock sandals

The grounds of Chinese and Japanese Gardens are so stunning that we kept our outfits fairly simple – but with a pop of colour from her yellow jumpsuit. Her Birkenstock Arizona in Metallic Copper ($159) and his Birkenstock Arizona in Sandwashed Blue ($149) also added to the tranquil picnicking grounds.

5. Telok Blangah Hill Park

Picnic spots - Telok Blangah Hill Park

Many often overlook Telok Blangah Hill Park for its next-door neighbours, Henderson Waves and Mount Faber Park. But this park has plenty of charm on its own, with cascading staircases and vibrant pink bougainvillea.

Picnic spots - Telok Blangah Hill Park

The Terrace Garden has semi-circular terraces for you to stroll by together hand-in-hand and have D&M conversations, much like what what lead characters of a Korean romance epic do when they first meet.

Outfit styling

Picnic spots - Telok Blangah Hill Park - Birkenstock sandals

We went for flowy, romantic vibes to complement the old-school park grounds; pink and white pastels in a field of flowers. But of course, the standout item was her Birkenstock Gizeh Milky Way ($139) – its red jewel tones and glossy sheen tied the entire look together, lending a modern edge to an otherwise feminine look.

Romantic picnics in Singapore

Picnic spots - Telok Blangah Hill Park

Singapore’s not exactly known for their picnics spots: instead, this little red dot of ours is known for urban skyscrapers and bustling traffic. But look hard enough, and you’ll find these peaceful plots – all scattered around the nooks and crannies of our city.

Picnic spots - outfit styling

Since all spots offer up scenery that’s K-drama worthy, take the chance to dress up in practical but stylish clothes. Hint: that means comfortable footwear, so no pointy stilettos or clunky platforms. Sandals from Birkenstock will add that much-needed flair to any outfit.

Picnic spots in Singapore

Whether it’s a retro pair with big buckles or a rose gold pair with a metallic sheen, there’ll be a pair that matches with the exact look you’re going for, no matter if it’s a lovey-dovey theme or a lost in the woods aesthetic. Each pair comes with a comfortable suede base – although already cushion-soft, it gets even softer once worn in.

From fields of vibrantly pink flowers to an abandoned water tower, these spots are ideal for K-drama inspired couple shoots – all made better with equally stylish Birkenstock sandals

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Photography and styling by Wen Lin Tan.