The humble heartlands are home to some of the best-kept secrets in Singapore, from low-key nature running trails to hidden rooftop gardens with a view. And for those of us living in HDBs, these gems of nature may even be right under our noses.
To make sure we reached even the ulu-est of spots, we hopped into a car to suss out these 11 rooftop gardens in Singapore. We even discovered some only after scouring through Google Maps!
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The Southies of Singapore truly lucked out with SkyVille @ Dawson. As much as it serves condo realness, we can confirm that it’s most definitely an HDB.
It’s also got not one, not two, but five sky gardens, with the highest one perched waaay up on the 47th storey. Needless to say, the views from here aren’t for the acrophobic or faint of heart.
The garden’s exterior reminded us of ancient Rome thanks to its concrete pillars, much like what you’d see at the National Gallery.
Address: 86 Dawson Road, SkyVille @ Dawson, Singapore 141086
Visiting hours: 7AM-10PM, Daily
Anyone into the outdoors would be well-acquainted with Punggol by now, with its scenic nature spots like Coney Island, Lorong Halus and Punggol Waterway Park. Heck, even its HDB’s have waterfront views as well.
We erupted in a chorus of ooh’s and aah’s right as we got to Punggol Bayview’s rooftop garden, and all for good reason.
Enjoy the breeze and unobstructed views of Punggol Reservoir and Pulau Punggol Timor
I must say, we’re pretty envious of residents who can soak in the views any time, any day they want.
Address: 322A/B, 323C/D, Sumang Walk, Punggol Bayview, Singapore 822322
Decked out in lush greenery is 54 Commonwealth’s garden, giving us some major urban jungle vibes.
Commonwealth may be as far as Japan for some of us, so make your trip here worthwhile by snapping some “sakura” shots with the vibrant crepe myrtle plants. You’ll be able to find these pink blooms at the opposite corner of the HDB linkway.
The garden also has an interactive playground that features learning zones in English, Spanish, and French.
Address: 54 Commonwealth Drive, Singapore 142054
Unless you’ve got the inside scoop as a Toa Payoh resident, chances are you’ve never heard of Central Horizon. Stretching across five blocks, its sky garden sits on the 12th storey and has a sprawling view of Toa Payoh Central all the way to Novena.
With the hoard of food options the estate has to offer, the garden makes for a chill hangout spot to dabao your food over. Picnic date, anyone?
Address: 79A-79E Toa Payoh Central, Central Horizon, Singapore 311079
Set against the backdrop of high-rise HDBs, this green space is the epitome of a “garden in a city”.
Just when you thought we were done with Toa Payoh, it’s back with yet another garden at The Peak’s multi-storey car park (MSCP) that’s worth visiting while in the area.
The residents here have an uber-cute community garden with plants like bitter gourd and papaya
The Peak is also bordered by foodie hotspots such as Creamier and Toa Payoh Lorong 1 Food Centre, so be sure to pop by for a meal once you’re done snapping your photos for the ‘gram.
Address: 138 Lorong 1A Toa Payoh, Singapore 310138
Sengkang’s younger sister Punggol might have been stealing the limelight as of late, but that doesn’t mean there’s little to see or do at the older estate. Just a stone’s throw from Fernvale LRT station is Coral Spring, with a rooftop garden located atop an unassuming MSCP nearby.
Besides having a stretch at the fitness corner or bringing your pup here for a walk, you can also check out The Seletar Mall for food options if you’re feeling peckish.
Address: 410 Fernvale Road, Coral Spring, Singapore 791410
Features like rooftop gardens might seem like a modern-day development in Singapore, making the one at Block 588 MSCP in the mature estate of Ang Mo Kio a rare sight. With its brightly-coloured playground for tots and a seniors’ fitness corner, the garden is great for family time for residents.
And good news if you live nearby – the garden is located right smack in AMK Central, making it a convenient meet-up location if your friends are scattered all over our sunny island. There’s no lack of eateries nearby either, like Magic Kitchen and $1.30 Dim Sum, which are just less than a 5-minute walk away.
Address: 588 Ang Mo Kio Street 52, Park Central @ AMK, Singapore 560588
If you’re one to savour solitude, 785 Woodlands Rise’s quaint garden is one place that’s definitely away from the hustle of the city.
The estate is situated a tad deeper in the north, meaning you’ll get a pretty unique view of power plants in the distance while taking a stroll here – not something you’d typically see around Singapore.
While it might be ulu, you can take the opportunity to check out some industrial area gems in the vicinity.
Address: 785 Woodlands Rise, Woodlands Pasture II, Singapore 730785
With sky bridges on the 28th floor, it’s no wonder that City Vue @ Henderson is known as a prime location for catching NDP fireworks.
The rooftop itself features a hard court, playground, and pretty manicured gardens – a peaceful respite to come chill after a long day at work.
The playground also has a flying fox for some nostalgic fun
Note: The hard court is off-limits for the time being.
Address: 96 Henderson Road, City Vue @ Henderson, Singapore 150096
Just a stone’s throw away from Kallang MRT, Kallang Trivista has plenty to boast about. One end of the rooftop has views of the Kallang River, while the other side faces the National Stadium against Singapore’s skyline. Keep your eyes peeled for otters that may make an appearance by the river if you’re lucky!
The residents here also have their own community garden where they cultivate local vegetables and flora.
Address: 8 Upper Boon Keng Road, Kallang Trivista, Singapore 382008
To those in the wild, wild, West, you’re not forgotten. Whether you’re a Westie or someone who has travelled from the other end of the island, Block 967’s MSCP rooftop is a chill spot to visit if you’re in the area.
NTU students and alumni would be familiar with the kopitiam next door, a.k.a. “Extension”. With stone tables and chairs dotting the garden, you can get yourself a meal and head over to enjoy the breezy open-air space.
Address: Block 967 Multi-Storey Car Park, Pioneer Road North
Our island takes pride in being called a “Garden City”, and these rooftop gardens showcase just that. Most of these locations are fairly easy to get to by public transport, but those getting here by car will have no problems finding MSCPs nearby for parking.
If you’re visiting these gardens, do remember to be respectful towards the residents by cleaning up after yourselves and minding your volume during your late-night HTHTs.
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Photography by Clement Sim.
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