Old meets new in the best way possible at The Fullerton Heritage precinct, which preens with trendy – and photogenic – restaurants, bars and galleries found within historic buildings. Take for instance the Fullerton Building. It once housed the General Post Office, the Exchange Room and the exclusive Singapore Club, a proud history that even led to the grand structure being gazetted a national monument in 2015.
And with other conserved buildings in the area, such as Customs House and Clifford Pier, you’ll find plenty of angles for #nofilter shots. Here are some photogenic spots worth the space in your phone’s photo gallery.
The decor Housed in the glass dome of the iconic The Fullerton Pavilion on the edge of Marina Bay, the panoramic view from the swish Italian restaurant and bar is as stunning as waterfront restaurants come. The inside ain’t so bad either – teal- and mustard-coloured plush chairs play nicely with dark wood accents for a plush, yet not over-the-top, vibe.
The money shot With plenty of natural light gently filtering into the restaurant and reflecting off its marble tabletops, you can aim your camera at any corner of the restaurant and it’d be on point. However, if you’re gunning for the perfect Sunday brunch shot, you’d need a window-side table while holding a flute of bubbly and wistfully looking out of said window.
The decor Saint Pierre may be a fine dining restaurant but it doesn’t fuss too much with its decor – everything from the sprawling chandelier down to the table setting is kept simple and classy – as its main sell are clear views of the bay through its large glass windows.
The money shot Minimalism is the way to go here. Keep it clean and allow lots of white space in your picture to let the little details on the silverware (and the thoughtfully plated food, of course) shine.
The decor This Italian restaurant has long since been the go-to place for impressing your date – and for good reason, too. It oozes a grand old-school vibe that’s equal parts opulent and contemporary, thanks to its generous use of gold, red and cream embellishments throughout the space.
The money shot Go shutter-crazy in the dining room, but don’t forget to head to Forlino’s lounge area post-meal for a #chillout shot on one of its leather armchairs. Else, slide up to the bar with a whisky in hand – it has a sage-coloured shelf, racked with an assortment of bottles, and a black marble bar top.
The decor Kinki eschews the traditional Japanese restaurant atmosphere for a graffiti-splashed interior with a whole lotta attitude – in case you didn’t get its cheeky moniker. The casual hip restaurant looks even better in the evening, when it’s awash with warm dim lighting as you chow down on modern Japanese cuisine while overlooking the waters.
The money shot The al fresco rooftop bar above the Kinki restaurant is where you take the enviable ‘post-work drinks’ shot, set against the impressive Marina Bay. And if you’re on time, the nightly light shows make for a good Boomerang video, too.
The decor Occupying the space of the original landing point of Singapore’s forefathers, The Clifford Pier retains much of its colonial cultural influences in both its dishes and decor – its restored façade features high chandeliers, marble floors and sophisticated European-style furnishings.
The money shot Go in the day to capture The Clifford Pier in its full glory as natural light wedges in through floor-to-ceiling glass panels. The adjourning lobby is just as gorgeous as the restaurant itself, so doesn’t be surprised if there are couples doing their pre-wedding photo shoot right beside you.
East Garden Foyer Gallery
The decor The Fullerton Hotel houses a newly revamped heritage gallery and two art gallery spaces: the NaWei Gallery and the East Garden Foyer Gallery. Carefully curated artworks by international and local artists hang on the handsome walls of the latter – and they rotate every few months, so there’s always a new exhibition to take in.
The money shot If you’re bored of the typical dining room photos, spice up your Instagram feed with a snap of the canvases or sculptures on display – and you don’t even have to step out of the CBD to take one.