Esplanade

Loves: The interesting architectural façade of this building that always reminds us of Singapore’s king of fruits, the durian, and the magnificent views as you stroll along the waterfront.

Our Advice: Take a nice stroll from the nearby Merlion park and can catch a free performance at its outdoor waterfront theatre or relax with a drink at its beautifully landscaped roof terrace.  

Named after the nearby Esplanade Park, the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, is often dubbed by the locals as “The Durian” due to its spiky dome-shaped façade formed by many triangular glass sunshades. It is a premier performing arts centre which houses a concert hall and a theatre for up to 2000 people. Hosting a variety of performance arts with its excellent acoustics design, the Esplanade allows you to experience the local and global arts scene at its best.


Overlooking the Singapore River, many cafes, restaurants and shops can also be found in the building and on its rooftop.

Address: 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981

District: Downtown Core, Central

By MRT

- Alight at Esplanade MRT Station (CC3) and take exit D

- 5-minute walk along One Raffles Link beside Nicoll Highway Road

- Esplanade is located opposite One Raffles Link

Estimated walking distance: 400m


By Bus

- The nearest Bus Stop (02061) is in front of Esplanade along Raffles Avenue

Operating Hours: 24 hours

Recommended Duration: 1 hour

Fees: Free

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