6 Places in Singapore with Local Street Art

Get Arty and Take Instagram-Worthy Shots

Who says you have to go to an art gallery or a museum to look at art? We took to the streets of Singapore in search of Instagram-worthy wall graffiti, and uncovered a few neighbourhood gems that serve as go-to canvases for local street artists. Curated by PARKROYAL Picks, your personal travel insider, here are seven spots in the city adorned with visual treats waiting to be discovered.

1. Haji Lane

Just four minutes on foot from PARKROYAL on Beach Road is Haji Lane, a one-of-a-kind district for hipsters and the artistically-inclined. Besides its funky-looking shophouses, the hidden haven is also home to a multitude of murals, each one a spectacular piece of art that reflects the rambunctious identity of the local youth community.

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2. Queen Street

This narrow street, which faces high traffic due to its prime position near the Singapore Art Museum, is a relatively well documented spot. Local residents have probably seen its eclectic adornments at least a thousand times, but they never stay the same for very long, especially when artists collaborate to give the wall a makeover.

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3. Armenian Street

A little further away from PARKROYAL on Beach Road is Armenian Street, and situated beside the Peranakan Museum is a long yet petite wall covered in rainbow-coloured graffiti. Depicting buildings along the Bras Basah and Bugis areas, this work of art is in fact a commissioned piece by the National Heritage Board, honouring its 20th anniversary. Another spot for street art is The Substation, located just next doors, where the most impressive ones are hidden at the back of the building.

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4. Jalan Pisang Junction

When one wanders through Jalan Pisang, it is impossible to miss the larger-than-life wall painting of a little Chinese girl caressing a lion cub, famously created by Lithuanian Artist, Ernest Zacharevic. The alley also boasts smaller advertising murals, such as the ones found near the café and bakery, Cake Love.

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5. Aliwal Street

Another artsy district where a ton of cultural events take place, Aliwal Street is basically a “home base” for local street artists. For one, RSCLS, an urban art collective that includes renowned Singapore graffitists ANTZ, ZERO and SKL0, is one of the residents at the Aliwal Arts Centre. The art you’ll see meanders from the surreal to the semi-realistic, but are nonetheless ravishing through and through.

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6. Along Jalan Sultan

Directly opposite Aliwal Street is Jalan Sultan. There is a considerably smaller number of murals and artworks in this area, although the depiction of a family of chickens, and a boy on a tyre swing attached to a tree remains a crowd favourite. It is found on the façade of the Stuttgart Blackforest café at the end of the street.

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