Dating is hard enough, what we don’t appreciate is the extra hardship our wallets have to endure in dear Singapore.
Whether you’re looking to impress on the first date or you’re just tired of the same old dinner parties, enjoy unique experiences for less.
chronic picnic lovers
If a good location, aesthetic photo opportunities, and delicious food don’t bring people together, we don’t know what will.
Turn a sunny day to your advantage and plan a fancy picnic for your significant other – and you won’t even have to lift a finger!
There are restaurants and cafes that offer pre-made picnic baskets with reusable and waterproof picnic mats, savory sandwiches and treats alongside refreshing drinks.
Our top picks include PAUL’S Picnic Set (from $80 for two), Bee’s Knees Picnic Boxes (from $55 for two), and Paris Baguette’s PB Picnic Pack ( starting at $29.90 for two people). Minimal work, but all the praise? Count on us.
Check out our list of picnic spots here.
An adrenaline rush
Do you have a partner who likes to charge through life with adrenaline running through their veins? Believe it or not, there are plenty of exciting things to do in little Singapore.
We love to live out our “need for speed” fantasies at The Karting Arena.
Whether you’re a novice or experienced driver, fire up your competitive side with spins in a go-kart arena ($30 per person).
For something a little more aesthetic, Skypark Sentosa by AJ Hackett has activities that pack a punch.
On The Giant Swing ($59 pp), get winched 40m above the ground with epic views of Siloso Beach, then one, two, three…and the ropes are released and you and your partner set off to speeds of up to 120 km per hour.
something out of the ordinary
The entertainment industry here never fails to be the most extraordinary experiences.
For something different, The Fragment Room ($75 for two) is one of our favorites to rage on and break up the tiring week.
Equally exciting is the Ax Factor ($60) where you can throw axes at your target – perfect for getting to know someone on the first date, or if your longtime partner is feeling a little stressed.
For a more relaxed option, the Holey Moley offers the perfect combo of a round of mini golf (from $12) and food and drinks afterwards.
The K Bowling Club combines brilliant bowling with food, karaoke booths and arcade games starting at $17 per person.
Romantic candlelight concerts
It’s no Billie Eilish or Justin Bieber, but these romantic candlelight concerts from Fever are not to be underestimated.
Starting at $35 each, the evening is one that will have you and your date lost in the beauty of the music.
Let the flickering candles ignite the romance as pianists, violinists and more kick off the passionate evening.
Even if classical music isn’t your thing, the concerts offer a twist with medleys from your favorite popstars.
We take Adele, Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Abba, Fleetwood Mac and more.
Let the good times roll
Live like the 80s with Hi-roller, Singapore’s largest indoor ice rink.
Unlike your conventional date, here you can glide to the stunning view of disco lights and upbeat music.
Choose from inline skates or quadskates and let the good times roll.
Don’t worry, there are two rinks (one for beginners and one for experts), so you won’t be fooled.
The rink also hosts themed nights like Disco Night, Coachella Night, Pride Night, and Emo Night, so keep an eye on their social media to find something that suits you and your date.
Prices start from $12.
Be a tourist in your hometown
Sometimes we take our own grounds for granted, so it’s always a good idea to reconnect and re-explore our own backyard.
Take a heritage walking trail at Joo Chiat and Katong ($90), home to local cafes, historic shops and Peranakan culture.
The Singapore Kopi & Loti Tour ($85) is also a hidden gem; it takes you to the few remaining local coffee roasters in any neighborhood in Singapore.
Learn about coffee beans, their origin and roasting techniques before going behind the scenes at a local bread factory.
For drinkers, the Brass Lion Distillery also offers guided tours ($45) of their gin distillery with a flight of three signature gins, made right here in Singapore.
Competitive game night
The nerd in us sometimes prefers to kick back and enjoy a night of playing Scrabble, Monopoly, or Dungeons and Dragons.
The best part? Invite your couple of friends and turn the evening into a double date with food, conversation and fun games.
The Mind Cafe is a board game cafe with a library of over 800 games. The cafe also offers packages with games, unlimited drinks, and food (from $17 per person).
82 Social House’s Kommune Playhouse, meanwhile, is a modern take on Korean karaoke, console games, board games, and computer games (from $10 per room for two).
Imagine perfect moments
If your partner always complains about not having good photos together, we have found the perfect solution.
Turn your ordinary date into an aesthetic photo shoot.
There are a plethora of selfie studios in Singapore, each offering props, backdrops and privacy to take the perfect shots with your partner.
For the best self-photography studios in Singapore, check out our article. Prices range from $25 to $80.
There are two types of people in a relationship: the one who cooks and the one who eats.
Whatever your choice, we have options that will satisfy your gastronomic passions.
We suggest you opt for a food tour or a street vendor tour. Choose five of your favorite hawker stalls or centers and make a five-course dinner, taking a bite out of each.
Affordable and a great excuse to roam the streets of Singapore creating new memories. Baking and cooking classes are also a good alternative.
Channel the artist in you
Art lovers don’t have to deprive themselves of having fun either. Studio AN offers a three-hour Art Buffet ($55), where you and your partner can get their hands dirty.
Explore the magic of quick-drying acrylic paint, the art of calligraphy, screen printing, woodblock or linocut printing, sketching and drawing.
All art materials are provided. Offering a space to indulge in graffiti art, Haven Spot is Singapore’s premier graffiti warehouse.
Just book your appointment, grab your cans, and start spraying ($86 for two people).
Lovers of handcrafted goodies
Pottery has been making huge waves in the city lately, as there’s nothing quite like making your own crockery from scratch.
If you’re looking for the best pottery classes to try with your date ($30-$80), check out our curated list here.
For smell free, try your hand at candle making with a 45-minute workshop by The Scent Supply Co ($34.90).
A great way to bond with your partner, you can also completely customize your candle and take it home.
This article first appeared in City Nomads.