They say the best things in life are free. Well, some cost a pretty penny, but these wallet-friendly romantic date ideas in Singapore won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Singapore can be a rather pricey city to live in at times especially when trying to plan a romantic evening. However, romantic, fun evenings do not have to cost you a pretty penny! Here are 20 cheap date ideas in Singapore for you and your SO to bond over.
*Disclaimer: At the date of publication, Singapore is still in its Phase 3: Heightened Alert restrictions. We’re doing our best to be accurate, but please double check with the restaurants before you visit.
1. Tee off together
Swing your way into each others’ hearts at Champions Golf, where a game at the outdoor 36-holes mini-golf course costs only $15 nett. Engaging in physical activity also releases endorphins that’ll keep you alert and excited on your date. You both win!
Address: 60 Fairways Dr., 286966
Tel: 6463 0332
Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Mon. to Sun.)
2. Look at the stars
Is true love on the cards for you and your SO? Head to Chinatown where there are many fortune-tellers, who will read your fortune for about $5. It may or may not come true, but it’ll be a story to tell your grandkids if your stars align.
3. Get lit with some cosmic bowling
Turn bowling on its head at K Bowling Club, where good-natured ribbing and friendly competition abound at this glow-in-the-dark setting. Want a little more romance? Jazz up your date night by dancing along to the party music while you’re at it! Prices range from $11-$17 per game excluding rental of shoes.
K Bowling Club
Address: 13 Orchard Rd., #03-27, 313@Somerset, 238895
Tel: 6737 5313
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. (Mon. to Sun.)
4. Find love in laughter
According to a study published in the Journal Personal Relationships, sharing? Giggles with a romantic partner helps to keep feelings of love alive so what better idea for date night than an affordable evening of laughs? Comedy Masala at *HERO’s Bar holds weekly shows every Tuesdays to keep you rolling in the aisles with laughter. Tickets starting from $15 per person.
*There are currently still restrictions in place at bars. Stay tuned for more details on Comedy Masala’s website here.
Address: 69 Circular Rd., #01-01, 049423
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Sat.)
Tel: 6438 6058
5. Hike along Henderson Waves
Walk through the stunning natural panorama by day and captivating sundown views by evening. Follow each other through beautiful forests, across designer bridges, and end up at Mount Faber for a rewarding view of Singapore’s coast.
Address: Henderson Rd., 159557
6. Moonlit walk at East Coast Park
When the rest of the city sleeps, East Coast Park comes alive with late-night walkers by the rocks, on the beach, or inland along the cycling trails. Enjoying the evening breeze as dusk falls makes for a romantic date idea in Singapore that’s completely free!
East Coast Park
Address: E Coast Park Service Rd.
7. Have a rooftop picnic
Take advantage of twinkling lights of Singapore’s urban landscape! On the roof of the Esplanade, roll out your picnic mats and watch the Marina Bay glitter below you. You know that feeling that you’ve finally arrived in the city you love, with the person you love? You’ll find it here.
Address: 1 Esplanade Dr., 038981
8. Marvel at nature
Singapore’s not all concrete – surprise your sweetie with a visit to the Singapore Botanic Gardens so soak in the colours of the season, smell the roses, and feel nature in your midst.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Address: 1 Cluny Rd., 259569
9. Enjoy a light show
Go to Marina Bay Sands on a weekend night and find yourself a spot facing The Shoppes. Ignore the crowds surrounding you for 13 minutes of a water-fire-light show (*Spectra @ MBS) that’ll take your breath away.
*Please note that the Spectra Light Show has been temporarily suspended until further notice.
Marina Bay Sands
Address: 10 Bayfront Ave., 018956
10. Find a romantic spot at Mount Faber
Mount Faber probably the best naturally made spot in Singapore for that panoramic city view and it it is also a great spot for a romantic date. When night falls, you might just be able to catch the fireworks display at Resorts World Sentosa, too. The best part: it costs absolutely nothing!
Address: Junction of Kampong Bahru Rd. and Telok Blangah Rd., 099448
11. Stroll along Labrador Park
By day Labrador Park is best known for a World War II tunnel, but at sundown, the history buffs retreat back to the city, leaving the gentle walking trails winding along the forest areas for loving couples to bask in the warm golden sunset.
Address: Labrador Villa Rd., 119187
12. Stay in and snuggle
Why go hard when you can go home? You don’t even need to head outside to get all romantic. Simply relax in each other’s company – bliss!
13. Go on a romantic island escape
Hop onto a boat to St John’s Island at the southernmost part of Singapore from Marina South Pier. The 39-hectare island is one of the most remote, untouched places in Singapore. The 15-minute boat ride only costs $15 each for adults! Make your bookings here.
14. Visit an animal shelter
Bond over some furry friends at various animal shelters. Not only is it proven that playing with animals is therapeutic, but you can also consider going home with a kitty or pup if you’re ready to be a responsible pet owner.
15. Watch a movie under the stars
MovieMob offers free movie screenings at various locations around the city, from rooftops to parks to Marina Barrage, with the glimmering Marina Bay as your backdrop.
Address: 17 Jalan Mesin, #05-01 Kimann@17, 368816
Tel: 9438 5342
16. Walk among the treetops
Rise bright and early to head to the *Treetop Walk, a 250-metre suspended pathway between the two highest points in MacRitchie. It’s a bucket-list-worthy item for all expats, not to mention couples! A definite option for your list of date ideas in Singapore!
*Please note that The Treetop Walk is now temporarily closed, stay tuned for updates.
The Treetop Walk
Address: 601 Island Club Rd., 578775
17. Romance on the Marina
Looking for a magical date idea in Singapore? Whisk your SO away to Raffles Marina Club! You can’t go wrong planning a date around an evening filled with wine. Throw in an amazing view of the Johor Straits and you’ve got a recipe for romance. Have a few glasses of wine, and enjoy the sea breeze. Check out that gorgeous sunset!
Raffles Marina Club
Address: 10 Tuas West Dr., 638404
Tel: 6861 8000
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Mon. to Sun.)
18. Back to basics
How’s about this for a fun date idea in Singapore? A classic old-school date at Marina Barrage. Pack a picnic and buy a kite for as little as $10 on the first floor and head up to the rooftop garden to begin the fun. Bonus? You get an amazing view of the city as well!
Address: 8 Marina Gardens Dr., 018951
Tel: 6514 5929
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Mon. to Sun.)
19. Unleash your inner Picasso
Looking for an activity based date idea in Singapore? Spend a few hours among some blank canvases, a set of artist brushes and unlimited quantities of paint. Best of all? The Liberty Art Jam by Artify Studio is Singapore’s first art studio that works on a pay-as-you-wish system, so after you complete your masterpiece, simply donate what you think the session was worth.
Address: Jln Sultan, Singapore Textile Centre Merchants’ Association, #12-07 200, 199018
Tel: 9011 1431
Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Tues. to Fri); 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.)
20. Walk the Skybridge at Gardens by the Bay
Visiting Singapore’s futuristic garden is romantic by day, and even more so by night. Walk the OCBC Skyway Suspension Bridge with the radiating Supertrees in the background for only $8!
OCBC Skyway Suspension Bridge
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr., Gardens by the Bay, 018953
Tel: 6420 6848
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Mon. to Sun.)
By Natalya Molok, The Singapore Women’s Weekly, April 2017 / Last Updated by K Praveena