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The best free date ideas in Singapore

Low in the cash? Here are some free romantic date ideas that won’t break the bank.

Popcorn Movie Nights @ Sentosa
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We know, we know – dating is more about the camaraderie rather than the venue. But that’s no reason not to impress your date with the best hangout spot even if you’re broke. No matter what sort of couple you are, Singapore has a myriad of things to do. From getting a cultural fix at the museum to going on a nature trail, vibe with your romantic partner at one of these eclectic locations without all the extra charge. Aren't the best things in life free?

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Pretend to be cultured at a museum

There's more than meets the eye when it comes to museums here. Most of them, including the National Gallery Singapore, the National Museum Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum, are free for citizens and permanent residents, so gawk at its architecture and head in for a cultural fix. Feed both your curious minds with a spectrum of genres, spanning from state-of-the-art science, vintage memorabilia, cultural artifacts and historic treasures with interesting narratives. 


Visit the Esplanade

City Hall

No doubt, Esplanade is a star when it comes to date locations. From its romantic waterfront space to its spacious outdoor theatre, there's always something to do here. Live music, dance and theatre performances, coupled with the cool breeze and stunning view of the city, this is one free spot to up the romantic ante.

Things to do

Stroll through Gardens by the Bay

Marina Bay

Nothing like fresh air and picturesque views. Smell the flowers as you walk through the majestic, gargantuan gardens surrounded by exotic foliage. Skip the pricey entry to the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome – the outdoor Bay East Garden, Sun Pavillion, Heritage Gardens, World of Plants, as well as the Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes are just as good. Take it from us, it's even more romantic comes evening when the Super Grove light show is on.


Soak up some sun at the beach

Put on your best beachwear for some sea, sand and sun. Singapore may not be a tropical paradise à la Malaysia and Thailand, but its beaches are decent. Whether it's on the main island or in Sentosa, our local beaches are great for a relaxing date under the sun. Swaying palm trees, cool breeze, and tranquil waters while having a cocktail in hand and toes in the sand, can a pair of beach bums truly resist?

Things to do

Brave for the unconventional

Kent Ridge

Not your usual date venue, this free weird and wonderful park opens its gate to multicoloured statues and tableaux that depict scenes from Chinese history and mythology. Don't miss out on the Ten Courts of Hell (responsible for childhood nightmares for generations of Singaporeans) where small-scale tableaux show human sinners being punished in a variety of hideous and bloodthirsty ways – in extremely gory and graphic detail. This rather morbid option can be fun for the skeptics, but definitely not one for the faint-hearted.