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?
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.
What's more romantic than watching a rom-com under a canopy of stars? Catch the latest Hollywood releases and all-time classics on the big screen like they used to do. Outdoor cinemas such as Popcorn Movie Nights, Be My Kaki Movie Bus and Moviemob are screened every week for free. All you have to do is show up with your picnic mats, popcorn and each other.
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.
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.
One for the adventurous sort, strap on your outdoor gear and escape the urban gridlock for Singapore's nature trails. The MacRitchie Reservoir TreeTop Walk takes you through a mature forest and concludes with a 250m suspension bridge perched 25m above ground. Alternatively, you can take it uphill at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, or surround yourselves with the flora and fauna of the Kranji Marshes.
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?
Can't decide? Go for the ultimate classic picnic date. This timeless idea doesn't require you to travel far. Simply hit up one of Singapore's many parks, lay your mats and baskets on the grassy spot, and enjoy the spectacular sunsets while gazing into each other's eyes. Marina Barrage, Singapore Botanic Gardens and Fort Canning Park are amongst the hot favourites.
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.