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The best unique and fun date ideas in Singapore

When it comes to romance, here are some creative ideas and fun ways to up the loving feeling in Singapore

By Michelle Ng, Delfina Utomo and Cam Khalid |
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The Karting Arena
Photo: The Karting Arena The Karting Arena

Ah, the perils of dating. So you've exhausted your list of cafés to café hop together and you've had enough of boring movie and dinner dates. 'What else is there to do in Singapore?', you question. It's time to spice things up a little with some fun and unique activities to do with your main squeeze.

They say the course of true love never did run smooth so it's time to skip the mediocre date nights for something al little more exciting. Here's a list of date ideas in Singapore where all you couples can do all your couple-ly things together.

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Forest Adventure
Photo: Forest Adventure
Kids

Unleash your inner Ninja Warrior

Bedok

Take both hearts of steel to this treetop course at Bedok Reservoir Park. Overcome the Grand Course together where there are 44 wobbly crossings and three breath-taking zip lines across the water. Safety first, prepare to be strapped on with a harness and briefed on using your equipment and how to move on the course. But don't worry, once you're on the course, you're free to swing like Tarzan and Jane – we'll let you decide on that roleplay.

Things to do

Speed date with an actual race

Bukit Timah

Show your date how fast you're willing to move – you know, if taking things slow ain't your thing. The Karting Arena bills itself as ‘Singapore’s first-ever permanent electric karting track’. To let the numbers do the talking, the track is 545m long, 8m wide, and has 11 turns, including a hairpin and a chicane.The karts here are electric – meaning they produce no fume and little noise – but we are promised that they can reach speeds of 30 to 50km/h, and can outperform their gasoline-powered brothers. And even if you don’t know how to drive, it’s all good. No license is required, so get ready to hit the tarmac and channel your inner Lewis Hamilton.

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Bars and pubs

Challenge your date to a game

Flex those thumbs and challenge your date at the city's liveliest arcade bars. Work those flippers at Pinball Wizard, apply Ryu's Hadouken at Nineteen80, score some mini-goals at Level Up or hit the bullseye at HopHeads – regardless who emerges champion, your night will be an absolute fun one.

floating donut company

Whatever floats your donut

If renting a whole yacht for a romantic evening is way too extravagant for you, settle for a floating donut instead. Plus, it comes with dinner and views as well. Book your table on the water with the Floating Donut Company where packages start from $29 per person. Cruise around the Marina Bay area on a floating donut while you sip on cold beer and tuck into fresh seafood. And if you're worried about the sun, there's even UV sun shades to protect you from the hot, hot, heat. 

 

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Things to do

Walk through hell and back

Kent Ridge

Now you can officially say that you've walked through hell with your date at Haw Par Villa. If your partner loves all things kooky, a trip and stroll through the theme park of horrors would be a good bonding activity. Multicoloured statues and tableaux – some looking rather neglected– depict scenes from Chinese history and mythology. The highlight is 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. A good conversation starter, that's for sure. 

Shopping, Bookshops

Books and meditation

Chinatown

Always wanted to have a reading date with your partner? Get cosy at bookstore, event and café space, The Moon. With its warm lighting, wood furniture and comfy plush cushions sprawled across the reading room on the second and third floor, you can have quiet and fierce discussions about your favourite books and stories. The Moon also holds monthly meditation sessions in the evenings so if you want to take things to another (spiritual) level...

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Coney Island
Photo: Delfina Utomo
Things to do

Discover secret beaches

Punggol

Hiking can be romantic too, especially if you have the rustic and charming island of Coney Island to yourself early in the morning. You don't even need a ferry to get to the island, just a pair of good walking shoes will do. There are well-made trails to stick to on the island but you can also choose the rockier coastal trail that leads to hidden beaches. 

Things to do, Games and hobbies

Tee off like Tiger Woods

Raffles Place

If you can recall, Singapore’ first indoor mini golf course is LilliPutt located at the now-defunct recreational park Big Splash, before closing permanently in 2016. Two years later, the ball-putting activity is back to fulfil the cliché of a teenage rom-com with the launch of Holey Moley, originally from Brisbane. The golf course features 27 holes, where each is themed a pop culture reference such as TV shows and nostalgic games. You won’t find grimy kids here as Holey Moley is not just an indoor mini golf course, but also a social place, complete with a spirits-laden bar and a live DJ set, for adults and adult pursuits.

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Bukit Brown Cemetery

Go ghost hunting

Now that you realise the both of you share the similar affinity for the supernatural, paranormal and everything in between, it’s now time to seal the deal of this match made in heaven. While a horror movie date sounds nice, we say think bigger. We're talking embarking on a spooky trail around some of the rumoured haunted spots in Singapore. From Old Changi Hospital to Bukit Brown Cemetery, these places have been sought after in hopes of achieving a supernatural sighting. Furthermore, independent entities such as All Things Bukit Brown and Journeys hold guided tours so that you do not go walking aimlessly with a chance of never returning. And what better is a reason to hold on each other for dear life during one of these scare treks?

Segway tours

Segway off into the sunset

Because walking is so passé, why not wheel into happiness with your beau? Feel the rush of adrenaline and heartfelt emotions when you jet off on a segway, while savouring the beautiful cityscape of Singapore. Via segwaytours.com.sg, you can select segway tours from in the vicinities of Downtown East, Marina Bay or Sentosa, where you and your other half will rediscover Singapore on these two-wheeled speedsters, led by a guide. Isn’t that better than having sedentary dinner and movie date?

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Andsoforth - Grimsneyland

Book an immersive theatrical dining experience

Book a table with Andsoforth for an immersive theatrical dining experience at a secret venue where you feast on stories over the course of a meal. Don’t expect a ho-hum dinner – it plays out scenes with different characters throughout your meal. You never know, happily ever after may just be around the corner!

Attractions, Arcades and amusements

Put your skills to the test

Nothing like putting on your thinking cap as you try to escape rooms filled with puzzles and vexing scenarios. Test your compatibility and teamwork as both of you put your brains together to work your way through the challenges. It's a test of sorts if you ask us.

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Bounce Singapore
Jared Vethaak
Kids

Make your heart bounce

Orchard

There isn’t a moment of stillness at Bounce Singapore, where you can jump off walls and fly through the air. This addition to the trampoline scene has three areas designed for different interests and various levels of difficulty, so you and your partner can outjump each other in absolute euphoria. Awkward silence – what's that?

Restaurants, European

Dine in absolute darkness

Rochor

What makes this different to booking a table at a restaurant? Get this: having a meal in total darkness without knowing what’s going into your mouth. But once you give in to the experience of dining in the dark, dinner at NOX proves to be a fun and enlightening rollercoaster ride. At this reservations-only, two-storey shophouse restaurant, you'll be guided with hands firmly on the shoulders of your polite, blind or visually-impaired waiter (specially hired and trained by the restaurant) to make your way slowly up into the 60-seat upstairs dining room. Great for messy eaters and big talkers – you're pretty much covered in the dark.

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Henderson Waves
Photo: Bill Rosgen/Flickr
Sport and fitness, Walking

Catch a romantic sunset

Bukit Merah

There's just something about watching the sun set in golden-orange glory with your partner. The wave-shaped 36-metre pedestrian bridge connecting Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park, makes a good spot for a stroll under the stars.

Glamping Society

Camp under the stars

Gaze out into the constellation as you and your special someone lounge on a comfy bed in a big bell tent – decorated by helium-filled metallic balloons and lit by dreamy fairy lights, no less. And you don’t even need to lift a finger – let the romantic minds behind Glamping Society set up the private pop-up ‘hotel room’ ($480) by the sea and keep you both well fed with delights like fresh strawberries, cakes, sandwiches and chilled sparkling wine.

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Attractions, Arcades and amusements

Break your problems

Kallang

Before things get way too serious, head down to the Fragment Room for a smashing good time. The Fragment Room makes the perfect rage room for you and your partner to release any suppressed frustrations through smashing plates, glasses, electronic appliances and more. Instant gratification is guaranteed, and in a sense, it signifies you’re breaking all your issues and moving on together with a clean start.

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