Nothing gets hearts swooning as quickly as a good view, and in Singapore, there are plenty of top spots around the city that can provide a great vista for your date, from swanky rooftop bars to hidden garden spaces and outdoor trails.
Food and Drinks up High
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of city views are, of course, the range of sky high bars and lounges topping some of our CBD-area skyscrapers. Among the usual suspects are 1-Altitude – the highest alfresco bar in the world – on the roof of One Raffles, New Asia Bar on the 70th floor of Swissotel The Stamford, CÉ LA VI, and its flanking Sands SkyPark at the top of Marina Bay Sands.
If you’re looking for something a little less textbook in MBS, go up to The Cheese & Chocolate Bar on the 37th floor. Open after the sun sets at 8pm daily, the venue offers a nightly buffet of cheese and chocolate ($48) with wine flights to lubricate conversation starting at $19 for three glasses. If malt’s more your speed, head up to microbrewery Level33 on the – you guessed it – 33rd floor of the Marina Bay Financial Centre, where the views of the Esplanade and its boulevard, the Singapore River and the CBD from their outdoor terrace are like none other.
On the western fringe of the CBD, Fabrika on the 17th level of boutique hotel, Klapsons, looks out over the shipping lanes powering Singapore’s economy, and just two streets away, Graffiti Sky Bar up on the 29th floor of the Carlton City Hotel Singapore at Tanjong Pagar feeds the eyes and conversation with the area’s heritage-tinged views.
If you’d rather stay away from the bar crowd (or if you’re not sure whether your date is worth splashing out premium prices on drinks just yet), there are plenty of places with free views to pick from. The steps outside Central mall at Clarke Quay offer a great vantage point looking out to bustling Clarke Quay nightspots across the river, while Esplanade’s garden-decorated, fourth level rooftop area offers a lovely view of Marina Bay for a quieter, romantic date spot just for the two of you.
Orchard Central’s arty rooftop on its 11th and 12th levels features tranquil pools and art by Singaporean Victor Tan and famed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, offering a hidden sanctuary from the busy streets of Orchard Road below. Meanwhile, VivoCity’s SkyPark offers a little something extra on a Saturday evening, with fireworks displays from Resorts World Sentosa setting the night ablaze in their shared piece of sky.
Arguably the best views of the city for cheap, however, can be seen from the 50th floor skybridge of Singapore’s tallest public housing apartments, the Pinnacle@Duxton. It costs $5 (which can be deducted from your EZ-Link card) to get to the top, where you can take in panoramic views spanning from the modern CBD to historic Chinatown and a variety of settings from pool to garden over its 500-metre sky walk.
For the scientific romantics, stargaze with your partner and discover real constellations that aren’t just the signal lights from an aeroplane. The Observatory at the Singapore Science Centre hosts free stargazing sessions every Friday night, complete with an amateur astrology class to help you learn together.
For an adventurous day out, explore the MacRitchie Nature Trail and use the opportunity to take her hand as you cross the wobbly free-standing suspension bridge spanning Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang, the two highest points in MacRitchie. Or head west of Bukit Timah Hill to the disused Singapore Quarry at the Dairy Farm Nature Park, which can work as a lovely backdrop for a picnic and day out in the sun. More active types can also get their blood pumping with a hike up to the Henderson Waves, with the iconic undulating bridge offering a great view out to the ocean.
If you’re really looking for something off the beaten path, head off the mainland (without a passport!) – just outside of Marina Bay lies Lazarus Island, one of the eight islets of Singapore’s Southern Islands that hides a stretch of pure tan sand and cerulean waves at Seringat Beach, where you can ogle at each other in beach wear. A round-trip ferry at Marina South Pier costs $18 per ticket, stopping at the neighbouring St John’s and Kusu Islands as well.