Who says Paris is the only City of Love? Singapore may be a small diamond-shaped island, but it’s definitely big in the heart-shaped department. While there are the usual suspects – romantic restaurants and intimate bars – to celebrate love, love is in the air everywhere else in the city too. Trade the movies for live music at the Esplanade, the wilting roses for the gorgeous blooms at Gardens by the bay, and the sweet treats for sea life at S.E.A Aquarium. Fall in love on a dreamy date at some of the most romantic spots in Singapore.
There's just something about cosying up with your partner in the shell-like ridges on the dimly-lit, wave-shaped pedestrian bridge to watch the sunset in all its golden-orange glory. The bridge also makes a refreshing stroll under the stars, taking you from Mount Faber to Telok Blangah Hill Park, or vice-versa.
If your beau leaves you starry-eyed, take it up a notch at Science Centre Singapore's The Observatory. Look past the artificial illumination of the city and to the stars light-years away with its 40-centimetre mega-telescope. Because this observatory is one of the few in the world located so close to the equator, it offers stargazers views of both the northern and southern hemispheres. Don't forget to make a wish when you spot a shooting star.
Your bae is the only Bae-watch (y'know like Baywatch) you'll ever need at Palawan Beach. Located between Sentosa’s Siloso Beach and Tanjong Beach, this stretch of calm water and fine grain sand is considered the most romantic of the three. Plus, with swaying palm trees, cool breeze, tranquil waters and a tower for a bird’s eye view of Sentosa, all while having a cocktail in hand and toes in the sand, no pair of beach bums can resist.
While it's all romantic to admire the stunning lotus-shaped building and the city skyline in unison, nothing beats marveling at interactive works that marry art, science, culture and technology. Feast your eyes on a kaleidoscope of immersive digital art installations by award-winning Japanese art collective teamLab at the permanent exhibition Future World. Highlights include Transcending Boundaries, where couples can meander through the digitally-rendered garden featuring waterfalls that log in accordance with the laws of physics, butterflies that fly away upon touch, cherry blossoms that scatter like they would in the wind and more – how romantic.
Nothing like fresh air and picturesque views. Stop and smell the roses as you take a romantic stroll through the majestic, gargantuan gardens surrounded by exotic foliage. Check the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome for rotating displays, Floral Fantasy for colourful blooms, and the new Supertree Observatory for panoramic vistas of the Gardens. Take it from us, it's even more romantic at sunset when the Super Grove light show is on.
Bask in stellar views with the cool breeze in your hair as you navigate the waters on a luxury yacht at Marina at Keppel Bay. If all that sailing got you and your partner working up an appetite, indulge in a lavish meal at any one of the waterfront restaurants including Ristorante Palermo, Sushi Jiro, Bayswater Kitchen, and Privé at Keppel Bay. Nothing like a dinner date with stunning views – your partner included.
No doubt, Esplanade is a star when it comes to date locations. From its lovely 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 an obstructed view of the city at the rooftop terrace, this is one free spot to up the romantic ante.
Go for the classic picnic date. This timeless idea doesn't require you to travel far. Simply hit up the Singapore Botanic Gardens, lay your mats and baskets on the grassy spot, and enjoy the spectacular sunsets while gazing into each other's eyes. Otherwise, go on a nature trail around the Gardens and discover the flora and fauna that calls it home.
Forget your usual café – make a date for this whimsical space that brings you into the library of your favourite chronicles. It carries a wide variety of genres from modern literature to illustrated cooking books and thought-provoking non-fiction reads for you and your bookish date to browse through. With its warm lighting, wood furniture and comfy plush cushions sprawled across the reading room on the third floor, The Moon makes a chill spot for an afternoon read together with a cup of coffee in hand, of course.
Surround yourselves with the wonders of aquatic life at the dreamy S.E.A Aquarium. Not only is the vibrant sea life here a great conversation starter, but it's also tons of fun when you're trying to spot as many species as you can. What's even romantic is the Ocean Suites where both of you can spend the night with the fishes in a room that overlooks the aquarium.