You have finally scored the cutest date ever on Tinder and you want to bring them out for a date that they will never forget. However, after scratching your head for hours, you come to the conclusion that Singapore is too small to find anything exciting. No, don’t just give up yet and go to Gardens by the Bay like everyone else. We have a list of things amazing date ideas that will impress your date and help you secure a second date (in which case you can look up this list again).
1. Hawker centre hopping
Cafe hopping is overrated and expensive, and you’ll start feeling broke after visiting the second cafe. Why not do something more Singaporean and go Hawker Centre Hopping? Singapore’s Hawker Centres are the best place to try a variety of delicious foods without destroying your wallet, and getting around from one hawker centre to another is easy as there are so many hawker centres in Singapore are easily accessible by bus or MRT.
Who knows, maybe you will both find hidden food gems during this experience! Even better, having a meal with your date can give you a better opportunity to sit down, talk, and get to know them better.
This however is not a good idea if you are bringing out some spoilt brat who only likes restaurants and cafes, but then again this is actually a good idea to see if you are dating someone who knows how to appreciate the humbler parts of Singapore life. Someone who can’t appreciate the value of Singapore hawker food is not worth dating at all!
Some recommended hawker centres you can hop to are Tiong Bahru Market, Maxwell Food Centre, Golden Mile Food Centre, Chinatown Food Street, Alexandra Village Food Centre, Old Airport Road Food Centre and Bukit Timah Hawker Centre.
Price: Depends on how much you can eat, but it’ll probably be less than $20 per person
Opening Hours: Depends on Hawker Centre
2. Hiking at Telok Blangah Park
We all know of good old Bukit Timah Hill, the usual MacRitchie Treetop Walk and Fort Canning Park. Have you however heard of Telok Blangah Park? Probably not yet. This gem provides several trekking and nature walks for all you athletic, adventurous couples out there. If you and your date are the fitspo kind, this is a great place for the both of you to get fit together. The place is also incredibly scenic, so you’ll have great pictures for the gram as well.
Address: 10, Telok Blangah Green, S109178
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours daily
3. Glow in the dark bowling
We heard of regular bowling, but did you know that you can go cosmic bowling as well? Have fun competing with your date to see who can get a better score while at the same time gaze in awe at your glow in the dark balls roll down the lanes.
Price: From $32/lane
Address: Yishun Safra (60 Yishun Avenue 4, S769027), Safra Tampines (1/A Tampines Street 92, S528882), Orchid Country Club (1 Orchid Club Road, S769162)
Opening Hours: Yishun and Tampines Safra (10 am – 1 am), Orchid Country Club (10 am – 1 am)
4. Watch an outdoor film
One of the most common places to bring a person on a first date is to a cinema to catch a movie. That is overrated, don’t do that anymore. Instead, try watching an outdoor film instead. It makes the movie experience more unique and refreshing, and it gets even cosier when you can snuggle together under the beautiful stars while watching a great film. Even better, it’s free!
Address: 51 Imbiah Walk, Palawan Green, Sentosa, S099538
Opening Hours: 6 pm, every tuesday
5. Paint pictures at Arteastiq
Many famous painters have had tragic love lives which cause them to fall into depression, so they use painting and their art as an escape. You’re much luckier than them because you have a wonderful date that you can bring along to painting classes! Release your inner Picasso by creating amazing masterpieces with your date that you can bring home with you after as a memento. All the materials you need are provided there for you, so it’s really quite value for money as well.
Address: 333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery, #04-14, S238897
Opening Hours: 11 am to 10 pm (Mon – Fri), 10 am to 10 pm (Sat – Sun)
6. Look at cute animals at The Animal Resort or Farmart Centre Singapore
If you both are animal lovers and are quite done with visiting cat cafes and the Singapore Zoo, you can try visiting some of these less heard of animal havens for a new experience.
Tucked away in Seletar is The Animal Resort, an animal paradise where you can spend your day hanging out with some of the most adorable animals ever! Here, you can see animals roam around freely without any restrictions. There are animals such as geese, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, peacocks, a horse and even a cassowary. You can buy a pack of feed for $1 or 3 packs for $2 and have fun feeding the adorable animals.
Address: 81 Seletar West Farmway 5
Opening Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Another place that you can check out is Farmart Centre Singapore. There are plenty of things to do here and have various retail shops, food stalls as well as prawning. But the main highlight would be the animal corner.
Address: 67 Sungei Tengah Road, S699008 (shuttle bus service opposite CCK mall)
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday (9 am – 1 pm), Saturday, Sunday and PH (9 am to 6:30 pm), School holidays (9 am – 4 pm)
7. Catch fish at Orto and Fish@Big Splash
Step back into the past and relieve the good old kampong days where you could go longkang fishing. Don’t worry, you don’t have to get down and dirty and crawl down into an actual longkang to do this activity. You can instead go to places like ORTO at Yishun and Qian Hu Fish Farm. Have fun trying to get these fast fish, it’s not as easy as you think! You can even bring the ones you caught home if you like.
Price: ORTO and Fish@Big Splash is from $12/hr onwards, Qian Hu FIsh Farm is $6 for 30 minutes
Address: ORTO (81 Lorong Chencharu S769198), Qian Hu Fish Farm (71, Jalan Lekar, Sungei Tengah S698950)
Opening Hours: ORTO (Daily, 9 am – 11 pm), Qian Yu Fish Farm (Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 6 pm, Friday – Sunday & Public Holiday, 9 am – 7 pm)
8. Go somewhere you’ve never been before
Despite the fact that the MRT can be a nightmare at times, we have to admit that Singapore’s public transport system is one of the best in the world. You can reach pretty much every corner in Singapore without much fuss. Why not randomly hop onto a bus or train and get off at a stop you’ve never gotten off before with your date and just spend the whole day exploring the place? You’ll never know, you both may end up finding some hidden gems on your little adventure.
I know Singapore’s skies aren’t as exciting as the skies overseas as we don’t have many stars, but our sky is still pretty as is worth looking at. The Science Centre Observatory lets you and your date admire our little island’s pretty sky at night.
Address: Science Centre Singapore Observatory, 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, S609433
Opening Hours: Every Friday (except public holidays) from Jan to mid-Nov, 7:45 pm – 10 pm
10. Have fun up in the air
Airzone at City Square Mall is the world’s first indoor suspended net playground, and it definitely is quite a sight to behold! Release your inner child and get high (literally) with your date. We managed to spend some time here for their new Candyland theme and definitely recommend it!
Address: City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Rd, S208539
Opening Hours: Daily, 11 am – 9 pm
11. Rage Room
Do you feel like beating up your date’s ex for being a horrible person to your date? It’s illegal to do that in Singapore, but you can always vent that anger out at the Rage Room. Bash away at plates and bowls and other breakable things here to release all that pent up hate and anger. It’ll feel just as good and it’s good bonding time with your date as well.
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Price: $75/two people for 30 mins
Opening Hours: 1 pm – 10 pm
Address: The Fragment Room, 3 Balestier Rd, S329671
Camping is fun, but it’s a rather unglamourous activity for a first date. Save that for when you both have reached the stage where you can fart in each other’s faces without feeling embarrassed. For now, you can go glamping, which is essentially glamorous camping. These tents will make you feel like you and your date are in another world. The tent is gorgeously decorated with fairy lights and is stocked up with a double bed, down feather pillows, lots of squishy cushions and rugs as well.
They even have complimentary drinks and snacks for when you’re both feeling a bit peckish. You guys can go ahead and have a picnic, go cycling along the beach and watch the sunset together. It’s just like a staycation, but with a fun twist!
More information here.
Price: From $160/night
13. Do a Macklemore and go thrift shopping at Salvation Army
Only got $20 in your pocket? Go and pop some tags at the Salvation Army! This place is not just a boring, dusty old thrift store, you can find little treasures here too! Forage around here with your date to look for little keepsakes to bring back home for the memories.
Price: If you have more than $20 in your pocket you can always spend that too
Address: 500 Upper Bukit Timah Road, S678106
Opening Hours: 10 am – 5.30 pm
Singapore may be small, but that doesn’t mean there’s completely nothing to do here with your date. We hope this article gave you some ideas on what to do. Remember, there’s more to what we mentioned here! With a little bit of effort and some creativity, you can always think of something fun and interesting to do on a first date that will make them want to continue dating you.
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