Top 10 places for first dates in Singapore

Top 10 places for first dates in Singapore
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This article was originally on GET.com at: Top 10 Places For First Dates In Singapore

You know you've clearly been hit by cupid when all you can think about is spending some alone time with this special someone who's been setting your heart aflutter even with a WhatsApp message in the most random hours of the day. How bizarre, right?

Is that surge of coyness so not you? Dismiss it, be yourself and just have fun.

Going on your first date can seem daunting but the only way to know if there will be a second date (and third, fourth...millionth date) is to go on your first date with this person, one-on-one. Well, chiong-ing tutorials in the school library doesn't count!

Also, we totally understand if you aren't intending to spend a big portion of your paycheck or allowance on your first date. After all, having fun doesn't necessarily have to cost a bomb, right?

Here are the Top 10 Places For First Dates in Singapore that range from $0 to approximately $100 and up that we at GET.com reckon will be helpful for you regardless of whether you are a hopeless romantic or an adrenaline junkie.

First Date For The Hopeless Romantics

1. Impress Your Date With An Off-The-Charts Experience At Prive Cafe

Photo: Prive @ Keppel Bay

Located on Singapore's only private island at 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Prive Cafe is set to wow both you and your date. This casual waterfront cafe is best known for its award-winning eggs benedict and brunch menu in addition to its burgers, milkshakes and sweet treats.

I'd recommend you dine alfresco so that both you and your date can watch the pristine white yachts bob up and down the serene waters, feel the breeze and soak up the warm rays!

If you want to take things up a notch, take your date on a stroll down the Marina at Keppel Bay. The view at night is stunning!

One thing to note - please make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance especially if you're looking to dine there during weekends or on festive holidays.

Address:

Prive @ Keppel Bay

Marina at Keppel Bay

No. 2 Keppel Bay Vista

Singapore 098382

2. Soar Into The Skies At ME@OU

Photo: ME@OUE

Located on Singapore's only private island at 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Prive Cafe is set to wow both you and your date. This casual waterfront cafe is best known for its award-winning eggs benedict and brunch menu in addition to its burgers, milkshakes and sweet treats.

I'd recommend you dine alfresco so that both you and your date can watch the pristine white yachts bob up and down the serene waters, feel the breeze and soak up the warm rays!

If you want to take things up a notch, take your date on a stroll down the Marina at Keppel Bay. The view at night is stunning!

One thing to note - please make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance especially if you're looking to dine there during weekends or on festive holidays.

Address:

Prive @ Keppel Bay

Marina at Keppel Bay

No. 2 Keppel Bay Vista

Singapore 098382

First Date For The Laid-back Individuals

3. Enjoy Your Date’s Company While Brunching At PoTeaTo

Photo: PoTeaTo

Nestled in the hipster Tiong Bahru precinct, PoTeaTo is a quaint little bistro cafe where you'll find potato-inspired dishes, affordable brunches, a myriad of hot brewed teas and cakes.

Even though my boyfriend and I have been together for five/six years or so, we thoroughly enjoyed our weekend date there when we visited recently on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

This cosy cafe has a lovely ambience that anyone looking to chill out and chit chat will appreciate.

You'll be happy to know that their staff won't "chase" you off just because you've finished eating.

Of the hot tea, pancakes and sweet potato fries that we had, their fragrant oolong rose tea and fluffy pancakes were pretty decent!

Address:

PoTeaTo

78 Yong Siak Street

#01-18

Singapore 163078

4. Chill In Good Company At Timbre @ The Substation

Photo: Timbre Music

If your date is someone who loves a good ol' laid-back chill-out session, take him or her to Timbre @ The Substation.

Tucked away from the maddening crowd in a hidden nook at Armenian Street, Timbre @ The Substation is a fresh fusion of live music gigs put up by homegrown musicians, yummy grub and a good range of drinks.

I love Timbre for their fantastic live music, refreshing lime margarita and thin crust roasted duck pizza! Just so you know, Timbre is usually rather packed, so I suggest you visit earlier to chope seats lest you end up whiling away your time queueing.

Psst, Timbre has two other branches in Singapore - they're located at The Arts House and Gillman Barracks respectively.

Address:

Timbre @ The Substation

45 Armenian Street

The Substation Garden

Singapore 179936

First Date For The Night Owls

5. Kite Flying Under The Stars At Marina Barrage

Photo: Hazrul Idzwan

For the night owls out there, you'll be happy to know that you can go kite-flying at night at Marina Barrage when dusk falls.

What's not to love when you get to hang out with your date and have fun when it is quieter and cooler? Plus, it's highly unlikely that you'll have to jostle for space and you get to feast your eyes on the bedazzling night view of our city skyline!

Address:

Marina Barrage

8 Marina Gardens Drive

Singapore 018951

6. Cosmic Bowling At Orchid Bowl @ SAFRA Yishun, SAFRA Tampines and E!hub

Photo: Orchid Bowl

I don't know about you but however much I like my EDMs from Hardwell or Alesso, a first date comprising a night out clubbing just doesn't quite make the cut. It doesn't even sound like a right move, aye!

Go glow-in-the-dark bowling instead! Cosmic Bowling is basically a marriage between glowing bowling balls and pins, thumping party music and discotheque lights. Cheers to having a ball of a time laughing and grooving along with your date!

As seen from the promotion in the image above, Cosmic Bowling Nites are held on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to closing time at SAFRA Yishun, SAFRA Tampines and E!hub.

Addresses:

Orchid Bowl @ SAFRA Yishun Country Club

60 Yishun Avenue 4

SAFRA Yishun Country Club

#02-V2

Singapore 769027

Orchid Bowl @ SAFRA Tampines

1A Tampines Street 92

SAFRA Tampines

#03-01

Singapore 528882

Orchid Bowl @ E!hub

No. 1 Pasir Ris Close

E!hub Downtown East

#01-111

Singapore 519599

First Date For The Adrenaline Junkies

7. Forest Adventure At Bedok Reservoir Park


Photo: Forest Adventure

If your date is an outdoorsy individual with a knack for adrenaline-inducing activities, Forest Adventure may very well be the perfect place for your first date.

Hidden within Bedok Reservoir park, Forest Adventure is Singapore's first and only treetop adventure course designed for the masses.

The rope course built in the trees comprises challenging yet fun obstacles such as ladders, nets, trapezes, tunnels and swings. It makes of a pretty fun-filled trip in the woods away from the concrete jungle that encases us all on a daily basis, don't you think?

Just in case you're wondering, the Grand Course for adults and juniors has 34 different obstacles and takes around 2.5 hours to complete!

Address:

Forest Adventure

Bedok Reservoir Park

Bedok Reservoir Road

Singapore 479244

8. Kayak/Canoe/Pedal Boat At Kallang Basin


Photo: Singapore Sports Hub

If you and your date have always wanted to try your hands at kayaking, canoeing or pedal boating, here's your chance to plan ahead and impress him or her.

Enter our very own Water Sports Centre. Catering for public and community use as well as for national athlete training, the Water Sports Centre offers a variety of canoes, kayaks and pedal boats for rent.

Also, they've got water sports courses available for the public in case you're wondering! Head on over to their website to find out more.


The chart here shows you how much the rental costs are.
Photo: Singapore Sports Hub 

Address:

Water Sports Centre

8 Stadium Walk

Singapore 397699

First Date For The Nature Lovin' Ones

9. Bask In Nature's Arms At Labrador Nature Reserve


Photo: Shutterstock

Those who are in sync with the wondrous world of nature can venture to Labrador Nature Reserve for an enriching, fun day out.

Labrador Nature Reserve is an oasis of natural tranquillity that is teeming with wildlife. What's not to love when you get to explore prime foliage and enjoy picturesque views of the glistening sea altogether?

Aside from basking in nature's arms while strolling along the Labrador Nature and Coastal Walk's three distinct sections - Alexandra Garden Trail, Berlayer Creek Mangrove Trail and Bukit Chermin Boardwalk - both you and your date can picnic at the park or dine at Tamarind Hill Singapore for some Siamese cuisine.

Address:

Labrador Nature Reserve

Labrador Villa Road

Singapore 119187

10. Go On An Escapade At St. John's Island


Photo: Singapore Island Cruise & Ferry Services

For the ultimate unorthodox first date for the fun-loving people, consider taking your date somewhere special away from the hustle and bustle of city living at St. John's Island.

Did you know that St. John's Island is home to three of the cleanest swimming lagoons amongst all of Singapore's offshore islands? Here, you can soak up the sun, enjoy a picnic on the clean sandy beach, laze the day away, go for a dip in the lagoons or explore the island's many winding tracks.

This idyllic getaway is a haven for a host of flora and fauna and will surely appeal to those who prefer something more understated and quiet in nature.

How To Get There:

Get a two-way ferry ticket from Singapore Island Cruise at $18/pax.

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