Go on a date? Why can’t we just Netflix?

When there are so many things to do in Singapore, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to planning the perfect date. Is this for your first date? Do you want something adventurous or romantic? Or perhaps, you’re looking for an at-home date night idea. More importantly, it’s important to realise that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a good date. Sometimes, it’s all about spending quality tine with each other. Hence, we’ve also included several free and cheap date ideas for those who are on a budget.

From romantic breakfasts in bed to seaside movie screenings and sunset picnics, here are 25 date ideas in Singapore for couples.

Date ideas for every occasion

Adventurous date ideas:
1. Obstacle course
2. Go-Karting
3. Axe Factor
4. Island Hopping
5. Farm visits
6. Ghost Tour
7. Arcade
8. VR Games
9. Mini Golf
10. Escape Room
11. The Fragment Room

Free date ideas
12. Co-op mystery games on the phone
13. Watch the sunset
14. Chill at the rooftop
15. Watch a movie at home

Artsy date ideas
16. Crafts workshops
17. Personalised perfume workshop
18. Art jamming
19. Cocktail workshops
20. Baking classes

Casual date ideas
21. Photoshoot at self photo studios
22. Romantic dinner
23. Cafe hopping
24. Picnic
25. Onsen spa

Fun date ideas in Singapore for adventurous couple

1. Obstacle course

They say that “true love conquers all obstacles”, so here’s a date idea that puts your compatibility at test. With an array of obstacle courses in Singapore to choose from, from beginner to expert levels you and your partner really don’t have to be sporty to enjoy this date. It’s also perfect for the first date! Because you’ll be too busy clinging onto your life instead of thinking about how awkward your conversation of the weather is.

2. Go-Karting

Photo: The Palawan @ Sentosa

Go-karting on a date might not be novel, but go-karting Mario Kart-style is sure to impress your date.

HyperDrive is a newly-opened indoor gamified go-kart at The Palawan @ Sentosa. Unleash your competitive spirits in a friendly race, with “weapons” and “boosters” to outmaneuver your date. Special powers like “Missle!” momentarily slows down the target in front of you, while “Boost!”, which propels you ahead with a burst of speed.

3. Axe Factor

If you’re not worried about scaring your date away, try your hand at axe throwing! Channel your inner lumberjack as you aim for the bullseye. It’s a cathartic session, and you can even enjoy a friendly competition with each other. It’s the perfect opportunity for some light-hearted banter and shared laughter.

4. Island Hopping

If the city is too dull for you, perhaps one of Singapore’s off-shore islands would interest you and your date instead. Explore the wildlife and fauna with a bike expedition at Coney Island, snorkel at St Johns Island, or glamp under the stars at Lazarus Island. Each island offers a refreshing escape from the ordinary. 

5. Farm visits

Goat milking and feeding in Singapore's only goat farm. Source: Hay Dairies
Photo: Hay Dairies

Cafe-hopping is outdated, take your date on a farm-hopping date instead. The farms in Singapore are mainly located in Lim Chu Kang, such as Hay Dairies, Qian Hu Fish Farm, and Bollywood Veggies offering goat feeding, longkang fishing, and a farm-to-table dining experience experience respectively. This date idea provides a refreshing break from urban life, offering a laid-back setting that’s both wholesome and heartwarming.

6. Ghost Tour

If you’re a fan of the “horror movie” date trope, take it to the next level with a ghost tour!

Unveil the mysteries and spooky stories of Singapore’s historic sites, turning a conventional evening into an unforgettable adventure. Out of the various ghost tours to choose from, the most popular is the Creepy Tales of Singapore Tour.

7. Arcade

Sweat it out with a basketball challenge, racing, shoot-out, and more.

The dynamic and nostalgic setting of an arcade is sure to add an extra layer of excitement to your date. If you’re deciding on which arcade to visit, Cow Play Cow Moo is currently the most popular one, offering a wide variety of machines such as coin dozer, retro games and claw machines. In addition, their prizes include popular characters such as Disney, Sanrio, and more.

8. VR games

For the more modern gamers, perhaps a virtual reality (VR) game center might be more intriguing.

Step into a world of VR for an extraordinary date. Explore fantasy worlds together, or fight back-to-back in an apocalyptic world. Either way, it’s bound to be a memorable date with your partner.

9. Mini Golf

UltraGolf is Singapore’s freshest mini golf experience. You might be more familiar with themed mini golfs, spruced up with crazy locomotives or popular characters we are familiar with. Remember the Game of Thrones hole?

While this is a classic all-greens mini golf course, it offers a tournament-worthy map, spanning over 1,900 square metres. You can also plan more activities in the area, such as the newly-opened beach club and go-kart at The Palawan @ Sentosa, or simply chilling at the beach.

10. Escape room

Photo: Xcape Singapore

Whether you prefer solving a detective case, navigating a fantasy realm, or surviving a zombie apocalypse, there’s an escape room scenario to suit every couple’s taste. Overall, an escape room date offers an engaging and dynamic experience that goes beyond the typical dinner-and-a-movie routine, making it a perfect choice for couples looking to spice up their outings.

11. The Fragment Room

Release any pent-up stress and tension with your partner at The Fragment Room. This unique date idea allows you to express yourselves by smashing and breaking items in a controlled environment. It’s a cathartic experience that not only relieves stress but also adds an element of unpredictability and fun to your date night.

Free date ideas

12. Co-op mystery games at home

This is perfect for the homebodies, or couples who are doing long distance.

Download co-operative mystery games on your mobile phones and solve them together while you’re on a Zoom call!

Catch a cryptic killer in Unsolved Case, find an escape route together in We Were Here, and solve a puzzle in Alone Together. Best part — they’re all free!

13. Watch the sunset

Photo: Trip.com

Sometimes, you don’t need an elaborate plan. Each other’s company is simply enough for the perfect date. But who says you can’t take it up a notch with the help of nature.

Specifically — a sunset. Whether you choose a beachside setting, a picturesque viewpoint, or the comfort of a rooftop, the mesmerising streaks of orange and gold of a sunset can easily turn an ordinary evening into an extraordinary memory.

14. Chill at rooftop

Take your date night to the next level, quite literally, by unwinding at a rooftop bar or lounge.

Delight in sweeping vistas of the city skyline, savor expertly crafted cocktails, and immerse yourselves in the easygoing atmosphere. This sophisticated yet laid-back date idea offers an ideal backdrop for intimate conversations and shared laughter.

15. Watch a movie at home

You can’t go wrong with a little Netflix (and chill) in the comforts of your own home.

Re-watch your comfort sitcoms together, hold each other in a heart-thumping horror, or reignite your spark with one of the classic romance movies.

2024 is also the year for many highly-anticipated movies such as Dune: Part Two and Deadpool 3. If you can’t wait for them to be available on streaming sites, you can also sign up for the Golden Village Annual Pass to enjoy movies on the big screen at $7.5 per ticket.

Artsy date ideas

16. Crafts workshops

Photo: Arudio

Engaging in craft workshops not only brings a breath of fresh air to your usual date routine but also provides a lasting memento to commemorate your shared experience. There’s an undeniable charm in creating something together, and crafting offers a delightful way to express creativity as a couple. While pottery workshops are a classic choice, you can elevate your crafting adventures by exploring unique DIY sessions such as tufting, jewelry making, or leather crafting.

17. Perfume workshop

This interactive experience allows you and your date to explore different scents, experiment with blending various notes, and ultimately create a personalised perfume that reflects your individual preferences and the chemistry between you two.

It’s more than just creating a perfume. The process involves collaboration and creativity, allowing you to learn more about each other’s preferences. Plus, every time you wear the fragrance, it becomes a subtle yet intimate reminder of the special day you spent crafting it together.

18. Art Jamming

If you’ve seen the “swapping our canvases every five minutes” date idea on TikTok, you’ll understand just how romantic art jamming is.

Most art jamming sessions in Singapore averages at $20 per pax. Some includes an instructor to guide you step-by-step, while others allow you to indulge in an afternoon tea snack. If you foresee you and your partner doing this multiple times, it might be most cost efficient to purchase your art materials from Art Friend, one of the biggest art supply store in Singapore.

19. Cocktail Workshops

Take bar dates to the next level by making your own cocktails instead of simply purchasing them.

A cocktail workshop in Singapore averages at $100 per person, which, if you were to break the cost down, is only slightly pricier than ordering drinks at a bar. Most workshops includes three cocktails, while some even allow you to bring the cocktail equipment home.

20. Baking classes

The baking scenes in romance films might look like a cliche, but let’s admit, we all want to have someone to throw flour at. Hence, why not sign up for a baking class where you can knead dough, pipe icing, and enjoy the fruits of your labour together!

Casual things to do in Singapore for couples

21. Solo photoshoot at self photo studios

Capture your shared moments together with a self-photoshoot.

Self photo studios offers the perfect setting to immortalise your connection without any third-party awkwardness. You can either go for a classic plain background shoot, or strike quirky poses and experiment with different props. The most important thing is to express your love for each other, capturing the essence of your unique connection.

22. Romantic dinner

Photo: Boaters’ Bar / Facebook

If you’re all out of options, there is always a romantic dinner to fall back on.

Whether it’s a candlelit dinner at a fine dining establishment or a cosy evening at a hidden gem, a romantic dinner allows you to create lasting memories while indulging in the pleasures of good food and each other’s company.

23. Cafe hopping

Perhaps the most basic date idea on the list, but cafe-hopping is a great option to spend quality time together.

Picture yourselves nestled in a cosy corner, surrounded by the inviting aroma of freshly ground coffee beans and the gentle hum of conversation. Whether you want to get brunch, or a lighter afternoon tea with a croissant and coffee, Singapore’s cafe scene caters to every preference.

24. Picnics

Step away from the urban hustle and embrace a delightful connection with nature through a charming and straightforward picnic date. Pick a picturesque park, prepare your preferred treats, and relax together on a cosy picnic mat. You can even elevate it easily with additions as simple as fairy lights, a speaker, and tablet to stream movies!

25. Onsen spa

Indulge in relaxation and intimacy with an onsen spa date.

Elements Wellness’ Weekday Couple Koyamaki Onsen offers an intimate and soothing experience to melt away both of your stress. Start off with a relaxing body massage, before spending quality time in a private onsen bath, complete with a gorgeous Japanese scenery as the backdrop.

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