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Solo date ideas? We’ve got you.

Whenever we share about the best things to do in Singapore over the weekends, we get a lot of comments about nothing having someone to go with. While going on dates is obviously great, spending some alone time has its own charms too.

Solo dates are underrated. You get to indulge in your own personal interests without any compromise or distractions, and you get to recharge your social battery. Hence, if you’re looking for some appropriate activities to indulge in alone, take yourself on a solo date with one of these 18 best solo date ideas in Singapore.

What are the best self date ideas?

Free solo date ideas
1. Art jamming
2. Watch a movie at home
3. Art exhibitions in Singapore
4. DIY spa day at home
5. Workout
6. Take fun personality quizzes

Fun things to do when you’re alone
7. The Fragment Room
8. Prawning
9. Hit the arcade
10. Explore a neighbourhood
11. Thrift for hidden gems
12. Retail therapy

Chill date activities in Singapore
13. Solo staycation
14. Cafe hopping
15. Relax at a Japanese onsen
16. Enjoy a soothing massage
17. Read at a book cafe
18. Watch a sunset
19. Hit the bars

Free and cheap date ideas

1. Get creative with art jamming

Girl paints alone at an art jamming session
Photo: Arteastiq

Relieve stress as you disconnect from the real world and immerse yourself with some crafts. Art Jamming is absolutely a calming experience as you are able to set your own pace and rhythm, experiment with various art techniques, and connect more with your inner self while enjoying a cup of tea or gourmet afternoon treats.

Arteastiq is one of the more popular art jamming studios in Singapore. Each session, priced at $48 per pax, includes a 50 x 50cm canvas, unlimited acrylic paint, paintbrushes, palette and one complimentary beverage.

Arteastiq

2. Watch a movie

Whether it’s your comfort sitcom, thrillers, comedies or heart-thumping TVB dramas, you can’t go wrong with binging some movies or TV shows at home.

Alternatively, you could catch highly-anticipated movie releases, such as Dune: Part II and Deadpool 3, on the big screens. Movie tickets only cost $7.5 with the Golden Village Annual Pass.

3. Appreciate artworks for free

Cheng Soo Pieng. Free art exhibition at National Gallery Singapore
Photo: National Gallery Singapore

Explore museums and art exhibitions at your own pace.

Whether you’re there to appreciate or interpret the pieces of art, when you’re alone, you’re free from the pressure of moving one point to another to quickly. Navigate the museum’s halls and galleries according to your own interests with zero distractions. Feel free to appreciate an artifact or art piece for as long as you please without the need to rush off.

Oh, but since you’ll be all alone. Don’t forget to pack a tripod if you want to take Instagrammable photos!

4. Spa day at home

If you’ve been having a rough week at work, pamper yourself with a spa day at home.

Pour a glass of wine, set up and easy-to-make charcuterie board, and pick your favourite sheet mask. Self-care is really just as easy as that.

5. Workout

The Gym Pod offers a private space to exercise, fully equipped with gym equipment
Photo: The Gym Pod

For that extra boost of dopamine, go for a quick jog around the neighbourhood.

Beyond running, there are plenty of workouts you can do at home for free and with zero equipment, such as tabata and high intensity interval training (HIIT).

However, if you’re planning to lift some weights and want access to an affordable gym with no-commitment and affordable, we recommend The Gym Pod. For under $10 an hour, you get a whole space, equipped with the necessities, just for yourself. The Gym Pod is also open 24/7.

The Gym Pod

6. Take fun personality quizzes

Learn more about yourself through introspective personality quizzes!

The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) quiz is one of the most popular ones, but we recommend the more modern and interesting personality tests such as Cosmos Persona, CakeResume, Boo 16, and LIKKA.

Fun solo date ideas in Singapore

7. Release your tension at Fragment Room

Smash your anger away at The Fragment Room
Photo: The Fragment Room

Just experienced a breakup or have some pent-up frustrations that you cannot rant to anyone?

Not only is thrashing things in your house is not socially acceptable, you will also be left with a huge mess to clean up.

The Fragment Room is a safe and controlled environment which allows you to release stress and negative emotions by channeling your frustrations into smashing objects like glass bottles, plates, or electronic devices with a baseball bat or hammer.

The Fragment Room

8. Prawning

What's a perfect solo date idea? Fishing or prawning alone at places like Ah Hua Fishing
Photo: Ah Hua Fishing

Prawning is a relaxing activity where you can enjoy the quietness and peacefulness of the environment, while focusing on a good catch. As it requires utmost patience and skills, having too much distraction from your family and friends may cause a hindrance. Therefore, going solo for this activity is highly recommended and it can also be treated as a personal challenge that tests your patience, focus and skills.

Ah Hua Fishing

9. Explore a new neighborhood

Tiong Bahru block
Photo: Visit Tiong Bahru

Take a break from your usual routine and take on an enriching experience by exploring a random neighbourhood around the city, you never know what you can find!

It can also be a great way to get some exercise and fresh air, while enjoying the scenery and getting your daily dose of exercise. Who knows you may stumble across interesting cafes or shops that are worth visiting.

10. Have fun at the arcade

Undoubtedly, engaging in competitive play at an arcade can be immensely enjoyable. But the experience takes on a distinct flavour when playing solo, especially at Cow Play Cow Moo.

From classic retro games to modern favorites, you can challenge yourself in racing games, shooting games, rhythm games, and more.

It’s better to pay $1 for a membership card to store your credits and tickets conveniently. Do note that there are two different coin machines, silver and gold coins, for the games and claw machines respectively.

Cow Play Cow Moo

11. Finding gems at a thrift store

Shopping alone is an incredibly therapeutic experience ever, without the need to feel pressured by the person next to you if you are taking too long to try on clothes.

Thrift stores in Singapore like Stakeout are often a treasure trove of unexpected discoveries. Whether you are in search of unique fashion gems or just window shopping to relieve some stress, exploring a thrift store alone can be a fulfilling and enjoyable adventure.

12. Retail therapy

Is retail therapy for real?

Thankfully, we’re a lifestyle publication, not a scientific journal. So, who cares if retail therapy is effective or not. We’re going to enable you to spend on yourself anyway. Buy that travel bag you’ve always wanted, or that really expensive espresso machine you’ve been eyeing.

Alternatively, shop for others if it alleviates the guilt from spending too much. There’s always a reason to spend, such as someone’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, and even a housewarming gift.

Chill activities to try out alone

13. Solo staycation

Booking a staycation in Singapore
Studio Loft Room at Citadines Science Park

Staycations aren’t reserved for the lovey-dovey couples!

Take some time away from work to rest and recharge. No one is going to judge you if you stay up all night to binge watch a Netflix series or raid the minibar for late night supper. Booking a stay at a hotel in Singapore offers the ideal escape as it allows you to physically distance yourself from your commitments.

If you’re looking for a staycation spot, Citadines Science Park, one of the newer hotels in Singapore, provides the perfect backdrop. It’s located beside One-north MRT Station, and the landscape there feels like you’re in a whole new country.

14. Cafe-hopping

Relax in the comforting ambience of quaint cafes in Singapore.

As cringey as thie might sound, when you’re on a cafe hopping solo, you’re not just exploring a series of coffee houses, but rather you’re on a journey of self-discovery. It’s an opportunity to savour each moment and be lost in your thoughts with a cup of freshly brewed coffee.

There are many options to choose from, such as quiet minimalistic cafes, garden-themed ones to connect with nature, and even pet-friendly ones if you’d like to bond with some pups.

15. Unwind at an onsen

Asian woman enjoying her time at Ikeda Spa, a Japanese Onsen spa in Singapore, perfect for a solo date
Photo: Ikeda Spa

Not everybody has the luxury of time to travel to Japan for a solo date, but you can still have a similar experience by unwinding at an onsen in Singapore.

Known for its therapeutic properties that can help ease stress, improve circulation, and promote overall relaxation, onsen is the perfect activity for those who wish to rejuvenate alone. Your time is truly all yours in this moment, and you can take this chance to pamper yourself and take care of your skin.

Ikeda Spa

16. Watch a sunset

As cliche as it sounds, there is a certain enchantment in finding solace in the beauty of solitude.

Whether it’s going on a walk, or watching the sun gracefully dip beneath the horizon’s edge, these opportunities that are often taken for granted of provides you with an opportunity to reflect on your inner thoughts without any distractions.

These are the best spots to catch the sunset in Singapore: Marina at Keppel Bay, Mount Faber, Boardwalk at Changi Bay Point.

17. Relax over a massage

Relax at a massage if you're planning a solo date. Massasge room at Adeva Spa
Photo: Adeva Spa

Pamper yourself with a luxurious and well-deserved massage after a hectic long week at work. You can fully immerse in the soothing experience while enjoying the music, aromatherapy, and massage techniques without the pressure to chat. It’s definitely a time to show yourself some love while restoring your physical and mental health.

Adeva Spa offers a wide range of massage therapies, such as deep tissue, aromatherapy and hot stone, to help you relax and de-stress.

Adeva Spa

18. Reading experience with a cuppa coffee

Photo: The Book Cafe

The best time to read a book is when you are alone in peace with no external disturbance.

Every now and then, it’s essential to indulge in some personal relaxation time. What better way to do so than spending a leisurely afternoon nestled on a couch with a book in hand and a steaming cup of coffee.

The Book Cafe is a quiet and casual book-filled cafe along Mohd Sultan Road, serving all-day breakfasts, brunch and coffee while you enjoy a book. They have also launched acai bowls lately if you are seeking for a healthier treat.

The Book Cafe

19. Night out at the bar

Whether you’re a seasoned cocktail enthusiast or a curious newcomer, going solo to a cocktail bar promises an evening of refined indulgence.

Here, you’ll relish the chance to fully appreciate the meticulously crafted cocktails and the sophisticated ambiance of the bar – details that might be overlooked in the midst of lively conversations with friends.

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