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18 Romantic Things To Do In Singapore With Your Other Half (Near Halal Food!)


Luqman Hakim  •  Dec 12, 2019


[UPDATED 15 June 2021] Planning to impress your other half for your next date night? Let us help you out! There are many romantic things to do in Singapore and fun date ideas that you can do with your partner - perfect for spending quality time together 🥰 We've listed down these 18 romantic things to do in Singapore with your other half (with halal food nearby)!

1. Picnic at the Singapore Botanic Gardens 

Nothing could get more romantic than a picnic amongst Singapore’s greenery. Yes, we are talking about the Singapore Botanic Gardens. This UNESCO World Heritage site located in central Singapore is a great place to just relax amongst the sights and sounds of mother nature 🌳 There are many open fields in the vicinity of the gardens. For your date idea, we recommend laying out a mat on the open field overlooking the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage. Oh, and don’t forget the picnic basket!😋 Check out our guide on more things to do at Singapore Botanic Gardens! P.S. If you are looking for more spots, check out these 16 best picnic spots in Singapore. Admission: Free Opening hours: Open daily; 5AM-12AM Address: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569 Nearest MRT station: Botanic Gardens MRT Interchange (along Circle and Downtown Lines) Halal food nearby: The Halia Halal Status: Halal-certified Cuisine: Western/Fusion/Fine Dining Address: 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden (enter via Tyersall Avenue), Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569 Website | Facebook | Instagram Fusion Spoon Halal status: Halal-certified Cuisine: Western/Local/Japanese/Fusion Address: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Tanglin Gate, 1 Cluny Rd, #B1-00, 259569 Facebook P.S. Looking for a romantic spot for a special meal with your loved one? Check out this list of romantic halal eateries in Singapore!

2. Go museum-hopping

Credit: ACM If you're both art and culture geeks, what better way to spend a romantic day than by immersing in the wonderful exhibitions of the different museums in Singapore? Head over to major museums like the National Gallery Singapore, National Museum of Singapore and the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) for an artsy date idea! Admission: Admission fees differ for different museums. Nearest MRT Station: City Hall MRT Interchange (along the North-South and East-West Lines) Halal food nearby: Most museums are located in Singapore's Civic District or the Bras Basah-Bugis district. Check out our halal food guides in Marina Bay and Bugis for recommendations on where to eat after your museum visit! 

3. Ice-skate at The Rink

Jurong Entertainment Centre used to be the go-to spot for couples, whether it meant catching a movie or ice-skating ⛸. While this hotspot was torn down in 2008, it made way for a new mall known as JCube! The ice-skating rink (conveniently named The Rink), was kept as an attraction and still attracts many visitors daily. Rent a pair of skates and spend your time skating (or falling 😂) with your other half. Admission fee (for a 2-hour session, subject to festive surcharges): - With Skate boots rental: SGD 18 / Adult and SGD 16 / Child (12 years and below) - Without Skate boots rental: SGD 14 / Adult and SGD 12 / Child (12 years and below) Opening hours: Varies according to the schedule of National Skating Association Trainings. Do check The Rink’s schedule on their site. Address: 2 Jurong East Central 1, JCube, #03-11, Singapore 609731 Nearest MRT station: Jurong East MRT Interchange (along the North-South and East-West Lines) Website | Facebook | Instagram Halal food nearby: For halal food options near The Rink, check out what to eat in Jurong!

 4. Enjoy the magnificent view of Marina Bay from the Esplanade Roof Terrace 

The Esplanade Roof Terrace, accessible by elevator or escalator from Esplanade Mall, is an amazing spot just for a date idea as you can relax or have a takeaway meal with your other half. You'll be able to enjoy wonderful views of the Singapore skyline from here. The best time to head to the roof terrace would be right after sunrise or just before sunset. The night views of the city are also amazing to behold! P.S. Don't forget to check out these 9 roof terraces and rooftop gardens in Singapore! Admission: Free Opening Hours (Esplanade Roof Terrace only): Open daily; 8AM-10PM Address: 1 Esplanade Drive, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore 038981 Nearest MRT station: City Hall MRT Interchange (along the North-South and East-West Lines) and Esplanade MRT Station (along the Circle Line) Website Halal food nearby: Check out these amazing halal eateries around Marina Bay for a bite! 😋

5. Cycling at Coney Island

Cycling is another activity you can consider. Wait, it gets better. How about cycling on an offshore island as a date idea? Coney Island, located off the coast of Punggol , is a park full of Singapore’s flora and fauna and is a popular location for wedding photoshoots. Check out our video on what to do in Coney Island:  If you don't own a bike, fret not! You can rent a bike at an affordable price from one of the many bike rental stalls at The Punggol Settlement, SAFRA Punggol or along the coast of Punggol. Do dress properly though (in covered shoes and long pants) to prevent getting bitten by insects such as sandflies and mosquitoes. If Punggol is too far for you, here are 18 hiking and nature trails around Singapore you can try out too. 😊 Admission: Free if you have your own bike 🚲 There are bike rentals shops in the vicinity too and prices can vary by shop and bike type. Opening hours: Open daily; 7AM-7PM Nearest MRT station: As of now, there are no MRT Stations near Coney Island. In the meantime, you can take an LRT from Punggol MRT Station (along the North-East Line) to Punggol Point LRT Station or Sam Kee LRT Station (if you're heading to SAFRA Punggol to rent a bike). You can also take bus 84 from Punggol Interchange.  Halal food nearby:  Kampong Chai Chee Restaurant Halal Status: Muslim-Owned Cuisine: Seafood Address: 3 Punggol Point Road, #02-02 The Punggol Settlement, Singapore 828694 Website | Facebook Waterway Point Halal eateries: Encik Tan, Jollibee Fried Chicken, Fish & Co., Bali Thai, Tuk Tuk Cha, PappaRich, So Pho, Stuff'd, Tenderfresh Classic, The Soup Spoon Find out more on their website SAFRA Punggol Halal eateries: Heavenly Wang, Wing Zone P.S. Love outdoor activities? You'll love these 9 things to do outdoors in Singapore near halal food!

6. Café-hopping at Kampong Glam

With plenty of hipster cafes in the Kampong Gelam vicinity, ready an empty stomach and a wallet full of cash as you go café-hopping with your partner. You'll be spoilt for choice in terms of food in Kampong Gelam and the surrounding Bugis area, whether it's a brunch date, teatime or dessert treat. There's always a new place to try in the area, so why not devote a day to cafe-hopping with your favourite person? Tick off places from our handy list of halal cafes to try there! Sounds like the best date idea! Nearest MRT Stations: Jalan Besar MRT Station (along the Downtown Line), Bugis MRT Interchange (along the Downtown and East-West Lines), Lavender MRT Station (along the East-West Line) and Nicoll Highway MRT Station (along the Circle Line). 

7. Go rock-climbing

How about taking on a new challenge and going rock-climbing as a date idea? Kallang Wave Mall and the newly opened Funan Mall have their own indoor rock-climbing walls (both operated by Climb Central). Do note, price packages for rock-climbing may differ by location. Check out this new rock-climbing spot in Pasir Ris! For something a little different, try out bouldering! This activity is free from ropes and harnesses and is usually done on short walls about 2 storeys high with mats on the ground to cushion your fall. Many places that offer rock-climbing usually have a bouldering section too, so you can check ahead with your preferred location accordingly. Halal food nearby: Kallang Wave Mall Halal eateries: Omoomo, Ayam Penyet President, Encik Tan, Old Town White Coffee, 13 Stages, Popeyes Louisiana Chicken Find out more on their website Funan Mall Halal eateries: Crave (Nasi Lemak), Delibowl (Sichuan cuisine), Hawker Man (Local/Fusion), KFC, McDonald's, Old Chang Kee, Qiji, Saap Saap Thai, Stuff'd, Subway, Wok Hey Find out more on their website

8. Show your competitive edge at Play Nation

 Play Nation offers a variety of packages for you and your other half to have hours of fun! We are sure both of you would enjoy the hours spent together just playing games 🎮 Select a board or console game from their giant library of games and start playing! Did we mention, most of their packages include free-flow drinks and snacks? Pre-booking is also highly recommended during this period. Disclaimer: Do note that Play Nation is not a halal-certified establishment. Do check on the food and snacks that you order with staff and dine at your own discretion. Price: Check out their website Address: Outlets available in Prinsep, Orchard Link and Tampines. Check their website for full details Opening hours: Check their website for the respective outlet opening hours. Website | Facebook | Instagram Halal food nearby: Prinsep MacKenzie Rex Restaurant Halal status: Halal-certified Cuisine: Chinese Address: 66 Prinsep St, Singapore 188668 Website | Facebook Orchard Link Check out our ultimate halal food guide to Orchard! Tampines  Our Tampines Hub Halal eateries: Commons, Churros Republic, Eatz 19, Eighteen Chefs, NeNe Chicken, Nuodle, Rumah Makan Minang, Saap Saap Thai, The Co-op, Toko Burgers and Cheesesteaks  Check out our Tampines halal food guide for more !

9. Marvel at the insta-worthy Future World exhibition at the ArtScience Museum

If you've visited Tokyo, you may have heard of teamLab Borderless, a one-of-kind digital art museum curated by the teamLab art collective. The digital exhibits have become a worldwide phenomenon thanks to their beautiful, creative (and totally Instagrammable!) displays.  There are a few permanent TeamLab exhibitions in Singapore but the most notable one can be found in the heart of Marina Bay at the ArtScience Museum. Take photos of each other amongst the artworks in this permanent exhibition - you can even play and interact with the exhibitions, making it worth every penny you spend. Opening hours: Daily; Sun-Thurs; 10AM-7PM (Last admission 6PM), Fri-Sat; 10AM-9PM (Last admission 8PM) Address: 6 Bayfront Ave, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018974 Nearest MRT Station: Bayfront MRT Interchange (along the Circle and Downtown Lines) Website | Facebook | Instagram P.S. The ArtScience Museum is currently having the Star Wars Identities exhibition too!

10. Soak in the ambience Gardens by The Bay at night

 This one probably comes as a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how many people haven't visited Singapore’s most beautiful tourist attraction with their other half! The Gardens by The Bay is made of 8 sections – almost half of which are open to the public free of charge. It's perfect for a date idea! Currently, you can look forward to the Dahlia Dreams exhibition at the Flower Dome! Admission: Fees differ for different sections. Check the respective fees here. Opening Hours: Opening times differ for different sections. Check the respective opening times here. Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953 Nearest MRT Station: Bayfront MRT Interchange (along the Circle and Downtown Line) Website | Facebook | Instagram Halal food nearby: Makan by the Bay (at Satay by the Bay) Halal status: Halal-certified Cuisine: Chinese/Seafood Opening hours: Daily; 10.30AM-10PM Address: Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, 01-19, 018953 Facebook Find out more halal food options nearby with our Marina Bay halal food guide!

11. Go on a staycation

Spending a night or two in a hotel in Singapore spells romance with a capital R. From boutique hotels in the heart of town to stunning, luxurious resorts, you will be spoilt for choice in Singapore. To help you out, check out these hotels with fancy bathtubs or private pools for an indulgent staycation. If you want something unique, check out these hotels with gorgeous loft rooms instead!

12. Say hello to animals at the Singapore Zoo and more

Did you know that Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents can enter the zoo (or any wildlife reserves park) for free on their birthday? 🤩 If you visit any of the parks within 7 days from your birthday (so that's your birthday itself, and 6 days AFTER it) you can get a free ticket as well as a 10% discount at all retail and F&B outlets too! Definitely a win for any nature-lovers, and not an experience you'll forget any time soon. Prices and opening hours: Check them out on their website Address: Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, and River Safari: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826 Jurong Bird Park: 2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925 Website | Facebook | Instagram Halal food nearby: KFC (outside the Zoo) Halal status: Halal-certified Opening hours: Mon-Fri; 10AM-6.30PM, Sat-Sun; 9AM-7PM Ah Meng Restaurant (inside the Zoo) Halal status: Halal-certified Cuisine: Asian/Western Opening hours: Daily; 10.30AM-4.30PM

13. Strengthen your religious knowledge together

 Maintaining your relationship with each other also starts with maintaining and strengthening your faith. ☺️ Going for religious classes together is one way to spend time together, as well as engage each other intellectually. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many religious classes that you can sign up for online. It's even more convenient for you to attend a class with your spouse now!  There are so many classes offered online that you'll have no shortage of lessons to attend! From Islamic Fiqh to historical lessons about the Prophet and his Companions, you'll learn more about your faith and yourselves throughout the class. Look for a free online classes or podcasts with muslim.sg, the Muslim Converts' Association of Singapore (Darul Arqam) Alqudwah Academy, or your local mosque. Other organizations such as the Safinah Institute also offer paid courses that usually go more in-depth.

14. Take a cooking class together

Cooking a meal for your partner can be a really intimate activity. Whether you're making them the dinner of their dreams or serving up a sweet dessert, taking a cooking class together can bring you closer together AND get you something yummy in the end! 😊  You can look for classes at your local community centre, or dig around on Facebook and Instagram for smaller classes run by cooks such as Sweetness Baking Academy and Chef Zan. If you've just moved into your new flat, this will also give you a set of recipes to start your new married life with. No more instant ramen and heat-up meals for you! 😉

15. Learn a new skill together

Cooking isn't the only class you can take together. From arts and crafts to practical skills such as sewing, learning something together can help you bond over a new shared hobby. (If you happen to both be bad at it, you can bond over that too 😉) Art jamming has become a popular activity nowadays, with all sorts of classes available. Some of them like Splat Paint House has started reopening their classes while others like Streaks n Strokes have online classes or you can get DIY painting kits during this period. Why not craft some new decor for your home with your own two hands? Arudio Ceramic has dedicated couples workshops for their ceramic hand-building course, and BERNINA's face mask and mask holder workshop will teach you how to craft a unique souvenir for your sweetheart that'll definitely come in handy during this time. Do note that during this period, you'll have to make an appointment in advance before going for these classes. 

16. Walk among the trees at MacRitchie Treetop Walk (currently closed)

Spend your day walking through nature with your partner. Face your fear of heights together! Why heights? Well, part of the trek involves you walking on a 250-metre suspended pathway, 25 metres off the ground! No words can describe the view that will greet you throughout your trek though. We shall not spoil it for you and pictures can only show you so much. You need to be there to experience it yourself and trust us, it’s worth every drop of sweat. Not to mention it'll make for great pictures! While the Treetop walk is temporarily closed, check out other things to do at MacRitchie Reservoir! Admission: Free Opening hours: Tue-Fri; 9AM-5PM; Weekends & Public Holidays; 8.30AM-5PM (closed on Mon, except during Public Holidays) Address: The trailhead is located along Venus Drive, next to Windsor Nature Park. Nearest MRT Station: As of now, there are no MRT stations near the entrance of MacRitchie Treetop Walk. You can take a bus from Marymount MRT Station (along the Circle Line) and alight at Opp. Flame Tree Park bus stop. Halal food nearby: Springleaf Prata Place Halal status: Muslim-owned Cuisine: Indian/Fusion Opening hours: Open daily; 8AM-12AM Address: 1 Thong Soon Ave, Singapore 787431 Website | Facebook | Instagram Top 73+1 Fishball Legacy Halal status: Halal-certified Cuisine: Chinese Opening hours: Mon-Sat; 7AM-8.30PM, Sun; 5PM-8.30PM Address: 914 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 787114 Facebook

17. Trace the history of Singapore via a Heritage Trail

What better way to spend your day learning various neighbourhoods in Singapore? From Queenstown, Singapore's oldest HDB estate to Holland Village and more, My Community organises guided tours. It's a non-profit organisation that champions Singapore's heritage. Do refer to their event listing for more information. You can also look forward to stone plaques containing historical information as you go on your heritage trail.

18. Catch a show together

Forget Netflix, it's time to catch a one-of-a-kind film or theatre show at home together with your spouse! Indie cinema house The Projector has reopened its doors and they are showing several highly-acclaimed films. Do note that seating may be limited and you'd have to wear masks while at The Projector, and practise other social distancing measures.  Singapore also has a pretty robust theatre scene if you're thinking of switching from screen to stage, and during this pandemic, some of them have shows and activities online. Do check out the websites of local theatre companies such as the Singapore Repertory Theatre and WILD RICE.  The Projector Check out the prices and new opening hours on their website Address: 6001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower, #05-00, Singapore 199589 Website | Facebook | Instagram Halal food nearby: Golden Mile Food Centre Halal eateries: Ashes Burnnit, Deen Tiga Rasa, Haji Kadir Food, Nasi Ambeng Nenek Leng Check out our Bugis halal food guide for halal eateries nearby too. We hope we have inspired you to plan the perfect romantic date for you and your partner. It's time to go beyond a regular date and spend some time doing unique and fun things with your favourite person!