Dating is fun. But never on Valentine’s Day. Planning a Valentine’s Day date with your bae can be excruciating – it definitely requires more effort. The usual mundane dinner or movie dates are just not going to cut it!
So to help all you poor fellas out, here are nine unique dating ideas for you and your partner to consider in celebration of the upcoming Valentine’s Day.
1. Go Museum Hopping
Imagine spending a lovely afternoon walking down memory lane amidst the gorgeous exhibits and galleries in a museum. Just like how museums tend to showcase Singapore’s delicate history and rich culture, you might use the day to reflect on how much you and bae have overcome.
Museum hopping is also a much cheaper alternative to cafe hopping.
National Museum of Singapore: 93 Stamford Road Singapore 178897 | Website | More info
Singapore Arts Museum: 71 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189555 | Website | More info
Peranakan Museum: 39 Armenian Street Singapore 179941 | Website | More info
Singapore Philatelic Museum: 23-B Coleman Street Singapore 179807 | Website | More info
2. Have A Glamping Picnic
Who doesn’t love a good picnic?
Pick a nice little spot (away from the crowd), throw in some pillows, a bouquet, some simple picnic treats (you can make these together), a bottle of wine, and you are good to go!
OR… let this Singaporean company throw together a beautiful and romantic glamping picnic for you, complete with an instagrammable teepee. You’ll definitely have a date to remember.
3. Visit Pet Cafes
I don’t think I’m making a generalisation when I say that no one can resist cute animals. Bring bae to these local pet cafes, and watch her squeal in delight as she’s surrounded by these adorable fuzzy creatures.
Perfect for setting the mood and scoring brownie points for the night ahead.
We’re The Furballs (WTF): #07-07 Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street, Singapore 188067 | Tel: +65 6509 1186 | Facebook | Opening Hours: 1pm – 10pm (Sun to Thurs), 12.30pm – 10.30pm (Fri, Sat, PH & Eve of PH)
The CatCafe: 241B Victoria Street Level 3, Singapore 188030 (Right above Burger King) | Tel: +65 6338 6815 | Website | Opening Hours: 3pm – 10pm (Mon), 10am – 10pm (Tues – Sun, PH)
4. Take A Trishaw Ride Downtown
Once a humble mode of transport, the trishaw, or cycle rickshaw, is not necessarily a thing of the past. While commonly seen as a tourist trap, a trip on a trishaw can be romantic too.
Snuggle up to your lover as you take a whimsical trip down the streets of Singapore (Bugis, Little India, Singapore River) while immersing in a bit of nostalgia.
Trishaw Uncle: Albert Mall Trishaw Park at Queen Street between Fu Lu Shou Complex and Albert Centre Market and Food Centre (Nearest MRT: Bugis) | Tel: +65 6337 7111| Website
5. Go Snorkelling
With beautiful white beaches and crystal blue waters, Maldives is the ideal romantic beach getaway. But that particular holiday comes with a bit of a price tag.
Lucky for us, there’s a cheaper alternative on our sunny island! At just $38, a ticket to Sentosa’s Adventure Cove Waterpark includes access to all rides, as well as a swim with the fishes in the Rainbow Reef.
Remember to bring a waterproof camera to document your mushy, underwater shots.
6. Unleash Your Inner Child At A Playground
Boasting more than seven different areas after its upgrade, West Coast Park Adventure Playground is the ideal location for you and your hunny to each summon your inner child. Scale the Pyramid Tower, ride the Flying Fox, conquer the various obstacles or simply get into a game of Catching.
We are all children at heart and that’s nothing to be ashamed of, especially not in front of your current squeeze.
West Coast Park Adventure Playground: 71 West Coast Highway Viaduct, Singapore 126844 | Admission is Free
7. Attend A Terrarium Workshop
Get into your artistic vibe and don your green gloves, as you and bae put your patience and creativity to the test. From $55, the two of you can sign up for a personalised miniature garden workshop, where you can create a unique miniature self-sustaining garden.
If you are looking for some sort of memorabilia to celebrate your relationship, what better way than to create one yourselves.
The Plant Story: 11 Rhu Cross (Passion WaVe at Marina Bay) #02-03, Singapore 437440 | Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm, Closed on Wednesdays & major PH | Tel: +65 6348 8040/+65 9722 0438 | Website | Facebook
8. Get Late Night Desserts
The thing about getting dessert supper is that it offers you and your bae the chance to carry out those super romantic, super mushy and super profound late night chats. Surely there’s nothing better than having a bowl of dessert to accompany the both of you as you talk about anything and everything under the stars.
Yong He Eating House: 517 Geylang Road, Singapore 389473 | Tel: +65 6745 5682 | Facebook | Opens 24 hours
Dessert First: 8 Liang Seah Street #01-04 Singapore 189029 | Tel: +65 6333 0428 | Website | Opening Hours: 4pm – 1am (Mon to Thurs), 4pm – 2am (Fri), 1pm – 2am (Sat), 1pm – 1am (Sun)
Bingki Korean Dessert: 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #01-106, Singapore 081007 | Facebook| Opening Hours: 11am – 1am (Mon to Thurs), 11am – 4am (Fri to Sun)
9. Go On A Romantic Cruise Along The Bay
Forge wonderful memories together as you and your love take a trip down the Singapore River while looking at the mesmerising city lights. You can choose between the River Taxi ($5) or River Cruise ($25).
The former brings you to five destinations: Esplanade, Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Clemenceau and Robertson Quay. The latter features a 40 minute trip around Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Marina Bay.
For those of you who are single, don’t despair. If you don’t have a bae to spend your Valentine’s Day with, why not bring your other friends or family along to these activities?
After all, Valentine’s Day is not only about celebrating your significant other, it’s just an overall day of loveee.
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