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10 creative, low-pressure first date ideas in Singapore

Trust us, we've done most of these personally

By SG Staff | Jan 31, 2016

  • 10 creative, low-pressure first date ideas in Singapore
    Eastern Coastal Park Connector

For better or for worse, the month of lurve is here, and if you aren't already in a saccharine couple situation, chances are you're wondering if it's poor form to go on a first date on or around Valentine's Day. Fear not. Send them a text and suggest one of these chill, non-romantic, fun ideas.

A trashy-chic dinner

Start with something basic and give it a fun twist. Why feel uptight and traditional at a fancy restaurant when you can have beer and chicken wings at a hip hawker stall? From the European kopitiam Salut at Bukit Merah Lane, to the raucous and colorful new PasarBella at Suntec to good ol’ Smith Street Taps and xiao long bao at Chinatown Food Centre, there are lots of ways to jazz up the classic dinner date.

Forest Adventure Grand Course

A fun treetop obstacle course

If you’re less about sitting and talking and more about getting sweaty, you’re guaranteed to get to know each other really well really fast at Forest Adventure over at Bedok Reservoir. The full two-and-a-half-hour Grand Course ($46/person) involves walking on tightropes, hopping on suspended blanks, free-falling into a safety net and even some exhilarating ziplines across the reservoir.

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A seat at the bar

For a first date, getting a seat at the bar has a couple key advantages: no eye-gazing and a third person (the bartender) to talk to. Pick a small, bustling spot like The Secret Mermaid in the bowels of Raffles Place MRT or LongPlay at Arab Street.

An accessible exhibition

A museum hangout can make a good date great (great talking points, chances to stand close, etc). And if the date is dreadful, you can always move onto the next piece and leave them to be their lame selves. In February, the Treasures of the World, on loan from the British Museum, is still on at National Museum Singapore, along with the newly opened World Press Photo series—neither too arty farty.

Eastern Coastal Loop

A cute bike ride

We’re suckers for a good, old-fashioned bike ride over at East Coast Park, especially at dusk, when there’s a cool breeze and the sky is all pink. (Plenty of good make-out spots by the jetties, too.) Want something less cliché? Here are four other bike loops around the island, too.

A low-key concert

Concerts are great. It’s dark, it’s crowded, you don’t have to talk to each other or, if it’s going well, you can move in for the ol’ hand-hold. But spending hundreds of dollars on a big-deal show is kind of high-stakes. There are plenty of hip, atmospheric places around town that have regular, affordable (if not free) live music, including but not limited to Sing Jazz Club, Blu Jaz, B28 and Esplanade Outdoor Theatre.

The Karting Arena

A high-speed chase

Hot, dusty, sweaty, high-speed, slightly violent and lots of fun, go karting is the perfect anti-date. There’s the new-ish The Karting Arena in Bukit Timah that has a 500m track with 11 turns as well as simulators for famous F1 tracks around the world. There’s also Kartwright Speedway over in Jurong.

A good old-fashioned promenade

Make like Jane Austen and go on a long, wholesome walk with your date. Whether they’re into art, heritage or nature, there are some great, guided walks (mostly free) around town. Check out our list here.

A movie with more

Movies are time-honored first date options. Just don’t make like a middle schooler and amble through the mall to go to a multiplex. There are plenty of alternative movie-going experiences, especially this month. Along with our fave, The Projector, at Golden Mile Tower, there are outdoor movies at Gardens by the Bay and a drive-in movie French movie courtesy of Citroen in February.

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