10 ideas for a first date in Singapore

10 ideas for a first date in Singapore
May 11 10:49 2016

First dates are never easy. You’re nervous and you usually end up spending the whole night worrying about what your date thinks about you rather than enjoying their company. A good first date should be casual, fun, well-planned and not just spent sitting at a bar. Here are 10 unique first date ideas here in Singapore  that will almost always guarantee a second date:

Farm, cook and dine in the countryside

There’s nothing like impressing someone with a home-cooked meal, but the golden rule about a first date is to meet somewhere public. So instead of inviting her/him over to your place, escape the city for a day at Bollywood Veggies. Here, you can cook together at Bollywood Bhanchha using organic ingredients pulled straight from their 10-acre farm. Or have a meal of farm-to-table dishes at Poison Ivy Bistro before joining Bollywood Veggies’ 30-minute to 1-hour outdoor activities, such as farm tours and tasting fresh honey harvested on the farm. The farm’s speciality is bananas so surprise your date with a take-home gift of their much raved-about banana bread.

Open Wed to Fri 9:30am-6:30pm, weekends 8am-6:30pm

Alternatively, you could attend cooking classes with your date! Find out more here.

Make art while drinking fancy tea

Whether you’re a future Picasso or still drawing stick figures like me, art jamming at MUSEO in Sentosa Cove is a fun and surprisingly therapeutic bonding activity for a first date. While this classy restaurant is romantic enough on its own, letting your imagination run wild on canvas with an unlimited supply of colourful paints adds a fun element to keep your date intimate-but-casual. Plus, you get a complimentary beverage from their huge selection of fruit, floral and ginger teas and 30+ speciality cocktails, which will certainly get you two chatting about your artwork and about each other. Afterward, go on a romantic stroll by the yachts or have a drink at one of Quayside Isle’s waterfront bars.

Open Sun to Thurs 11:30am-10pm, Fri & Sat 11:30am-1am

Build epic sandcastles at East Coast Park

The largest sandcastle on display at East Coast Park. Photo by William Cho, Flickr Commons

Build a sandcastle as large as this on your first date. Photo by William Cho,

If you’re more comfortable being in a group for your first date, then sculpting massive sandcastles with Castles Can Fly at East Coast Park (ECP) is a great way to get closer to your partner without the risk of awkward silences. Enthusiastic volunteers from Castles Can Fly will get you and your date digging, moulding and carving sand into stunning creations – so this is an ideal activity if your date is into DIY projects and spending time outdoors. After all that hard work, head for a relaxing seaside dinner at one of ECP’s many restaurants and bars, or bond over a BBQ at one of the public pits along ECP’s 15km stretch of beach.

Laugh it up at a stand-up comedy

Laughter is the best medicine, and while not all of us are naturals at telling a good joke, you can still tickle your date’s funny bone at a stand-up comedy show. Get rid of those Monday blues together over a pint of Irish beer and some good laughs at Muddy Murphy’s Monday Laugh-In ($5; Mondays 8:30pm-10:30pm) or join Comedy Masala at Boat Quay for a hilarious series of open-mic sessions hosted by famous local and international performers ($15; Tuesdays from 8pm). On Wednesday nights, head to Talk Cock Comedy at the Barber Shop by Timbre to watch aspiring comedians give their best shot. If you’re feeling brave enough, you can also sign up to go on stage and entertain your date with your own 5-minute comedy act (Wednesdays from 8:30pm).

Fly night-kites brighter than the city lights

Fly a night-kite on your first date. Photo by Walter Lim, Flickr Commons

Fly a kite on your first date as the sun goes down . Photo by Walter Lim,

You can make the most of Singapore’s glittering skyline with night time kite flying at Marina Barrage. GoFlyKite’s colourfully lit kites can be customized to look like cool dragons and pretty long-tailed fairies dancing in front of the city backdrop (check out their video here). The best part about these kites is that they are 100% remote-controlled and designed to beat even the strongest of winds, so you don’t have to worry about embarrassing yourself with failed attempts at making your kite soar.

Apart from Marina Barrage, which can get pretty crowded with families on weekends, West Coast Park and Jurong Central Park are also good places for night time kite flying. Check Singapore’s area limits map for suitable flying venues.

Gallop by the sea

Make your girl’s dream come to life at Gallop Stables with pony feeding and leisurely trail rides, available at three locations (Pasir Ris, Punggol Point & Turf Club; $95 on weekdays, $100 on weekends for 1 hour). We recommend heading to the Punggol Ranch for your first date for its laid-back environment and post-ride BBQ dinners by the sea. It’s also the only branch to offer $5 carriage rides if neither of you are comfortable behind the reins, or if you just want to get cozy in the back and chat while enjoying the scenery. Plus, this would most certainly make for an impressive first date.

Open weekdays 10am – 12pm, 2pm – 7pm and weekends 10am – 7pm

Enjoy home baked goods at a Farmers’ Market

Delicious home-baked goods at farmers market. Photo by Personal Creations, Flickr Commons

Enjoy yummy home-baked goods with your date at a farmers market. Photo by Personal Creations. Flickr Commons

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. If you’re not the world’s best cook but find that you and your date are both passionate about food, then head to Frank Food Market @ Loewen Garden for a culinary adventure. This event is all about getting people together to showcase and share delicious foods from the kitchen, whether it’s homemade baked goods or gourmet cheeses and wines (it’s a morning market held on the third Saturday of every month). For a truly authentic farmers’ market experience, visit the quarterly Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market to taste fresh local produce and artisan-made jams and sauces. For a more romantic organic food-tasting event, join Pasarbella & Friends Go to Town’s month-long pop-up farmers’ market, set up in front of the idyllic water at Marina Bay Sands with live gigs every March to coincide with the gorgeous annual iLight Festival.

Watch a movie under the stars

Screening at Marina Barrage in 2015. Taken from the MovieMob Facebook page

Screening of a film by Movie Mob at Marina Barrage. Taken from the MovieMob Facebook page

Going for a movie may not be that unique, but going for a drive-in movie certainly is. If you’re feeling nostalgic for the classic drive-in cinemas popular back in the 1950’s, then join MovieMob to enjoy their free outdoor movie screenings from the comfort of your own car (check their Facebook page for venue and timings). For something a little more romantic, prep a dinner picnic basket and invite your date for a film under the stars with DBS Movies by the Bay. Even if it’s a cloudy night with low star visibility, you and your date can still enjoy soaking in the glittering cityscape of Marina Bay while watching hit blockbusters like Mission Impossible and Avatar, or romantic favourites like Love Actually. (Every third Friday and Saturday of the month)

Re-discover Singapore with one of our Neighbourhood guides

Colourful shophouses line Joo Chiat. Photo by Su-May, Flickr Commons first date ideas singapore

Visit these shophouses near Joo Chiat Road and more with our neighbourhood guides. Photo by Su-May, Flickr Commons

Keen for an adventure? If you are, then re-discover our tiny red dot by exploring some of our popular neighbourhoods. Bring your date around hip Tiong Bahru, cultural hotspot Joo Chiat/Katong or even experience the luxurious waterfront at Sentosa Cove. Our neighbourhood guides include not just yummy food haunts of the area but also things to do and places to shop – keeping you and your date occupied for an entire evening! You two could also take turns visiting the different neighbourhoods we’ve covered, ensuring you have a second date. You’re welcome.

Have a tipple or two at a wine bar

Taste wine at wine bars on your first date. Photo by Kumweni, Flickr Commons, first date ideas singapore

Be transported to a vineyard by tasting wine on your first date. Photo by Kumweni,

Topping our list is the most classic of dates: wine tasting. Instead of racking your brain about which bottle to bring to his/her house, take your date out to try all types of red, white, blush and rare wines. You and your date will definitely warm up to each other after a drink or two, and the rest of your night will be a breeze. While Singapore may not have any vineyards, there are plenty of wine bars and wine tasting events here to keep your glasses full. The trick is to keep it casual-but-fun and avoid pretentious places where they shame you for not knowing the difference between a barolo and a brunello. For a first date with good vino and good vibes, try Napoleon, Verre, Wine BOS, or Wine Connection. To join a larger group of wine connoisseurs, look out for wine events hosted by WTF (Wine Tasting Fridays) or The Wine Box.

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