Don’t let its fast-paced, cosmopolitan, near-futuristic atmosphere fool you—the bustling island city-state of Singapore is also an ideal getaway for lovers. The abundance of picturesque sights and engaging activities in the city make it a haven for couples with all sorts of interests. Whether you and your partner enjoy shopping, sightseeing, eating your hearts out, or just about any other activity, Singapore is sure to have something for you to enjoy.
Trying to decide where to spend your honeymoon? Planning a long-overdue vacation just for yourself and the love of your life? There are plenty of reasons to consider making Lion City your next destination.
Read on for an in-depth look at some of the island’s hottest date spots:
Shiseido Forest Valley
Visitors from overseas are frequently delighted to discover that they don’t even need to venture very far from the airport to start having a good time. On the contrary, you’ll find a wealth of things to do in Changi Airport that can keep you and your partner occupied for hours before venturing into the city proper. If you’ve elected to check in at one of the many hotels near Changi, you may want to visit the nearby Jewel Changi Airport complex and explore its many shops, restaurants, and other attractions.
Don’t skip out on a visit to the Shiseido Forest Valley, a vast indoor garden populated with over 700 different plant species. Its multiple walking trails are perfect for leisurely strolls in the best of company. Take in the lights dancing in the trees and the soothing music filling the air as you walk arm-in-arm. You’ll also want to stop to admire the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, a 40-meter masterpiece that’s sure to be one of the highlights of any visit to Jewel.
If you’ve ever wanted to visit a bona fide onsen, there’s no need to fly all the way to Japan. Ikeda Spa will recreate the experience from top to bottom for you and your beau. The spa’s elegant wooden interiors, traditional paintings, and authentic onsen facilities will make it feel like you’ve just stepped into another country. Best of all, you’ll have a range of top-notch services and treatments to choose from, from Shiatsu-style massages to hot spring baths to a wide assortment of face and body scrubs.
Ikeda Spa offers reasonably priced couples packages to help you and your partner relax and wind down together. Its signature Hinoki Onsen Bath for couples, for instance, costs around SGD 130 for a half-hour session and includes five therapeutic bath salts.
Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre
Singapore is well-known for its vibrant street food scene, so you and your love had best set aside plenty of time to indulge. Luckily, the world-renowned Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre serves up the country’s best street eats at all hours of the day, every day of the week. Located in the heart of Singapore’s financial district, this food hub is also one of the country’s most eye-catching architectural marvels. Lau Pa Sat’s ornate arches, sweeping columns, and distinct octagonal design make it a feast for the eyes as well as the belly.
Once you enter, you and your partner can treat yourselves to an endless array of Chinese, Indian, Thai, and Malay delicacies. Timeless favorites include roti prata, Hainanese chicken rice, laksa, and chili crab. The best part is that Singaporean street food will always give you world-class quality for unbeatably low prices, so be sure to feast to your hearts’ content.
If you and your partner have a shared love of history, it may be worthwhile to take a stroll through the neighborhood of Joo Chiat and discover the Peranakan culture. As Singapore’s first “heritage town,” Joo Chiat may afford you both a welcome respite from the more metropolitan bustle of the city center. The pre-war homes and shophouses lining Koong Seng Road are painted in different colors and constructed in the traditional Straits Chinese Style. Being surrounded by vibrant street art, intricate architecture, and boutiques full of quirky and eclectic items will make you both feel like you’ve stepped into another time.
The idiosyncratic romance of the Lion City only increases when the sun goes down. Be sure to hit Clarke Quay by late afternoon for a one-of-a-kind sunset view. The ending day’s last few snatches of sunlight are perfect for admiring the colonial buildings lining the banks of the Singapore River. Once you’ve had your fill of scenery, you can treat yourselves to a sumptuous al fresco dinner of Hainanese or Cantonese cuisine at one of the many high-end restaurants nearby.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you and your significant other can linger long after dark and partake in Singapore’s nightlife. Whether you’re after a laid-back bar offering loud music or want to dance the night away, you’ll find all that and more in one of Singapore’s hippest neighborhoods.
If you’ve been dreaming of the perfect date with your love, you’ll soon find that Singapore is in many ways the perfect setting. Visit these tried-and-true romantic spots on your next trip to the island and watch the sparks fly.