Couples in Singapore do experience problems and may say sian ah when it comes to getting that little bit of privacy. They are in constant search for places to go to where they can avoid the prying eyes of kay pohs (nosy parkers), or just to experience a well-earned flicker of passion.
Some cynics may think of Singapore as being a small and romantically mundane; they could not be more wrong. For the many Singaporean couples who are in search of a well-deserved romantic break, this little article is for you.
A Fort Canning Park of Memories
Top on the list of ten places to "pak tor" or date in Singapore must include a visit to Fort Canning Hill, probably the most renowned of Singapore’s romantic landmarks.
A stroll along the former Bukit Lerangan is a must for Singapore’s lovebirds - it is the place to absorb much of young Singapore’s very rich history as a romantic duo, for the park was said to be the resting place of Singapore’s last king, Iskandar Shah and where the British Government House was built in 1822. To add some fuel to the historical fire, this is where the surrender of Singapore to the Japanese was decided in 1942. Romantic Singapore history indeed!
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Idyllic Changi Coastal Road
If couples want an idyllic stroll, what better place to "lenggang" or stroll than the romantic stretch along Changi Coastal Road?
Lined with shady trees, it is the perfect place for a cycling duo. This is also the place to go to for a bit of romance, exercise and a bit of badly needed couple time. If you want a little "sayang" - love - this is the ideal location as it has fewer busybodies around to turn your twosome into a crowd.
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A Glass Top Dream Boat Ride
Try scoring romantic points by riding a glass top boat along the Singapore River. Sitting on the boat allows a glimpse of Singapore’s rich history, captured by the old, conserved warehouses along the river. A perfect opportunity for a darling duo to enjoy Singapore’s heritage as they cruise hand in hand along our Lady River's waters.
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The Sweet “Durian”
Romance sometimes means a change of pace and experiencing something a little different, perhaps a little more artsy.
Our “durian” (Esplanade, Theatres on the Bay), built as a centre for the performing arts, is seemingly a little "atas" or proud, but it is a perfect place to catch a performance under subdued, romantic lighting.
The Esplanade is a little more upmarket, but your girlfriend is bound to be impressed with your efforts to win her over. Take her on that lover’s walk along the nearby Helix Bridge and catch the panoramic view of Marina Bay and its many boats - you are bound to score - at least, romantically.
Catch the performances at the Waterfront - with the sea breeze blowing, that is sure to promote a little ahem - coupling.
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The Anderson Bridge of love
If the both of you are seeking a little privacy, there is no better place to be than the Anderson Bridge spanning across the Singapore River.
Named after the Governor of the Straits Settlements, Sir John Anderson, it was constructed in 1910 to provide a link between the government administrative area and the commercial district (now Raffles Place.) It is a great place for moon gazing and a bridge where you can get a little narcissistic and gaze at your own reflection in the waters. With subdued night lights, the place is a favourite lovers’ hotspot.
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A Utopian Romance at The Arts House
The Arts House is indeed the utopia for the Singaporean couple to do something a little different - like getting married!
A popular venue for weddings, The Arts House, the former Parliament House, offers screening previews of exhibitions as you and your better half (okay, other half) sit at Cafe Earshot for a calming break. It also provides the perfect opportunity for a couple to know each other better while having a romantic squabble over their opinions of the various exhibits, or grabbing a handmade product at The Shop.
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Mount Faber d’amor
Another good place to "pak tor" is the Mount Faber Park boasts a panoramic view of the South of Singapore.
Here, you can enjoy romance in several ways - catch a cable car ride to Sentosa with your other half or spend much needed quiet time with him or her strolling along the eco walkway that covers Mount Faber’s secondary rain forest. Do be careful not to let your date be ruined by the naughty Macquees - monkeys commonly found in Singapore - that may pay you a visit.
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Love at the North Borders
The North Borders bistro bar, combined with the restaurant’s airy atmosphere makes it an ideal place for romantic dining.
In an alfresco dining room, the restaurant serves American fare like delectable baby back ribs and its specialty dessert - ice cream with a unique blend of spicy chili, a must try for all diners. Complete with a lush tropical garden, you are guaranteed to experience romantic dining for two.
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The Spa That Ignites Your Passions
If couples are seeking for a little stress reliever, try the Spa Botanica at none other than our little offshore island, Sentosa.
The spa has the honour of being Singapore’s first Botanical Love Spa - the perfect place to chill and hold each other’s hands too. The Galaxy Baths, mudpools and pavillions provide the ambience needed to generate a little love. It is the ultimate place for a couple to de-stress. This place is a little “kai lui”or pricey - the spa by night package stands at $250 per person - but for that much sought after romance, it is definitely worth it. The floral scent of petals at the Japanese steam bath will be sure to stir the romantic senses.
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A Hotel of Scarlet Passion
The ultimate place for a twosome, the Scarlet Hotel is an ideal place for a romantic stay-cation, boasting 2 restaurants and a bar, with names like Opulence, Passion and Splendour to suit various moods.
The Passion suite, aptly named, lends the suite an air of romance. The hotel’s restaurant oozes sweet charm with menus like “coming dear “ - who wouldn’t fall in love?
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So no one can say that Singapore is 'sian' when it comes to romance - if you and your partner are willing to put in the effort, there is a myriad of places for you to visit for a good dose of passion. Check these places out - they are sure to help you score a romantic goal or two!