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Apr 15, 2016|
Singapore's pretty skyline, gritty nooks and quaint back alleys are great backdrops for making out, whether or not you live with your parents. Here are some of the classier ones we know, near places you might actually be for a date. Have fun!
The ambience: This spot is equal parts prettiness and convenience. Take the discreet set of stairs next to Siang Cho Keong Temple and enjoy a postage-stamp sized city park with winding paths and ample benches.
Great for when: You're on a mid-week CBD date; you’ve just had drinks at Spiffy Dapper, or dinner at Meat Smith or one of the many restaurants and bars in the area.
Watch out for: Hordes of drunk dude bros, though you can usually hear them coming from a mile away.
The ambience: There are make-out spots aplenty at this sprawling, leafy arts enclave, but the second floor of the magnificent, colonial-era main building is great late at night, when the galleries on the second floor have closed. Climb up, lean against the balcony railing, all framed by pretty arches, and make your move.
Great for when: You’re done with dinner at Naked Finn, a bit of dancing and barbecue at Art After Dark, or Red Baron has just closed for the night
Watch out for: Mosquitos, and other people who’ve had the same idea.
The ambience: The bay on one side, the glass and light skeleton of The Shoppes on the other, the Helix Bridge ahead (also not a bad spot), a massive concrete lotus flower overhead and an Anish Kapoor sculpture among the lily ponds that surround you. If that’s not a top urbanite make-out spot, we don’t know what is. For your info, the museum closes at 7pm and the Shoppes at 11:30pm.
Great for when: You’ve just been to ArtScience Late, had a huge fight while shopping at The Shoppes, seen an over-the-hill rock band at MasterCard Theatres or can still stand the thought of sex after all the screaming toddlers at the otherwise beautiful teamLAB permanent exhibition.
Watch out for: Tourists.
Photo credit: Flickr user WL
The ambience: Everyone (and their mom) has had romantic moments at East Coast Park, but we want to make sure you know about this sweet little rocky jetty just past the National Sailing Centre, where you can watch the planes descend into Changi. It’s a bit tricky to get to. Get to camping area G, walk out to the shore, then hang a left and keep walking away from civilization until you get to the rock jetties.
Great for when: It’s not the kind of place you can visit spontaneously, so it’s actually great for an anniversary or some occasion where you really want to impress them with a fancy picnic and a smooch sesh.
Watch out for: Cockroaches that emerge after dark. And fishing uncles before that.
The ambience: The hilltop park is full of little nooks and crannies and benches to steal a kiss or two, but we’re partial to a particular set of concrete stairs that lead down from the area behind the now-defunct Pinacotheque and overlook the beautiful Fort Canning Hotel.
Great for when: You’ve just had dinner at Fort by Maison Ikkoku, or need a quiet spot in the middle of Neon Lights or one of those big concerts.
Watch out for: Overzealous ushers/security from the music festivals and drunken festival goers getting french fries at a nearby booth.
Photo credit: Flickr user Choo Yut Shing
The ambience: We really hope you know about this one already. It’s not the most original spot in the world, but the glowing lights and cozy little alcoves make this overhead bridge cutting across Telok Blangah Hill Park and Mt Faber Park pretty sweet--just be prepared to share the space with other couples.
Great for when: You’ve just finished a late-night run and don’t mind a sweaty smooch.
Watch out for: CCTV cameras--especially if your affair is on the down-low.
The ambience: If the mood strikes when you’re in the Orchard/Bras Basah area, there is the compact Mt Emily Park a short walk away. Terraced rather than sprawling, it offers plenty of privacy. Just walk up the quiet, residential Sophia Road and climb up the narrow set of concrete stairs that appear on the right.
Great for when: You’ve been dining at Artichoke, flirting at Objectifs, dancing at Kult Kafe or checking out Willin Low’s Wild Rocket.
Watch out for: Dengue.
The ambience: If your idea of a romantic kiss involves heights and city lights rather than nature, we can’t recommend this rooftop at Esplanade highly enough. It’s sprawling and irregularly shaped, so it’s very easy to get away from the crowds and find a quiet corner to lean against the edge and survey the city together.
Great for when: You’re having drinks, or have just been to a show at the Esplanade.
Watch out for: Your bill. Don’t forget to pay it before sauntering away from your table.
The ambience: One of the prettiest spots in the city is wonderfully hushed and devoid of traffic at night, especially after 9pm. You can smooch on the grand steps of the National Gallery or in the middle of the Padang, with the twinkling lights of the Esplanade and the Flyer smiling over you.
Great for when: You’ve just finished dinner at Aura or had a magical time at Odette (or one of the other restaurants at the National Gallery).
Watch out for: Voyeurs drinking at the fancy terraces at the National Gallery.
The ambience: Our favorite parking lot bar behind our favorite independent cinema closed unceremoniously for renovations, and we're devastated. But still, there are plenty of cozy spots to kiss in this gritty parking lot. The chic bar furniture may not be around to lend your session some class, but there are still the whipping breezes and distant views of the CBD and the Kallang area.
Great for when: You've just watched a heartbreaking Iranian film and need to be comforted.
Watch out for: Your favorite Golden Mile place closing because you got too caught up in the moment.
Photo credit: Flickr user Premshree Pillai
The ambience: More than the narrow, maze-like streets and low-rise Art Deco buildings, we love the narrow alleys that cut through this estate, with rows of back doors on either side. They’re quaintly pretty and Instagrammable in the daytime, but at night, in the light of streetlamps, they’re quite magical.
Great for when: You've just had dinner at Ikyu or Open Door Policy (or the Tiong Bahru Market), or just gotten out of a racy IndigNation reading at BooksActually.
Watch out for: Restaurant workers taking out the trash.
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Expect more degustation dinners, master classes and wine tastings this year.
New exhibitions, film festivals and a couple of parties to keep you going till the end of the week.