Just be sure to practice enthusiastic consent
Just be sure to practice enthusiastic consent
- By SG Staff
- | Dec 17, 2018
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!
Ann Siang Hill Park
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 Native, or dinner at Kimme or one of the many other restaurants and bars in the area. PS. Cafe is the fail-safe choice, of course.
Watch out for: Hordes of drunk dude bros, though you can usually hear them coming from a mile away.
ArtScience Museum (Outside)
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 the latest ArtScience exhibition, 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.
Block 9 Lock Road
The ambience: There are make-out spots aplenty at the sprawling, leafy arts enclave that is Gillman Barracks. 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 after a couple of unique tipples at Hopscotch.
Watch out for: Mosquitos, and other people who’ve had the same idea.
Changi Point Coastal Walk
The ambience: Ditch the family-friendly haunt that is the Changi Beach Park (there are too many pets and kids there) and head to this lesser-known place in Changi instead. It's a quiet spot surrounded by forests and the seafront, and strolling along the wooden boardwalk is the stuff of puppy love dreams. Be sure to start your jaunt from the Gosport Road entrance—it's the most idyllic point to begin and to set the tone just right.
Great for when: After a drink sesh at Little Island Brewing or dinner at Coastal Settlement and you just want to walk it all off.
Watch out for: Fauna; there are literally signs pointing out dangers of encountering crocodiles here.
(This great spot at) East Coast Park
Credit: Flickr user WL
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.
Fort Canning Park
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 which overlooks the beautiful Fort Canning Hotel.
Great for when: You’ve just had dinner at Lewin Terrace, or need a quiet spot in the middle of Neon Lights or one of those big concerts that place there from time to time.
Watch out for: Overzealous ushers/security from the music festivals and drunken festival goers getting french fries at a nearby booth.
Credit: RSP Architects Planners & Engineers
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.
Mt. Emily Park
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 having a fancy dinner at 28 Wilkie.
Watch out for: Your step.
The ambience: If your idea of a romantic kiss involves heights and city lights rather than nature, we can’t recommend this rooftop bar at Esplanade highly enough. The rooftop space is 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, enjoyed a few cocktails at Smoke & Mirrors, or had a magical time at Odette (or one of the many other restaurants at the National Gallery).
Watch out for: Voyeurs drinking at the fancy terraces of the National Gallery.
The Projector (Parking lot area)
Credit: Flickr user Cheng Kiang Ng
The ambience: Our favorite parking lot bar behind our favorite independent cinema may have closed (grab a drink from Intermission Bar instead), but the space is still a great spot for hanging out after a dinner date. 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 indie film and need to be comforted.
Watch out for: Wannabe hipsters taking Instagram stories of everything.
The Punggol Settlement
The ambience: Arrive at a far-flung collection of restaurants and bars with just the right amount of crowd, but then feel free to take a walk along the nearby Punggol Promenade and find a quieter spot to do your thing. We recommend heading east towards Coney Island (but don't go in, unless you're in the adventurous mood), which is more scenic and you can glimpse at Johor and Pulau Ubin in the distance.
Great for when: You want to feel like you're not in Singapore.
Watch out for: Cyclists, joggers and speedsters on e-scooters.
Tiong Bahru (Alleyways)
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 met up at Tiong Bahru Market, or just gotten out of a racy IndigNation reading at BooksActually.
Watch out for: Restaurant workers taking out the trash.