Here in Singapore, you don’t have to wait until February to take the one you love on a date night. Love is in the air here, all day every day, because our little island offers so many extremely romantic places for a low-cost date night. Shower your beautiful loved one with the affection and pampering that they deserve every single day of the week without breaking the bank. In some places, you would not even have to spend a single dime on entry fees! If you are still new to this city-state and are unsure of where to go, here are some cheap date night ideas for you to consider.
Enjoy Free Performances At The Esplanade
Do you and your date enjoy the performing arts? Look no further than Esplanade — Theatres On A Bay, a not-for-profit arts centre, located near the mouth of the Singapore River. Easily identified by its distinctive architecture, the Esplanade is a frequent host to free programmes. These run the gamut from mini outdoor rock shows by local bands to classical music recitals. All you would have to do check their website to see what they have got up their sleeves. You could also have the option of forking out just a little extra for some of the shows that charge a small entry fee. Most of the time, events and shows planned at the Esplanade aren’t priced very high so you won’t have to worry all that much.
Wondering how to get there? Forget calling a cab. Esplanade is easily accessible via public transport. Think of all the things you can buy for the one you love with the amount of money you’d have to spend to cover the cab fare. You can even use that money to splurge a little extra on a delicious meal at one of the romantic restaurants at the Esplanade for the both of you, instead. Buses are typically the cheapest modes of transport, so check if there are any buses that you can take, leading you outside the Esplanade Mall entrance along Raffles Avenue or the road alongside Esplanade Drive. If time is of the essence, there are MRT stations located just a stone’s throw away as well. Alight at City Hall if you’re taking the East-West Line or Esplanade MRT on the Circle Line.
Take A Walk Across Henderson Waves
If you’re all about mood lighting and intimate conversations on a budget, take your date to the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore — Henderson Waves. It costs a grand total of zero dollars to go on a romantic evening stroll with your date here. As the name suggests, the bridge takes the form of undulating waves that are emphasised by romantic light-emitting diode (LED) lights. There are even spots for you to rest your feet whenever you or your date need a short breather as you take in the romantic atmosphere and enjoy each other’s company. Get your timing right by planning your date when these lights are switched on within 7pm to 2am.
Take the Southern Ridges Walk for the best possible experience of the Henderson Waves. This trail leads you all the way through three parks: Kent Ridge Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, and Mount Faber Park. Just like Esplanade, you can also get to these places by public transport. Alight at HarbourFront MRT Station when you take the Circle Line and North East Line and make your way there on foot. There are plenty of buses that can take you there as well.
Go On A Picnic At Gardens By The Bay
Is your date’s stomach the way to their heart? Prepare a low-budget dinner date by going on a picnic at Gardens By The Bay. It might even impress your loved one even more, knowing how much extra effort and thought you’ve put into your date night. Sandwiches are a great foolproof option if you’re not quite so confident in your skills in the kitchen. Do find out what sort of food your date prefers, though, lest you accidentally prepare something they dislike.
Plenty of gardens at Gardens By The Bay are freely accessible to the public and open all the way to 2am. As a newly minted permanent resident, you can even learn about the history and culture of Singapore by exploring the Heritage Garden. Gardens By The Bay is even more stunning when the famous Supertree Grove lights up at night. Hang around the Supertree Grove for the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show between 7.45pm and 8.45pm.
You can also spend just under $10 to go on the 22-metre-high OCBC Skyway for a stunning view of the Marina Bay skyline. It’s a completely affordable cost for a little bit of extra romance. Get to the Gardens by alighting at Bayfront MRT when you take the Circle or Downtown Line.