Dating can be a really expensive past time in Singapore – but that doesn’t mean you have to stay in for the week before pay day. These ideas are just as good as the normal dinner/drinks/movie options, but are all absolutely FREE!
Visit animal shelters
Bond over some furry friends at various animal shelters at Pasir Ris Farmway such as Animal Lovers League and Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter.
Just make sure you let them know about your visit, as unexpected visitors can affect the animals there.
Oh, and make sure your date buddy isn’t allergic to anything…
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Watch a performance at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Get cultured for nothing by taking in a free performance at Esplanade’s waterfront performance venue; complete with the Merlion and financial district in the background. Check out some of the unique art installations at the concourse and Jendela (visual art space) for free while you’re at it.
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Watch a movie under the stars
Moviemob.sg offers free movie screenings at various public places around the island – from rooftops to parks to Marina Barrage, with the glimmering bay as your backdrop.
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Get romantic at Gardens By The Bay
There’s nothing like an insane setting to really make you feel like you’re on an adventure! Be captivated by these majestic vertical gardens without paying a cent. In the evenings you’ll also have the light shows.
Other areas of the Outdoor Gardens (which are all free to the public) include Bay East Garden, Sun Pavillion, Heritage Gardens, World of Plants and Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes.
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Walk amongst nature
With so many pretty green spaces in Singapore, a leisurely stroll (or hike, depending on your fitness levels!) makes a great date idea. Take your pick with these DIY walking guides. https://www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/walks-and-tours/going-on-a-diy-walk
We recommend Fort Canning Park, Southern Ridges, Keppel Island, Chinese Garden as well as some of the lesser-known but equally beautiful waterfront parks.
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Text: Muneerah Bee, December 2016
Additional reporting by Pinky Chng
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