Get Outside and Enjoy Nature
The Singapore Botanic Gardens are open daily until midnight, and Gardens by the Bay is open daily until 2AM. These are both excellent places to go on a date and, in fact, Gardens by the Bay is even prettier at night, when it’s all lit up and sparkling – it’s also much less crowded and ideal for a night kiss under the stars!
Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore, +65 6420 6848
Catch Your Dinner
Ordering off the menu and receiving a plate of prawns is so passé. Take a trip into the heartlands of Singapore and try your hand at prawning. Hai Bin Prawning, with outlets in Punggol and Sembawang, offers 24-hour prawning. Rent a rod, grab some drinks from their beer garden and see if you’re successful at catching your dinner. Rates are: 1hr/$20, 2hr+1hr free/$36
Hai Bin Prawning, 6 Tebing Lane, #01-04, Singapore, +65 6447 8693
Orchid Bowl has multiple locations across the island where you and your friends can experience cosmic bowling, which involves glow-in-the-dark bowling with disco lights and catch dance music. Visit Orchid Bowl on a Friday or Saturday night, and discover bowling as you’ve never experienced it before!
Go for a Walk
One of the great things about Singapore is that it is incredibly safe, arguably the safest place on the planet. This means that you can escape the heat and go for walks at night (advisedly, in groups). For intrepid night hikers, visit the Southern Ridges, where you will find ten kilometers of paths that start at Mount Faber Park, prosing through Hill Park and Hort Park, before finally ending at the Labrador Nature Reserve. If you’re hoping for a more romantic stroll, head to the Sentosa Bay Boardwalk which is open 24 hours a day and has spectacular views of Sentosa and the HarbourFront.
Southern Ridges, Henderson Road, Southern Ridges, Bukit Merah, Singapore, +65 1800 471 7300
At Mustafa Centre, you will find the holy grail of department store shopping. This massive, multi-story shopping complex claims to sell literally every product that a store could possibly offer. What’s more, Mustafa’s is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so you will have plenty of time to test that theory. Have a scavenger hunt with your friends and see who can find the most bizarre item, or stock up on non-perishables which are cheaper here than anywhere else on the island!
Mustafa Centre, 145 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore, +65 6295 5855
It comes as a surprise to most travelers when they learn that hyper-conservative and strictly regulated Singapore has a red-light district. But sure enough, if you head down to Geylang on Singapore’s east side, that is exactly what you will find. The streets here are grittier than the rest of the island, where brothels are organized by race and scary-looking aunties sit outside each establishment. Use caution if you are taking pictures in the area, as many people do not take kindly to having their photograph taken, regardless of whether they live in or are just visiting the area.
Lau Pa Sat
This recently remodeled hawker center nestled in the heart of the Central Business District collects all the best parts of the Singapore street food scene. The building has maintained its old-world charm, however, recent renovations mean clean cooking areas and washrooms. At night, the street behind this hawker comes alive with a satay market, where over a dozen vendors vie for customers, each stall insisting it offers the best satay available. It’s a lively scene, with hawkers, tourists and locals all co-existing to enjoy delicious grilled meats.
Lau Pa Sat, 18 Raffles Quay, Singapore, +65 6220 2138