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An Introvert's Guide to Singapore

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Updated: 30 August 2017
Sometimes all we need is a little time out from the bustling world to reflect and reconnect with our thoughts, and for introverts, this could be a daily occurrence that can’t be ignored. Thankfully, there are plenty of activities in Singapore for you to ‘hide’ for a bit of much needed alone time.

For film buffs

What’s better than a quiet afternoon spent catching up and escaping into the realm of films? Head on to The Projector for a one-of-a-kind cinema experience, where refurbished old-school theatres at Golden Mile Complex screen curated indie and arthouse films. If a blockbuster is more of your thing, check-in to the Platinum Suites at The Cathay, and enjoy the latest Hollywood flicks in full privacy, complete with a luxurious reclined chair and a glass of wine in hand.

The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower, Singapore

Platinum Suites at The Cathay, 2 Handy Rd, Singapore, +65 6735 2262

Old school seats at The Projector
Old school seats at The Projector

For the bookworms

If your idea of some alone time is a good book and a cup of coffee, then you’ll instantly fall in love with The Book Cafe. Located along the quaint streets of Martin Road, the cozy cafe boasts an all-day brunch menu, comfy couches, and shelves packed with magazines and books of different genres. Did we mention there’s free wi-fi too?

The Book Cafe, #01-02, 20 Martin Rd, Seng Kee Building, Singapore, +65 6887 5430

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For the crafty folks

Introverts are creative souls at heart, and you are probably no different. Put your crafty hands to good use at Mud Rock Ceramics, where you can attend a pottery workshop held every weekend. All the tools required are provided, and you can even bring back your masterpiece!

If you have more of a green thumb, check out the miniature garden workshops by The Plant Story. The one-hour workshop can be attended alone and is perfect for rekindling your love of nature and unleashing your creative juices. There is also an option to include high tea with your workshop – perfect for coffee and tea lovers.

Mud Rock Ceramics, 85 Maude Rd, Singapore, +65 6291 1186

The Plant Story, #02-03, Passion Wave, 11 Rhu Cross, Singapore, +65 6348 8040

For music lovers

Not everyone can afford high-end audiophile equipment, but if you consider yourself a true fan of music, then a visit to Zeppelin & Co is a must. Indulge in your favourite music all afternoon over a cup of coffee and a slice of cake at this hybrid cafe and carefully discover the hidden details that you’ve never heard before. Who knows, you might be entirely convinced and walk away with a pair of SGD$1,000 headphones in your hands after (because a little retail therapy is good for your soul once in a while).

Zeppelin & Co, Sim Canal Rd #02-78, 1 Teck Lim Rd, Singapore, +65 6339 5373

Entrance to audiophile haven, Zeppelin & Co
Entrance to audiophile haven, Zeppelin & Co | © Facebook/Zeppelin & Co

For art lovers

Singapore may be a tiny country, but it houses some of the best selection of museums in the region. Spend your afternoon getting inspired at the contemporary Singapore Art Museum, explore Singapore’s rich artistic history at the National Museum or take a self-guided walk through the brand new National Gallery with the Gallery Explorer App. While the museum does conduct free tours daily, a self-guided tour can make learning about art more personal and satisfying

National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #01–01, Singapore, +65 6271 7000

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For Nature Lovers

Going for long walks and treks at nature trails have been proven to benefit both mind and body, leaving you refreshed and free of stress, so why not spend your solo day in Singapore alongside nature? Overcome your fear of heights at the TreeTop walk in MacRitchie Reservoir, go for a relaxing cycle along the scenic Coney Island or discover Singapore’s biodiversity at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Just remember to bring along insect repellants and a poncho just in case it rains, because Singapore’s tropical weather is famously unpredictable.