Who says romance is reserved only for Valentine’s Day? If you want to pull out all the stops, here are 20 cool ideas on how to be romantic all-year round.
1. Art jam @ Cups N Canvas
Share a common love for the arts? Why not attend an art jamming session at Cups N Canvas? You’ll be provided with the necessary canvases, brushes, sponges and acrylic paint to let your creativity run wild. When you’re feeling peckish, just walk over to the adjoining café to get your sandwich and latte fix. For more information click here.
2. Ice-skate @ The Rink
Grab your partner by the hand, for nothing requires more trust than making sure that neither of you fall while skating on a bed of ice. As a pre-Valentine’s Day treat this February 2017, The Rink at JCube will up its romantic ante by letting you ice-skate to love songs under magical snowfall. For more information click here.
3. Make a moss terrarium @ The Plant Story
Amidst the hustle and bustle of city life, nature can offer peace and stability, which may be exactly what your relationship needs right now. The Plant Story houses a café and workshop where you can learn the fun art of making moss terrariums. The best bit? You’re allowed to bring home your lovely creations at the end of the session. For more information click here.
4. Karaoke @ K Suites
You know you’ve found a keeper when you can sing tunelessly without judgement, so pick up the mic and do a heartfelt duet of every romantic ballad you can think of at K Suites. The first boutique karaoke in Singapore, it’s more luxurious than its average counterpart, and even comes with a bar and different themed rooms. For more information click here.
5. Bake a cake
Food is synonymous with love, so grab your apron and brew some romance in your kitchen. If you need help baking a surprise cake for your special someone, check out our YouTube baking series, “Everyday Home Chefs”. On the first episode, we give you step-by-step instructions on how to make a decadent Matcha White Chocolate Lava Cake. For more information click here.
6. Kite-flying @ Marina Barrage
As many in Singapore would attest, Marina Barrage is more than just a dam or reservoir, it’s a hotspot for recreational fun with family and friends. It also serves as the perfect spot to have a romantic picnic with the Marina Bay precinct acting as a stunning backdrop. Remember to bring along your kite for a day of fun as well. For more information click here.
7. Get up close with sea creatures @ S.E.A Aquarium
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a diving certification to experience the magic of marine life. The Sea Trek Adventure at S.E.A Aquarium lets you get up close with manta rays and other enchanting sea creatures in its stunning ocean simulation. Here’s your opportunity to live out your Little Mermaid love story. For more information click here.
8. Plan a surprise picnic with Picneeds
Don’t have the luxury of time to pull off a surprise picnic? Just let the dandy folks at Picneeds deal with the logistical matters. After listening to what you have in mind, they’ll wave their magical wands and conjure a picture-perfect picnic set-up at a location of your choice. They’ll even do the cleaning after you’re done. For more information click here.
9. Get pampered @ G.spa
All those late nights at the office is probably taking a toll on your health (and relationship). Book an appointment for two and get some badly-needed pampering at G.spa. Open 24 hours every day, this hidden gem in Geylang offers heavenly spa treatments. There’s even a jungle-themed dining area offering a free flow of food. For more information click here.
10. Take a brush calligraphy class @ PaperMarket
Why spend money on mass-produced Valentine’s Day cards when you can personalise your very own love letter for each other? At PaperMarket, an instructor will provide you with watercolour paper, watercolour kit and brushes to guide you on the art of brush calligraphy. Prior experience isn’t necessary for this basic class. For more information click here.
11. Play board games @ The Mind Café
Unless you’re oozing with self-confidence, first dates can be quite a daunting affair. Instead of spending time wiping your sweaty, clammy hands, take the anxiety out of the equation by playing board games at The Mind Café. With 500 board games to choose from, you’re bound to have fun, which is what dates are supposed to be. For more information click here.
12. Adopt a pet @ SPCA
Ever considered adopting a pet as a couple? A dog or cat can help you destress and bring joy to your life. Instead of buying a costly breed, visit the SPCA and adopt one of their rescued cuties. Being a pet owner is a lifelong commitment, so adopt only if you are truly ready for the parenting responsibility. For more information click here.
13. Check out an exhibition @ National Gallery Singapore
Ever since the former Supreme Court was restored and turned into the stunning National Gallery, locals and tourists alike have been exploring its delightful halls. If your partner loves the arts, this is the perfect place to get a healthy dose of culture together. Otherwise, take advantage of the picture-perfect setting for a fun shoot. For more information click here.
14. Get couple bracelets from The Mindful Company
If you must get jewellery for your partner, why not make it an empowering one? The band braids and band chains from The Mindful Company serve as daily reminders that help you overcome the challenges of life. Designed for both genders, they make the perfect couple bracelets. For more information click here.
15. Catch an indie film @ The Projector
For a more interesting date night, skip the mainstream blockbusters at your regular cinema and head to The Projector instead. A hidden gem nestled in Golden Mile Tower, it features a curation of independent films that might resonate with you. The vintage interior might even give you a taste of what dating felt like in the 70s and 80s. For more information click here.
16. Travel back in time @ Kombi Rocks
Speaking of the 70s, travel back in time at Kombi Rocks. This vintage-inspired diner offers a chauffeur service that will whisk you two away in one of its beautiful station wagons for a fun photo shoot, followed by a romantic four-course meal. You can even request to be picked up at a location of your choice at an additional cost. For more information click here.
17. Have a staycation @ The Scarlet
Planning a honeymoon can be stressful. Instead of giving yourself a migraine, why not keep things simple by booking a staycation at The Scarlet. Singapore’s first boutique hotel, it features a Passion Suite that’s bound to add some spice to your love life. It even leads to an outdoor jacuzzi terrace where you can catch the sunset. For more information click here.
18. Watch planes take off @ Changi Airport
There’s just something poignant about watching airplanes take off. Perhaps it’s metaphorical for the future and the uncertainty that comes with taking a step into the unknown with your significant other. Whatever the reason may be, get caught up in the moment at the Viewing Gallery of Changi Airport’s Terminal 3. For more information click here.
19. Catch the sunrise @ Changi Beach
Set the alarm and leave home early to greet the morning sun at Changi Beach. Nature’s splendour will serve as a reminder of how your most romantic moments together don’t have to cost you a single dime. After witnessing the sunrise, take in the salty sea breeze as you walk hand in hand to Changi Village Hawker Centre for some local breakfast.
20. Catch the sunset @ Pinnacle@Duxton
If you’re not an early riser, make a trip to Pinnacle@Duxton to catch the sunset together. Members of the public are allowed access to the skybridge on the 50th floor. Simply pay $5 or tap your EZ-Link card on the machine at the ground floor, and you’re on your way to witnessing a breathtaking view of the orange sun sinking slowly behind the city skyline.