Solo date ideas in Singapore

There could be many reasons why you’re single. Perhaps you’re not ready for a relationship, are still holding out for “the one”, or simply have – if you’re willing to admit – no game. Whatever the case, there’s no reason why singles should have to miss out on the thrills and TLCs of dating.

Going out alone might seem lonely at times, but truth be told, you’re often your own best company. Plus, with these 8 solo date ideas that have bona-fide “me, myself, and I” activities, you won’t have to feel unnecessarily awkward or judged. So put on your fav fit and block out your calendars, because you’re about to get wooed by you.

1. Feast on Japanese BBQ with individual grills at Yakiniku Like

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If you’ve ever been craving a smoky BBQ feast, but don’t have a smoking hot date with you, meet Yakiniku Like. This Japanese roast joint is known for its individual seating arrangements that pair each diner to their own grill.

Plus, with their electric grills, you won’t have to worry about wearing an Eau De Smokey on your clothes afterwards. 

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The staff at Yakiniku Like have also pledged to serve you under 3 minutes, and with plenty of single-serving options so you won’t have to worry about leftovers.

Set meals start from $8.80 and come with a choice of meat, rice, seaweed soup, and kimchi or salad. Meat-lovers should try their Tontoro 100g ($5.90), a succulent slab of pork with a juicy ream of fat. Bonus: all prices are nett, so don’t worry if you feel like eating for 2.

AMK Hub outlet
Address: 53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue, 3 AMK Hub, B1 #21, Singapore 569933
Opening hours: 11am-10pm, Daily
Contact: Yakiniku Like website

The Clementi Mall outlet
Address: 3155 Commonwealth Avenue West, #05-35/37, Singapore 129588
Opening hours: 11am-10pm, Daily
Contact: Yakiniku Like website

VivoCity outlet
Address: 1 HarbourFront Walk, #02-60, Singapore 098585
Opening hours: 11am-10pm, Daily
Contact: Yakiniku Like website

2. Clock in a workout at a private gym pod

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Relationships might not work out all the time, but at least you can. Treat your body to a gym sesh at any of The Gym Pods in town, where you can work out in peace and privacy. That means no more queueing up for gym equipment and getting judged by other gym rats. 

From $7.50/30 minutes, you can make full use of the cardio, dumbbell rack, and strength-training stations in the pod. Newer pods even have interactive screens where you can follow virtual classes and learn from fitness experts.

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Besides the traditional gyms, they also have a bunch of other facilities like a Spin Pod at Changi City Point and an MMA-style Rumble Pod at Buangkok Square. See the full list of The Gym Pod locations to get started on your bangin’ bod. 

Opening hours: 24 hours, Daily
Contact: The Gym Pod website

3. Indulge in a staycay at a Muji-style capsule hotel

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Solo travel is a liberating phenomena that has become quite common these days. While we might not have the budget to indulge overseas, there are plenty of solo staycay spots here that can offer us a breath of fresh air. 

For instance, the KINN Capsule Hotel at Clarke Quay has the minimalist-zen look down to a T and is perfect for those who live for and worship all things Muji. From $40/night , cosy up in a capsule with pull-down blinds, 2 charging ports, a concealed shelf, and a pull-out round mirror. 

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Even their toilets look super sleek and come with backlit floor-length mirrors and hair dryers. Each guest at KINN will also receive a basic amenities kit, complete with a towel, earplugs, and a dental hygiene set.

Rates: From $40/night
Address: 39 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058673
Telephone: 9172 7035 | KINN Capsule Hotel website

4. Allay your troubles at SG’s only floating pod

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If the thought of being single weighs heavily on your mind, literally float your troubles away in a floatation tank at Palm Avenue Float Club. Floatation therapy deprives you of light, sound, and external stimulation so your mind can thoroughly relax and recuperate. You know, from the “pain” of being #foreveralone

For $89, do nothing but give yourself a little R&R for 1 hour in a heated salt water bath. First-time floaters even get a $15 discount when they sign up for packages online with the code:  <FIRSTTRIP>.   

Address: 66 Kampong Bugis, #05-01, Singapore 338987
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 10am-9pm | Thu 4pm-9pm | Fri-Sun 9pm-9pm
Contact: 9151 6004 | Palm Ave Float Club website

5. Read manga & snuggle up on a beanbag from just $5.50

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Ah, there’s nothing like curling up in a comfy spot and escaping into a fantasy world. You can do just that at MangaWork from $5.50, a Japanese-themed workspace cum lounge that sports different types of private rooms and facilities. 

For example, you can snuggle up on a window-adjacent bean bag in the Thinker room, or sprawl out comfortably on a tatami chair in the Napper room. Each room is stocked with power sockets, high-speed WIFI, and a touch-screen tablet you can use for free.

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Like its name suggests, there are also tons of Manga comics that you can sift through and borrow from the library by the concierge. For the workaholics who claim to be “dating” their job, you’re also more than welcome to do your work here.

Address: 291 Serangoon Road, #02-00, Singapore 218107
Opening hours: 9am-11pm, Daily
Contact: 8833 2980 | MangaWork website

6. Slurp up a 1-pax hotpot with 20 soup choices

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While steamboat is traditionally a communal dish, many of us often have the hots for a steamy bowl of hot pot but no one to share it with. Thankfully, City HotPot has a one pot per person concept that promises individual portions and 20 different soup bases to choose from. 

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Also available here are set meals for when you can’t decide what to have, like the Signature Wagyu Beef Set ($24.99) and Wagyu Chuck Eye Roll Set ($26.99). Lone diners can grab a seat by the counter to catch the chefs whipping up soups and slicing up fresh meats too.

One Raffles Place outlet
Address: 1 Raffles Place, #04 – 26/27/28, Singapore 048616
Opening hours: 11.30am-3pm & 5-10pm, Daily
Contact: 6536 2679 | City HotPot website

Guoco Tower outlet
Address: 7 Wallich Street, B1-04/05, Singapore 078884
Opening hours: 11.30am-3pm & 5-10pm, Daily
Contact: 6721 9501 | City HotPot website

Jurong Point outlet
Address: 1 Jurong West Central 2, #01-17 Jurong Point, Singapore 648886
Opening hours: 11.30am-3pm & 5pm-12am, Daily
Contact: 6518 9890 | City HotPot website

7. Get your game on at the biggest cybercafe in the west

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E-boys and girls, if you haven’t found each other yet, maybe Clique Gaming is a good place to start. This internet cafe is also the largest of its kind in the west, with its new RGB desktop setups. From just $3 per hour, get into battle mode with over 200 high performance LAN games like Halo, Counter Strike, and League of Legends

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Once you’re done conquering the virtual world, reward yourself with a drink from the Fame Music & Entertainment bar and make a toast to yourself. SAFRA members and affiliated members can also enjoy 15% off on these activities. 

Address: 333 Boon Lay Way, Singapore 649848
Opening hours: 9am-9pm, Daily
Contact: 9009 3707 | Clique Gaming website

8. Have a mini photoshoot at a self-photography studio

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Finally, commemorate your “I don’t need no man or woman” day with a proud, self portrait. Among the many self photography studios in Singapore, Photobytes is probably the most colourful one, with a selection of RGB backdrops and a few sunset lamps. You can also request for a B&W or neutral toned setting if you want a more sophisticated vibe. 

From $35, get 15 minutes all to yourself with a tripod set-up and a remote control clicker. You’ll have another 15 minutes after to select your fav shots. There are no limits to the number of photos you can take, and all original soft copies can be downloaded at an extra $25.

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Photobytes is also a pet-friendly studio, so don’t hesitate to top up $20 to bring your furbaby along for a “family portrait”. 

Location: 61A Haji Lane, Singapore 189254
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 1pm-10pm | Sat-Sun 11am-10pm
Telephone: 8202 4991 | Photobytes website

Go on a solo date at these places

So you see, being by yourself doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. That goes for those in relationships too. So the next time you say “party of one”, say it loud and proud. After all, in the wise words of RuPaul, “If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell you gon love somebody else?”

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Cover image adapted from @thegympod, KINN Capsule Hotel, @heyitswh_

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