Because the nights ain’t all about alcohol and partying.
While most people might think there’s nothing much to do in Singapore – apart from hitting the clubs or watering holes – after dark, we beg to differ.
There will always be something healthy and non-toxic to enjoy after dark. Here, we have 9 Night Activites You Can Do in Singapore.
#1 NIGHT SAFARI
If you’re a nocturnal being like the residents here, the world’s first night zoo, which opens from 7.30pm to 12am offers a host of activities to dispel boredom of any kind. From its nightly interactive shows to tram rides and hiking trails around the compound, this place is also perfect for animal-lovers who think it’s too hot to pay a visit at the Singapore Zoo, which opens in the day.
80 Mandai Lake Road, take bus 138 from Ang Mo Kio station, 927 from Choa Chu Kang or 926 from Marsiling and Woodlands stations
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#2 NIGHT FISHING/PRAWNING
Looking for activities to accommodate a bigger group of friends? Prawning/fishing farms that open till late are a great way to bond. Think of it as a mini BBQ gathering, only food is provided fresh. We love that the atmosphere is reminiscent of a rustic kampong gathering, where everyone sits around waiting for a bite (or a few) to happen. And, when you’ve finally got something at the end of the line, just pull your rod up, grab the prawn or prawns, and put it on the barbeque pit. The best part: You won’t have to go looking for supper should you feel nippy after all that hard work.
You can try these 24-hour spots: Anglers’ Paradise (#01-11 Punggol Golf Club), Hai Bin Jurong (241 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim, The Village) or East Coast Prawning (#01-06 1020 East Coast Parkway).
#3 NIGHT CYCLING
Some places are best admired at night, especially when it’s cooler, less crowded, and the lights come out. A few places you can check out include the Punggol Waterway, East Coast Park towards Changi Village and….. A word of advice: Wear light-coloured clothing, especially if you’re going to be on the roads, so drivers can watch out for you. Also, if you’ve got novice cyclists in your group, make sure they remain in front of the group so you can look out for them should they come into any problems.
There aren’t many places in Singapore where we can fly a kite. Marina Barrage is a popular spot if you want to indulge in that unadulterated activity at night, though. Parking is relatively cheap, and you get lots of space to send your kite up the sky. It is usually windier at night too, and that’s when it is truly therapeutic to fly your kite and see it dance freely amongst the sky full of stars.
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#5 HELP, WE’RE STUCK
Locked rooms (a series of rooms that let you solve solutions through a series of clues for you to “escape”) have been gaining popularity with young people these days. Unleash your inner Sherlock, so you don’t have to ask the staff to “bail” you out of these rooms!
Try Xcape Singapore (closes 11.30pm on weekdays and 2am on Fridays and Saturdays), Breakout Escape Game (closes midnight on weekdays and 1am on Fridays and Saturdays) and The Escape Artist (midnight daily)
Fancy yourself an accurate shot? There a few dart bars or dart joints, which open till late. We chanced upon Darts Culture at Cineleisure (it closes at 4am!) when we were thinking of places to head to after midnight, and this one didn’t disappoint. The dart machines are electronic, and definitely safe for everyone, including beginners.
Other places to try: i Darts Singapore (1am for weekdays and public holidays and 3am for weekends and eves of public holidays) and Forest Darts Café & Pub (2am).
#7 WALK IN THE PARK
For those seeking a tranquil environment not far from the city centre, you can take a leisurely stroll around the Gardens By The Bay (Bayfront Station, Exit B). The Gardens offers a verdant respite as you take in the plants and sights of the city amidst the cool night weather. While the conservatories and the Dome close earlier, the Bay South Outdoor Gardens open till 2am.
#8 LATE-NIGHT SHOPPING
Perfect for night owls and those who’re too busy to shop for their groceries in the day, Mustafa Centre (Farrer Park Station, Exit G) offers a myriad of items for sale. From fragrances to jewellery, everyday items such as shampoo, soap and produce (through its supermarket upstairs) are available as well.
#9 SECONDS? YES, PLEASE!
What’s a foodie to do in the middle of the night when most eateries are closed? Seek out the ones which aren’t (duh!). Places like Café Le Caire, Salted Caramel Artisan Ice Cream, Spize, 2am dessert bar and a few others open till late, which serves those looking for second rounds (we mean dessert) after dinner.
Got more suggestions? Let us know in the comment box, below!
About the writer:
Amanda Tan has written pieces for several publications, which include stories on food, lifestyle and beauty. She believes life is too short for regrets, and hopes to live in London (just for the experience). She is also a self-professed cake addict, and can never resist a slice, at any time of the day. If you’d like to share life hacks, travel tips and general advice, you can drop her a note at [email protected]