20 Romantic Places in Singapore (Yes, It’s Captivating!)
I am getting married next year.
It’s actually scary thinking about it because people always say 婚姻是爱情的坟墓. Actually, I have been happily engaged since last May (read about my proposal here) and the word “wedding” hasn’t been in my mind. Reality only sinks in when I realized that I am already 28 years old (I thought I was still 24 years old) and my house will be ready by 2016. I need to get married next year. So that I won’t be so hard on cash when renovation and wedding comes too close together.
I am just like an aimless housefly, totally clueless what I should do now. We didn’t want to have a wedding banquet. Maybe a ROM party somewhere. One moment I was looking at pre wedding photoshoot, another moment we were discussing the dates, then next moment I am looking at venue. AIYO, like so many things to prepare and don’t know where to begin.
WHAT WE HAVE DONE (as of now):
1. We started with finding an auspicious date. Got a few recommendations and went ahead with Master David Tong from CMG Consulting. Wahbiang, he has a busy schedule lah! I approached him in end of January and only managed to get a slot in mid March. Aiyo! But never mind, good things are worth waiting for! So when the dates are settled, then all other things can proceed.
2. I have also went around looking for pre wedding photographers which I plan to do it early next year. Thanks to my Instagram post, I have got many good recommendations and I have looked through every single portfolios. I want to have my pre-wedding photoshoot overseas. Which country? I don’t know yet but I prefer nature. Cutesy shots are out. Wedding is once in a lifetime so I don’t mind spending a bit on this. I own a camera myself and sometimes I shoot models / couples as well. So I have my own expectations for my pre wedding. If it is something which I can shoot using my camera, why should I pay so much money to hire a wedding photographer right? Haven’t decided on any so if you have any recommendations or if you are a wedding photographer, drop me any email [email protected]
3. After thinking about the wedding photo shoot, it is about venue. My ideal wedding is a garden wedding or wedding by the beach. But hor, Singapore is abit hot leh… so I am still thinking of other options. Most importantly, FOOD MUST BE GOOD. How can a food blogger serves lousy food on her wedding day right???
Since I am sourcing for a wedding location and Valentine’s Day is coming, I have listed some of the romantic places in Singapore for my and your consideration. This may not be the most extensive list, but at least I hope it gives you an idea where to bring your partner for a romantic date. Or if you are like me, planning for a wedding, can consider also lah! Of course all the hotels in Singapore are nice, but I am just looking for some other more unique venues for my wedding consideration.
Fits my garden wedding perfectly! A tranquil escape from the city buzz, Halia’s unique location at the Singapore Botanic Gardens serves as an ideal venue for a romantic V Day dinner or wedding to remember. I have been here many times, for food tasting, for celebrations, for brunch… and loving it each time! The restaurant’s unobtrusive structure blends with its natural surroundings, with its interior paying tribute to modern life. You can still enjoy the scenery from the windows in the restaurant.
Address: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Tel: 6476 6711
Very romantic place and we celebrated one of our V Day in Boat House. It is a Modern European dining room located within the restored heritage building- The Fullerton Waterboat House- on the waterfront at Marina Bay, Singapore. Entry to the restaurant is up the original staircase to the first floor, and after finishing a lovely french dinner, go up to the rooftop “prel.ude” to enjoy a glass of wine. Read about my brunch experience here.
Address: The Fullerton Waterboat House, 3 Fullerton Road #03-01
Tel: 6538 9038
Kombi Rocks took over an old school kopitiam-style restaurant called Koon Kee which started in 1971. Many of the future and posters have still continue the vintage feel – retro coffee tables, barber chairs, old clocks etc. With signature Volkswagen lining the porch of the cafe, it is really nice to take photos here. Perfect place for a comfortable romantic dinner and it is away from the crowded city. Read about my review here.
Address: 66 Yio Chu Kang Road
Tel: 6288 1206
Located in an industrial park off Balestiar Road, Wheeler’s Yard is a bicycle atelier cum cafe which exudes such industrial chic vibe that anyone who visits would fall in love with it instantly. Haven’t tried their food but bicycles is the boy’s favourite, this spacious place is really cool. Read about my review here..
Address: 28 Lor Ampas
Tel: 6254 9128
My cousin strongly recommends Bliss House, a beautiful Garden of Eden in Clarke Quay. Everything in here is so floral and very very romantic! And the executive chef of this restaurant is Chef Dennis Ong who used to work in Saint Pierre, Senso and Michaelangelo’s.
Address: The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen St #03-21
Phone: 6225 5532
Windowsill Pies which sells excellent pies. They specialize in pie, the sweet kind. Their piesare full of robust flavours and exciting textures, crafted with honest ingredients and a close attention to detail. The interior is adorned largely with wooden furnishings and platforms, giving a much homely ambience with a huge bear!
Address: 78 Horne Road
Tel: 9004 7827
Characterised by its colonial architecture since 1918, Alkaff Mansion sits atop Telok Blangah Hill surrounded by lush greeneries and overlooking the unending pastures of a 19-hectare park. The restaurant fffers an escape from the city, and serves up authentic Italian cuisine amidst the soothing atmosphere of a European-styled setting. There is also afternoon tea available. Read about my review here.
Address: 10 Telok Blangah Green
Tel: 6510 3068
The White Rabbit
The White Rabbit is a restaurant and bar housed in an awe-inspiring and beautifully-restored chapel off the antiquated but stylish Dempsey Hill area. I have accompanied Charlene here for her wedding photo shoot and super love the place especially the garden behind the restaurant.
Address: 39C Harding Road
Tel: 6473 9965
Ku De Ta
Voted as one of the top ten global hotspots by The New York Times, KU DÉ TA offers pleasure seekers the finest in Modern Asian cuisine, drinking and entertainment, and a breathtaking 360-degree view of Singapore’s city skyline atop Marina Bay Sands.
Address: SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands North Tower, 1 Bayfront Avenue
Tel: 6688 7688
Call me suagu, I haven’t been to 1-Altitude but have been drooling at the photos posted online. Occupying the three topmost floors in One Raffles Place Building, 1-Altitude comprises of three very different concepts—an al fresco gastrobar called 1-Altitude Gallery & Bar on level 63; an European restaurant named Stellar on level 62 and a sports bar named 282 that comes complete with its own golf simulator on level 61. Definitely romantic!
Address: #63-01, One Raffles Place, 1 Raffles Place
Tel: 6438 0410
The Light House
Fullerton hotel is special to me because I worked here for a week as a guest service ambassador during International Monetary Fund in 2006. So I kinda know this hotel very well and The Light House is the first italian fine dining restaurant I know. It has unblocked view of Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands from the bar. The Rooftop Bar’s atmospheric setting makes it perfect for special occasions with nightly views of the Marina Bay Light Show. The restaurant has recently unveiled a new concept rooted in “Cucina Costiera” or authentic Southern Italian cuisine with specialties and quality produce from gastronomy rich regions like Campania, Sardinia and Sicily. Read about it here.
Address: Level 8 of The Fullerton Hotel
Tel: 6877 8933
The Jewel Box
When it comes to planning a romantic or leisurely outing with friends and loved ones, The Jewel Box at Mount Faber Park forms the perfect backdrop. Housing a retail shop, cable car rides, and five different restaurants and bar concepts, The Jewel Box offers a holistic yet distinct experience for any occasion.
Address: 109 Mt Faber Rd
Tel: 6377 9688
This fits my wedding perfectly because it has a lovely greenery and a good Chinese restaurant Cassia. To celebrate V day, you can enjoy a refreshing Mediterranean dining experience at The Knolls or modern Chinese cuisine at Cassia. Plus, they have a Be My Valentine package where you can enjoy one of Capella Singapore’s romantic villas for the weekend, which has been completely transformed with romance in mind. Read about my experience here and here.
Address: 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island
Tel: 6377 8888
Located on Keppel Island, Privé is a multi-concept F&B lifestyle venue encompassing a modern Grill, a Waterfront Bar, and a Café. Daytime, you have the advantage of stunning views of sparkling sunlight against the Marina’s waters, while in the evenings, Privé Grill becomes a sophisticated yet intimate space with excellent views of the lit-up iconic Keppel Bay Bridge.
Address: 2 Keppel Bay Vista
Tel: 6776 0777
JAAN is an intimate, 40-seat restaurant dedicated to showcasing the finest in Artisanal French cuisine in Singapore. Chef de Cuisine Julien Royer’s dedication to top-notch seasonal produce is showcased in beautifully presented and divine contemporary French creations which are a multi-sensory feast. Read about my experience here.
Address: 2 Stamford Road, 70F Swissotel The Stamford
Tel: 6837 3322
Sky on 57
With panoramic views of the city’s skyline, Sky on 57 boasts modern Asian cuisine created by acclaimed Chef Justin Quek. The menu here is Chef Justin’s modern interpretation to the comfort food that he grew up eating. Using his European techniques, he creates a modern version of homegrown cuisine, hoping to bring out the best of both worlds. Dining at Sky on 57 at the Sands SkyPark is like feasting on top of the world. If you are coming for dinner, get an outside table to enjoy the great view and scenery. Read about it here.
Address: Level 57, Sands SkyPark, Tower 1, Marina Bay Sands,
Tel: 6688 8857
Xiaxue’s wedding at Forlino awed me and if I were to have wedding lunch, Forlion is definitely in my consideration. This Italian fine dining restaurant at the second level of One Fullerton overlooks Esplanade and Marina Sands.
Address: 1 Fullerton Road
Te: 6536 9965
Salt Grill & Bar
Perched on the 55th floor of ION Orchard, the restaurant literally surrounds guests with the sky through enormous 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, which feature a glass curvature that leaves you with the ethereal feeling of floating in the air. A creation of Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan, Salt grill & Sky bar serves modern Australian cuisine with a focus on fresh, high quality ingredients.
Address: #55-01 & 56-01, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
Located on Siloso Beach overlooking the South China Sea, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa is the only beachfront resort in Singapore. If you want to have a memorable sunset solemnization by the waterfront followed by a banquet in the ballroom, this is the place. For couples who want to celebrate their V day here, there is Casserole, Silver Shell Cafe, 8 Noodles and The Bubble Bar. You can enjoy panoramic views of the resort’s lush tropical gardens and the caress of the gentle sea breeze complement your al fresco dinner of tantalising seafood and grills. Read about my experience here.
Address: 101 Siloso Road, Sentosa
Tel: 6275 0100
The boyfriend treated me to a staycation here during one of our anniversaries. But strangely, I can’t find the photos. Anyway, I really like garden wedding and this boutique resort is nested beautifully on a hillside, surrounded by 3.8 hectares of lush landscaped gardens and natural tropical rainforest. For couples, you can have dinner at Shutters which boasts a romantic outdoor terrace area with a breathtaking view of the Amara skylight feature. The restaurant offers a repertoire of Modern Singapore Flavours.
Address: 1 Larkhill Road, Sentosa, Sentosa Island
Tel: 6825 3888
I will be doing my wedding updates regularly in the blog, twitter, Instagram and Facebook. If you have any good lobang for photographer, venue, gown, makeup, videography etc, or best if you would like to sponsor LOL, please drop me an email at [email protected]