A night out with my date or friends is the only thing that motivates me to get through long boring lectures or tiring work days. However, going out after hours doesn’t always necessarily have to be about the nightlife party scene — you can always try something a little more wholesome.
If you’re someone who loves staying up late, or for whatever reason can’t seem to go to bed early, here are 15 late night activities in Singapore (and some new funky suggestions) that will more than keep you occupied till the wee hours of the morning.
—Activities you can do for FREE—
1. Take Your Bike For A Spin
If you’re itching for a late night activity that doesn’t involve putting on useless calories, you should try out night cycling! It feels cooler and way less crowded when you do it at night.
Try cycling in places like Changi Village, Punggol Waterway or Ulu Sembawang Park Connector. My personal favourite breezy and sea-view trail would be to cycle from East Coast Park all the way to Changi Village and back for a good 40km workout.
Remember to bring a few buddies, helmets and don light-coloured clothing too. If you don’t own a bike, this may just be a good chance to jump on the bike-sharing bandwagon!
2. Enjoy The City Skyline From Esplanade Rooftop Terrace
Many of us are aware of the Esplanade’s outdoor theatre that often showcases live bands on Friday and Saturday nights. However, go all the way up to the Esplanade Rooftop Terrace for a romantic or private hideout to simply unwind and relax.
Landscaped with manicured lawns, shrubs and small shade trees, you can still enjoy the free music from the outdoor theatre and stargaze or bask in the beauty of the city skyline at night. Once the terrace closes, just head to the bay area to continue your soul-searching/lepak session, with an equally great view.
Esplanade Rooftop Terrace: Esplanade – Theatres On The Bay, 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981 | Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm | Tel: +65 6828 8377 | Website
3. Go For A Night Stroll On A Private Island
With Keppel Island’s scenic views and proximity to places like Sentosa and Harbourfront, it is an easily accessible haven of peace for strolls and picnics. For some quiet time after your dinner date or a gathering with friends on well-manicured lawns on a breezy night, Keppel Island is definitely a winner.
From Harbourfront MRT, take Exit B and walk along Telok Blangah Road for about 8 minutes till you see the entrance to Keppel Island on the left. Enter through there and walk until you get to the Marina at Keppel Bay.
Marina At Keppel Bay: 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Singapore 098382 | Opening Hours: 24/7 | Tel: +65 6303 8448 | Website
4. Try Stargazing In Singapore
If you’re in need of a throwback to those stargazing nights you shared with your travel buddies overseas, head down to the Singapore Science Centre for a Friday night stargazing session.
Located at the observatory at the Omni-Theatre Building, stargazing sessions could make for a good date idea or a new night activity to do with your friends. Since it ends at 10pm, you could always grab some late night supper in the West after, to end your night on a hearty note.
Omni-Theatre Night Sky Ramblings (Free Stargazing Session): The Observatory At The Omni-Theatre Building: 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609433 | Opening Hours: (Friday) 7.45pm – 10pm | Tel: +65 6425 2500 | Website
—Not Entirely Free, But Definitely Below $10—
5. Shop Till You Drop At Mustafa Center
With prices cheaper than those you can find in daylight, Mustafa Center is your late night shopping destination and is open round the clock to offer you some of the best bargains. If you’re up for something different, discover some of the best discounted shopping here — everything from skincare and electronics, to sportswear and luggage.
If you happen to hit the Farrer Park vicinity way earlier before your midnight shopping escapade, head over to Decathlon @ City Square Mall just a few blocks away to grab some cheap sports thrills before it closes at 10pm.
Mustafa Center: 145 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207704 | Opening Hours: 24/7 | Website
6. Eat Your Way Through Bazaars & Pasar Malams
For all the supper lovers out there who don’t want to pay a huge amount for dim sum or fried chicken and beer joints, hit up one of the bazaars or neighbourhood pasar malams for some late-night snacks to satisfy your supper cravings.
It’s Singapore so there’s always bound to be a pasar malam somewhere — you’ve just got to find it!
7. Go MAAD At The Monthly Artist’s And Designer’s Market
Held on one Friday night of each month, MAAD (Monthly Artist’s and Designer Market) is the largest recurring creative marketplace in Singapore that promotes creativity, designs, innovation and originality.
Head over to the Red Dot Design Museum Singapore near Tanjong Pagar MRT for a hipster night with your buddies. Expect to find a whole range of gems from both budding entrepreneurs and local artists — from intricate trinkets to unique craft beers, there’s definitely something to satisfy your inner artsy fartsy cravings.
Similar to pasar malams, you’ll find loads of these cool events here and there if you just keep an eye out.
MAAD: Red Dot Design Museum Singapore, 11 Marina Boulevard, Red Dot Design Museum, Singapore 018940 | Next Session estimated to be held late 2017 | Website
8. Catch A Movie Under The Stars
Watching a movie under the stars is the great thing for you at night with your friends or loved ones. The best thing about open-air theatres is that you don’t need to whisper to your friends during the entire show or stealthily tear open your plastic snack packets.
Regular outdoor movie screenings can be found all across Singapore by MovieMobs , Singapore Open Air Cinema Club and Sunset Cinema. Grab a mat and chill out at the next late-night movie outdoor screening!
—Activities Where You Have To Pay For However Long You Stay—
9. Get Your Nerd On With Board Games
If you happen to have thrown out all your childhood board games, The Mind Cafe gives you a cozy space to bond with your family and friends over some good ol’ favourites.
Closing as late as 6am on Friday and Saturday nights, you have the luxury of time and a variety of board games to keep you occupied through the night. Pay by the hour with foods and drinks available to keep you refreshed as you play.
Fair warning though — the brownies there will definitely break your no-food-after-11pm diet rule.
The Mind Cafe: 60 Prinsep St, Singapore 188664 | Opening Hours: (Mon – Thurs) 2pm -11pm, (Fri) 2pm – 6am, (Sat) 12pm – 6am, (Sun) 12pm – 11pm | Tel: +65 6334 4426 | Website
10. Get Your Adrenaline Pumping With Go-Karting
Challenge your friends to a proper kart circuit competition when the night falls at The Karting Arena at The Grandstand. Open till 10pm daily (except on Monday), the resulting endorphins from all that acceleration are sure to keep you and your friends at it for quite a while.
You could go fun-karting ($45) or challenge your friends at a Grand Prix. Skip one or two of your weekly movie sessions and splurge on this late night activity for something new and exciting!
The Karting Arena: 200 Turf Club Road, #01-01B, The Grandstand, South Car Park, Singapore 287994 | Opening Hours: (Mon – Sat) 10am – 10pm | Tel: + 65 9627 6771 | Website
11. Be A Prawn Star
Can’t find the perfect spot for some late night fishing or camping in Singapore? Prawning is definitely the next best alternative. If luck is on your side, you could even enjoy a plate full of fresh prawns while you get down to some BBQ action with your friends and family.
If you really can’t avoid the booze, prawning places have the best deals for beers that go perfectly well with your smoky prawns. Head over to Sembawang, Punggol or East Coast for some late night prawn-catching action as these places are open 24/7.
12. Kick-Off At Midnight
Available for booking 24/7, The Cage is Singapore’s first indoor football stadium where you can get some late night futsal action. With pitches that can accommodate five-a-side matches, you don’t need to be squeezing in time for football with your buddies only in daylight.
You could even invite some non-football players along as they have an indoor audio system for you to plug in your iPods when you play; it could easily turn into an indoor private party. Early bookings are a must!
13. Keep The Good Times Rolling With Cosmic Bowling
With glowing balls, pins and excellent party music, cosmic bowling will guarantee a fun and exciting time for you and your friends. Cosmic bowling, or otherwise known as glow-in-the-dark bowling, will get you dancing to the music while upping your bowling skills.
—Activities For When You’re Ballin’ In The Early Mornin’—
14. Enjoy An Indie Film At A Boutique Theatre
The Screening Room gives you the alternative movie experience in a cosy, small private cinema that features both mainstream Hollywood films and indie flicks. It’s compulsory to dine as you watch so get ready to splurge on La Terraza’s high class menu that can go way past the minimum $15 that you have to spend to purchase a movie ticket.
For your special date or a celebratory occasion with family and friends, this is definitely a late night activity that will require some planning but will guarantee a memorable night out.
15. Treat Yourself At A Spa Resort
Craving a visit to one of those public baths in Korea again? G.Spa is reminiscent of a China hot springs resort that offers a relaxing spa dip and an overall totally chill night after. Simply come empty handed and enjoy the sauna and showers.
Once you’re done dipping, you can relax on comfy couches with personal TV screens or dig into the all-you-can-eat buffet, making it easily the best activity to occupy you through the night (and get a bang for your buck with a basic entry fee of $68).