25 things teenagers want to do in Singapore – the inside story on the best youth hangouts

Bella (left) and Sophie shared their teen-approved cafes, hangouts and days out in the city.
What do teenagers in Singapore want to do on weekends? Our junior reporters Bella and Sophie talk crazy milkshakes, quirky cafes and Instagrammable hangouts (we’ll pretend we didn’t hear the bit about the piercings).

We’ve talked about activities and hotspots for older kids, and got the lowdown on life in Singapore for tween boys, but what do teenagers really like to do? Budding reporters Sophie Meadows and Bella McNair, age 15, gave us the inside scoop on what teens in Singapore love about life in this city, and what they like to do in their downtime – and no, it’s not just shopping and hanging out.

These guys enjoy a dose of culture, brunching in cool cafes, browsing through Singapore’s best markets and exploring the city – much more sophisticated than our teenagehoods! If you want to hang out with your kids without making them cringe, take note of this teen-approved list, folks…

After living in Singapore for quite some time now as teens, we’ve found stuff we like to do when procrastinating from doing our homework. Here are just some of our favourites:

1. Head to Haji Lane for quirky shops and cafes.

2. Arab Street also has great shops for unique buys, including a handful of great vintage boutiques.

3. For killer burritos, go to Guzman y Gomez in The Star Vista.

4. Spend a day at the Art Science Museum – check out the FUTURE WORLD exhibit!

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Super Loco at Robertson Quay is a fave for its colourful decor, Mexican eats and virgin margaritas.

5. We love Super Loco at Clarke Quay for its super cute interior and virgin margaritas.

6. Browse garage sales, vintage hotspots, flea markets, charity shops and clothes swap events for unique finds.

7. For smoothies and pretty superfood bowls, go to Project Açaí in Holland Village.

8. For a really good burger, chocolate milkshake or truffle mac ’n’ cheese, we love OverEasy on Orchard.

Tanjong Beach Club. Photography: Selina Altomonte

9. For a day out in the sun, there’s always Tanjong Beach. Bring your dog too!

10. Hang out at *SCAPE and check out the Japanese photo booths and practice your moves in the reflective glass on the top level or just chill out in the HubQuarters and enjoy the free Wifi and power outlets – for free!

11. To go get a piercing (with your parents’ permission of course – or not), Stege at Orchard Central is the spot.

12. For a nice day out with cool Instagram pictures to post afterwards, Gardens by the Bay’s Cloud Forest and Flower Dome are the go-tos.

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Go for crazy milkshakes at Benjamin Browns.

13. For super crazy milkshakes, you need to try Benjamin Browns in The Forum.

14. If you aren’t too tired from exams, waking up early and doing the Southern Ridges Walk is super fun to do with friends.

15. Go out for a churros date at Alegro Churros Bar in Clarke Quay.

16. To get the buzz of a roller coaster without having to pay for a day out at Universal Studios, go to the G-Max Reverse Bungee at Clarke Quay.

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According to teens, the best burgers are at Fat Boy’s.

17. For the best burgers, everyone goes to Fat Boy’s Burger Bar in Holland Village.

18. For a day out with your dogs or a picnic, head to HortPark or Botanic Gardens.

19. Spend a day at East Coast Park: hang at the beach, skate or play volleyball. Or try to ride tandem bikes with your squad.

20. Joe and the Juice is great when you want to go out for tasty smoothies (and of course, juice).

One of the many artworks at SAM Presents Imaginarium: Into The Space Of Time

Instagrammable hotspot: Singapore Art Museum.

21. Singapore Art Museum: we love it for its large variety of art and it’s a great Gram location, not going to lie. (That’s Instagram, for the grown-ups)

22. To get some inexpensive brunch with friends, Simply Bread is the place to go. We highly recommend they sticky buns and scrambled eggs.

23. For dumplings that aren’t too expensive, we like Din Tai Fung, especially the outlet on Orchard Road because as soon as you’ve finished eating you can go shop!

24. Of course, to go see a movie, Golden Village at Great World City is the obvious option – but you can go get affordable but tasty sushi afterwards at Ichiban Boshi.

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The girls love Books Actually in Tiong Bahru for book-browsing and its collection of nik-naks out the back!

25. For cafes and unique boutiques, check out Tiong Bahru for a nice lunch with your buddies. Plain Vanilla Bakery has great pastries and cupcakes, and Books Actually has some really unique books and nik-naks.

SophieSophie, whose hometown is Sydney, Australia, says
“I really like living in Asia as I get to really immerse myself in different cultures,” says Sophie, whose hometown is Sydney, Australia. “We live close to the Botanic Gardens and it’s so cool having a literal jungle on my doorstep.”

 

Bella

Bella, who grew up in Munich and London, says
“Despite it sounding geeky, I actually love my new school here. I love the art scene in Singapore as well the mixture of cultures and people. I do miss the music and concerts back home, but Singapore has so much to offer in terms of meeting new people and being such a futuristic part of Asia.”

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