As teenagers, sometimes we just want to find a cool, new place in Singapore where we can hang out with our friends to have fun, which isn’t too heavy on our wallets and maybe get a few shots to change up our Insta-feed. Grab your friends and check out these fun places!
The vibrant and jazzy Haji Lane, is perfect for a day out with friends when you want to hang out in a trendy area, and the insane graffiti wall is great for photos. Don’t forget to head to a little known juice bar, Eisky Fabulous, and try a smooshie: a refreshing, fruity combination of a smoothie and a slushie for only $3.50. Go window-shopping at the vintage boutiques and admire the quirky eccentricity of Singapore’s famous Haji Lane.
How to get there: Take the MRT to Bugis Junction, walk along Victoria Street, turn right into Ophir Street, then left onto North Bridge; finally, you are right by Haji Lane. The address is 11 Haji Lane.
Best for: photos, exploring, shopping
Somerset Skate Park
Looking to hang out someplace grungy and trendy? Somerset Skate Park is the perfect place to shred or just kick about with some friends. Filled with fun people and art-covered ramps, this place is perfect to meet new people and get a cool shot for Insta!
How to get there: The easiest way to get there is to take the MRT to Somerset, it is right next to the Skate park or you could even skate there!
Best for: skating, meeting new people, photos
Under the Banyan Tree
Ditch the standard cinema in the mall and experience a free outdoor movie night held literally under the huge Banyan Tree located right in front of the National Museum of Singapore. It’s not a regular event, so you need to check out the website for all the details on when it’s happening and what movie is showing. Picnic under the stars while watching a giant projected movie – perfect for hanging out with friends or going on a first date!
How to get there: Take the MRT to Bras Basah Station and it is a 5-minute walk from Exit B or C to the National Museum of Singapore. For all the details on the next show, go to the museum’s website.
Best for: nights out, dates.
Sometimes we just need to head into the great outdoors and experience a bit of real nature. A real cool, and not that well known, spot is Singapore’s northeastern Coney Island. It’s the perfect place for a budding photographer and if you’re looking to have something more than Millennial pink on your Instagram feed, this is it. You can either wander along the existing trails, or head off into the lush greenery and explore old, mysterious buildings. Make sure to look out for Secret Beach and don’t forget to grab an ice cream for only $1. Getting there is a bit of an effort but it is absolutely worth it!
How to get there: Take bus 84 from Punggol MRT to Punggol Road End.
Best for: photos, nature junkies, exploring
This place has hit a café epiphany. Walk around the historic buildings, lanes and shophouse of Tiong Bahru on a relaxing day and take a few artsy shots. Try a delicious cupcake at Plain Vanilla Bakery for $3.90 and browse around on of our favourite bookstores, Books Actually, for some quirky books and some cool knick-knacks.
How to get there: take the MRT to Tiong Bahru, exit B. You can also take a bus – all these numbers go past, 5, 16, 33, 63, 121, 122, 123, 123M, 195, 851 – and get off at bus stop number 10169 at Tiong Bahru Plaza
Best for: café hopping, photos, shopping
If you are looking for a cool place to hang out, look no further than Scape. Update your wardrobe without breaking the bank in Scape Underground. You’ll find lots of young, independent Singapore fashion and accessory brands that will stop you from looking totally basic. The graffiti wall changes every few months, so you will have no shortage of Insta-worthy pictures.
How to get there: You can take busses 971E, 77, 106, 123, 7, 14, 16, 36, 65, 111, 174E, 174 or 175 to the bus stop opposite Scape or get off at Somerset MRT (North South line) which is a five minute walk away.
Best for: Cheap clothes, good pictures
Marina Bay and the Esplanade
Marina Bay is often classed as a pricy place to hang out, but it can be surprisingly cheap. Go ice-skating in the shopping centre for $7 an hour with subsequent hours at only $3 – half the price of ice-skating at Jcube and Kallang! For food look no further than Mankansutra Gluttons Bay hawker centre. Hawker centres are generally the go to in Singapore for affordable food, and Gluttons Bay is no exception. Try the delicious Roti Jala and fried carrot cake.
How to get there: You can get the MRT to Tanjong Pagar or to the Downtown station, then catch the 400 bus that goes from both stations to Marina Bay, and the Esplanade is within walking distance.
Best for: food, relaxing.
Turtle and Tortoise Museum
Why go to a zoo when you can get close to the reptilians at Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum in the Chinese Gardens? Although most are kept in pens or tanks, some are allowed to roam around, where you can get up-close and personal with a turtle or a tortoise – some of them are enormous. Admission is $5 and you can pay $1 for a bucket of feed for the animals, which is well worth the money.
How to get there: The Museum is a five minute walk from the Chinese Garden MRT (East West line)
Best for: animal lovers
Yes, teens still like to hang out at malls. One of the most popular is Bugis Junction since it’s a great place for super affordable basics and on trend pieces from tees to jeans and the latest Kpop style accessories. On level 2 there is K.Street where you can buy Korean style clothing and cosmetics at super cheap prices.
How to get there: Bugis MRT is a 5 minute walk away, just make sure to leave through exit C. You can also get the 7, 12, 63, 80, 175, 197, 851, 960 or 980 buses that stop opposite Bugis Junction.
Best for: cheap clothes, Korean style
Ditch the city and head to MacRitchie Reservoir. Unlike a lot of the other outdoor places in Singapore, MacRitchie is relatively central and easy to get to. The MacRitchie treetop walk is completely free, and you can spend a whole day up in the trees. If you are a canoeing fan you can rent a canoe for $15 an hour.
How to get there: Get off at Marymount MRT station (Circle line) and walk for about 1km, or you can catch the 52, 74, 165, 852 or 85 busses to MacRitchie
Best for: nature, exercise, photo taking
* This article was written for us by teenagers – Lily Green and Yuvana Pillay – who live right here in Singapore. Shout out and big thanks to Lily and Yuvana from Year 10 at Tanglin Trust School!