From visiting a hip library in town and art jamming to hiking and swinging a baseball bat, here’s our list of activities in Singapore that you can do solo
In this fast-paced world we love in, sometimes, you just feel like putting a hold on your social interactions and doing things solo. Besides, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having more much-needed me-time! If you’re looking for activities that can get you away from the crowd, and still have loadsa’ fun while you’re at, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 10 activities in Singapore that’s perfect to do ‘by your lonesome’ – and we mean that in the most therapeutic way possible.
Visit a library and catch up on all your reading
Get away from the bustling crowd of Singapore’s famous shopping district, and retreat to library@orchard to indulge in a good book. Tucked away in orchardgateway, not only does this public library offer some of the greatest literary treasures from around the world, its quirky and minimalistic interior design also makes it inviting and conducive for you to hide and read while the world passes you by.
Why you should do it alone: You’re getting to the best part… do not disturb!
Catch a movie without waiting for others to ‘double confirm’
Ever wondered what it feels like to attend a glamorous red carpet movie premiere? Capitol Theatre will give you a glimpse of that, given that it’s the venue for premieres, first-run screenings and all other glitzy film events. Too much ritz? Then head to The Projector instead for a more alternative experience, as it frequently cult films and art-house classics.
Why you should do it alone: You’ll be able to enjoy the show better, without any distractions. And more popcorn for yourself!
Take your time and improve your photography skills
If you’re unaware, the city is packed to the rafters with award-winning architectural wonders – and we don’t just mean the soaring skyscrapers of the CBD. From wonderfully bizarre Art Deco-style office buildings to futuristic mosques, perhaps it’s time to take some time off to admire the architectural wonders in Singapore through the lens.
Why you should do it alone: You don’t want any shadows (or impatient naggers) ruining the shot.
Be one with nature, and no one else
When the going gets tough, get out of the urban gridlock and back into nature – and hiking is definitely one fun way to keep your sanity intact (with health perks along the way). Our recommended hiking trail? The Dairy Farm Nature Park’s Wallace Trail! At the end of the hike, there’s a quarry that has been converted into a wetland habitat with a viewing area that lets hikers admire some of Singapore’s freshwater flora and fauna.
Why you should do it alone: Conquer at your own pace!
Dairy Farm Nature Park, 100 Dairy Farm Rd, Singapore 679057.
Obtain peace of mind with an Om-worthy escape
Surely you can go solo on this – grab your trusty mat, and detox mentally and physically with yoga at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The lush greenery and fresh air will calm you down in no time. Om Shiva Yoga also conducts classes outdoors if you need some professional guidance.
Why you should do it alone: No one wants to see the sweaty mess that you become after this workout.
Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569.
Om Shiva Yoga @ Horse City, 100 Turf Club Road, #01-02B, Singapore 287992, p. 9090 2257
Vent your emotions and swing your stress away
Had a bad day and you’d rather be left alone? You don’t have to keep it all in! Make your way down to the baseball batting cages of Homerun Baseball, and hit some home runs in spacious, air-conditioned comfort. The machines work on a conveyor belt system, which saves you the extra effort of running and picking up after them – less hassle!
Why you should do it alone: Unleash your inner beast without anyone judging you.
Create your very own masterpiece with no restrictions
Unleash your inner Picasso at Arteastiq; they provide you with everything you need for freestyle painting, including brushes, colours, and even tea. Spend hours mixing colours and creating a masterpiece that you’ll be proud to call your own.
Why you should do it alone: Art is subjective after all; express yourself without boundaries!
Arteastiq Mandarin Gallery, #04-14/15 Mandarin Gallery, 333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867. Call 6235 8705 for reservations. Painting sessions are held at 11am-2pm, 2:30pm-5:30pm, 6pm-9pm.
Float on and turn off your senses
Planning to recalibrate your health back on track? Perhaps it’s time to wade into the murky realm of natural healing practices. Our recommendation: therapy by floatation at Palm Ave Float Club. Free your mind of life’s stresses and your body of gravity with a relaxing aquatic escape. You’ll float effortlessly on Epsom salt water in your own private pod. Without any distractions – light, sound or gravity – your body will enter a deep, meditative state and your worries will melt away.
Why you should do it alone: Do you really want someone else with you in an enclosed pod, half-naked?
Palm Ave Float Club, 20 Waringin Park, Singapore 416333.
Shop ’til you drop
No arguments here; they don’t call it retail therapy for nothing! Shopping is the best go-to activity when you need to cheer yourself up. Whether you’re getting yourself a new makeover with the latest sartorial must-haves, or treating yourself to the latest trendy gadgets, spending your hard earn bucks on something you’ve been dreaming of can be utterly rewarding and therapeutic. Head to Orchard Road for luxury buys, or Haji Lane for vintage threads and knick-knacks.
Why you should do it alone: No naysayers to stop you from getting what you want; but beware, risk of splurging can be high if you’re on your own!
Up your hipster game by record hunting
Sure, everyone’s on Spotify (us included) and we all love rocking out to live music, but the old-school vinyl is far from obsolete. There’s something rather timeless (and seductive) about removing a glossy 12-inch from its sleeve, placing it on a player, gently dropping the needle onto the record, and taking in the warm, glorious sound bellowing from the speakers. Intrigued? Time to visit these record stores in Singapore for your analogue aural fix.
Why you should do it alone: It’s simple; you want to be the only one bagging your rare find, so you can have the bragging rights and be a true blue hipster amongst your friends!