Single and ready to mingle? Switch up your dating game! We're talking about matchmaking for modern romantics...
Dating in Singapore is tough – which kind of explains why there are heaps of websites, apps, matchmaking agencies and event organisers to help you find romantic prospects. Can’t get out of your comfort zone? Dating apps may be your answer! Been swiping your heart out to no avail? Take part in a speed dating session or perhaps RSVP to a fun singles’ event at a romantic restaurant. Even if you don’t find The One, you could make a new friend or two – someone to hit all the fancy cocktail bars and trendy rooftop restaurants with.
Dating apps and websites in Singapore
Who run the world? Girls! And this female-centric app knows it. Think of Bumble as the less superficial sister of Tinder where women get the upper hand for every match. So you can dodge those obnoxious pick-up lines and make the first move. Just create your profile, upload your best pics, connect to IG or even Spotify, and start meeting new people.
Bumble, available to download on App Store (iOS) | Google Play (Android)
Coffee Meets Bagel
If you’re over the whole swiping shebang, Coffee Meets Bagel is one of those ‘intellectual’ dating apps that use algorithms to set you with a suitable partner. Matches are based on your preference and personality type, and you get to pass or connect with profiles that come your way each day. This works great for hopeless romantics seeking more meaningful connections, as opposed to Tinder’s casual flings.
Coffee Meets Bagel, available to download on App Store (iOS) | Google Play (Android)
Done with the constant swiping? Check out local app Loveann, which presents profiles to you where both sides fit each other’s criteria. Every connection begins with what each person likes about the other’s profile, so you don’t have to come up with lame pickup lines anymore. You can even add dealbreakers to your profile – that way, individuals who don’t make the cut won’t get past your filters. Other features include getting testimonials from friends and seeing what your match likes about you.
Lovenn, launching on 31 Jan 2021
Sorry girls, Grindr is strictly for the boys. Using your phone’s location, this geo-social networking app picks up fellow Grindr males in your area. A good start if you’re looking to come out of the closet and meet folks of the same persuasion.
Grindr, available to download on App Store (iOS) | Google Play (Android)
Tinder may be the millennial dating app of the century, but it’s also known for its hook-up culture. One of the first apps to jumpstart the swiping culture, Tinder allows you to dodge matchmaking algorithms by swiping right or left based on someone’s looks and bio. While most guys and gals are straightforward about wanting a hook-up, an actual friendship or love, don’t be disheartened if you get loads of matches but no daytime dates. There are plenty of other fishes in the sea.
Tinder, available to download on App Store (iOS) | Google Play (Android)
Social media addicts will love Lovoo when it comes to dating in Singapore. The matchmaking app acts like a spiffy tool that allows users to do live video chats, find singles near you, look through the flirting gallery to see who has checked you out, and try live speed dating.
Lovoo, available to download on App Store (iOS) | Google Play (Android)
OkCupid is one of the largest international dating sites in the world. The free online platform uses algorithms and formulas to match you up with a prospective partner. However, you can also pay to upgrade to premium for features like advanced filters. So pop in your profile, set your preferences, sit back and let Cupid work his magic!
OkCupid, available to download on App Store (iOS) | Google Play (Android)
Fancy someone you bumped into on the street? Or that cutie who takes the same train as you in the morning, but you’re too shy to start a chat with? Using your phone’s GPS to track your location, Happn connects users who have crossed paths. Once you like their profile (secretly) and the attraction is mutual, you’ll both be notified of the match. What sets this apart from other dating options is the FlashNote feature where you can message someone before you get a ‘crush’.
Happn, available to download on App Store (iOS) | Google Play (Android) | Windows Phone Store
First dates are nerve-wracking, we get it. That’s why Lunch Actually is perfect for time-starved lonely hearts. Its dating consultants and coaches will work with you to create your own tailor-made program for love. Matches are pre-screened and handpicked, with follow-ups after dates so you know how you’re doing. Plus, you’ll be in good hands as these matchmakers are pros at helping others find love (they’ve been doing it for years now).
Lunch Actually, available online
Singapore’s answer to Tinder, Paktor (which means ‘dating’ in Hokkien) came about when its founder was unceremoniously thrust into the dating world once again and struggled to look for a fuss-free matchmaking service. Swipe according to your preference and check out features like the voice bio function, where you can record a 15-second intro, and the random chat, which lets you strike up a convo with anyone who’s online at the moment.
Paktor, available to download on App Store (iOS) | Google Play (Android)
You might be familiar with Meetup.com, which is home to interest groups for everything under the sun – and that includes singles. Here, you get the opportunity to mingle in groups for locals, expats, young adults, single parents… you name it. And it’s not limited to dating in Singapore. So if you’re looking for something more specific than swiping on random profiles, hop on to the site to join a group of your fancy.
Meetup, available online
Disheartened by the number of catfish duds on other dating apps? The folks behind Lunch Actually have a platform that promises to match you with quality finds. The company’s strict screening process sees the team sifting through a good amount of applicants to ensure that only real, non-creepy and quality singles are allowed in. You only get one match per day, so this one’s for serious daters only. Questionnaires also give you an insight into the other person’s thoughts on important issues like living habits, so you won’t be surprised by any deal-breaking information five dates in. Plus, the app’s Love Assistants are on hand to dish out dating advice if you need it!
LunchClick, available to download on App Store (iOS) | Google Play (Android)
If you’re fond of personality tests and tend to ask your dates about which Myers-Briggs category they fall into, Esync could be the one for you. Start by taking an in-depth personality test and you’ll receive potential matches based on character compatibility. After which, Esync’s dating consultants will get in touch for a one-on-one session and plan your date (including booking the restaurant!) so you can have a chat IRL.
Esync, available online
Bonus: Social Development Network (SDN)
FYI, the government is concerned about your love life, too. (And no, this isn’t just for locals; everyone’s welcome!) The SDN compiles singles’ events from accredited dating agencies to encourage more social interaction among those looking for romance, with activities like nature trips, candlelit dinners and rounds of speed dating in Singapore.
Social Development Network, list of events available online