Free Seating Areas In CBD

Growing up certainly is tough. With work taking up 5/7 days a week, it’s hard to find time for yourself, let alone schedule a long overdue date with bae. Especially for those who work in the CBD area, facing the office buildings every day would make you wonder, “got anywhere to paktor around here meh?”

For those who are on the search for convenient and romantic locations to surprise your partner, we’ve compiled eight aesthetic seating areas where you can chill in the CBD. Now you can spend quality time having HTHT conversations in places that can even rival K-drama sets — free to the public.

1. Esplanade Park

Located near Esplanade Theatre — yes, that Durian-looking building — Esplanade Park is one of Singapore’s oldest heritage parks. At the waterfront area in Esplanade Park, you’ll find this large open seating area with a great view of Anderson Bridge. 

Fun fact: this is where Crazy Rich Asians was filmed too, right where Nick proposed to Rachel, near the Lim Bo Seng Memorial. Lads, if your girl brings you here after watching that film, perhaps it’s time to take the hint.

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Address: Along Connaught Drive, Singapore 179682
Opening hours: 24 hours

2. Clarke Quay outdoor steps

Grab a few snacks from Clarke Quay Central and make your way outside the mall for one of the best views of the Singapore River. Benches are located along the river, but feel free to sit along the steps leading towards the water and watch the boats up close instead. 

People watching as a date activity? Yes, please.


With a little more imagination, you can also pretend that you’re walking along the Han River in Seoul instead. After all, this location reminds us of the scene in What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim where Young Joon and Mi So enjoyed a romantic fireworks show together.

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Address: 3 River Valley Road, Singapore 179024
Opening hours: 24 hours

3. Tanjong Pagar Eco-playground

After stuffing yourself with the variety of food available at Tanjong Pagar, head over to the Eco-playground just outside Tanjong Pagar MRT to let that food belly rest. The playground is constructed out of repurposed tree logs, providing a soothing atmosphere while you catch up on your day with bae.

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Address: Anson Road, beside Tanjong Pagar MRT Station
Opening hours: 24 hours

4. Chinatown Complex rooftop basketball court

Escape from the hustle and bustle of life at this hidden rooftop basketball court in Chinatown Complex. Located above a multi-storey car park, you’ll find a wide open space with seating areas that overlook the beauty of Chinatown. It’s a romantic spot to pour your heart out to your date while admiring the soft glow of the city lights.

To access the rooftop, take the lift up to the top floor of Chinatown Complex’s multi-storey car park and continue going up along the car park’s staircase. You can also check this link on Google Maps for its exact geolocation.

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Address: 335 Smith Street, Singapore 050335
Opening hours: 12pm to 7pm daily

5. Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

Located just a short walk away from Tanjong Pagar MRT, visitors can make their way up to Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s roof garden for a stunning sea view of Marina Bay.


Being with your loved one against this gorgeous skyline might make you feel bold enough to confess your love too. Or, if you want to take things to the next level, you could even reenact the iconic rooftop kiss scene between Dal-Mi and Do-San in the K-drama Start-Up.

Free Seating Areas CBD

Don’t miss out on sharing an intimate moment at these circular seats in the heart of the garden. Shrubs, bushes and aesthetically placed stones there will increase the zen vibes of your date.

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Address: 1 Straits Blvd, Singapore 018906
Opening hours: 2pm to 8pm (Mondays) | 10am to 8pm (Tuesdays to Sundays)

6. CapitaSpring Green Oasis

Opened in early 2022, CapitaSpring Green Oasis is a new skyscraper in Raffles Place with a 100 metre high aerial walking trail and F&B stores open to the public. This beautiful sky garden is fully shaded and decked with Instagrammable spots, lush greenery and pods with charging stations.

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Address: 88 Market Street, Singapore 048948
Opening hours: 8.30am to 10.30am, 2.30pm to 6.30pm (Mondays to Fridays) | Closed on weekends

7. Marina Bay Sands

Seating Areas CBD

Marina Bay Sands is certainly a hot spot for shopping, but the open benches outside also make it a great place to bond with your SO. 

Be sure to stay back to catch the nightly light and water show that starts at 8pm!

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The benches at Marina Bay Sands transport us to this buckwheat field from the K-drama Goblin, where many significant events between the couple often take place next to the bench. Kim Shin and Eun Tak shared a gentle kiss under the first snowfall, right after Eun Tak described it to be like a “fairytale”.

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Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Opening hours: 24 hours

8. Raffles Place Park

Seating Areas CBD

With the peak hour or lunch time rush, it can be easy to miss out on these chio garden swings located just outside Raffles Place MRT. Have a go on them while engaging in a casual chat to add a fun and nostalgic element to your date. 

We can guarantee that it’ll be a swingin’ good time — something memorable for both of you to look back on in the future.


The swinging bench reminds us of a particular scene from It’s Okay To Not Be Okay, where Kang Tae and Moon Young were resolving some tension between each other. Kang Tae kneeled in front of a frustrated Moon Young, calming her down and promising to get his brother’s approval of their relationship. 

With this scene in mind, you can use your special moment at the swinging bench to take your relationship to the next level. Go for the kill and swoop in for a kiss.

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Address: Beside Raffles Place MRT Station, Singapore 048618
Opening hours: 24 hours

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Free Seating Areas In CBD

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Photography by Ian Sim.