Singapore is a great city for children, with plenty of amusement parks, classes and shops that are perfectly catered to every child’s whim. But what about those of us who have older children? Where is it safe for them to hang out with friends? Where are the cool places to go? Never fear, we have a list of them right here!
Whilst Orchard might be the most obvious choice for shopping, there are actually far better shops around Haji Lane. Full of quirky shops, like Life By Design, where you can buy all sorts of whimsy. Dreamz House has plenty of vintage inspired homeware for cool bedrooms, and if you need a rest after all that shopping, there is Selfie Coffee, where customers are encouraged to upload selfies (with a custom hashtag of course), making use of the props available in the cafe. For animal lovers, there is Meomi Cat Cafe, where you can enjoy cake and cats at the same time. If your teen is more interested in retro chic, then the vintage boutiques along Arab Street will have more than enough to keep them occupied. Dulcetfig is one of the best, with a huge stock of 50’s prom dresses, handbags galore and eye-catching jewellery.
Allegedly, the best burritos in town can be found at Guzman y Gomez. They also serve soft tacos, nachos, quesadillas and salads. Project Açai is another popular hangout, where the speciality is smoothie bowls, all featuring açai berries, renowned for their superfood qualities. OverEasy on Orchard is a must, for burgers, mac and cheese and milkshakes, standard teen fare and increasingly popular with all age-ranges. Speaking of milkshakes, it is hard to ignore the trend for increasingly bigger, brighter and more calorific drinks, all of which can be found at Benjamin Browns. The overflowing pink matcha is a favorite, as well as the magical unicorn shake. They also have a series of milkshakes dedicated to WhatsApp and Line emojis. If that isn’t enough sugar, there is always Alegro Churros. For those that require a detox after, there is Joe and The Juice that have a great selection of juices and smoothies.
It might sound a little too geeky, but you would be surprised at how many teens like to hang out at the Art Science Museum. The museum has managed to do what many others have failed at and that is to succeed in being cool. The exhibits, like Future World, Into The Wild and Marvel Studios Superheroes exhibition means that there is plenty to appeal to all teens, of all ages and tastes. ‘SCAPE is another cool hangout, with plenty of WiFi hotspots, reflective glass and Japanese photo booths. They also have plenty of retail and dining options too. If the photos here are not Instagram-worthy, then Gardens By The Bay Cloud Forest will be. Teens that prefer more physical activities can try The Southern Ridges walk with a group of friends. The G-MAX Reverse Bungee is another popular, high-adrenaline option but you might want to reserve this for older teens.