If you need some respite from the recent wave of unforgivable heat, here are 5 cheap and cool (both literally and figuratively) places in Singapore to beat the heat.
3151 Commonwealth Avenue West #01-13/14, City Vibe, Singapore 129581
You can’t get any cooler than an iced dessert cafe called Frozen. And yes, the cafe was indeed inspired by the Disney movie that spawned one too many renditions of “Let It Go”. The dessert cafe specialises in Korean-style iced desserts like Bingsu, frozen yogurt fruit parfaits and ice cream with thick toast. Cheesy Frozen references aside (like this Korean lady dressed as Elsa lololol), this fairly new cafe is the perfect place to cool down with some icy treats in air-conditioned comfort.
If you’d rather cool off with some tasty frozen yogurt instead, see here for a roundup of the Best Frozen Yogurt in Singapore.
Price Range: $6.90 – $17.90 for desserts (no GST or service charge)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm daily
Best for: People who get cranky from the heat and desperately need a sugar boost.
(Source: Frozen Dessert Cafe Facebook Page)
87, Science Park Drive, #01-02 Science Hub (118260)
If you don’t have a pool at home (or prefer not to lounge about in your bikini in front of your judgy neighbours), then check out the swimming pool at OASIS Rutherford at Singapore Science Park. It may seem like a strange location for a public swimming pool, but the facility also has an outdoor jacuzzi. There is also a separate kid’s training pool, so you can swim easier knowing that there will be less children peeing in the pool while you’re swimming (the struggle is real, people).
Entrance Fee: $6 (Child)/$12 (Adult)
Opening Hours: 7am – 9pm (Mon to Fri), 9am – 6pm (Weekends & PH)
Best for: People who just want to lounge by the pool.
21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609433
If you’re not into water activities, then the newly-revamped Omni-Theatre might be more up your alley. The 248-seat dome theatre screens IMAX movies about everything from animals to the mysteries of outer space – all in air-conditioned comfort. Sure, it may not be Jurassic Park in 3D, but tickets are also half the price of other IMAX theatres and you get a more immersive experience with the dome screen.
Ticket Prices: $12 (IMAX Movie)/ $14 (Digital Movies/Live Shows)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 7pm Daily
Best for: Couples who want to beat the heat and crowds at Orchard Road.
(Source: Science Centre Singapore Facebook)
46 Woodlands Terrace, 738459
Sadly, we aren’t referring to shopping outlets with heart-stopping deals on Prada bags, but the Woodlands Food Factory Outlets make for a pretty interesting activity on a hot and boring morning. Located in the suburbs of Singapore, the area houses several food factory outlets which offer everything from seafood to cakes at outlet prices. Fassler Gourmet, in particular, specialises in seafood like salmon, octopus and lobsters. The products are located in a huge freezer room, so you’ll no doubt be able to get some respite from the scorching heat outside. As an added bonus, you’ll probably go home with a bag full of seafood – which only means one thing…steamboat party anyone?
Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Monday to Friday), 8am – 1pm (Saturday)
8 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore 098269
Okay, so this isn’t as cheap as the other activities on the list, but it is a fun way to cool down on a scorching hot day. Adventure Cove at Resorts World Sentosa is probably one of the best water parks in Singapore, with cool rides like a hydro-magnetic rollercoaster, water slides and wave pools. Heck, there’s even a reef for snorkeling. There is also a pool which goes around the park, so you can float along and take in the sights while soaking up some sun.
And hey, $36 is pretty reasonable for a whole day at the park no?
Admission Fee: $26 (Child)/$36 (Adult), check the Resorts World Sentosa Facebook Page for occasional promotions on entry fees.
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm Daily (varies, check schedule here)
(Source: Resorts World Sentosa Blog)