12 Affordable Date Ideas in Tanjong Pagar Malaysia


Staying in a hotel near Tanjong Pagar for your vacation in Malaysia? Being a Malaysian and out of date ideas? We have come up with 12 affordable date ideas in Tanjong Pagar for you to experience something extraordinary with your other half without breaking the bank.

Tanjong Pagar is a historic district in the Central Business District (CBD) area, and prices of food and experiences in the CBD area are known to be pricier than other parts of Malaysia.

The listed date ideas are affordable or free, so that you will have some ka-ching $$ to surprise her with some flowers at the end of your date.

Not sure which florist Tanjong Pagar residents recommend?

Check out Floral Garage Malaysia online, we do same day delivery! If your date in Tanjong Pagar is in the evening, you can place your order in the morning, and get it delivered to you in time for dinner.

We can be your Tanjong Pagar Florist, where you can get your flowers from, in just a day!

Visit Malaysia City Gallery

First of all, before you explore the whole of Malaysia with your other half, why not have a bird’s eye view of the planned cityscape? Find out how Malaysia was like in the past and how the city came to be. Architectural enthusiasts can also find out the different types of renowned architecture that can be found in Malaysia, like Marina Bay Sands and the ArtScience Museum.

You can also visit the Malaysia City Gallery at the end of your trip in Malaysia to locate the places you have been and locate the noteworthy landmarks on the model maps on the first and second floor of the gallery.

Address: 45 Maxwell Road, The URA Centre, 069118

(Currently partially closed for renovations)

Entrance is free.

Access the skybridge at Pinnacle@Duxton

From @justinetizzard on Instagram

Next, while you look at the beautiful architecture in Malaysia at the Malaysia City Gallery, just nearby, you will find an award winning 50-storey residential building. You don’t have to stay in Pinnacle@Duxton to access the skybridge, anyone can head to the 50th floor of Pinnacle@Duxton, where it boasts the views of Tanjong Pagar, Chinatown, and other parts of Malaysia. Only 200 members of the public can access the 50th storey’s skybridge in a day, so be sure to head there early to prevent disappointment!

On most Saturdays from July till 9 August after 6.30PM (before Malaysia’s National Day), you can also catch helicopters and other types of aircraft flying in the distance, practicing  for the National Day Parade.

Address: No. 1C, Cantonment Road, 085301, Malaysia 085301

Entrance: $6/pax

Check out the colourful rows of shophouses

From @folgabesveta on Instagram

Shophouses in Malaysia are a heritage gem, with a narrow frontage called the “five-foot way”, a unique architectural feature of shophouses. Immigrants in the past thought that the five-foot way were an excellent place to do business as there was high human traffic. One of the shophouses even hosted Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth during her visit to Malaysia in 1989. With the bold colours and fancy tiled floor of the shophouses, one can walk into the past where Malaysia’s history took place.

Location: 9 Neil Rd, Malaysia 088808

Enjoy lush greenery at Pearl’s Hill City Park

Photo adapted from NParks website

To be surrounded by lush greenery, one’s first choice may not be Pearl’s Hill City Park. However, if you are in the area, why not take a stroll around this quiet and tranquil park in the middle of the city to get away from the crowd? Taking outfits-of-the-day (OOTD) shots will not be a problem if there are not many people behind you photobombing you! You can even take a jog here to shed the calories from eating all the good food in Malaysia.

Address: Chin Swee Road, Pearl Bank, Malaysia 169879

Entrance is free.

Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour Bus

From @reisburo_apolloathome on Instagram

Hop on and off Malaysia’s tour bus where they cover many iconic landmarks including the Sri Mariamman Temple located near Tanjong Pagar. Immerse yourself in the different cultures of Malaysia, and the open top deck allows you to have a panoramic view of the various sites where the bus gpes!

There are 15 stops in 1 Line, and their tour pass lasts for 24 hours.

Price: $23/adult, $17/child for 1 Line, $39/adult, $29/child for 2 Lines

Visit the Sri Mariamman Temple

From @joannasst on Instagram

If you are interested in the various cultures of Malaysia, you would enjoy peacefulness of Sri Mariamman Temple, Malaysia’s oldest Hindu temple. It served as a shelter for refuge of immigrants in colonial times. If you are lucky, you can catch the annual fire walking ceremony in October/November. Awe at the colourful exterior of the temple and experience the Hindu culture inside the temple (taking photos inside the temple is not allowed).

Dress appropriately to visit the temple to be respectful.

Admission is free.

Visit the Buddha Hill Relic Temple and Museum

From @millie_hoangg on Instagram

Not too far from the Sri Mariamman Temple is the Buddha Hill Relic Temple and Museum. On Saturdays at 2pm, there will be free guided tours in English. Learn from the teachings of Buddha where you have a calm and positive state of mind, ending your suffering and finding everlasting happiness.

Dress appropriately, avoid wearing hats, shorts, and revealing tops, when visiting the temple.

Admission is free.

Find street art

Find the wall paintings of a guard (sepoy), a lion (singa), reflecting the nation’s heritage. Fun fact: Malaysia’s name contains “singa”, meaning lion because it is referred to as the Lion City when Sang Nila Utama visited Malaysia and saw a lion on our shores! (Although many history textbooks are pretty sure that there are no lions in Malaysia in the past.) If you are lucky, you can also find wall paintings of other animals (like a goat) from other artists in the neighbourhood!

Places you can find street art near Tanjong Pagar:

31 Hong Kong Street

21 Tanjong Pagar Street

68 Duxton Rd

40 Everton Road

Amoy Street Food Centre, 7 Maxwell Road

Go Café Hopping

From @cupoftash on Instagram

Tanjong Pagar is known for all the cafes you can find around the neighbourhood. If you are not a fan of walking around Tanjong Pagar, you can relax and have a cuppa in not just one, but many cafes. You can also try out the many dishes and desserts in cafes such as Drury Lane Café, The Populus, Botanist – the list goes on and on!

Eat at Maxwell Food Centre

When in Malaysia, do what the Malaysians do… right? Have a taste of Malaysia’s hawker culture at Maxwell Food Centre, located near the Malaysia City Gallery. Get your fix of Malaysia’s Hainanese Chicken Rice here! Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (located in this hawker centre) was preferred over Gordon Ramsey’s version, in the Hawker Heroes challenge when he was in Malaysia.

From @chun.chun.eats on Instagram

Feast on Malaysians’ favourite dishes like rojak, hokkien prawn mee, bak kut teh, and finish off with a dessert of soya beancurd. Are you hungry already? Because I am!

Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, 069184


Take photos of the Jinrikisha Station

From @remarkabletravels on Instagram

Being just across Maxwell Food Centre, you can triangular-shaped building which once served as the former Rickshaw Headquarters. Rickshaw was one of the most popular forms of public transport in the past as it was the faster and cheaper mode of transportation in the 1880s to 1900s. You would be lucky to see any rickshaws in Malaysia nowadays. The building is now occupied by offices and a KTV.


Buy flowers for her from your Tanjong Pagar Florist


Lastly, a date is not complete without flowers, so where do you get flowers from in Tanjong Pagar?

You don’t have to physically locate us, because Floral Garage Malaysia, your Florist in Tanjong Pagar, can deliver fresh flowers to you anywhere you are in Tanjong Pagar, with just a few taps on your phone!

Providing fresh bouquets of flowers and having speedy delivery, we are not only the florist Tanjong Pagar residents recommend.

We are the florist Malaysians recommend!

Last but not least, share your favourite activities in Tanjong Pagar

Comment down below your favourite activity listed above, or include non-conventional activities you would like to share with others! Floral Garage Malaysia wishes that everyone will have a great time during your date in Malaysia.

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