Overview : The lifeblood of Singapore is the river. In the early days when the city was a British outpost, Singapore River was the colony’s main ... more »
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The lifeblood of Singapore is the river. In the early days when the city was a British outpost, Singapore River was the colony’s main ... more »trade artery and its centre of commercial activity. Today, the banks of the river are still abuzz, though the bustle of entrepôt trade has been replaced with an array of cultural spots, restaurants and after-dark hangouts. It’s also a place of romance. Riverside cafés and restaurants develop a charm of their own and old bridges become a perfect, picturesque spot for couples.
Best explored in the afternoon and into the night, Singapore River has it all—idyllic views, fascinating history, incredible art, and amazing food and drink. Take a quiet stroll along this lovely waterway and you’ll see why Singapore River offers a sense of romance and the heartbeat of the city. less «
Tips: Go for this walk during the later part of the day, to see the area transition from day to dusk, as the Singapore River and its... more » surrounding architecture lights up beautifully as evening approaches. less «
After exiting Raffles Place MRT, head over Singapore's oldest bridge, the 142-year-old Cavanagh Bridge, to the Asian Civilisations Museum, the first in Southeast Asia to present a broad yet integrated perspective of pan-Asian cultures and civilisations. Wandering through the exhibits here can make for a great early-morning date. Whether it's a... More majestic yellow robe once worn by the emperor of China or terracotta figures from some of these early civilisations, you're sure to find something beautiful to admire.
Monday: 1pm - 7pm
Tuesday - Sunday: 9am - 7pm (to 9pm on Fridays)Less
Outside the museum is Raffles' Landing Site, the location where Singapore's founding father, Sir Stamford Raffles, first set foot here in 1819.
Head across the bridge to UOB Plaza and you'll be greeted by two sculptures: the 3.8 metre tall Salvador Dali's Homage to Newton and the playful Bird by Fernando Botero.
Also along the river banks in-betweem Maybank Tower and Fullerton Hotel, you'll see the ""People of the River"" sculptures, which depict what river life was like during the early days of Singapore. Take a moment here to admire the magnificence of the Fullerton Hotel, one of Singapore's most prominent buildings. Originally built... More in 1928, the Fullerton building used to house occupants such as the General Post Office, The Exchange, the Chamber of Commerce and The Singapore Club, all of which played important economic roles in ensuring that Singapore remained the trading hub in South-East Asia at the time.
Continuing the walk west will take you to Boat Quay, which used to be the busiest part of the old port of Singapore. Because the south of the river here resembles the belly of a carp, which according to Chinese belief is where wealth and prosperity lay, many shophouses were built, crowded in one area. Today, Boat Quay is a collection of lovely... More conservation shop houses, which are transformed into a bustling scene at night filled with bars, restaurants and nightclubs catering to professionals working in the area. One of the newest bars on the strip, Absinthe Artisan, is worth noting. Calling itself Singapore's very first absinthe boutique bar, it serves absinthe in a variety of concoctions including an absinthe martini garnished with bak kwa (sweet/savory barbequed pork) which works surprisingly well.
If you fancy a spot of lunch, across the road from Clarke Quay MRT is Le Chasseur, which serves up local food that would satisfy even the most hardcore foodie. Always packing in a healthy crowd, its signature dishes are claypot chicken rice, Ter Kar Chou (Pig's Trotter in Black Vinegar) and barbequed prawns.
11am - 11pm daily
In the evening, The Helipad at The Central opens for business. The main room downstairs has DJs spinning electro and upbeat loundge music, but it's the 278sq. metre rooftop bar on the fifth floor that's the main attraction. It overlooks the Singapore River and at night, the whole of Clarke Quay lights up for some spectacular views.
Rooftop... More Bar: Monday - Saturday (6pm - 2am)
Club: Wednesday - Saturday (10pm - 3am)Less
Further down, Jumbo Seafood Restaurant at Riverside Point mall is fantastic for local seafood by the river. Here you can get one of the best renditions of Singapore's most famous dish, chilli crab, as well as the restaurant's other favourites, crispy baby squid and sambal (chili-based sauce) kangkong.
Dinner:... More 6pm-2amLess
Across the river is where you'll find Clarke Quay, one of Singapore's premier entertainment areas with over 50 bars and restaurants. One is The Chupitos Bar with over 130 shooters on offer including some local concoctions such as teh tarik (pulled tea) and bandung(rose syrup). If beer is your thing, the Beer Market offers 23 beers whose prices... More rise and fall every half hour in accordance with consumer demand.
As far as nightclub action goes, Attica offers a fantastic party-time with overseas guest DJs spinning the decks every month. And if you’re looking for an amazing audio-visual treat, megaclub Zirca has live performances by aerialists, contortionists and fire-twirlers who do their acts in time to the club music.Less
The Pier@ Robertson Quay is the place to go if you’re the type who prefers something more down-tempo. You can sit back and enjoy some fine whiskeys at La Maison du Whisky, which has over 600 whiskies on offer including some rare vintages like a 1951 Macallan or a 1973 Glenfiddich.
There’s also Laurent Café and Chocolate Bar which sells... More locally produced chocolates. The café here is popular for its chocolate tarts, which some swear to be the best in town.Less
Further down Singapore River is somewhat quieter, but nonetheless enchanting. Some of the river-facing condominiums have food and drink outlets of note, like Bar Bar Black Sheep at Robertson Blue, which has a bar and three chefs serving up great Western, Thai and Indian Food.
Monday-Thursday: 11am - Midnight
Friday-Saturday: 9am - 2am
... More Sunday: 9am - MidnightLess
Another gem is Kith Café at Watermark Robertson Quay, a small impeccably designed café which is especially great for watching the sun go down over tea and their cheesecake with strawberry sauce.
Across the river at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront is one of the stops of the Singapore River Cruises, where you can hop on a river taxi which takes you all the way back to back to your starting point. You can enjoy all the night lights on the way back, beyond, where the river finally meets the Marina bay, opens up to wide expanses of water and... More romantic views of the Esplanade, Marina Bay Sands and Singapore's famous mascot, the half-lion, half-fish Merlion.
9am - 11pm daily (last boat leaves at 10.30pm)
Regular departures at 15 minute intervals