Boat Quay

Boat Quay, Singapore: Address, Phone Number, Boat Quay Reviews: 4/5

from SGD 7.11
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Piers & Boardwalks
Top ways to experience Boat Quay
The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Raffles Place
How to get there
  • Raffles Place • 3 min walk
  • Telok Ayer • 6 min walk
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1,249 reviews
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Chelsea B
Milton Keynes, UK1,813 contributions
Lovely to walk around, especially at night
Dec 2019
The river here resembles a carp, a sign of wealth under Chinese belief, so many shops were consequently built here and whilst the shipping may have died down over time the bustling commercial side remains. It's such a pleasant area to walk around.
Written 13 November 2020
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Stefan S
Singapore, Singapore722 contributions
Riverside Dining and Pubbing with Great View
Sep 2020 • Solo
Any Singaporean old enough to drink, party and pubbing in the 90s would have fond memories of Boat Quay. Easily accessible by any public transport, Boat Quay had been a centre of Singapore pubbing, eat and drink culture since the 90s and also an important part of Singapore's skyline feature. Used to be the coolie house and godowns in Singapore's founding years, it transformed into a haven for riverside pubbing and alfresco dining. Since the 90s saw many trend reshaping the demographics. Started out with many pubs and clubs with live performances, then slowly evolved onto riverlined restaurants serving moderate to high end fares to tourists as the pubs moved to its alleys and back street circular road. A few years back as it dwindles, an initiative started to make the back street, circular road pedestrians only on weekend's evening to bring back party goers. Now, in the Pandemic 2020 its quite a challenge for all the tenants and stakeholders. Hopefully when tourism resumes Boat Quay will return its formal glory
Written 10 September 2020
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John Jackson
Singapore, Singapore855 contributions
ITs always a wonderful walk along the river!
Sep 2020
If you like night walks or looking for a place to eat or drink with a good view then you should drop by!

It a very central place with a lot of amenities . Enjoyable atmosphere and a good vibes every time!

cheers!
Written 8 September 2020
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Nat Ang
Singapore, Singapore1 contribution
Next location near to mrt stations
Jul 2020
Many nice bars and price is ok. this is really a tourist spot with few locals. nice scenery for the city.
Written 20 July 2020
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KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,757 contributions
Peaceful without the touts during the lockdown
Jun 2020
I've been cycling along Boat Quay regularly during the lockdown, made possible only by the fact that there weren;t so many people about (since all the restaurants were closed). Normally Boat Quay is a frenzy of activity and it is impossible to consider cycling. But it was good to make the most of the opportunity whilst it lasted.
Written 20 June 2020
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL11,060 contributions
Where old meets new
Feb 2020
Boat Quay is a remnant to the old docks on the Singapore River where maritime commerce once was handled. Now the River no longer goes to the sea and the docks have to moved to other parts of the city. However, Boat Quay and its quaint little warehouse and buildings on the river stand as the old commerce framed by modern skyscrapers that house the new and modern commerce of Singapore. Today Boat Quay is really a series of restaurants, bars and other hospitality entertainment. It is a great setting on the river that you will have to visit.
Written 9 April 2020
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Crosby ONG
Singapore, Singapore122 contributions
Iconic Historical Landmark
Mar 2020
Not too long back in Singapore’s dramatic young history (70s) as an independent city-state, Boat Quay was the epicentre of the aquatic trade of Singapore’s economy. What is now rows of F&Bs were godowns (warehouses) and shop-houses. This river mouth was crowded with bum oats and river-taxis, half-naked baled-bodied men transferring cargos between boats and warehouses. Hence, my special love of this place as a local born of how fortunate I am to witness the unbelievable rapid transformation of Singapore.
Written 14 March 2020
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thetravelvirus
Asia14 contributions
Good relaxing place but food and drinks tend to be alittle over priced.
Feb 2020
Sit by the Singapore River and enjoy glass of wine with your loved ones. There are many restaurants for you to choose from but be aware that some restaurants might overcharge you just because you are a tourist.
Written 11 March 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK146,685 contributions
Lovely area with lots to see and do
Mar 2020
This area is the old port and dockyards back in the days, but fell into disuse as the larger shipping containers could not be handled and the port facilities were relocated. The redeveloped area is a trendy area full of bars and eateries like the rest of SIngapore, a mix of old and new with many cultural activities in the area, including sculptures alluding to its former use as a port. I especially love the way the old chinese buildings sit on the waterfront in front of the newer, gleaming skyscrapers. Lovely area.
Written 9 March 2020
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Roger H
Singapore, Singapore25 contributions
The Singapire River water catchment
Feb 2020 • Friends
Boat quay is nice! It provides a glimps of Singapore shop houses that used to be the warehouses for in coming shipping. Its a far cry from its origins of a stinking polluted water front when you today walk along Boat Quay. Its shop houses today are bars and expensives places for mainly tourists to eat seafood whilst looking onto the river. A walk is important as Boat Quay and its less preserved Cleark quay provide a historical reflection of the past. Not many of those left in Singapore so enjoy the walk but try to eat elsewhere!
Written 23 February 2020
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