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Singapore River


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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 5 miles
Duration: Full day

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 »

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 »

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Points of Interest

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

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 in 1928, the... More

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

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.

Hours :
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

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.

Hours :
Open daily
Lunch: 12pm-3pm
Dinner:... More

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

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 locally... More

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.

Hours :
Monday-Thursday: 11am - Midnight
Friday-Saturday: 9am - 2am
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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