Clarke Quay in Singapore is famed for its stunning waterside restaurants, world class shopping, and entertainment venues. Nestled close to the Singapore River, the district is within walking distance of museums, local markets, and picturesque parks, with many of Singapore’s main attractions just a short walk away.
Clarke Quay’s picturesque location makes it a haven for visitors who come to enjoy the vibrant nightlife and International waterfront restaurants. Relax on a river boat tour, admire the bridges and colonial style buildings and see the Singapore skyline from a different perspective. For those interested in local culture, visit the Asian Civilisations Museum, as it houses over 1300 artefacts from all over Asia. Just a few minutes’ stroll from the waterfront visitors will discover the lush, green hilltop oasis of Fort Canning Park. Discover maritime corner, the Fort Gate which dates back to the 19th century and the Battle Box, an underground military bunker used in World War II. Wander down the hill to the popular shopping district of Orchard Road, a contemporary shopping paradise where souvenirs and crafts can be purchased. The 100-year-old Chinese Temple of Hong San See is a wonderful photo opportunity for tourists. The temple comprises a series of statues and buildings which have been awarded a UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award. Alternatively, the fascinating National Museum of Singapore is just a walk away and is well worth a visit.
As Clarke Quay is one of the most popular entertainment and dining areas of Singapore, there are regular public transport services which operate throughout the district. Trains stop around 5 minutes’ walk from the quay, and shuttle buses run from Scotts Road or City Hall MRT Station. Alternatively, take a river taxi from Raffles Place MRT Station and admire the architecture whilst gliding towards the quay.
Clarke Quay began as a humble fishing village which due to its river proximity, developed into a busy trade port. When traders and workers arrived from Europe and Asia the area became more diverse and colourful, as markets and eateries brought this once old fishing village to life. Today the waterfront has changed dramatically, it’s home to some of the best wine bars, markets, and dining establishments that Singapore has to offer. Yet, remarkably the area still retains a charming ambience of the old Colonial days.