Lining the Singapore River, the renovated riverside warehouses and “godown” shophouses of historic Clarke Quay comprise one of Singapore’s major wining and dining precincts. Now pedestrianized and home to shops, restaurants, nightclubs, river cruise bumboats, and floating cafés, Clarke Quay is a good place to look for varied cuisines—from Italian to brewhouse to fine French—and relaxed outdoor bars with riverfront views. It’s also where you’ll find Singapore’s wild Reverse Bungy adventure ride.
No trip to Singapore would be complete without a visit to the buzzing riverside neighborhood of Clarke Quay, and its popularity and importance means it’s included on just about every Singapore sightseeing tour. Boat tours along the Singapore River depart from the quay, and it’s one of the best spots in the city for a night out on the town after a long day of sightseeing.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Clarke Quay is a must-see for first-time visitors to Singapore.
- See the neighborhood on a sightseeing tour of Singapore, or experience it before or after a Singapore River cruise.
- Visit Clarke Quay by day and at night for the full experience.
How to Get There
Clarke Quay is centrally located and is within a 10-minute walk of the City Hall, Raffles Place, and Clarke Quay MRT stations. You can also take a river taxi. Singapore’s hop-on hop-off double-decker buses stop here as well.
When to Get There
Much of Singapore’s nightlife is concentrated in Clarke Quay and nearby Boat Quay, making evening the most popular time to visit. Many of Singapore’s historic attractions are nearby, so be sure to visit during the daytime hours as well.
What to Eat (and Drink) in Clarke Quay
This neighborhood’s heavy concentration of bars and restaurants means there’s quite literally something for everyone. Global cuisine runs the gamut, from wings and New York–style pizza to Cantonese dumplings and Japanese izakaya (gastropub). Those looking for a party have many venues to choose from, including nightlife icons like Attica, Zouk, and Trace Lounge.