3 River Valley Rd, Singapore
Singapore’s shopping scene took us by surprise. This is on a par with Dubai, New York and London for the size of it’s stores ranging from top level boutiques such as your Dior,,Chanel and Armani to the high street chains both local to Singapore and internationally. The famous Marina Bay Sands hotel and complex houses a huge mall which is well worth a visit but closer to our hotel we had Clarke Quay offering a huge mall and much more.
We made our visit to Clarke Quay in the evening – a time that we would highly recommend. Enjoy the cooler time of the day in Singapore and stroll around the beautiful riverside area without sweating your backside off. We had seen pictures and brief reviews of the area and to be honest nothing really stood out other than it being a good place to pick up a beer and do some shopping. We can assure you that this place is much more than that.
All of the lights lit up the quayside as local’s relaxed and conversed beside the river. Boats scattered across the quay were doing evening tours of the river. Musicians gather on the bridge, one of our favourite things, to entertain evening revellers on their way to a bar or to eat at one of the many restaurants. The selection of places to eat here is superb with many places busy on our visit. We didn’t go for any food as this was more of a scouting mission for restaurants but we really liked what we saw. Traditional asian, mexican and american are just some of the cuisines available to try in tempting spots by the river – there’s even a restaurant on a boat called Tongkang which specialises in world cuisine.
It was an absolute pleasure to chill out at Clarke Quay listening to a local musician doing Ed Sheeran covers while sitting on the bridge watching the world go by. If adrenaline experiences are your thing then there’s a bungee catapult ride which launches riders into the night sky. Many bars and pubs were showing live premier league football in case you’re worried about missing any games while on your holiday.
Boat Quay is slightly further down the riverside from Clarke Quay but both are joined by the Clemenceau Bridge providing easy access between the two. Boat Quay though we were less impressed with. Expensive bars and overpriced restaurants all promoting crab dishes, usually with a large cage or tank of crabs outside to tempt you in.
Clarke Quay surprised us in many ways. The chilled out vibe here is one of the best around and seems popular with Singapore’s younger generation. Whether you are here to shop, eat or drink Clarke Quay has you covered. Even the boat rides looked great value, we need to try this on our next visit to Singapore along with sampling the restaurants. It’s a great place.
Nearest Metro: Clarke Quay