Clarke Quay is named after Sir Andrew Clarke, Governor of the Straits Settlements. In the early years, many merchants traded along the bank of Singapore River. Thus, Clarke Quay naturally became a wharf for loading and unloading goods. At that time, besides rows of warehouses on both sides of the river, there were also many shophouses and factories.
What about now?
With the development of Singapore, it has gradually transformed from a wharf to an integrated entertainment area for shopping, dining and tourism. Clarke Quay never fails to satisfy your anticipation no matter if you’re looking for excitement, fine restaurants, scenic places or nightlife spots.
So how can you get the most out of Clarke Quay? Let us show you around!
Where to eat?
Here in Clarke Quay, you can find cuisines from all over the world! If you are a gastronome who craves the best food in town, this is the right place for you!
1. House of Seafood
If there is one dish that you must try in Singapore, it would be this award-winning black pepper crab. The rich and creamy black pepper sauce seeps into the crab meat, making it more flavourful. The rich Nanyang taste is one that you would never forget.
Address: Clarke Quay Blk A Outdoor, 3 River Valley Rd, S(179024)
Have a taste of authentic Beijing flavour while enjoying the ultimate view of the Singapore River. The sizzling hot skewers here are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. You simply can't stop eating once you start! This is the best treat for yourself after a long day out.
Address: Clarke Quay #01-07-Blk D, 3 River Valley Rd, S(179024)
3. SG Hawker
This is the most suitable place for visitors who wants to try authentic local delicacies in one place!
Address: Clarke Quay #01-08-Blk E, 3 River Valley Rd, S(179024)
Smooth coconut milk is perfectly blended with spices to create a thick gravy as the base. A mouthful of gravy coupled with chewy rice noodles takes all carb lovers to the ultimate paradise!
Noodle is served with tender shrimps and special Sambal chili sauce after stir frying with lard. A hint of fresh lime juice would be the best flavour enhancer for this dish, making it less greasy and more appetizing.
Where to party and drink?
Clarke Quay is famous for its bustling nightlife. Why not have a little drink and take a stroll down the Singapore River?
If you are a fan of Jazz and seek chill settings, come to Harry's to enjoy the good vibes! This is one of the best places for a get-together with friends as you enjoy your favourite drinks paired with scrumptious food. Special highlights on the menu includes Harry’s very own house brew, Harry’s Premium Lager.
Address: Clarke Quay #01-01-Blk D, 3 River Valley Rd, S(179024)
2. Here Kitty Kitty
Seat yourself at the beautiful main bar area under autumn leaves while trying out Japanese inspired cocktails and dishes. Expect to dance the night away with trip hop music which takes you down the alleyways of Tokyo and Shinjuku's Golden Gai.
Address: Clarke Quay #02-01 to 03E, 3 River Valley Rd, S(179024)
Modelled after the classic milk punch, the Golden Hour has a subtle Hōjicha flavour with a hint of toasted caramel.
This delightful cocktail has many layers - an exciting tequila base with hints of fresh citrus flavours, balanced by the subtle fragrance of watermelon.
3. RedTail Bar By Zouk
Kick off with party nights at RedTail! Popularly known as a casual pre-game bar, RedTail serves an array of appetisers for sharing, cocktails, beers, wines and Zouk signature drinks including Blue Spin, Velvet Rope and more.
It’s time to get the party started!
Address: Clarke Quay #01-04-Blk C, 3 River Valley Rd, S(179024)
For the 'gram
1. Singapore River Cruise
Taking a relaxing ride aboard the iconic bumboat along the scenic river in Singapore is a must! Enjoy a pleasant experience after a meal and watch the sunset from a cruise ride. Tickets can be purchased from Clarke Quay's jetty.
Address: Clarke Quay Jetty, S(058282)
2. Fort Canning Park
When you look up from the bottom of this staircase, you will be greeted by the sight of majestic trees and lush greenery. Don on your favorite summer dress when you visit this iconic photo spot!
Location: 5 minutes walk from Clarke Quay MRT station, Exit E
3. Old Hill Street Police Station
It is one of the most distinctive buildings in Singapore, with more than 900 windows painted in the colours of the rainbow. The neoclassical architectural style makes it look both retro and modern.
Location: 4 minutes walk from Clarke Quay MRT station, Exit E
4. Central Fire Station
Be prepared to be amazed by the oldest fire station in Singapore. The colonial-style exterior is simply stunning, with a traditional red and white colour theme standing out amongst modern malls and office blocks.
Location: 7 minutes walk from Clarke Quay MRT station, Exit E
After knowing some of the best things to do in Clarke Quay, what are you still waiting for?