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The traders who packed the river with bumboats loading and unloading ships in the 19th century wouldn't recognise Boat Quay these days. Where once the hustle and bustle of trade dominated, now it's the beat of music from bars and the hum of conversation that prevails. The buildings which once held trading houses lay desolate for years as the traders moved out to more modern premises further up the river, but have now been converted into bars and pubs and the warehouses into clubs and restaurants. Today, Boat Quay is where Singaporeans come to hang out after a busy day in the central business district behind it.
Make the most of the views of the river by sitting outside at one of the seafood restaurants that line the waterfront. There are plenty of options at all price points, but you may need to book ahead at the more expensive locations. As well as seafood, there is a whole host of local and international options, from great steak restaurants to Japanese yakitori joints.
The local bars and clubs here are a great way to extend your evening. The bars closest to the water are a little touristy, so if you fancy something low-key, there are plenty of options further back from the quay. If you're more inclined to shop than bop, the Boat Quay pedestrian mall, just back from the river, is open until late and has a good range of international and local brands.
Boat Quay is located on the south bank of the river near the city centre. The area can be reached on foot from many downtown hotels, and some paid parking is available. Boat Quay's nearest MRT station is Raffles Place.
Give yourself loads of time at Boat Quay. Below are some of the most popular activities:
How about making your visit a bit more unique? An E-scooter adventure through Tiong Bahru & Singapore River and a Singapore Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour are both worth looking into.
Have a look at our Downtown Singapore things to do page to learn about many more activities in the area.
Located in Marina Bay, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Chinatown Heritage Center and Boat Quay. Raffles City and Singapore Flyer are also within 2 mi (3 km). Raffles Place Station is 7 minutes by foot and Tanjong Pagar Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Downtown Singapore, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Raffles City and Singapore City Hall. National Gallery Singapore and Marina Square are also within 10 minutes. City Hall Station and Esplanade Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Downtown Singapore, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Raffles City, Marina Square, and Singapore City Hall. Bugis Street Shopping District and Merlion are also within 15 minutes. Esplanade Station is only a 2-minute walk and City Hall Station is 4 minutes.
Located in Downtown Singapore, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Clarke Quay Central, Clarke Quay Mall, and Boat Quay. Raffles Place and Chinatown Heritage Center are also within 15 minutes. Clarke Quay Station is only a 4-minute walk and Chinatown Station is 8 minutes.
This family-friendly Singapore hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Suntec Convention & Exhibition Center and Raffles City. Marina Square and Singapore City Hall are also within 10 minutes. Esplanade Station is only a 2-minute walk and City Hall Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Masjid Jamae and Sri Mariamman Temple. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Clarke Quay Central are also within 10 minutes. Chinatown Station is only a 3-minute walk and Clarke Quay Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Financial District Singapore, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Clarke Quay Central and Boat Quay. Raffles Place and National Gallery Singapore are also within 10 minutes. Clarke Quay Station is only a 4-minute walk and Raffles Place Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Financial District Singapore, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Clarke Quay Central, Raffles Place and Boat Quay. Clarke Quay Mall and Chinatown Heritage Center are also within 10 minutes. Clarke Quay Station is only a 3-minute walk and Raffles Place Station is 8 minutes.
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