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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.
This family-friendly Singapore hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Marina Square, Raffles City and Esplanade Theatres. Singapore Flyer and Merlion are also within 15 minutes. Esplanade Station is only a 4-minute walk and Promena Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Downtown Singapore, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Raffles City and Singapore City Hall. Esplanade Theatres and Peranakan Museum 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 steps away from Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, CHIJMES and Singapore Art Museum. Stamford House and Bras Basah Complex are also within 5 minutes. Bras Basah Station is only a 4-minute walk and City Hall Station is 5 minutes.
Located in Downtown Singapore, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fort Canning Park, Peranakan Museum and Singapore River. Raffles City and Asian Civilisations Museum are also within 10 minutes. City Hall Station is 6 minutes by foot and Clarke Quay Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Financial District Singapore, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Asian Civilisations Museum, Raffles Place, and Merlion. Boat Quay and Merlion Park are also within 5 minutes. Raffles Place Station is only a 4-minute walk and Clarke Quay Station is 11 minutes.
Located in Downtown Singapore, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Singapore River, Orchard Road and Robertson Quay. Clarke Quay Mall and Clarke Quay Central are also within 10 minutes. Fort Canning MRT station is 8 minutes by foot and Clarke Quay Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Downtown Singapore, this luxury hotel is steps away from Clarke Quay Central and Singapore River. Boat Quay and Chinatown Heritage Center are also within 10 minutes. Clarke Quay Station is only a 4-minute walk and Chinatown Station is 8 minutes.
This family-friendly Singapore hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 5-minute walk of Singapore River and Clarke Quay Central. Chinatown Heritage Center and Boat Quay are also within 10 minutes. Clarke Quay Station is only a 4-minute walk and Chinatown Station is 5 minutes.
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