10 Best Attractions in Clarke Quay and Riverside
Clarke Quay and Riverside Must-See Attractions
Our list of the 10 Best Attractions in Clarke Quay offers visitors a great range of alternative things to do and see that doesn’t purely revolve around nightlife. Sure, Clarke Quay is famous for its stunning waterside restaurants and exciting collection of bars and clubs, but the area has so much more to offer.
The best attractions in Clarke Quay and Riverside are just a quick walk from Clarke Quay or City Hall (across the river) MRT stations, and our carefully chosen selection includes a host of family-friendly activities and cultural visits that are perfect for the day time hours - leaving you plenty of time to enjoy that thriving Clarke Quay nightlife when the sun goes down.Read More
- Chinatown at Night with Dinner & Cruise
- Dining Experience at Peony Jade
- Secrets of the Red Lantern Walking Tour
- A Taste of Chinatown: Food & Heritage Tour
- Chinese Customs Walking Tour: Birth, Marriage & Death
- Dinner at Quayside Seafood
- Chinatown Afternoon Food Tour
- Soothing Spa Experience
- Small-Group Chinatown Food Adventure
- Chinatown, Temple & Ann Siang Hill Walking Tour
The Singapore River lies at the heart of the Clarke Quay, providing the central artery for this area’s thriving nightlife scene. However, the river offers visitors much more than just a picturesque spot to come for food and drinks. Boat tours are available that cruise up and down the entire length of the river, taking advantage of all the interesting sights along the way, ending up in Clarke Quay, Boat Quay and eventually the Marina Bay. The river snakes under historically important bridges such as Clemenceau Bridge and Anderson Bridge, as well as passing important Singapore landmarks such as the Merlion and Esplanade on its way into the Singapore Strait. Read More...0
This gorgeous colonial British-style building is walking distance from Clarke Quay or Raffles Place MRT stations, and is home to some of Singapore’s finest collections and exhibitions showcasing the region’s long and diverse history. A good two or three hours should be set aside to explore the plethora of galleries and displays, each providing something fascinating even if you don’t consider yourself to be a history-buff. Right the way down to the discovery of the island state, to its well-documented colonialisation and cultural diversification, all the way up to the present day; the Asian Civilisations Museum traces it all with over 14,000 square metres of floor space and 1,300 artefacts from across all corners of Asia. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 - 19:00 (Fridays close at 21:00)
- Address: 1 Empress Place Singapore
- Tel: +65 6332 7798
Passing by this small, green hill situated slap-bang in the middle of central Singapore comes as quite the surprise. One minute, you’re surrounded by gleaming modern offices and sprawling malls, and the next minute (if you step foot inside the mark), you’re transported into what seems like a different world. Lush trees and vegetation are in rich supply at this unexpected spot, which is particularly popular for joggers, dog walkers, or just anybody fancying a break from the sprawling metropolis that is Singapore. Fort Canning Park can be found just behind the main complex of bars and restaurants at Clarke Quay, and can be easily reached from both Clarke Quay and City Hall MRT stations. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Address: Cox Terrace, Singapore 179618
- Tel: +65 633 2120
The G-Max Reverse Bungy is a landmark in itself at Clarke Quay, especially when the giant bungy structure is illuminated at night. This is definitely one attraction for geared towards those craving their daily dose of adrenalin. Thrill seekers roll up any time after 14:00 (expect a short queue in the evening), strap in, and then get launched 60 feet into the air at a speed of 200kmh! Sounds dangerous? It’s not: G-Max Reverse Bungy boasts a 100% safety record with over 1,000,000 riders successfully making it back down to earth in one piece. A great alternative, kid-friendly attraction – though at S$45 a pop, we’ll let you decide whether it’s particularly ‘budget friendly’. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 14:00 – late
- Address: 3E River Valley Road
- Tel: +65 6535 6746
Lockdown Singapore is a real-life escape game in which players are placed into a ‘locked’ room and have to collaboratively figure a way of getting out. Each room presents a new puzzle, some simple, some not, and if you get really stuck you can always ask the helpful staff for clues. Failing that, there’s an emergency escape door for those that become too claustrophobic or find that their time has run out – whichever comes sooner. Great fun for the whole family and a good alternative way to spend a rainy day in Singapore. You can find Lockdown located in ‘The Central’ shopping centre in Clarke Quay. Games cost around S$20 per person per hour.
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 - 22:00
- Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street #03-51/52 The Central
- Tel: +65 6221 0120
Boat Quay is the area of water between North Bridge Road and Anderson Bridge, just walking distance from Clarke Quay Station. Whether you’re taking a leisurely stroll along the water’s edge, or admiring in the spectacular views from one of the surrounding eateries, this is one of the main focal points in the area. Our top tip is to head to the section of North Bridge Road that crosses the river near Clarke Quay station. Looking south from there, you have Singapore’s towering central business to your east, and the majestic Marina Bay Sands directly ahead of you, which puts on a spectacular laser show every day at 20:00 and 21:30. You can then peruse down one of the waterside lanes packed full of colourful bars and restaurants. Read More...7Central Fire Station & Civil Defence Heritage Gallery0
A fire station might seem like a bit of an odd place to visit whilst you’re on holiday, but after one glance of this one, which is the oldest in Singapore, you’ll realise just why it’s such as popular attraction. The colonial-style exterior is simply stunning, with its traditional red and white colour theme really standing out amongst the rest of the area’s modern malls and office blocks. Inside you’ll find the equally impressive Civil Defence Heritage Gallery, and visitors can walk around for free whilst learning about the interesting history of this important Singapore landmark. A great activity for kids too – especially as they get to hold some of the fire station’s equipment, sit in a truck and even don a fireman’s helmet! Find it by walking either from Clarke Quay or City Hall MRT stations.
8Art-2 Gallery Singapore0
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 - 17:00
- Address: 62 Hill Street, Singapore
- Tel: +65 6332 3000
Since the turn of the 1990’s, Art-2 Gallery has been displaying, and selling, some of Singapore’s finest paintings and art installations, as well as providing a consultancy service for the city-state’s art lovers. Just a short walk from Clarke Quay across the river on Hill Street, Art-2 Gallery specialises in contemporary three-dimensional sculptures, installations and ceramics, and the gallery also hosts regular exhibitions promoting the work form local artists as well as some more internationally recognised names from around Asia. The compact gallery’s range is simply stunning, and along with its great central location, it’s definitely worth an hour or two of your time if you’re around Clarke Quay.
9Hong San See Temple0
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 11:00 - 19:00
- Address: 140 Hill Street
- Tel: +65 6338 8713
This 100-year-old Chinese temple is a great place to check out if you’re in the Clarke Quay area and fancy something a bit more cultural than nightlife and shopping. Located on Mohamed Sultan Road, the temple is comprised of a series of buildings, courtyards and statues, making for a tranquil place of worship for Buddhists, as well as an interesting photo-op for the ever-growing number of tourists who pass by. Hong San See has been recognised nationally and internationally, being designated as a national monument of Singapore in 1978, as well as receiving an Award of Excellence in the 2010 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The closest station is Clarke Quay and it’s just a short, picturesque 10-minute walk up-river from there.
10The Arts House Screening Room0
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Address: 29 Mohamed Sultan Road
- Tel: +65 6737 3683
This great 75-seat cinema is just a quick walk over North Bridge Road form Clarke Quay, and puts on daily screenings of independent local and international films. All set in beautiful colonial-style building, The Arts House Screening Room also lays on regular art exhibitions showcasing some of the best up-and-coming artists of Singapore. There’s also an onsite cafe-cum-bookstore called ‘Earshot’, which is where you can discover some excellent locally written fiction whilst sipping on a cappuccino. The whole venue’ main aim is to promote local talent, be it in the written or visual form. Visitors can enquire within or give them a call on the phone number we have supplied below.
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- Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 10:00 - 22:00
- Address: 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
- Tel: +65 6332 6900