While the old harbour area around Clarke Quay has been converted into a bar and restaurant district, the northern area of Boat Quay has polished out it colonial flair. Restaurants and shops are found here as well, but things go a little quieter around here.
Not only the square with the Raffles statue on it (see separate tip) gives you an idea about how days in the Empire were. Many buildings were inspired by Victorian architecture and many bridges as well:
-Cavenagh Bridge from 1870 is the oldest preserved bridge in the country. It is the only suspension bridge over Singapore river and is used as a pedestrain bridge only.
-Anderson Bridge is part of Fullerton Road. The bridge was inaugurated in 1910 and runs parallely to Cavenagh Bridge. Though it still is part of the road system, most traffic in this area is handled by nearby Esplanade Bridge.
-Although there were several wooden bridges on the same spot in the early 19th century, today's Elgin Bridge barely dates from 1929.
-Coleman Bridge was once a Victorian iron bridge, but this has been replaced by a 1986 concrete structure. It is part of New Bridge Road and roughly separates Boat Quay from Clarke Quay.
At good weather it is nice to go to boat quai walking around waterline,
seeing new and old historic buildings together,
go around from the west or south side- every sight is special.
All also nice for a photo tour...
but better try with a greater camera!
And than dont forget to make a stop in this so much different restaurants at boat quai-
I recommend to probe the north Indian cuisine see the photo!
Let me let you in on a secret. The best views of Singapore can be seen for free unless you really want to hire a helicopter. There used to be an observation area in the Boat Quay on top of one of the tall bank buildings. It has been closed since September 2001 for security reasons. My secret observation area offers better views and is FREE! It is the Equinox Restaurant inside the Swissôtel The Stamford (there are 2 Swissôtel’s in Singapore). The hotel is Southeast Asia's tallest hotel and you can see panoramic views of Singapore, Indonesia and parts of Malaysia! It’s on level 69 just to make it sound even more impressive.
Here’s how I did it. Jo into the lobby of the hotel and go to the far left and you end up in a bar/lounge. Now go to the far right and at the end turn right. You should be looking at a small lobby with an elevator. Go inside and push the button for the top. You’re in! I went at about 10am in the morning before it opened. When you come out of the elevator you are looking at a series of huge windows and the best view of Singapore! The staff said they were not open, but there are no doors to close so they let us take pictures after we asked nicely. Even if they had said no I would still have been able to do it. Or come back when they opened. There is no security or charges. You do not have to eat or drink here to see it.
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the other side of the Singapore River Embankment is Boat Quay and although Clarke Quay is the more popular of the two, Boat Quay is also packing them in full of locals and tourists. Located on the southern bank of the upstream portion of the Singapore River, the Boat Quay is a place of historical importance that dates back to the 1860s. The two- and three-storey shophouses in that area of Boat Quay, with their characteristic five-foot way beneath projecting upper floors, were preserved and transformed into new businesses the at present you will see the results as Boat Quay is a nice destination for eating and drinking and some lounge scene and the good part of it is you can just cross the bridge and hop via a brisk 10 minute walk to Clarke Quay at the other end of the Embankment for another round of fun and vice versa.
Here is the place close to the Quays of Singapore. You can take a boat trip for 25$S which is from 30-45 minutes. Includes a guide that will explain the landmarks and historical key interest of Singapore.
This will also give you a clue where to dine and wine in Singapore.
On the Singapore River with its conserved shophouses, Boat Quay is the place to visit for entertainment & dining.
The area was busy both day & night, with its restaurants & bars. It was a great place to sit & relax after a days sightseeing.
Harry's Bar in Boat Quay is the place to go for some excellent rythym n' blues. Get there early as seating is limited indoors but you won't be disappointed by the performers. Everything from Marvin Gaye to Aretha Franklin and a little bit'o Motown will have you rocking in your seat. You can also enjoy a good criket or soccer match as well on the Plasma screens spread around and behind the bar. Drink prices are reasonable and although the food is limited to bar food it was tasty and well prepared.
Boat Quay is popular with expatriates, this riverfront area has alfresco restaurants, bars and pubs. The shophouses vary in height. This was a sign of wealth - the higher the shophouse, the wealthier the owner. It is located at the heart of the business district. Across the river is Empress Place where Sir Stamford Raffles founded Singapore. You can find the The Arts House, Victoria Theatre and waterfront dining here.
Are you on the look for the pefect Romaantic evening? This is the place, with the endless beuty and choices of cruizne that cant even describe it self, the Boat Quey in singapore is breathtaking. Best time to go is after 7, make sure your dressed for the ocassion and you have comfortable shoes on. This starting point will bring you in for one hell of adventure. (thanks to the Ausie tourist) From the vies of the Merlion and the skyskappers of downtown, AMAZING!
All along boat quay you can see many statues. Some are very modern, others a bit more traditional. You can see the bumboats pass by while either walking along the quay's yourself, of by having a drink at one of the many bars. It's great to walk around this bit of Singapore, cross the bridges along the way and enjoy the spectacular views of Singapore Skyline.
One of the statues represents a couple of kids jumping into the river. Many children died here, however. The Singapore river is not very deep, although it does seems like it is.
If you heading off to Clark Quay you might as well stop at Boat Quay as there to is whole lot of pubs and restaurants there to. You can also catch a boat ride here. I guess its a place whereby people come together to eat and drink and just enjoy the outdoors by the river. Around Bout Quay you have these beautiful tall buildings , the Parliment house and the Asian Civilisation Meseum.
We've frequented Boat Quay for a number of reasons; to relax, sit on the riverbank and watch the little bumboats come by, to eat, to drink.. well, anything really! And the great thing is, you can stop by Boat Quay whenever you like, there's always a place serving food and drinks!
On this particular photo we we're enjoying our traditional B4B (Beer for Breakfast).. don't worry, we're not drunks, it just happens we usually end up having one of those days on our trips, when the kitchen hasn't opened yet, and we crave that beer.. ;)
Boat Quay has a large variety of outlets, ranging from simple pubs to great restaurants! Stop by Boat Quay anytime for anything!
Then we travelled underneath the pass and walked slowely along the Boat Quay. This is a lovely walk, checking out the beautiful artwork statues along the way and lovely river with cute bumboats in.
Hey......something's not quite right in this pic?
......Oh and those other pix......gee kids can be embarrasing at times.....lol
Then some live crabs in a tank caught Jesse's eye and we stopped to have a look. The smell of food was too enticing, so we stopped for a beer and a snack. What a lovely please to sit back and relax in :o)
Every tourist have to visit Boat Quay...It is situated in the central of CBD - Central Business District with a view of the Singapore River. U can find a whole stretch of restaurants along the river such as Sundanese restaurant, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Indian and lots more. As you know, Singapore are known for the food and also for shopping. Restaurant and pubs are closed during the afternoon, but at night, they are busy with patrons. Around Boat Quay, you can find The Parliament House, Asian Civilization Museum and also the well-known Fullerton Hotel. You can just walked by the river to feel the air of Singapore. A boat trip on the river are available with a price of SGD$9. The boat ride ended to the end of the river where u can see the famous statue of Merlion - Head of a lion with body of a fish.