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Boat Quay

Enjoy a drink with the locals at this lively waterfront entertainment precinct.

In the mid 19th century, Boat Quay operated as the center of Singapore’s trade and business center. Located just upstream from the Singapore River mouth, Boat Quay was of both economic and cultural importance to the people of the city, and many shops and warehouses were built in the area. Today, the area remains popular and bustling, but for different reasons. The shops have been converted into bars and pubs and the warehouses into clubs and restaurants. Boat Quay is where the people of Singapore come to wind down after a busy day in the new central business district behind it. 

Dine at one of the city’s best seafood restaurants as you gaze across the river. There are dozens of options, so take your time choosing. Al fresco dining is common along the river; after sunset the breeze off the river provides a welcome change to Singapore’s hot afternoons. Try traditional local noodle dishes or enjoy international fare at the wide range of restaurants available.

After you eat, visit some of the local bars. Meet the local workers at one of the hip bars or chat with fellow tourists. While the bars closest to the water are more aimed at tourists, those a block back from the quay are more authentic, and the prices reflect this. Wander through the Boat Quay pedestrian mall, just back from the river, and do some evening shopping. 

Boat Quay is located in Singapore’s downtown center on the south bank of the river. The area can be reached on foot from many downtown hotels, and there is some parking available in the area for a fee. Boat Quay is served by bus and MRT, with three stations within walking distance. 

Popular Activities at Boat Quay

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.

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Carlton Hotel Singapore $130
Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019
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Carlton Hotel Singapore

Carlton Hotel Singapore

76 Bras Basah Road, Singapore
     
    4.3 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Great location for everything you need in Singapore !

    Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore $177
    Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019
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    Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore

    Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore

    2 Stamford Road, Singapore
       
      4.3 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Great location and staff. Easy check in. Restaurants in basement.

      Swissotel Merchant Court $127
      Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019
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      Swissotel Merchant Court

      Swissotel Merchant Court

      20 Merchant Road, Singapore
         
        4.3 of 5
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        My flight was delayed and the hotel held my room to ensure that when I arrived 12 hours late, I would be able to go directly to my room. The buffet breakfast and lunches were extensive and enjoyable.

        Marina Mandarin $168
        Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019
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        Marina Mandarin

        Marina Mandarin

        6 Raffles Boulevard Marina Square, Singapore
           
          4.3 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Fabulous service. Amazing bed. Would return for sure.

          Grand Park City Hall $149
          Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019
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          Grand Park City Hall

          Grand Park City Hall

          10 Coleman Street, Singapore
             
            4.3 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Great location and close to lots if things. Close to station. Staff were friendly and welcoming.

            Park Regis Singapore $118
            Reviewed on Jun 21, 2019
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            Park Regis Singapore

            Park Regis Singapore

            23 Merchant Road, Singapore
               
              4.3 of 5
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              When I arrived I was not feeling well the staff were so kind and caring and although we only stayed a short time all were very friendly and helpful would definitely recommend the hotel also we liked the position as we wanted to be near Clarke Quay

              Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay $124
              Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019
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              Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay

              Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay

              177a River Valley Road, Singapore
                 
                4.1 of 5
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                Great location and well maintained

                Fairmont Singapore $182
                Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019
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                Fairmont Singapore

                Fairmont Singapore

                80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore
                   
                  4.6 of 5
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                  Very central for both Orchard Road Shopping and Marina Bay - close to the local MRT station (underground) ‘Esplanade’ which is really efficient and easy to use. Hotel South Tower still undergoing renovation as are both the swimming pools, (due to complete by September 2019) but the pools are available ...