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24 Things To Do In Clarke Quay: The Bucket List

The 24 Best Things to do in Clarke Quay


Dec 02, 2022 · 13 mins read

Clarke Quay is one of Singapore's most famous and lively nightlife districts, located on both sides of the Singapore River, with a pedestrian bridge called the Read Bridge or Bridge. It's also easily accessed via SMRT Clarke Quay Station. There are many charms and hidden gems nearby that you definitely must try. Let's explore the 24 best things to do in Clarke Quay.

1) Singapore River Cruise

Traditional tourist boats in Singapore
Traditional tourist boats in Singapore @ Sergii Figurnyi | Adobe Stock

Singapore river cruise is always on the list of the best things to do in Clarke Quay. Many tourists go on the Singapore river cruise to see the atmosphere of the city by the river and they mostly fall in love with it. Not only that, cruises on the Singapore river have their own history. In the past, the Singapore river used to be a prosperous trade center and local people use the 'Bum Boat' to carry their goods for sale. Therefore, it would be very normal if you still hear many people call the Singapore river cruise a Bum Boat.

On the trip of this scenic cruise, the Singapore river cruise will sail out to Marina Bay and return to Clarke Quay as before. It takes about 30 minutes to cruise. You could easily buy the Singapore river cruise ticket online or at the ticket station nearby the GX 5 Extreme Swing and Trampoline Bungy. If you come to Singapore for the 1st time, we highly recommend purchasing a ticket to go on a cruise once.

Address: CLARK QUAY, JETTY, Singapore 058282
Price: Adult - 25 SGD, Children under 12 years old - 15 SGD (Approximate price)
Opening Hours: 9.00 AM - 11.00 AM, The Last Cruise is at 10.30 AM
Website: Singapore River Cruise

2) Boat Quay

Boat Quay, Singapore
Boat Quay, Singapore @ JT S | Unsplash

Boat Quay is an area that's not far from Clarke Quay. However, it's a great place to visit when you come to Clarke Quay. Most of the shops here are sitting, eating, drinking, chilling, not dancing, so you can come here to relax from the bustle and hustle of the city. Purposefully, Boat Quay is built for pleasing salaried Singaporean employees because it's next to the Rafflesplace subway station where the business district with full of high-rise office buildings is located. Some highlights in Boat Quay are The Moomba, BQ Bar, and Molly Malone’s. Don't forget these names when you really come to visit this place.

Address: Bonham St, Singapore 049782
Opening Hours: Boat Quay opens at Noon and opens again in the evening to the night

3) Clarke Quay Central

Clarke Quay Central
Clarke Quay Central @ Nikita Hengbok | Flickr

The majority of toursits who come to Singapore usually love shopping. Clarke Quay also has a shopping mall for us which is 'Clarke Quay Central', the leading department store that has fashion clothes, appliances, and restaurants for us to enjoy. Moreover, there are also local product shops around the river for us to walk around and many wondrous experience waiting for you to explore.

Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen St, Singapore 059817
Opening Hours: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Website: Clarke Quay Central | Facebook | Instagram

4) Read Bridge

Read Bridge
Read Bridge @ Cliffano Subagio | Flickr

Read Bridge is a beam-structured bridge that crosses the Singapore river linking the Swissotel merchant court to Clarke Quay. It looks just like a normal bridge but surprisingly many local people come here to chill out after the party. With the scene of the Singapore river, Read bridge is one of the best spots for anyone to relax and enjoy the atmosphere here. Also, if you travel here on a budget, you don't need to go to expensive restaurants in Clarke Quay but only buy some food and drink to chill out at this bridge.

Address: 1B Clarke Quay, Singapore 179023
Opening Hours: Open 24 Hours
Website: Read Bridge

5) G Max Reverse Bungy

G Max Reverse Bungy
G Max Reverse Bungy @ G Max Reverse Bungy | twitter.com/GMAX_GX5

For those who come to Clarke Quay and want to play thrilling rides, you could try G Max Reverse Bungy. This ride will bounce you up to a height of 60 meters and dive down at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour. In the midst of screaming with extreme excitement, anyone passing by has to stop and look at each other. Sound funny right? If you love thrilling rides, this G Max Reverse Bungy is definitely for you.

*GX5 Extreme Swing is temporarily close

Address: 3E River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, Block E, 179024
Opening Hours: 4:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Website: G Max Reverse Bungy

6) GX5 Extreme Swing

GX5 Extreme Swing
GX5 Extreme Swing @ naturally.herb | Flickr

In the Clarke Quay area, there is another thrilling ride which is GX5 Extreme Swing. This ride will not bounce you up vertically, instead, it will swing from a height of 50 meters. You will be in the air in a thrilling mood and experience the atmosphere of Clarke Quay riverside at the same time. We would say this ride could be one of the best attractions or ride in central Singapore that you must try.

*GX5 Extreme Swing is temporarily close

Address: 3E River Valley Road, 3E River Valley Rd, Block E, 179024
Opening Hours: 4:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Website: GX5 Extreme Swing

7) JUMBO Seafood - Riverside Point

Jumbo Seafood Restaurant
Jumbo Seafood Restaurant @ huytoan_pc | Flickr

Jumbo Seafood is a great restaurant known for its fresh, delicious seafood, especially the crab menu, Chilli Crab and Black Pepper Crab. As for the price, it's based on the ordered weight. In addition to the taste of food, you will also experience the atmosphere of the Clarke Quay riverside which is the fascinating scheme of Clarke Quay. We would recommend you book the seat ahead so you might not end up waiting in your queue for a long time.

Address: 30 Merchant Rd, #01-01/02 Riverside Point, Singapore 058282
Opening Hours: 11:30am–2:30pm, 5:30–10:30pm
Website: JUMBO Seafood - Riverside Point

8) Hooters

Hooters Singapore
Hooters @ Hooters | Facebook.com/HootersSingaporeClarkeQuay

Hooters is a kind of restaurant mixed with a pub suitable for parties, gatherings, hanging out, and cheering for sports. Although they are already many branches throughout the world, this branch is special that it's the 1st branch in Asia! This restaurant is famous for American-style food such as burgers, fried chicken, tacos, and much more. The waitresses here are also well-known as sexy women waiting for entertaining you.

Address: 3D River Valley Rd, #01-03 Block D, Singapore 179023
Opening Hours: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM, Friday - Saturday 12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Website: Hooters

9) Fort Canning Park Tree Tunnel

Fort Canning Park Tunnel in Singapore
Fort Canning Park Tunnel in Singapore @ Oleksandr Dibrova | Adobe Stock

Fort canning park is one of the best things to do in Clarke Quay. It's the popular spots where tourists come to take a picture. You could easily walk around 5 minutes from Exit B of Dhoby Ghaut station or around 5 - 10 minutes from the Clarke Quay to Fort canning park. The best time to visit this place is 7-8 A.M. because there wouldn't be many people and the light would be very good. However, in this context, you can also go to Fort canning park at the evening before going to the Clarke Quay. One great tip for the best picture at Fort canning park is to have a wide lens for the camera since you need an upright angle. If you don't have it, try to step back until you got a great angle. If that's still not enough, your best choice is to set your camera for a vertical shot to get the scene.

Address: 51 Canning Rise, Singapore 179872
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours

10) Statues of Sir Stamford Raffles

Statue of Sir Stamford Raffles
Statue of Sir Stamford Raffles @ Choo Yut Shing | Flickr

Statues of Sir Stamford Raffles is constructed in remembrance of the founder of Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles. This statue is very well-preserved and set by the Singapore river making it a very popular picturesque spot. Statues of Sir Stamford Raffles is not far from Clarke Quay and tourists usually come to take some pictures here, so this is one of the things you should keep on your bucket list.

Address: North Bank, Singapore 179555
Opening Hours: Open 24 Hours

11) Asian Civilisations Museum

Asian Civilisations Museum
Asian Civilisations Museum @ saiko3p | Adobe Stock

Asian Civilizations Museum Civilizations Museum, (ACM), is an older building along the Singapore River. The exhibits show various aspects of the Asian civilization from ancient times to the present through, both permanent and rotating exhibits. This museum is built to represent the value of diversity in Asia. You will have fun discovering the origins of people from different ethnicities. There are also various activities that you can enjoy whether you come alone or with your family. This place is not far from Clark Quay and near the Statues of Sir Stamford Raffle, so you easily visit these within one go.

Address: 1 Empress Pl, Singapore 179555
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Friday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Website: Asian Civilisations Museum

12) Craftsmen Specialty Coffee (Clarke Quay Central)

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee
Craftsmen Specialty Coffee @ Craftsmen Specialty Coffee | craftsmencoffee.com

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee is a local coffee brand in Singapore serving a variety of specialty coffee. This place is on the list because the review is very impressive even the branch outside of the Clarke Quay. You can have coffee, bakeries, and even a meal here. If you are still not sure where to go and want to relax in a cafe, Craftsmen Specialty Coffee is a great choice for you.

Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen St, #01-59, Singapore 059817
Opening Hours: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Website: Craftsmen Specialty Coffee

13) Paradox Singapore Merchant Court at Clarke Quay

Paradox Singapore Merchant Court
Paradox Singapore Merchant Court @ Paradox Singapore Merchant Court | paradoxhotels.com/singapore

Are you still figuring out where to sleep after the party? Based on the review, Paradox Singapore Merchant Court is one of the best hotels in the Clarke Quay area. Not only you could sleep comfortably here, but you could also have ultimate dining or relaxation such as dining in the Blue Potato restaurant where you will see the view of the Singapore river, fitness, spa, and even holding a special venue for your event. This hotel is also suited for business travel at a reasonable price. Providing that you would like to hang around the Clarke Quay, this hotel is great for you to spend a night at.

Address: 20 Merchant Rd, Singapore 058281
Opening Hours: Check-in time 3:00 pm, Check-out time 12:00 pm
Website: Paradox Singapore Merchant Court

14) Evolve MMA (Clarke Quay Central)

Evolve MMA
Evolve MMA @ Evolve MMA | evolve-mma.com

Let's delves into the world of martial art! Evolve MMA is an excellent place where you can learn martial art under World Champion Instructors. It offers a full range of martial arts courses and claims to have the largest class schedules in Asia. You could try BJJ, Muay Thai sparring, Boxing, and even the open gym is available. Anyone who loves sports would definitely enjoy the Evolve MMA in Clarke Quay.

Address: 6, #04-18 Eu Tong Sen St, Clarke Quay Central, 059817
Opening Hours: 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM, Saturday - Sunday 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Website: Evlove MMA

15) Tomo Izakaya (Clarke Quay)

Tomo Izakaya
Tomo Izakaya @ Tomo Izakaya | tomoizakaya.com.sg

Tomo Izakaya allows people to sit and drink in the traditional Japanese atmosphere. Local people usually come to order a variety of small dishes of food and shared them at the table. It's a great place to meet up with coworkers, friends, and even for a party. Moreover, Tomo Izakaya has almost the best review among restaurants in Clarke Quay. This is certainly one of the best things to do in Singapore.

Address: 3A River Valley Rd, #01 - 04, Singapore 179020
Opening Hours: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 11:00 PM ,Friday - Saturday 5:00 PM – 12:30 AM, Monday - Closed
Website: Tomo Izakaya

16) Old Hill Street Police Station

Old Hill Street Police Station in Singapore
Old Hill Street Police Station in Singapore @ FiledIMAGE | Adobe Stock

One of the ways to go to Clarke Quay is via the subway of North East Line to the NE 3 Clark Quay. When you come out of the station, you will be able to see the building with rainbow-colored windows or Old Hill Street Police Station. This place was a former police headquarters building and the place of detention. Now it becomes the main building of the Ministry of Communication and Information and the Ministry of Culture. Any tourists who pass by would take pictures here because the building is unique with many rainbow-colored windows lining up to be seen in an orderly manner. Before coming to Clarke Quay, do not miss this popular picturesque spot.

Address: 140 Hill St, Singapore 179369
Opening Hours: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM & 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM, Saturday & Sunday - Closed
Website: Old Hill Street Police Station

17) Civil defence heritage gallery

Civil defence heritage gallery
Civil defence heritage gallery @ Bjoertvedt | commons.wikimedia.org

Civil defence heritage gallery is Singapore oldest fire station located on Hill Street. It takes only 10 minutes to walk from Clarke Quay. This 114 year old building still operates as a fire station and add the exhibition area about the evolution of firefighting work from the past to the present. You will experience many unseen firefighting scenes in here including the fire truck that you can try sitting in the car, simulation scenes helping peopl in different scenarios, firefighter costume, and much more. The civil defence heritage gallery closes in Saturday and Sunday, so you shouldn't go on that time.

Address: 62 Hill St, Singapore 179367
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday - Closed
Website: Civil defence heritage gallery

18) Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Laser show on marinabay sands , Singapore
Laser show on marinabay sands , Singapore @ martinhosmat083 | Adobe Stock

Marina Bay Sands is a bit far from Clarke Quay but most guides recommend this place on the list because it is a great combination to visit these 2 places in a day. After you enjoy visiting Marina Bay Sands, you could have a great nighlife in Clarke Quay. On the other way around, you could also go to Marina Bay Sands after you finish doing things in Clarke Quay.

Marina Bay Sands was originally the sea but the Singapore government had a sea reclamation project to build more magnificent buildings. By creating an area around the bay of approximately 3.5 square kilometers, it's now encircled by some of the world's most eye-catching architecture and became one of the main tourist attractions in Singapore.

Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
Opening Hours: Check-in time 3:00 pm, Check-out time 11:00 am
Website: Marina Bay Sands Singapore

19) Zorba The Greek Taverna

Zorba The Greek Taverna
Zorba The Greek Taverna @ Zorba The Greek Taverna | zorba.sg

One of the best restaurants in terms of reviews, Zorba The Greek Taverna is a must-consider choice for your dinner. Inspired by the charming white architecture of Santorini island, you will experience greek cuisine along the waterfront of the Singapore River in Clarke Quay. Moreover, the customer usually says in the review that the scenario here is fantastic! Let's enjoy your dinner at Zorba The Greek Taverna and do not forget to book ahead because this restaurant is pretty popular.

Address: 3A River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, #01-02, 179024
Opening Hours: 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM & 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Friday 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM & 5:00 PM – 12:00 PM, Saturday - Sunday 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM, Monday 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Website: Zorba The Greek Taverna

20) Little Saigon

Little Saigon
Little Saigon @ Little Saigon | littlesaigonasia.com

Chill Out Vietnamese-style at Little Saigon, Clarke quay. The restaurant offers you an authentic taste of Vietnamese favorites coming with both traditional and new party fare. The chef brings the ultimate delights from his motherland, especially from Little Saigon. There are beef, chicken, seafood, and vegetable waiting for you to enjoy. One tip is that the website has a promotion page, so you can check it out before going to the restaurant.

Address: 3E River Valley Rd, #01 - 02, Singapore 179024
Opening Hours: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM, Saturday - Sunday 5:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Website: Little Saigon

21) Zouk Singapore

Zouk Singapore
Zouk Singapore @ Zouk Singapore | zoukgroup.com/zouk/zouk-singapore

If you try asking any locals about Zouk, chances are most of them will know about it! Zouk is a very famous pub and very popular among Singapore teenagers. The music here focuses on dancing. They also claim that the pub has one of the best sound systems in the world.

Zouk has moved to Clarke Quay in 2016. You could guess why it moved. The location is close to the Clarke Quay riverside. The food and drink are not expensive compared to other pubs. Based on the review, the music is very fun too. These make Zouk a highlight of the nightlife in Clarke Quay.

Address: 3C River Valley Road 01-05 to #02-06, 179022
Opening Hours: Wednesday & Friday 10:00 PM – 3:00 AM, Saturday 10:00 PM – 4:00 AM, Other days - Closed
Website: Zouk

22) Hong San See Temple

Hong San See Temple
Hong San See Temple @ Choo Yut Shing | Flickr

The name Hong San See means 'on the phoenix hill' in the Chinese language. Hokkien community in Singapore built this temple to offer it to the Guang Ze Zun Wang god. Inside, you will see the beautifully preserved architecture of the South China temple style. Planning axes, surrounding courtyards, temple walls, and roof structures all reflect the original identity of this design style. Moreover, this place is very well preserved to the extent that it was the first Singapore structure to receive the Award of Excellence, UNESCO's award for cultural heritage conservation in the Asia-Pacific region in 2010.

Address: 31 Mohamed Sultan Rd, Singapore 238975
Opening Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Website: Hong San See Temple

23) Cavenagh bridge

Cavenagh bridge
Cavenagh bridge @ Manfred Sommer | Flickr

Cavenagh Bridge is Singapore's only suspension bridge and also the oldest bridge that is used for crossing the Singapore River from the front of the Fullerton Hotel to the area of the Asian Civilisations Museum and Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall. In the evening, the lights will be turned on at this bridge and the scenario here is pretty beautiful. Nowadays, the Cavenagh Bridge is a pedestrian-only bridge connecting the cultural zone north of the river with the trade, business, and office zones in the south of the Singapore River. It's one of the most important locations to come to when you go to Clarke Quay.

Address: 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
Opening Hours: Open 24 Hours

24) Tiong Bahru Bakery

Tiong Bahru Bakery
Tiong Bahru Bakery @ Tiong Bahru Bakery | tiongbahrubakery.com

Tiong Bahru Bakery is the last things to do in Clarke Quay on this list. Even if it's not a prominent activity like G Max Reverse Bungy, you will be surprised by amazing reviews of this bakery house. What can you expect from here? This place is known as the French bakery paradise where customers would enjoy a variety of bread. It's famous for its croissant, chocolate danish, exotic cheesecake, and much more. The location is diagonally from Clarke Quay and Fort Canning, so you can easily visit at will.

Address: 70 River Valley Rd, #01-05, Singapore 179037
Opening Hours: 7:30AM – 7:00 PM
Website: Tiong Bahru Bakery

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