This prime waterfront location is the ideal place to order a cool cocktail and relax.
Singapore has many reasons to thank its Boat Quay; this area was once responsible for around three quarters of all of the city state's shipping industry. The 19th century locals believed Boat Quay's shape (that of a carp's belly) signified it as place of wealth and prosperity. This is why so many shophouses were crammed into such a small area. These days, Boat Quay is a vibrant area littered with bars and restaurants, rather than maritime trade. This is the place where Singapore's businesspeople come and relax in the converted shophouses after a tiring day in the city. Naturally, it's also a great spot for tourists.
Boat Quay is one of Singapore's drinking hotspots. There is no lack of local atmosphere here, particularly on Fridays and Saturdays when the city's workers let off steam. Choose your bar carefully; those nearer to the water are aimed more at tourists and expats, while slightly inland the deals are often better and the patrons more local. Going at happy hour helps make your Singapore Sling more affordable.
Seafood in the Boat Quay area is exceptional; produce is freshly caught and the prices are usually quite reasonable. Choose from one of the many restaurants and gaze across the river while feasting on some of the best seafood that Singapore has to offer.
As the sun starts to set, take a stroll along the water's edge and get some impressive pictures with the financial district as a backdrop. The iconic Marina Bay Casino looks especially striking when illuminated at night. Boat Quay is also impressive viewed from one of the boat tours that make their way down the river.
Boat Quay is located on the south bank of the Singapore River in the centre of downtown. It is close to many of Singapore's big hotels, therefore reachable on foot. You can also get there by bus and MRT. Numerous stops and stations are close to the area.