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Boat Quay, Singapore

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Follow in the footsteps of Sir Stamford Raffles at Boat Quay, where tradition says the modern founder of Singapore first stepped ashore. Since then, the quay has served as important hub of commercial and economic trade. The area was once swampy, but in the 1820s raft houses were built over by local vendors selling everything from rubber, tin, and steel to coffee and rice. The kiosks were eventually replaced by the pedestrian mall of restaurants, pubs, cafes, and clubs that exists today--though much of the original architecture has since been restored. The quay is now a bustling nightlife scene, with a blend of old and modern architecture and plenty of bright lights. Boat Quay is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Singapore Edition.
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  • Had very spacious and clean, and river stretches each day and night. However, it is recommended in particular just before the sun sets in the evening hours. It's really pretty.
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  • It's all about casual dinning and bars including a number of roof top bars. It's separated from Clarke Quay by only a bridge and is smaller and more understated. It provides many casual restaurants an...  more »
  • Boat key is the place where historically all the merchants arrived by boat to trade their goods. It has recently been renovated and hosts many nice restaurants. For us it’s a regular lunch spot.  more »
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  • Love this place to drink and hang in Singapore. Has many bars that are not populated by tourists and awesome food. I prefer this place instead of Clark Quay. Yes, it's a bit run down and gritty, but it's very real (except those seafood restaurants facing the river) and I'll head there if I'm with friends for a drink. Not a place for your date though.
  • It's a nice walk round the quay and in the evening some good photo opportunities. Lots of drinking and eating options a little more pricy than some others but great views of the quay while you eat. As you walk past the restaurants chances are you will be hounded to come into each one. If you hover and look indecisive they ate quick to offer you extras. We got free beer with our meal.
  • Loved the walk around this area. Lot of restaurants around this area. River side cruise is also available. Should prefer to go in the evening.
  • Amazing place to chill out with friends and families. Good food and drink options available here and on circular road which is at the back of Boat Quay.
  • Attractive place for tourists as there are lots of restaurants & bars through the riverside. This place remain very lively from evening to 10 PM at night. Loads of food options are available here. Japanese, Chinese, Sea foods, Indian foods and all. But everything is very expensive here compared to other areas of the city. There are some small hotels and hostels on the upstairs of every restaurants. So tourists can find cheap accommodation in hostels in Boat Quay. This is one of the reasons why this is a place crowded with tourists from across the world. If you are a solo travelers you won't feel lonely here. Anyone will be able to easily pass some great time on the river bank in the afternoon or evening.

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