Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay, Singapore

Another popular riverside landmark in Singapore. Featuring five blocks of restored warehouses, it is home to hip entertainment, dining outlets and shops of all kinds, including second-hand and antique shops. The Satay Club with its variety of satay and barbecued seafood should not be missed.

In the evening, theme pubs and bars come alive with classic rock, hard rock, the blues and music from the 60s. There are even moored Chinese junks (tongkangs) refurbished into floating pubs and restaurants.

Named after Sir Andrew Clarke, Singapore's second governor, Clarke Quay had been the commercial centre, where an unending stream of lighters would transport their goods upriver to the very warehouses that now contain shops of every extravagant nature.

Near the entrance to Clarke Quay on River Valley Road is Whampoa's Ice House which belonged to Hoo Ah Kay, an early immigrant from Whampoa, China who imported ice from Boston in the mid-1800s before ice-making facilities were available in Singapore. Note how the Chinese and European merchants brought their own architectural styles to the area.

Visitors can also look forward to some exciting events and activities held on a regular basis. There was also the Sunday Flea Market for great bargains but closed at present.

Clarke Quay
3 River Valley Road
Singapore 179024
Phone: (65) 6337 3292
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Getting There: Best by taxi. Alternatively, take a river taxi from Raffles Place in front of Standard Chartered Building.

Nearest MRT Station:

  • NE5 Clarke Quay MRT
  • NS25/EW13 City Hall MRT
  • NS26/EW14 Raffles Place MRT