Boat Quay is at the centre of Singapore’s historical heart. Guarding the mouth of the Singapore River, it handled up to three quarters of the city’s shipping business back in the 1860s. Day and night, barges would pass through Marina Bay and towards bustling Boat Quay, destined for the many warehouses at Clark Quay and beyond. Today, Boat Quay Singapore is still as busy as ever. But instead of barges making their way upstream, there is a lively collection of bars, cafes and al fresco restaurants along the riverbank to please visitors and locals alike. Take a walk along the promenade when you stay in a hotel near Boat Quay – the PARKROYAL on Pickering is conveniently located just an eight-minute stroll away.

Discover the Singapore River

See the city from a new perspective. Explore the Singapore River by chartered boat, river taxi, or using one of the many river cruise operators along the riverside. The bright lights and colourful, themed restaurants are a world away from the area’s industrial beginnings, but a closer look will unfurl endless hints at its history.

The Belly of the Carp

The intriguing development pattern at Boat Quay is another link to its rich history. Because it resembles a carp’s belly, the south of the river is deemed a place of wealth and prosperity, according to Chinese beliefs. To capitalise on this good fortune, numerous shophouses crowd around the area, with office towers from the banking and finance sectors tightly-packed behind them. Contrastingly, wide open spaces can be found on the opposite side of the river, home to the Asian Civilisations Museum, The Arts House and The Parliament of Singapore.