The area along the Singapore River is a place that is not very touristy and worth the visit. During the day have a cup of coffee and enjoy the tranquil scenery at the riverside. At night, enjoy Al fresco dining as here in Singapore it is always summer.
You can reach this area by foot, from the Mrt station Somerset or by taxi. Taxis are very affordable in Singapore, either Grab or Uber are very good options, you can ask the taxi driver to drop you at the River Valley Primary School, then walk down the stairs left to the river. This itinerary will take between an hour and a half and two hours.
At the other side of the river, you will see the Warehouse Hotel, formerly a warehouse that has been renovated into a charming “Boutique Hotel”. It retains its original details and is certainly a hotel with character and history.
The Filipino artist Pacita Abad was in charge of the artistic concept of the Alkaff bridge, which is named after a very rich family that lived in Singapore. To paint the bridge he used Stencil. It is painted with cheerful circles and vivid colors. After visiting the bridge, you can stop for a cup of coffee at SPRMRKT Daily.
Robertson Quay has been rebuilt in European style, the area is not only residential but also has many restaurants, cafes, and bars.
The Hong San See temple, although is not a common tourist spot, it is worth a visit. Its roof was completely destroyed by termites and the whole temple has been totally restored. It has been awarded the “Awards of Excellence 2010 UNESCO Asia, for cultural heritage conservation. The temple was built in 1836 and has beautiful carved wood details.
After visiting the temple we come back to the riverside and walk to Clarke Quay.
It is hard to imagine that The Singapore River was the den of delinquency and was completely polluted. Rotting food from the food vendors (Hawkers) ended up in the drains. Pig and chicken manure ended up in the rivers. Until the prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew decided in 1977 that it was time for the big clean up. Clarke Quay is an area with many restaurants and bars with live music, along the river. It is also the most popular nightlife spot in Singapore.
If you still have time, you can visit Fort Canning, a beautiful park walking distance from Clarke Quay that used to be the headquarters of the British in South Asia.
I hope you have enjoyed this article, this is definitely my favorite walking itinerary in Singapore. I would love to hear your comments, and if you had the opportunity to do the tour.
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