The Quays of Singapore

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Raffles Hotel

Raffles Hotel Singapore

  • Raffles Hotel dates back to the 1830’s as a private beach house. 48 years later, the home became Emerson’s hotel. When the owner of the hotel passed away it was closed until becoming Raffles Hotel in 1887. Many additions and renovations have been made to the original building. In 1951, the Long Bar and a shopping arcade were added and all rooms were converted into suits. 

Outside Raffles Hotel Long Bar

  • Unfortunately, Raffles Hotel is still undergoing renovations during our visit and is estimated to reopen Fall 2019. A small pop up bar attempts to offer an alternative to drinking a Singapore Sling in the famous hotel. Very small and crowded, we walk to Boat Quay for our first taste of a Singapore Sling, created in the early 1900’s by an employee at the Long Bar in the Raffles Hotel.

Merlion Park

view of merlion and marina sands

smaller merlion singapore
The smaller, original Merlion pictured right.
  • The mythical half lion, half fish mascot of Singapore standing nearly 394 feet tall is located at Merlion Park in front of the Fullerton Hotel. The mermaid lower half represents the origins of Singapore, a small fishing village. The lion head symbolizes lion city.  The smaller, original Merlion, measuring only 6.5 feet tall is also located in Merlion Park.

Jubilee Bridge in Singapore

  • The Jubilee Bridge opened in 2015 to increase pedestrian traffic from Merlion Park to the Esplanade and Promenade.

Boat Quay

singapore quay map

  • The Singapore River has been the center of Singapore’s trade since 1819. Barges would unload at the commercial center, Boat Quay, and send goods upstream to warehouses in Clarke Quay. 10 minutes father upstream is Robertson Quay, originally mangroves and swamp land also had warehouses used for storage.
bumboat tour through singapore
40 minute site seeing tours are available on traditional bumboats visiting Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Robertson Quay, and Marina Bay.
  • More than half of Singapore’s trading business took place in Boat Quay. In the early 1990’s, the original houses were transformed into river front restaurants and bars. The first Irish pub in Singapore, Molly Malone’s Irish Pub, is located in Boat Quay. Just before the rain, we find a riverside table and order our first Singapore Sling. 

Clarke Quay

clarke quay sign singapore

Clarke Quay at Night

  • Upstream from Boat Quay is the more upscale, Clarke Quay. The 5 blocks of warehouses and Chinese ships have been transformed into restaurants, nightclubs and floating bars. A canopy of giant air conditioned, light changing umbrellas protect the walkways and outdoor dining spaces from the elements. Live music fills the streets from the many bars and restaurants.

Clarke Quay Singapore

Clarke Quay Umbrellas at night

pump microbrewery singapore

  • We sip a flight of 6 beers on the Pump Rooms patio while listening to blend of nearby live music. The smokey flavor of the beers was a little overpowering for our palettes.

singapore mall store

  • Across the river from Clarke Quay is a large Clarke Quay Riverside Shopping and Leisure Center with Italian, Chinese, Mediterranean, and local dining options, a New Zealand open capsule G-Max Reverse Bungy, and shopping.


  • Singapore’s first Microbrewery and restaurant, Brewerkz, has received multiple awards for their beer. The signature series consists of 5 beers, and seasonal beers are also available.

Heart of Love Locks in Singapore

  • It is prohibited to place locks on any other structure than the designated Locks of Love heart.
Family Statues in Clarke Quay
Families come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors.


Check out more of our adventures in Singapore here:

September 2018


Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

My husband, Mitch, and I have been traveling together over 6 years. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, PA, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours,  and experiences to maximize our time. We always try to visit to a local brewery and can't walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness. CREATION OF THE TRAVELING GINGERBREAD: In Tokyo, we smiled every time we saw someone talking on their large, animated phone case. We had to buy one. Having an obsolete IPhone 5, the selection was limited. We purchased a gingerbread off a neglected rack in Shinjuku, Tokyo and The Traveling Gingerbread was born. You can purchase your own gingerbread friend here! The Traveling Gingerbread is an entertaining account of our travels, fun facts, and tips we learned along the way.

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 We haven’t made it to Cuba yet. We currently are planning to visit Antarctica in 2021 and will take a look at your blog to see what it’s like. Feel free to share any tips! Enjoy the cruise and we can’t wait to read about it. That will be an amazing experience.


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