The Quays of Singapore

the quays of singapore main gingerbread

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. 

long bar in raffles hotel

  • 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

singapore merlion

original merlion singapore
The smaller, original Merlion pictured right.
  • The mythical half lion, half fish mascot of Singapore standing nearly 400 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 singapore

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

Boat Quay

singapore 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 sightseeing 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 riverfront 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

clark quay singapore

bridge to clark quay singapore

  • 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.

under the umbrellas at clark quay

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.

shopping in clark quay

  • 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 with seasonal beers also available.

love these locks

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

cement people statues

Check out more of our adventures in Singapore here:

September 2018

Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

The Traveling Gingerbread is a place for us to share budget travel tips for people with full time jobs, fun facts, itineraries, and where to find the best craft beer. We have been traveling together since 2013. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours, experiences, and local breweries. We can't walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness. In 2019, we brewed our first beer and were hooked, although, we have no intentions of brewing more than small batches. We'll continue our self appointed roles of professional testers and creating craft beer trails.

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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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