Formerly a chain of 19th-century shop-houses, Clarke Quay now has more than 50 shops selling everything from silkwear and ... More
Formerly a chain of 19th-century shop-houses, Clarke Quay now has more than 50 shops selling everything from silkwear and batik prints to home furnishings and antiques. At night, a carnival mood prevails, with street stalls, restaurants, theme pubs, bars, and alfresco eateries coming to life.
Spent 4 weeks in Singapore during August 2006, staying in hotel near to Clarke Quay. Spent many a good time eating, drinking and clubbing there. Food for all tastes and staff friendly. A bit expensive but got what you paid for. If on a smaller budget would be better eating in the areas where the locals eat. Found that it is better to get into the clubs by 10pm which is free entry but after that time you have to pay to get in. If I went back to Singers I would certainly go back to Clarke Quay.
Clarke Quay is a historical riverside quay in Singapore, located within the Singapore River Planning Area. The quay is situated upstream from the mouth of the Singapore River and Boat Quay.
Clarke Quay was named after Sir Andrew Clarke, Singapore's second Governor and Governor of the Straits Settlements from 1873 to 1875, who played a key role in positioning Singapore as the main port for the Malay states of Perak, Selangor and Sungei Ujong.
Clarke Quay is also the name of a road along the quay, part of which has since been converted into a pedestrian mall. Clarke Street, located next to Clarke Quay, was officially named in 1896, and was originally two streets known simply as East Street and West Street in north Kampong Malacca. Similar to Clarke Quay, Clarke Street have since been converted into a pedestrian mall.
The Hokkiens refer to Clarke Street as gi hok kong si au, meaning "behind the new Gi Hok Kongsi" (house). The new Gi Hok Kongsi was near Carpenter Street. Another Chinese reference, which only refers to the Southern bank around Read Bridge area, was cha chun tau, meaning "jetty for boats carrying firewood". Small tongkangs carrying firewood from Indonesia berthed at this jetty. The firewood trade was primarily a Teochew enterprise.
Presently, five blocks of restored warehouses house various restaurants and nightclubs. There are also moored Chinese junks (tongkangs) that have been refurbished into floating pubs and restaurants. The Ministry of Sound is one of the anchor tenants of the place. The G-MAX reverse bungee, the first in Singapore, is located at the entrance which opened in November 2003. Notable restaurants and nightclubs include Hooters, Indochine and Ministry of Sound. River cruises and river taxies on the Singapore River can be accessed from Clarke Quay. One of its most popular attractions is the flea market which is held every Sunday.
This is a brilliant place for dinner, drinks or to party. Wonderful theme restaurants serving from Japanese,Chinese, Indian, Thai, Morrocan, Spanish. Hukka bars and theme restaurants are wonderful. All the places have brilliant decor and the courtyard with a brilliant water fountain to keep you cool.
This is a great place to hang out. There are a number of restaurants and night clubs. The place is very tastefully decorated. Saturdays are the most active. The place comes to life around 9:00 PM and goes on until 3 AM.
A lot of restaurants and a few "pub-type" bars. I enjoyed the live band at the One Night Stand. Dinner at Hooters was like, well, dinner at Hooters anywhere. I thought it was all boardwalk dining and pubs but when I ventured down what appeared to be an alley, I discovered the fountain where children were running through the water, some statues depicting original immigrants, a pub with some very old-fashioned "opium bongs" (like you see in the movies). I don't think they are operational, more for decoration. I went at night after the shops were closed and didn't get a chance to get back during the day.
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