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SINGAPORE RIVER > CLARKE QUAY
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GETTING HERE:
Disembark at NE5 Clarke Quay MRT station and walk for about 5 minutes. Alternatively, if you are from EW13/NS25 City Hall MRT station, take either bus no. 32 or 196 along North Bridge Road, or if you are from NS22 Orchard MRT station, take the bus no. 54 along Scotts Road to Clarke Quay. A fashionable way to get here is to disembark at EW14/NS26 Raffles Place MRT station, then get one of the water taxis on Singapore River that brings you to Clarke Quay. CityBuzz stops here on route C1-#4 (Clarke Quay).

DESCRIPTION:
The official tagline that hovers across Clarke Quay is "Unfold the Past, Discover the Present", and rightly so. This district on the bank of historic Singapore River begins with a laid-back yet bustling fishing village some 150 years ago, and today basks in its colorful rows of riverfront cafés, bars and retail shops.

If you are coming from Eu Tong Sen Road, the first building you will see is the pink-coloured Whampoa's Ice House. It was owned by an industrious Chinese immigrant who imported ice from Boston to Singapore before ice-making technology was available in the region! Next to it is Via Veneto Ristorante Italiano which has a delectable selection of cosmopolitan Italian fares.

There are plenty of other exquisite eateries here in Clarke Quay. For Asian fares, head to Peony-Jade Restaurant (and savour its signature "Smoked Duck"), Madame Butterfly by Indochine (contemporary Chinese and Japanese cuisine), The Coriander Leaf (Asian-Middle Eastern fusion), Renn Thai's (distinctive Thai selections), and Lotus Grill (closer-to-home fares of Singaporean and Indonesian delights which can be enjoyed aboard 2 original Chinese tongkangs or Hong Kong junks).

Then there are Amalfi The Italian Pizza (serving wood-fired oven pizza and Antipasto Bukket), Hooters (guess who will wait the table?), Hot Stones, Quayside Seafood Grill, Fish Tales (for a taste of fresh oyster, clams and other type of seafood), and RAS (for Indian specialties).

Clarke Quay is also a trendy nightlife spot in Singapore. Choices are aplenty here - BB's, The Official Bungy Bar, Attica (with a plush Balinese-inspired courtyard), Bar Cocoon, Indochine, Zenzie Bar, Este The Club, 1 Nitestand Bar & Comedy Club, Gotham Penthouse, Crazy Elephant (for those into rock 'n' roll and blues), Baize & China One (with a pool room to boot), and the last not least, the Asylum Lounge Bar, reputably the hottest place in-town for a weekend bash.

Tired of pretentious restaurants and bars? Worry not, because adrenalin-sapping G-MAX Reverse Bungy is here, right next to Whampoa's Ice House. I am talking about an open-air capsule that jolts you up to 60 metres height at close to 130 mph! No thanks? Then try one of the many Singapore River cruise boats that plying across Clarke Quay for a change.

MY VERDICT:
A trendy place to be. I loved the brightly-painted buildings and the great selection of restaurants and bars. Also the river cruise is not really a bad option.

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