River Valley offers prime sightseeing and recreational opportunities, bordered by botanic gardens and parklands, the Singapore River and Orchard Road’s shopping malls and fine-dining restaurants. This compact neighbourhood is also a hotspot for authentic Singaporean dishes and boasts peaceful vibes near the city centre.
Things to do in River Valley
River Valley is renowned among shoppers for its close proximity to the iconic Orchard Road. Here you’ll find a strip of contemporary shopping malls with cinemas, thrill rides and playgrounds, along with international fashion retailers and cuisines from around the globe. Check out Orchard Central for Uniqlo, Victoria’s Secret and Desigual, before heading over to The Centrepoint for Goldheart jewellery and Italian shoes at Geox.
Interested in local culture? Head to The Singapore Buddhist Lodge, where you can immerse yourself in Buddhist traditions at a hidden temple filled with elaborate decorations and priceless treasures. It’s a short stroll from the 19th-century Sri Thendayuthapani Temple, a Hindu temple that hosts annual festivals, including the world-famous Thaipusam celebration, which features free food, body piercing and lively processions.
If you need a break, venture into Fort Canning Park, where historical war monuments sit alongside tranquil nature and manicured gardens. Stroll around The Foothills for scenic city vistas or time your visit for one of the park’s concerts or theatre shows, such as Shakespeare in the Park or Ballet Under the Stars.
Take advantage of River Valley’s city-fringe location to enjoy convenient access to major Singapore attractions, including Victoria Theatre, where you can watch the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Check out the nearby Asian Civilisations Museum to explore artefacts, photographs and stories of the Asian civilisations that have helped shape Singapore.
Getting around River Valley
River Valley is accessible via multiple MRT stations and by using the local buses. You can use public transport to get around or take a taxi.