Riverside is a bustling neighbourhood in the Singapore CBD, densely packed with cultural institutions, major shopping centres and fine-dining restaurants. Clustered around the Singapore River, the attractions around Riverside exude a tranquil atmosphere while enticing deeper exploration of Singapore’s history, artwork and architecture.
Things to do in Riverside
Occupying opposite sides of the Singapore River, Clarke Quay Central and Clarke Quay are two of Singapore’s most prominent shopping malls. Each one boasts high-street fashion labels and exquisite restaurants, such as Giordano, The Heng’s Jewellery, Little Saigon cocktail bar and Renn Thai restaurants. Clarke Quay also features the thrilling GX-5 Extreme Swing and G-Max Reverse Bungy rides.
Walk along the waterfront to discover the city’s top cultural attractions, including The Arts House, which hosts film festivals, theatrical performances and contemporary art exhibitions in a centuries-old building. It’s positioned near the Asian Civilisations Museum, which features artefacts, photographs and detailed information on Asian civilisations that help shaped Singapore.
Snap a photo at the famous Raffles Landing Site, where founder Stamford Raffles is said to have landed in 1819, before heading to the historic Victoria Theatre to witness the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Afterwards, see the Riverside neighbourhood from a different angle with a leisurely cruise down Singapore River.
Are you looking for that perfect view of Singapore? Wander down to the circa-1870 Cavenagh Bridge, a pedestrian suspension bridge with scenic river and city vistas. It’s close to the Merlion, an iconic 8.5-metre-tall water fountain with a fish body and lion head. If you’re hungry, duck into Palm Beach Seafood Restaurant or The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill for delectable fish and crustaceans.
Getting around Riverside
Riverside is easily accessed via two MRT stations on multiple MRT lines, which also gives you convenient transport to greater Singapore. You can walk around Riverside, hop aboard a river cruise or catch taxis to travel further afield.