This affluent neighbourhood along the Singapore River got its moniker from Dr. J. Murray Robertson, a prominent municipal councillor from Singapore’s old days.
Prior to development in the 1890s, the area was a stretch of swampy tidal land – much unlike the pretty promenades you see today. It’s got tons of food and lifestyle options along its river banks and beyond – little wonder that expats and locals alike love it.
This colourful bridge is named after the Alkaffs, a prominent Arabian family from the early 1900s in SG. It resembles a tongkang, a light boat commonly used to transport goods up and down the Singapore River in the past.
Along the promenade
NEXT: The Book Cafe →
Looking for a cosy spot to catch up on work? Behold this literary cafe, which has free wifi, numerous electric sockets and even a photocopier. Or, shun technology and browse through the shelves of books and magazines.
#01-02 Seng Kee Building, 20 Martin Rd, Singapore 239070
NEXT: Fine Spirits by La Maison Du Whisky →
Fine Spirits brings you a small but carefully curated range of whiskies, from the obscure Great King Street from Scotland to the even more obscure ARTIST range, of which every bottling is limited to one cask.
#01-10 The Pier, 80 Mohammed Sultan Rd, Singapore 239013
NEXT: ChaoZhou porridge →
Experience authentic Teochew rice porridge ($12.90 and up) from Guangdong, China, which is more watery than Cantonese congee. Dress it up with dishes like salted egg and fried silverfish, and dig in!
221 River Valley Rd, Singapore 238279
NEXT: KC Arts Centre →
Inside this restored warehouse – with its arched openings and French windows still faultlessly preserved – there’s a 380-seat theatre where more than four productions are held each year by the Singapore Repertory Theatre.
19 Merbau Rd, Singapore 239035
NEXT: M Social →
French designer Philippe Stark’s ingenuity for design and sense of warmth come together in this boutique hotel that’s at once dynamic yet homey. A tip: Book a last-minute room here at slashed prices on the HotelQuickly app.
90 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238259
NEXT: The Singapore Buddihst Lodge →
In Singapore, it’s not uncommon temples to provide free meals for the less fortunate. Here, vegetarian food is served for all three meals between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. in a pay-what-you-can system.
17 Kim Yam Rd, Singapore 239329
NEXT: AMPed Trampoline Park →
The whole family can go bounce up and down and all around at this trampoline park. Fun fact: According to NASA, 10 minutes on a trampoline is equivalent to 30 minutes on a treadmill.
#02-11 The Herencia, 46 Kim Yam Rd, Singapore 239351
NEXT: Velvet Confectionary →
Stop for a slice of cake and a spot of tea at this cute cafe, guaranteed to satisfy even the most hardened sweet tooth. Or, take some cupcakes back to the office and become everyone’s favourite colleague.
#01-30, Watermark, 7 Rodyk St, Singapore 238215
NEXT: Soi 60 →
Impress your taste buds (and your date) with Soi 60’s modern interpretation of Thai cuisine. Try the deceptively normal-looking Crab Betel Leaves ($14) for an explosion of flavours or the melt-in-your-mouth Iberico Pork ($26). Wash it down with a cocktail creation like the Lemongrass Mojito ($15).
#01-04, The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252
NEXT: Alkaff Bridge →
By Joshua Tan and Pinky Chng, October 2017
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