Boat Quay

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Boat Quay, Singapore Overview

Boat Quay is an important and historical Quay in Singapore initially operated as the centre of Singapore's trade and business in the 19th century. Located near Singapore's River Mouth, Boat Quay was of cultural and economic importance to the people of the city. Earlier, there were many shops and warehouses built in this region. Today, the area remains bustling with a crowd and is popular for different reasons. Establishments which were originally shops and warehouses have been converted into bars, pubs and restaurants. People often visit the Boat Quay to de-stress after a busy day in the new central business district behind it.

Boat Quay has few of the city's best seafood restaurants across the river. The visitors have dozens of options to choose from. The most famous one is the Al Fresco, providing a welcoming change to Singapore's hot afternoons. Be it traditional local dishes or international cuisines, the wide range of restaurants covers everything. The Boat Quay is a perfect example of building something so commercial out of what was in ruins and remained deserted. In the 1980s, the area which is now Boat Quay went through drastic deprivation due to digitalization. It was entirely uninhabited until the Urban redevelopment authority planned otherwise. It is now flourishing more than ever and is a popular entertainment zone.

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The restaurants that surround Boat Quay are always bustling with guests that love their food. One of the restaurants is Dr Paolo Gastronomia, famous for their pasta and salads. Another popular restaurant of Boat Quay is the Hombre Cantina, an authentic Mexican food outlet that serves tacos, burritos and nachos in their true essence. They're famous for their Chicken Tortilla soup and Paletas (homemade Mexican ice pops).

Kinara is another restaurant that is famous among the South Asian countries. It specializes in North Indian cuisine, and their famous dishes include Tandoori grilled meat and Biryani. This restaurant also offers wholesome options for vegetarians. Another famous South-Asian restaurant is Our Village, specialising in North India, Sri Lankan and Indo-Chinese Cuisine. Other noteworthy restaurants here are Dallas Restaurant & Bar, Ramen Bar Suzuki, Tom Yum Kungfu, 109 Teochew Yong Tau Fu and Katanashi for those on a budget.

Boat Quay is a perfect place to experience Singapore nightlife in its true sense. The entire stretch comprises of excellent restaurants and bars. Some of the best places to experience nightlife in Boat Quay are the RedDot Brew House, part indoor and part alfresco, this place is best for quality ale in the entire Boat Quay area. Another famous bar here is the Mad Men Attic Bat, that is located at the back street on North Canal Road.

London is another tube-themed bar that usually has attractive happy hours and drinks get cheaper here as the night goes. The Spiffy Dapper is the most sought-after place for cocktails. It is famous for their mixologist and his unique skills with classic alcohols. Another bar that is sure to have your nightlife pumped is the Canvas Club. This place is popular among the party-animals.

Boat Quay is situated on the Bonham St. Buses NR1, and NR3 stop at a walking distance of 2 minutes. The nearest MRT Station is the Raffles Place MRT. Alight at Exit G and walk for 3 minutes to get to your destination.

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