Clarke Quay, named after Singapore’s second Governor Andrew Clarke, is a dining and party destination which has housed some of the city’s most-loved nightlife institutions. One of the key tourist attractions in Singapore, the quay, at the mouth of the Singapore River, was the city’s hub of commerce in the late 19th century. It still hustles and bustles today, but with a different kind of commerce: trendy restaurants, unique boutiques, pushcart vendors and more, all of which blend Asian and European influences. Whether you’re looking for adrenaline, great food, live music, or clubbing, this vibrant slice of life along the river can offer all of it. Clarke Quay wasn’t always fun and games, though. As you walk through the colourful streets, Small river boats known as tongkangs would transport goods from the large ships in the harbour to be stored in Clarke Quay’s godowns and granaries. It was a space of promise, of profits for business owners, and better lives for labourers from around Asia.
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