It is an area that begs you to get out and about, even if that just means taking a gentle stroll along the river and popping into your favourite bar. For a small area however, there is a lot to do, and you can be fairly sure you will not be doing it alone in River Valley.

Photo: Clarke Quay and Singapore River (Photo: edwin.11, Wikimedia Commons)

Clarke Quay and the Singapore River (Photo: edwin.11, Wikimedia Commons)


Food Scene

The area is synonymous with bars, restaurants and cafes. Robertson Walk and Robertson Quay are home to the most eateries, watering holes and River Valley cafes, but on River Valley Road itself just off the corner of Zion Road there is the popular local bar Partners in Crime and the place many locals swear has the best chicken rice on the island – Boon Tong Kee.

Shopping in River Valley

Orchard Road is only a short walk away, but the area itself has several malls of its own. The pick of the bunch is Great World City. Currently undergoing a refurbishment, it has six floors of high-end shops and boutiques. It is also home to a gym, cinema and Amazonia. Elsewhere there is Liang Court, the first mall to be built in the area, and Valley Point which among other facilities has good vets.

Places of Worship

River Valley is home to the stunning Sri Thendayuthapani Temple, or Chettiars’ Temple as it is more commonly known. The national monument is one of Singapore’s most important Hindu temples. Neighbouring it on Tank Road is the Ngee Ann Kongsi. On Oxley Rise you will find the Chesed-El Synagogue, while the imposing Church of St Bernadette is on Zion Road.

Photo: Singapore Fort Canning Park (Photo: Charlie Kwan, Flickr)

Singapore Fort Canning Park (Photo: Charlie Kwan, Flickr)


Keeping Fit in River Valley

In order to enjoy the myriad of bars and restaurants with a guilt free conscience, there are several fitness options available. The riverside paths provide an attractive jogging circuit, but there are also gyms at Great World City and Valley Point, there is a F45 on River Valley and of course there is Fort Canning Park which rewards those who reach the top with panoramic views.

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