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, 1 Havelock Rd
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.
The Book Cafe, #01-02 Seng Kee Building, 20 Martin Rd 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.
Fine Spirits by La Maison Du Whisky,
#01-10 The Pier, 80 Mohammed Sultan Rd 239013
NEXT: Chikuwa Tei →
If you love chirashi (an assortment of fresh fish with vegetables on a bed of rice), then head to Chikuwa Tei. This Japanese restaurant has been known for its fresh and thick slices of sashimi, and for $35, you’re definitely getting bang for your buck.
Tip: Book reservations ahead of time.
9 Mohamed Sultan Road #01-01 238959
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.
KC Arts Centre,
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 238259
NEXT: The Singapore Buddhist 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.
The Singapore Buddhist Lodge,
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.
AMPED Trampoline Park,
#02-11 The Herencia, 46 Kim Yam Rd 239351
NEXT: Laurent Bernard Chocolatier →
Satisfy your sweet tooth and visiting Laurent Bernard Chocolatier. Named and owned by French artisan chocolatier, this cosy cafe is famous for their chocolate soufflé and hot chocolate.
Tip: Try their scrumptious cakes too!
Laurent Bernard Chocolatier,
The Pier, 80 Mohammad Sultan Road #01-11 239013
NEXT: Toby’s Estate →
Sounds familiar? If you’ve lived in Sydney, you might recognise it. Now you can spend your weekend arvos enjoying Arabica coffee and other specialty coffees from the folks at Toby’s Estate.
8 Rodyk St 238216
NEXT: Alkaff Bridge →
By Joshua Tan and Pinky Chng, October 2017 / Updated April 2019
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