Boat Quay is a historical area that used to be situated upstream from the mouth of the Singapore River. It was the busiest part of the colonial Singapore, handling three quarters of all shipping business during the 1860s. Because the south bank of the river resembled the belly of a carp, which according to Chinese belief is where wealth and prosperity lie, many shophouses were built here. Boat Quay's social-economic role makes it a prime place for commerce and tourism, the 'soft front' to the hard-edged banking and financial district of Raffles Place that's located just behind it.
After undergoing careful restoration as a conservation area in 1989, Boat Quay is today a choice destination for al fresco dining and merry-making, with several restaurants and pubs lining the promenade.
Sample local delicacies at a nearby restaurant or cafe, enjoy a drink in one of the many venues along the Singapore River, with great nightclubs and bars lining the streets of Boat Quay.