The best shopping in Clarke Quay and Riverside includes all the most popular malls in the area, as well as some more out-of-the way fashion boutiques and independent arts and crafts shops. The Clarke Quay and Riverside area is one of the most frequented tourist spots in the whole of the city – and for good reason.
Come nightfall, the city’s lights reflect magnificently in the picturesque series of quays, creating the perfect spot for some alfresco wining, dining and late night shopping. Although the area is more famed for its huge selection of restaurants, bars and clubs, there are plenty of malls and boutiques to keep even the most avid of shoppers happy.
With its bright red sign brilliantly lit up at night over the water’s edge, Riverside Point is hard to miss. The shopping centre is home to several independent stores as well as some better-known outlets selling everything from clothes, accessories, homeware and souvenirs.
Alongside a decent selection of shops, there’s also a great range of dining options, all set around a cute interactive water feature with jets of water that shoot up. The central atrium opens up allowing light to flood inside in the daytime and come night, and a variety of street performers entertain the crowds who flock here to both eat and shop.
Location: 30 Merchant Rd, Singapore 058282, Singapore
Open: Daily from midday to 3pm and from 6pm to midnight
Phone: +65 6593 3352
Cross over the bridge from Riverside Point to Clarke Quay. From a busy commercial hub plied by stevedores, traders, fishermen and others in the 1800s, Clarke Quay has beautifully transformed its warehouses and godowns into a lively lifestyle and entertainment centre of restaurants, wine bars, entertainment spots and retail shops. Immerse yourself in the bustling market atmosphere of the old days as you saunter through quaint shophouses, pushcarts, and five-foot-way merchants.
Stop by the Royal Selangor Pewter Store for the latest pewter designs. Wander around the pushcarts selling unique pottery, jewellery, woodcraft and other knick-knacks. Although it’s better known for its dining and entertainment outlets, Clarke Quay is worth a visit if only for its friendly, colourful and festive atmosphere.
Location: 3 River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024, Singapore
Funan DigitalLife Mall
Just a short walk up North Bridge Road from Clarke Quay station or City Hall MRT is Funan DigitalLife Mall, a one-stop-shop for all your electrical needs. Also known as ‘Funan IT Mall’ or just ‘Funan Centre’, this mall boasts one of the most comprehensive (and reasonably priced) arrays of computers, phones, TVs, cameras and electrical accessories in the whole of Singapore.
Funan DigitalLife is not just about the gadgets, though. You’ll also find a range of home-ware stores, a few fashion outlets, beauty salons and a good helping of restaurants (including an excellent food court) to fuel your shopping endeavours!
Location: 109 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 179097, Singapore
Open: Daily from 11am to 9pm
Phone: +65 6336 8327
Clarke Quay Central
A stylish new building with over 280 shops comprising food and fashion-related merchandise and services, Central at Clarke Quay offers a new dimension in riverside shopping and dining. You can find the shopping centre in the city centre atop the Clarke Quay MRT station.
Shopping at Central is mainly Japanese-inspired, as reflected in LevelOne @Central – a mini Harajuku, embodying the spirit of Takeshita Dori, Meiji Dori and Omotesando Dori. Well patronised by the young and young at heart, it presents fashions and accessories from the likes of brands Hang Ten, Giordano, Charles and Keith, and Blum & Co.
Location: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street The Central, Singapore 059817, Singapore
Open: Daily from 11am to 10pm
Phone: +65 6532 9922
Great World City
Great World City is just a short work upriver from Fort Canning MRT Station, meaning this six-storey complex of shops, restaurants, offices and apartments also fringes the Orchard Road and Somerset areas.
With over 400,000 square feet of shopping space, there’s ample space for a huge collection of fashion stores (including Zara and Uniqlo), eateries (including various fast food joints, Din Tai Fung, Ho Fook Hei Soy Sauce Chicken, Imperial Treasure Steamboat, McDonald’s, Tim Ho Wan, Ya Kun Kaya Toast and a food court) as well as a six-screen cinema at the top. Great World City is also a popular stop for families in the surrounding neighbourhood with its huge supermarket (Meidi-ya and Cold Storage) selling a big choice of all your usual groceries.
Location: 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994, Singapore
Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm
Phone: +65 6737 3855
Liang Court is another medium-sized mall in Clarke Quay set by the pretty waterside of the Singapore River. Recently subject to an S$40 million renovation in 2008, this multi-storey mall features over 20 different restaurants and a good choice of fashion outlets and food stores including MEIDI-YA supermarket, Kinokuniya, Audio House and Kopitiam.
The mall is just a 5-minute walk from the nearby Clarke Quay MRT station and can also be accessed from Raffles Place or City Hall. Liang Court is actually part of a mixed development which also includes the huge 326 room Novotel Clarke Quay Hotel.
Location: 177 River Valley Road, #05-17/18, Singapore
Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm
Phone: +65 6336 7184
Clarke Quay Street Stalls
Cross over the bridge from Riverside Point to Clarke Quay and you’ll find a lively lifestyle and entertainment centre of restaurants, wine bars, entertainment spots and retail shops. Immerse yourself in the bustling market atmosphere of the old days as you saunter through quaint shophouses, pushcarts, and 5-foot-way merchants.
Stop by the Royal Selangor Pewter Store for the latest pewter designs. Wander around the pushcarts selling unique pottery, jewellery, woodcrafts and other knick-knacks. Although it’s better known for its dining and entertainment outlets, Clarke Quay is worth a visit if only for its friendly, colourful and festive atmosphere.
Location: 3 River Valley Road, Singapore 179024, Singapore
UE Square Shopping Mall
UE Square Shopping Mall is part of a wider complex of offices and function rooms, and all the shopping can easily be found on the first three levels of this futuristic-looking building at Clarke Quay. At UE Square Shopping Mall you’ll find a mix of high street fashion stores, entertainment and dining options, which cater for the locals in the River Valley neighbourhood as well as a steady supply of tourists.
Restaurants on the top floor include En Grill & Bat, Connoisseur Divan and the splendid Z’en Japanese Cuisine. You can find EU Square Shopping Mall just behind Fort Canning Park, a short walk across Singapore River from Clarke Quay MRT station.
Location: 81 Clemenceau Ave, Singapore 239917, Singapore
Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm
Phone: +65 6833 2855