Singapore’s Most Scenic Cycling Route! (Along the Singapore River)
Updated: Jun 30, 2022
What do Clarke Quay and Boat Quay have in common? You’re right! Other than their names both having "Quay" in them, they both surround the Singapore River to form a nice loop around it. Take a spin 🚲 around the Singapore River, say hello to Sir Stamford Raffles, or visit Singapore’s most famous nightlife scene, Clarke Quay 🕺. You could also drop by the pubs and bistros 🍸🍻 just opposite that for a nice meal, or head down to Clarke Quay Central for air-conditioned restaurants and cafés 🍰.
Cycling along the Singapore River
Duration (cycling): 15 mins
Boat Quay -> Clarke Quay -> Loop back to Boat Quay
Take your time and enjoy a slow cycle along the Singapore River!
(Custom pinned map for cycling along the Singapore River at the end of this blog post!)
1. Unlock an SG Bike from Fullerton Hotel!
Start your day off at Fullerton Hotel by unlocking an SG Bike (download the app here). The bicycle parking zone is just 4 minutes away from Raffles Place MRT station! 😌
2. Find the Fat Pigeon!
Perhaps one of the more iconic statues along Boat Quay (alongside Sir Stamford Raffles) would be the Fat Pigeon Statue. Sculpted by Colombian artist Fernando Botero, this pigeon had gone viral on social media, with people claiming it should be the eighth wonder of the world. 🤯 🤯
We started our route from here, but you don’t have to; you can start anywhere along this route and end at the same place!
3. Cycle down the red brick road
As you continue cycling down, you will be greeted by a red (not yellow) brick road. This leads you to a long stretch of bars and eateries with a fantastic alfresco view of the Singapore River. Take a break along here to enjoy a drink or two 🍻, or some bar bites like truffle fries or silverfish.🍴 🍟
Hey, did you know that some of the shophouses along this stretch have stood long enough to see the start and end of World War 2?
4. Go through two underpasses to reach Clarke Quay Central
Stop by here to pick up anything you might need from Don Don Donki 🐧, or if the weather is too hot, you could cool off with Azabu Sabo’s Hokkaido Milk Ice-Cream 🍦. Stocked from floor to floor with a variety of exciting retail and food stores, you are sure to be like a child in a candy shop when visiting Clarke Quay Central 🍭. Lock your bicycle in the designated zones and explore this wonderful shopping mall.
We had the vanilla flavour ice cream, and it was delicious! It does melt quickly though... 😅
5. Cycle past Riverside Point
Riverside Point houses offices, F&B stores and retail stores. It offers a unique alfresco environment, facing the Singapore River, reminiscent of the warehouses and go-downs that were located in the last century.
6. Look for Clemenceau Bridge
Identifiable by the name tag of the side of the bridge, you are sure not to miss it! 🤪 Here you are close to Fort Canning MRT Station.
Psst... Did you know that you can choose to go left to cycle further down to Robertson Quay and reach places like Great World City and Zion Hawker?
7. Up next, Clarke Quay!
After Clemenceau bridge, you will find yourself in front of Clarke Quay. No, not the MRT; we’re talking about the mall. Yes, Clarke Quay, home to popular nightspots like Zouk, Chupitos, and many more, is also the name of a mall that hosts a colourful kaleidoscope of restaurants, wine bars, and entertainment spots. 🎶 🔊
How many of you knew that Clarke Quay was actually considered a shopping mall? Not us for sure. 🙋♂️ 🙋♀️
8. Cycle further down to reach the Raffles Landing Site
As the name suggests, this statue marks the area where Sir Stamford Raffles first landed in Singapore, during which he concluded the first treaty with the rulers of Singapura at that time. The original statue of Sir Stamford Raffles is not here but further in instead, standing just outside of the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall. 🎼 🎶
Try recreating this photo and share it with us on Instagram! Tag us @sgbikesingapore or use the hashtag #sgbikesingapore to stand a chance to be featured on our page! 😎
9. Cross the Cavenagh Bridge to reach your final destination, Fat Pigeon
The last stop of our journey; slow down or stop to enjoy the scenic view, and snap a few pictures to finish off and mark the completion of your route. 📸 🤳
Though not long, this loop around the Singapore River definitely takes you on one of the most scenic routes in Singapore. 😍 😍
For more cycling routes in Singapore, check out our guide here: Cycling Guides SG Bike
(Custom map with pinned locations)