Check out our ultimate family guide for best restaurants in Clarke Quay plus activities to do with the kids. From indoor mini-golf, to riverside dining, ice cream theatrics, kids martial arts classes, otter spotting, and more!
You may have nostalgic feelings about Clarke Quay and know it well by night (great restaurants, bars, people watching, live music) but have you ventured out to Clarke Quay for a day trip with the family? If you are looking for the best restaurants in Clarke Quay as well as fun family activities, we have all the deets! There’s plenty on offer at this unique conservation area made up of colourful restored shophouses along the Singapore River. From boat trips to indoor mini golf at Holey Moley, to free martial arts classes for kids to trial, and good family restaurants offering everything from pizza to Mexican to steak! Here’s our ultimate family guide to Clarke Quay!
Best Restaurants in Clarke Quay
With over 50 international restaurants at Clarke Quay (many of which you can only find at Clarke Quay) there’s something for every tastebud. A good many restaurants (over 20 to be precise) are open for weekend lunch and new spots are opening all the time like the recent addition of House of Seafood! Here are just some of the best restaurants in Clarke Quay to head to with the family:
Have you taken the kids for a theatrical ice cream at Donergy Turkish Ice Cream kiosk by the river at Clarke Quay? Your kids will be giggling uncontrollably as the ice cream chef pretends to drop ice cream, magically whisks it off the cone (all with a special serving handle so it’s perfectly safe!). Get your cameras ready ‘cos you’re going to want to take some videos of this fun spectacle!
Donergy Turkish Ice Cream, 3 River Valley Rd, Next to Singapore River Cruise Jetty, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179019, www.facebook.com/donergyturkishicecream
Fancy Indian food? Gabbar makes Indian dining on weekends a lot more fun with a 3-course brunch set ($25 per pax, for three food items from the menu or top up $50 per pax, for unlimited drinks). Gabbar does a wide range of Indian dishes from tandoori kebabs to Chicken Tikka and dishes that kids will love like Pani Puri and Naan. Look out for Tikka Tuesdays (50% off all tikkas dine-in only).
Gabbar Bistro & Bar, Blk B, 3 River Valley Road #01-14 Clarke Quay, Singapore 179021 Singapore, Tel: (+65) 8755 5597, www.gabbar.sg
Motorino Pizza is where to head to when the pizza cravings set in. This import from New York dishes out bubbly chewy crusted Neapolitan pizzas making it one of the best restaurants in Clarke Quay for pizza-loving families!
Motorino Pizza, Blk A, 3 River Valley Rd, #01-01A, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179020, Tel: (+65) 6334 4968, www.facebook.com/MotorinoSingapore
Red House Seafood, is one of the oldest seafood restaurants in Singapore and a firm favourites for signatures like Red House Chilli Crab and Seafood Combination Curry with mantou.
Red House Seafood (Clarke Quay), Blk C 3 River Valley Road, #01-02/03, Singapore 179022, Tel: (+65) 6442 3112, www.facebook.com/RedHouseSeafood
Get a taste of pure Indonesia in Bayang, with their authentic Balinese food from Beef Rendang to satay that will transport you to holidays in Bali.
Bayang, Blk A, #01-05, 3 River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, Tel: (+65) 6337 0144, wwwbayang.com.sg
Hot Stones offers a Japanese steakhouse dining experience, so head here for premium-grade meats and seafood as well as Japanese dishes ranging from appetisers, salads to luxurious bowls of donburi, complemented by a selection of sake, Japanese whiskey and cocktails.
Hot Stones, Blk D 3 River Valley Road, #01-06, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179023, Tel: (+65) 6333 4868, www.hotstones.com.sg
Señor Taco Clarke Quay (open for dinner only) is part Mexican bar, with swinging saloon doors, and rustic wooden, part taqueria where you’ll find a wide selection of tacos, quesadillas, botanas, and specialties from the different regions of Mexico, plus great Latino tunes.
Señor Taco Clarke Quay, Blk A, #01-07, 3 River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, 179020, Tel: (+65) 6337 6376, www.senortaco.sg
Steak lovers should check out The Ranch by Astons for their special in-house dry-aged USDA premium beef steaks, secondary cuts and other meaty dishes from Beef Tartar to Burgers. This restaurant often has daily sets from $16 for one course up to $27 for 3 courses.
The Ranch Steakhouse by Astons, Blk B #01-15, 3 River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179019, Tel: (+65) 6256 0334, www.astons.com.sg
For Greek cuisine try Zorba The Greek Taverna for riverside dining on Greek salads, Moussaka, mezze platters, and meats that will have you feeling like you are in the Med.
Zorba The Greek Taverna, 3A River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, #01-02, 179024, Tel: (+65) 8879 0688, www.zorba.sg
Cicada is a multi-concept Asian tapas restaurant and bar serving up dishes like Miso Cod Capellini and Hokkien wok-fried with prawns, squid, pork, and homemade samba chilli. They do happy hour daily from 4pm till 9:30pm for signature cocktails at $12 and wines from $10.
Cicada, Blk C #01-10, Clarke Quay, 3 River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179022, Tel: (+65) 8123 1466, www.envyhospitality.co/cicada
For the last 14 years, Cuba Libre Clarke Quay has been the go-to place for insta-worthy mojitos, Latin music and a great time. With over 23 years of culinary experience, Cuban Chef Alex Moreno has curated a list of new Latin American food and drink items from $5++ to $10++! Sip on Wines, Mojito or dig into Nachos, Empanadas, Tacos, Crispy Cuban Roast Pork and more. Spend your Sundays at Empezo la Fiesta with food and drinks from $5++, only at Cuba Libre Clarke Quay. Reservations are mandatory.
Cuba Libre Café & Bar, Blk B #01-13, 3 River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, Tel: (+65) 65 8418 0203, www.cubalibre.asia/clarke-quay
Things to Do with Kids in Clarke Quay
Looking for fun activities to do with the kids in and around Clarke Quay? Here is some inspiration:
Cycle or scoot along the river. You can go for miles along the canal and riverside. Reward yourselves with a cold drink or meal when you get to Clarke Quay!
Take the kids to Holey Moley for a game of indoor mini-golf. It’s pretty fun for adults too and there are plenty of weekly promotions like one-for-one deals on games and drinks!
Let the kids try martial arts for free! FAMA at Clarke Quay, is offering free trials for a whole week so you can see if junior fancies some Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Muay Thai Martial Arts classes designed for kids. The best thing is if they do – you’ll be at Clarke Quay weekly so you can get to know all the good dining options while you wait for class to finish.
Pose for selfies. Yes, Clarke Quay is that pretty that it makes the perfect backdrop for family photos or selfies. Go explore all the best angles from the bridges to the pretty pastel-coloured restored shophouses!
Look out for otters by the river. You may hear them before you see them – they make a fun squeaking sound!
Admire the evening lights. There’s something magical about Clarke Quay when it’s all lit up at night. Stroll along the river and end up at one of the many riverside restaurants in Clarke Quay for dinner.
Go on a boat cruise. Kids will love this scenic ride to MBS or Robertson Quay. We put this one last because boat tours are currently closed during the pandemic. It’s worth checking back to see when they reopen though as the tours give an excellent history of Singapore. Time it right and you can watch the spectacular light show* at MBS at the end of your trip!
Promotions at Clarke Quay
Look out for some great promotions at Clarke Quay to make your family trip that more wallet-friendly. Deals are on from now until 31 December 2020.
– Spend $120 at Clarke Quay and get $10 eCapitaVoucher¹. Receive an extra $5 eCapitaVoucher¹ if your spending is between Sunday to Thursday.
– Free first drink or food item with any order². (Valid from Sunday to Thursday at any participating outlets). T&Cs apply.*
Excited to take the family out for a day exploring and dining at the best restaurants in Clarke Quay? Well, what are you waiting for? Enjoy!
Clarke Quay, 3 River Valley Road Singapore 179019, www.clarkequay.com.sg
Getting there: Nearest MRT Stations: Clarke Quay and Fort Canning
*Currently on pause during the pandemic