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Level up your food adventures at Holey Moley Golf Club!

3B River Valley Rd

Bored of basic dining experience and mundane food itinerary? Level up your food adventures at Holey Moley Golf Club! Here is where you get to have a fun-filled gastronomical experience. The golf club is beginner-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about embarrassing yourself tremendously.

To spice up your mini-golf experience, Holey Moley offers themed courses such as Game of Thrones, Flintstones, Pacman and many more! They are all instagram worthy too. Don’t miss the opportunity to get your #ootd shots at these amazing courses.

Holey Moley Golf Club knows that mini-golfing is hard work, and The Caddyshack bar has got you covered. They have plenty of options to choose from – pizzas, burgers, hotdogs, and finger food – pair them with any drink of your choice. Non-alcoholic drinks and mocktails are available too!

Dress up and have fun at Singapore’s most unique mini-golf course. Walk-ins are welcomed but we recommend booking a table to not miss this opportunity! Be sure to also check out their official website and social media pages for the latest updates and offers. 

Cool off and get your dopamine fix

29 South Bridge Road

Singapore’s tropical climate can get too hot at times, and here’s a tip for you to cool down while getting your dopamine fix. Dopa Dopa Creamery offers artisanal ice-cream. Its creamy handmade gelato, sorbets, and nut butter are made with 100% natural ingredients.

Be spoilt for choice as Dopa Dopa serves a range of self-made flavours straight from pozzettis. Try out their crowd-fav, the premium home-roasted nut butter flavours Pistachio and Ferrero (Hazelnut), and Watermelon Mint – sounds refreshing! Dopa Dopa also serves festive flavoured ice-cream like Pineapple Tart during Chinese New Year.

Dopa Dopa’s specialty is pairing it’s premium gelato with butter croissant – yes, you read that right! If you are dining in the cafe, treat yourself to this beautiful combination of their stretchy gelatos and croissant, with a cuppa coffee or tea at the side. For our to-go travellers, these gelatos do not melt quickly under the Sun – so grab yours quickly and set off to your next stop!

Here’s what our Guest Satisfaction Manager, Arynna, has to say: Dopa dopa is dope! The ice cream is more on the creamy side, just the way I like it. My go to flavour is pistachio. Perfect for Singapore’s weather.

Want a convenient access to a great rooftop bar? Look here!

80 Boat Quay, Level 5, Rooftop

Who knew you could have access to a great rooftop bar experience from your doorstep? When you’re done exploring the city during the day and want to hang out at night but you also don’t want to spend extra on Grab or taxi, Southbridge bar is the perfect place to be.

It gives you one of the best views of the River and the city skyline, alongside a group of friendly staff who ensure that you have the best time. You can also catch a glimpse of the Marina Bay Sands laser light show right where you are. Get ready to be dazzled when the skyline lights up at night.

Oyster lovers – indulge yourself in a premium selection of freshly shucked oysters from around the world. They are definitely the highlight of Southbridge’s menu. For those who are not into oysters, don’t worry, Southbridge also offers a wide range of food like smoked salmon, wagyu beef sliders and the classic tortilla chips and dips.

Southbridge serves modern cocktails and bubblies to pair with your mains. An extensive list of champagnes, prosecco and handcrafted craft cocktails awaits. Head down to Southbridge bar to unwind and discover your new favourite craft cocktail.
Here’s what our Guest Satisfaction Manager, Jarwin, has to say about our favourite rooftop bar: Cozy spot with the best rooftop view! Oysters come with different choices. They serve finger foods too! Price is right for the view. Great crew, drinks and good vibes!

Discover the origins of Singapore’s melting pot

1 Empress Pl

The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM)  is housed within what was previously known as the Empress Place Building. The building was initially built to be a courthouse, but instead became offices for government departments located in the adjacent Arts House. It was used as government offices until the late 1980s, and is best known as the Registry of Births and Deaths, the Citizenship Registry, and the Immigration Department. The building was gazetted as a national monument on 14 February 1992.

Before making the Empress Place Buildings its forever home, ACM was located at the Old Tao Nan School building, where the Peranakan Museum now stands. On 16 September 2014, the museum was named the top museum in Singapore and ranked ninth in Asia by TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice awards. It was the only Singapore museum ranked among Asia’s top 10 museums.

The museum started off focusing only on Chinese civilisations, but later expanded its collection to other parts of Asia. Today, ACM’s collection consists of objects and ethnological materials collected in Southeast Asia, such as crafts, tools and costumes of the Malay and other indigenous Southeast Asian cultures. You can also find collections from West and South Asia. All of these collections aim to highlight the roots of Singapore’s different ethnic groups in the various cultures and civilisations of Asia.

Do check out what are the various events and exhibitions in the museum if you are interested in more than just the collections the museum has to offer.

Thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies – this is for you!

3E River Valley Road

Listen up, thrill seekers: if you’re looking to get your adrenaline pumping during your trip to Singapore, then this activity is for you! You may have heard of it or watched the videos on Youtube, and if you’re wondering what it feels like to experience it for yourself, wonder no more. 

The GX-5 Extreme Swing can only be found in New Zealand and Singapore. It plunges from a height of 50m – that’s about as high as the Supertrees of Gardens by the Bay. Its speed goes over 120 kph, faster than a cheetah. The 5-seater capsule first rotates to face the river before it is pulled perpendicular to the ground with the riders facing downwards. Without warning, it releases and the next thing you know you are being thrown around in the air. 

Do note that there are ride restrictions in place and you are required to adhere strictly to the safety rules at all times. These restrictions include minimum age and height requirements.

Hop on and cruise down the Singapore river!

3D River Valley Rd | 30 Merchant Rd | Boat Quay

Back in the days, the 3.2 km long  waterway was a major trans-shipment zone and a conduit for trade. Coolies (labourers) manually unloaded cargo from the tongkangs and twakows (bumboats) to the nearby godowns and warehouses for storage and distribution. For that, the Singapore River was always bustling and river traffic was intense as The Quays developed in hubs for economic activities.

The bumboats that you see floating along the waterway today are a form of tribute to the river’s heritage. The environmentally-friendly electric bumboats take you on a historical journey as you cruise through the river and marvel at the city’s iconic landmarks.

There are 3 types of services that you can choose from: River Taxi, River Cruise, and Boat Charter. Here’s the best part – you can start your journey from any of our 3 Quays. Just locate the nearest jetty from our shophouse and enjoy the sights and sounds along the river. Try to spot the Elgin Bridge and our Boat Quay shophouse from the river taxi!

Home of the city’s Arts scene and largest annual arts festival

1 Old Parliament Ln

The building was originally built as a residential building in 1827 – a two-storey mansion, for Scottish merchant John Argyle Maxwell. However, the mansion was never intended for its original purpose. It housed the Supreme Court, government storehouse, and the Legislative Assembly House. On 5 June 1959, the mansion became the Parliament House for Singapore’s ruling party, the People’s Action Party (PAP). The Parliament House served all the way till October 1999, when the new Parliament House opened.

Today, the almost 200-year-old gazetted national monument is home to the Arts House. On 26 March 2004, the mansion opened its elegant and charming spaces to house the city’s Arts scene, and home to Singapore’s largest annual arts festival, the Singapore International Festival of Arts. If you happen to be in town during the festival week, and if you are into theatre, music, dance, film and visual arts, be sure to check out their website for the latest programmes and updates.

The most historical space of the Arts House is none other than The Chamber. The space used to be where Members of the Singapore Parliament gathered to discuss and debate policies. It still has the original upholstery from 1954, and a castle motif from the coat of arms used during the colonial times can still be seen on some seats. The Chamber can now accommodate up to 200 people, an intimate space for recitals, conferences, and fashion shows. You can even have your wedding reception in The Chamber!

Did you know that there is a hidden #ootd spot here?

River Valley Rd

If you plan on taking a step back from all the city buzz during your trip to Singapore, be sure to pack your activewear. Singapore is also nicknamed as the City in a Garden, the little red dot is not all tall concrete buildings and skyscrapers. Put on your trekking shoes, and be prepared to enjoy the lush greenery and expansive lawns Fort Canning Park has in store for you. 

As Singapore’s iconic national park, Fort Canning Park was the site for many of Singapore’s historical milestones. It was once the palace of 14th Century Kings as well as the Headquarters of the Far East Command Centre and British Army Barracks. Important WWII decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese was also made in the Underground Far East Command Centre (Battle Box).

If you are looking to spice up your nature trail, be sure to hunt for the Fort Canning Tree Tunnel and you’ll come across a beautiful underground spiral staircase. The underground spiral staircase is definitely one of the hidden #ootd spots for our cultural influencers. So, here’s one more for your ‘gram!

Ever wondered what those colourful windows are?

140 Hill St

Ever wondered what building those colourful windows are on? This building is known as the Old Hill Street Police Station. As its name suggests, it was constructed for the Singapore Police Force back in 1934. It housed Singapore’s first prison, the old Assembly Rooms of the Town Hall, as well as Barracks for the police personnel. It was also the largest government building in the country at that time. The building’s architecture is Neoclassical, typical of many public buildings in England during the 1930s.

There are a total of 927 windows, and they are painted in the colours of the rainbow. If you have plenty of time to spare, you may even personally count the windows. 

The building was gazetted as a national monument on 18 December 1998, and it is now home to the Ministry of Communications and Information and the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.

Just down the road from the monument, you can also find the Central Fire Station – Singapore’s oldest surviving fire station. Walk around the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery to learn more about Singapore’s Civil Defence Force.

Explore different walks of life along the river bend

Boat Quay, which is located on the Southern bank of the Singapore River was part of the old port of Singapore. In its heydays of the 1860s, it served most of the island’s shipping businesses. Here’s an interesting nugget: Chinese traders described the south of the river as resembling the belly of a carp (Li Yu) and they regarded this to be an auspicious symbol.

Can you spot the belly of the carp?

Sand from the hill at Battery Road was used to fill the mangrove swamps, stabilising the river banks to increase business and trade at Boat Quay. The bulk of goods that shipped from plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia were stored in the godowns and warehouses located along its banks. Business grew so quickly that by 1852, three quarters of all shipping activities in Singapore were conducted at Boat Quay. 

Tongkangs and bumboats docked at the river banks

Clarke Quay was once a major trans-shipment zone and a conduit for trade. Coolies (labourers) manually unloaded cargo from the tongkangs or twakows (bum boats) to the godowns and warehouses for storage and distribution.

The shophouses in the area were originally 2 to 3 storeys high – coolies and working class families lived on the upper floors, and the ground floor units were used for shops and trading offices.

During its glorious past, Clarke Quay was also an important location for Chinese opera performances and street storytelling sessions. 

In current times, Clarke Quay’s colourful restored shophouses are best explored at night when the bars and restaurants along the stretch are lit up and vibrant with activity.

It really is Instagram-worthy

In the 19th century, as the population and business activity increased along Boat Quay and Clarke Quay, tidal swamps up-the-river were reclaimed to make way for Robertson Quay. The first entrepot trade buildings were located here.

Surrounding Robertson Quay is the district of River Valley. Its proximity to the city center and bustling Quays drew wealthy Europeans and Chinese merchants who wanted to build their homes in the “country” to escape the burgeoning crowd around the wharves and city center. Today, you will see luxury condominiums and lovingly-conserved shophouses along the River Valley artery.

While Robertson Quay is considered to be the quieter cousin of Boat Quay and Clarke Quay, we encourage you to visit this neighbourhood because it is a lovely place to take a stroll after you’ve had a nice meal at one of the many international restaurants along the Quay. Venture a little further out and you’ll find yourself at the wondrous Fort Canning Park, Singapore’s historic urban oasis on a hill.

Curious about these shophouses that are a link to Singapore’s past? Stay with Heritage Collection and experience what it’s like to live in a historic building outfitted with all the modern conveniences!

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