Neighbourhood Guide: River Valley
The River Valley neighbourhood in Singapore is more than just bars at Clarke Quay and shopping at Great World City. Check out what makes this area so popular and suitable for residential city living.
Everyone knows about Orchard Road being Singapore’s famous shopping and entertainment district. Fewer people know that the adjoining River Valley district offers a family-friendly and residential ambience with great access to Singapore’s dining, shopping and entertainment options. Therefore, if you think River Valley comprises mainly condominiums or hotels and run-on-the-mill touristy spots, think again.
Whether you are looking for a more relaxed atmosphere to unwind after a long day’s work or are looking for some epicurean adventures, River Valley has you covered. Read on to discover what the peaceful and convenient River Valley neighbourhood has to offer beyond the usual touristy spots!
River Valley’s must-visit food joints
8 Rodyk Street
Looking for your dose of caffeine to jump start your dreary work day? Or, would like to savour the taste of painstakingly brewed coffee? Look no further than Toby’s Estate.
Toby's Estate Signature Café & Roastery is Toby's pioneer venture outside of Australia. As this cafe has been around for ages, it’s a pretty seasoned kid on the block when it comes to introducing both amateurs and connoisseurs alike to coffee tasting know-hows and brewing methods.
Little Farms Cafe
491 River Valley Road
Feel like you’ve been transported to Australia at Little Farms! Not only are they a cafe that offers hearty organic grab at affordable prices, but they are also an organic produce store. Their doors open at 7:30am daily, making it perfect for early risers’ and office-goers.
Zion Road Food Centre
70 Zion Road
Craving for some local delights? Then head down to Zion Road Food Centre, which is just around the corner. Located next to the Alexandra Canal and directly opposite Great World City, this newly renovated food centre with airy interiors offers a lip-smacking array of hawker fare that would spoil your taste buds.
Do not miss out on the signature prawn noodle at Zion Road Big Prawn Noodle, or delectable rice noodles with braised duck at Boon Tong Kee Kway Chap Braised Duck.
Great World City
1 Kim Seng Promenade
Great World City is the place to be for everything and anything that you’ll need to recharge your mind, tummy and stock cupboard. From restaurants like P.S Cafe, Shake Shack and Imperial Treasure to lifestyle amenities like Zara, Tokyu Hands, Studio Lava (hot yoga), Cold Storage and Golden Village, there’s something for everyone.
Fun activities for the whole family at River Valley
Amped Trampoline Park
46 Kim Yam Road
Bored of your usual runs and gym sessions? Trampoline jumping could well be another exercise solution for you. Based on a NASA study, a 10-minute trampoline jump is equivalent to a 30-minute run. This means that if you are looking for a quick and effective exercise solution to shed those calories, this might work well in your favour.
What’s more, Amped Trampoline Park at River Valley provides you with more than 5,000 square feet of quality interconnected trampolines for your healthy dose of adrenaline and family fun. You can even rent the entire facility out for birthdays and other special events.
407 Havelock Rd
#05-01, Singapore 169634
Think multilevel safari themed indoor playground, and then visualise exploring Waka Waka. With two large play areas that will test the little ones’ endurance and balance, rest assured that they would be entertained for hours. And while they get busy conquering the play area, enjoy a cuppa with some grub at the adjoining cafe, The Lion’s Den.
Tickets start at S$28 for a single day pass on weekends. Also, if you’re looking to celebrate your little ones’ birthday, this is one place you’ve got to check out.
46 Kim Yam Road
On the lookout for a social space that doubles-up as an office hangout? Head on over to the relaxed yet inspiring vibe at Crane that’s located at Robertson Quay — just a little off the main River Valley stretch.
How can you resist signing up when all Crane members get access to hot-desking, use of all the gorgeous facilities for workshops and even birthday parties? Another awesome thing is that if you are a mother with breastfeeding needs, Crane has a dedicated Cozy Corner for you to pump and nurse your little one.
At such a cool co-working space, memberships begin from only S$99 per month. If you wish, you can even drop-in for a free day trial.
The River Valley district surely tops the list when you are looking for a chill and family-oriented area in the heart of Singapore’s city centre. Many families and professionals have found the River Valley district a wonderful solution to living affordably and conveniently.
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