Robertson Quay & River Place​

A place to eat, play, work & live. 


Upstream along the Singapore River, from party central, Clarke Quay, is its quieter, more laid back, and family-friendly district – Robertson Quay. If you are looking for a place to call home in Singapore, we cannot think of a better neighbourhood that has it all! 

So, what is it that makes Robertson Quay such a prime residential neighbourhood? 

  • Its historical importance and heritage?
  • Its perfect location and connectivity?
  • The variety of amenities (e.g., grocers), F&B cafes, bars, and recreational options in the vicinity?
  • A wide selection of property types – from riverfront condominiums to luxury boutique duplexes and more…

Interested to learn more about what is the appeal behind this much-loved, tranquil district in the heart of the city?

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The History & Heritage of Robertson Quay

Back in the early days of Singapore’s development, the Singapore River was a hotbed of activities – filled with bumboats and traders from the Far East and India that plied their trade up and down the river. 

Amongst the three main historical quays, Robertson Quay, being the furthest upstream, was one of the largest districts for the bustling trading, business and warehousing activities.


As the hub of trade and commercial activities, this intensive phase of development along the riverside persisted all the way to the 1970s, resulting in the waterway becoming incredibly polluted. 

The situation got so bad that it got the attention of Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew who ordered a solution to the problem. With that, the clean-up of the Singapore River then became an important step towards urban redevelopment of the city centre:

  • 1969: PM Lee Kuan Yew asked for a plan to clean up the river but progress was slow
  • 1977: Renewed efforts to kickstart the clean up – A master plan was drawn up and the monumental task commenced and lasted for almost a full decade (included relocation, physical cleaning, and beautification)
  • In the 1990s: The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Singapore classified it as an area for residential, commercial, and hotels.

With the help of many government entities, what was once a polluted commercial district slowly transformed into the culturally rich and picturesque riverside neighbourhood of today where many live, work and play!

The Heart of The City – The Ideal Location & Connectivity

When searching for the ideal property, location is usually one of the most important factors on anyone’s list of criteria! 

And Robertson Quay’s location is definitely one that is hard to beat! Just look at this quick snapshot of Singapore’s central district – Robertson Quay (represented by River Place – a residential development in the neighbourhood) is quite literally in the heart of it all!

Here are a few reasons why it is the perfect home base for both work and play:

  • Located right in the middle of the bustling shopping district of Orchard and the Central Business District (CBD) of Raffles Place
  • Adjacent to the cultural districts of Chinatown and Fort Canning 
  • Neighbouring Singapore’s prime party central and night entertainment hotspot, Clarke Quay 
  • Next door to hipster enclave Tiong Bahru 

Getting around via public transportation is easy via a network of MRT stations (Clarke Quay and Fort Canning) and bus stops!  

Getting to work at Raffles Place (One Raffles Quay) is a short 10-minute bus ride from the bus stop outside of River Place (residential development in Robertson Quay).

Heading to Takashimaya or Somerset for some retail therapy? That is just 18 minutes away with a bus ride from the bus stop outside of River Place.

Travelling further from the city centre? With Singapore’s efficient MRT rail network, nowhere on the island is more than 40 minutes away:

Fort Canning Station to:

  • East side of SG: Changi Airport (16 stations away, 39 minutes train ride)
  • West side of SG: Jurong East (IMM) (9 stations away, 22 mins train ride)
  • South east of SG: National Stadium (6 stations away, 13 mins train ride)
  • South side of SG: Suntec City (5 stations away, 9 mins train ride)

Clark Quay Station to: 

  • South west of SG: Labrador Park (5 stations away, 11 mins train ride)
  • North east of SG: Punggol (14 stations away, 30 mins train ride)

Have a car of your own? Robertson Quay is well connected to major expressways like the Central Expressway (CTE) and Pan Island Expressway (PIE) that can cut down your travelling time even more!

Variety of Amenities Around the Riverside

Whether you are a family looking for engaging full-filled children’s activities on the weekend or a couple looking for romantic riverfront restaurants for a chill night out, Robertson Quay has it all!

*Note: Distance of amenities are relative to River Place condominium.

Wine & Dining Establishments

From casual cafes to top-notch upmarket restaurants, there is something for everyone. Trust us when we say you will be spoilt for choice with the variety of dining spots in the area – from the stretch of restaurants along Mohammed Sultan road to the cluster of riverside dining spots at Robertson Walk! Here are just a few examples:

  • Watering Holes: The Wine Connection Tapas Bar & Bistro and Shunjuu Izakaya (7 min walk) 
  • Cafes: Toby’s Estate and Kith’s Café (10 min walk) 
  • Seafood Restaurants: Red House Seafood (6 min walk)
  • Steakhouses: Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse (10 min walk)

Recreation Options

There are so many things to do in the neighbourhood – you will not run out of things to do!

  • Party your Friday away at popular clubbing district Clark Quay – home to Singapore’s top club Zouk! (9 min walk)
  • Enjoy a tea appreciation ceremony, get your fortunes read or simply indulge in some good old retail therapy at Chinatown (12 min walk)
  • Take a hike, explore the historical monuments, or catch an outdoor screening movie, concert, or stage performance at Fort Canning Park (12 min walk) 
  • Immerse yourself in the arts at the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) (9 min walk)
  • Have a bouncing good time at Amped Trampoline Park (13 min walk)


Looking for affordable options, an upscale grocer or international food? There is a diverse selection in the neighbourhood! 

  • Affordable Option: Sheng Siong (7 mins walk)
  • Upscale Grocer: Cold Storage (7 minutes walk)
  • International Food: Don Don Donki – Japanese Supermarket (13 minutes by bus)
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Living in Robertson Quay: River Place

There are simply not many neighbourhoods in Singapore that can boast of such incredible convenience and connectivity to the city – and with a river view to seal the deal.

And that is why properties like the River Place is such an underrated gem!

Launched in 1997 and completed in 2000, River Place is a riverfront condominium located at the junction of Havelock and Clemenceau Avenue, with an unblocked view of the Singapore river. 

Here are some reasons why we love the River Place:

  • Opposite the river from a stretch of cafes, dining and drinking establishments perfect for leisurely dinners and weekend brunches
  • A stone’s throw away from Clarke Quay and Fort Canning MRT station
  • Next door to the entertainment district of Clarke Quay – so that its convenient to have fun but distanced enough to enjoy peace and quiet
  • Nearby the Central Business District (CBD) – which means a short and convenient daily commute

Another key benefit of an earlier development like the River Place, is its generous apartment size! Compared to newer riverfront developments, you will be hard pressed to find spacious units like these.

  • 1 Bedroom: 687 – 925 sqft
  • 2 Bedroom: 969 – 1,292 sqft. 
  • 3 Bedroom: 1,1216 – 3,649 sqft
  • 4 Bedroom: 2,056 – 3,649 sqft. 

Have a large family or simply want more space for yourself? This is the perfect choice!

Enjoy swimming for exercise? Do your kids love to splash around in the water? You will be glad to know there is not one but two expansive pools to fulfil all your water activities needs! Just look at the size of the main pool in the picture below!

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Prefer to get your daily dose of exercise in the comfort of air conditioning instead? There is a well-equipped gym that overlooks the pool!

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Or how about a session of tennis? You will be able to practice your swings at the unique rooftop tennis court!

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Organising a gathering with the extended family, friends, or colleagues? There are plenty of common spaces that would be perfect to host these fun get-togethers! Be it the Clubhouse where you can indulge in some table soccer or pool, or the BBQ patios where you can cook up a storm.


If you are looking for a riverside development with a family friendly facility and a laid-back resort vibe, this is definitely a place to consider!

Interested to learn more about the River Place or other riverside residential developments? Reach out to us here for a more in-depth consultation and discussion about your needs.

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