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Well connected to the central business district and shopping district of Singapore, River Valley can be accessed by Dhoby Ghaut, Brash Basah, even Orchard and Somerset train station nearby. Many apartments are sprawled around the neighborhood including Skypark @ Somerset, Vision Crest, UE Square, Mirage Tower, Aspen Heights and Yong An Park. River Valley not only houses the Istana - official residence and office of the President of Singapore - but it is also home to Fort Canning Park where many performances are held on the outdoor lawns. For a greater peek into Singapore’s diverse cultural history, the Peranakan Museum and Singapore Art Museum is right around the corner as well. Meanwhile, The Cathay and Plaza Singapura shopping mall are steps away from Singapore Institute of Management, offering a spread of retail, fashion and entertainment outlets. Other educational institutions include School of the Arts (SOTA), Singapore’s first pre-tertiary specialized arts school, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Overseas Family School and The University Of Chicago Booth School of Business.
River Valley is situated within central Singapore, in a prime location that is a stone's throw away from Orchard Road, Singapore's shopping district, and the country's Central Business District (CBD). Despite this, the district is known to be relatively quiet and primarily consists of private residences. In addition, the neighbourhood has many popular eating places, making it a frequent destination for both local and foreign foodies.
As mentioned earlier, the housing available in the area is primarily private housing, condominiums in particular. Those interested can look at apartments such as The Boutiq, Twin Peaks, Mirage Tower, Spring Grove and Gramercy Park, with more developments, such as Principal Garden, to come. Having said that, there are still some landed properties available, including a few shophouses. These shophouses tell the story of colonial Singapore, during which River Valley had been a popular place for rich European settlers and Chinese merchants to build their villas in the past.
Who can mention eating at River Valley without thinking about Boon Tong Kee? Boon Tong Kee, a chain of eateries which is known nationwide for its Chicken Rice, never fails to satisfy with its selection of local Chinese food, though its best dish by far is its chicken rice.
For western cuisine, head to Italian steakhouse Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse along Mohamed Sultan Road to try out their succulent steaks; the decor and generally intimate ambience makes it a great destination for couples seeking a night out. Alternatively, head to Spanish tapas and cocktail joint FOC for drinks and a satisfying meal. If European fare is not your cup of tea, head instead to Japanese BBQ Yakiniku Yazawa; authentic Japanese barbecue is offered here at relatively affordable prices, especially if you choose their set meals, which are offered during lunch and dinner. More dining options are available at Valley Point and Great World City.
There are two shopping malls in the neighbourhood: Valley Point and Great World City. Valley Point has a number of dining options available, as well as a gym, laundromat, dentist and other miscellaneous services and retail outlets. Great World City is a combination of a shopping mall, office building and service apartment complex. With an overwhelming variety of retail shops, including toys, fast fashion and higher-end products, there is something for everyone here, making it a prime destination for the family. There are also medical specialists and hair and beauty salons situated in the mall. In addition, the shophouses lines along the many roads in the neighbourhood house boutique stores and art galleries; exploring them would definitely be an enjoyable way to spend a free day.
Great World City is home to Golden Village Grand Cineplex, for those who love watching the latest blockbuster. There are also many sources of entertainment for the little ones, such as ballet and music schools.
There are also many gyms at the shopping malls that offer fitness classes as well.
River Valley Primary School, Alexandra Primary School, and Crescent Girls' School are all located within the district.
While there are no MRT stations within the bounds of the neighbourhood itself, residents find themselves well served by the many bus stops scattered throughout the district, which make accessing the nearby MRT stations of Dhoby Gaut, Bras Basah, Orchard and Somerset very simple.