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Joo Chiat and Katong

An authentic Peranakan neighbourhood of Singapore

Joo Chiat and Katong

113 East Coast Road, Singapore 428803

One of the most charming neighbourhoods of Singapore, Joo Chiat and Katong is full of colourful colonial-style houses with rose and frangipani gardens. Exploring this heritage area, you can’t help but notice the fascinating juxtaposing between the traditional old Singapore with its progressive new counterpart.

Joo Chiat and Katong are mainly populated with the descendants of the wealthy Straits Chinese also known as the Peranakans. After centuries of assimilation of the Malay and Indonesian cultures the Peranakans absorbed the best elements of the both worlds. To explore the history and the local culture of the area start with a stroll through the streets of Joo Chiat and Katong that are lined with shophouses with decorated facades and colourful ceramic tiles.

Following that discover an array of local gourmet destinations: here you will find quite a few original eateries and small cafes serving authentic Peranakan cuisine. To taste a traditional Laksa with coconut milk, rice noodles and seafood head to 328 Katong Laksa. Simple and unassuming at first sight this spot attracts many of the famous Michelin star chefs in search for new flavours.

To get acquainted with a traditional Peranakan-style home visit Rumah Bebe in 113 East Coast Road. Built in 1928 and restored a couple of times this historic building is now a small museum where you can discover and purchase traditional items such as hand embroidered slippers or a silk dress with a beautiful print. Rumah Bebe is open from Tuesday to Sunday 9.30 til 18.30.  Another gem of the area is a classic coffee house Chin Mee Chin Confectionary in 204 E Coast Rd. A sentimental relic of the past this simple bakery has remained untouched for more than 90 years.

Key info: Joo Chiat and Katong is considered to be one of the country’s best destinations for foodies around the globe and is well-loved by many Singaporeans.