Modern day Singapore is well known for being a multicultural city, with Chinese, Malay and Indian communities having made their home here ever since it was founded. However, did you know that our diverse population make-up is also attributed to a part-indigenous, part-Chinese community known as the Peranakans or the ‘Straits Chinese’?
A unique blend of local traditions with Portuguese, Dutch and Indonesian influences, the Peranakans offer you a glimpse into a lesser-known side of Asian heritage through a rich legacy that can be traced back to the very first immigrants on this island.
Get to know more about this culture through their mouth-watering culinary delicacies; exquisite repertoire of jewellery, traditional dress, intricately-beaded footwear, as well as handcrafted details in their architectural landmarks.
Authentic cuisine from the heart
Savour a taste of the Peranakan culture through their tangy, aromatic and spicy ‘nyonya’ (say ‘non-niah’) dishes such as their famous ‘laksa’ ('luck-sa') as well as their colourful variety of sweet mini-cakes known as ‘kueh’ (‘koo-eh’), made with recipes that have been handed down from one generation to the next.
The beauty is in the details
From elaborate plaster renderings to handcrafted glazed tiles, Peranakan-style architecture has a distinct charm. Built in the early 1900s, many of their houses in the Katong and Joo Chiat neighbourhoods have been beautifully restored and converted into art galleries, restaurants and boutiques.See reviews at
A stroll down memory lane
Immerse in all things Peranakan and discover more about their unique culture by going on the Peranakan Trail or visiting the Peranakan Museum and Katong Antique House.See reviews at