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Steeped in history, the eastern neighbourhood of Katong is known for its colourful, picture-perfect shophouses, rich heritage, and dizzying array of fantastic local food.

All venues are near the Eunos MRT station

1. 328 Katong Laksa

Slurp on laksa (noodles in coconut milk-based curry broth) the traditional way with just a spoon. 1 328 Katong Laksa is one of the stalls that claims to be the makers of the popular local dish.

2. Kim Choo Kueh Chang

Choose from a wide array of bak chang (glutinous rice dumplings) at 2 Kim Choo Kueh Chang. The pyramid-shaped dumplings come wrapped in bamboo leaves and are stuffed with various savoury fillings, such as pork, chicken, and chilli prawn.

3. Chin Mee Chin Confectionery

Known for its kaya (coconut jam) toast, 3 Chin Mee Chin Confectionery features décor typical of 1950s-Singapore, with retro marble top tables, floor tiles, and ceiling fans. Other must-tries include egg tarts, curry puffs, and sausage rolls.


4. Cat Socrates

Step into 4 Cat Socrates for books, accessories, stationery, and other adorable knick-knacks. You’ll also find nifty, Singapore-inspired trinkets by local designers – they make great souvenirs.

5. 112 Katong

Explore six levels of retail and lifestyle shops in 5 112 Katong. Go shoe shopping at local fashion outlet, Charles & Keith, browse through movie memorabilia at Toy Outpost, or take the little ones to the wet outdoor playground on the fourth floor.


6. Rumah Bebe

Another establishment that pays homage to the Peranakan culture is 6 Rumah Bebe, a shop that focuses on preserving the ethnic group’s crafts, including beadwork, embroidery, jewellery, and batik textiles.

7. Shophouses

For Instagram-worthy shots of Katong, walk around Joo Chiat Road and check out the many carefully conserved Peranakan 7 Shophouses along the road, which have been around since the early 1900s. The most iconic ones can be found on Koon Seng Road – a little off the map, but definitely worth the journey.

8. Katong Antique House

Owned by Peranakan history and culture expert, Peter Wee, 8 Katong Antique House is housed in a beautifully preserved two-storey shophouse. Pay a visit to have a look at Peranakan artefacts, and discover the stories behind each item. A 45-minute tour costs $15; call ahead to book a slot (you must have a group of 6+ people).