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Joo Chiat/Katong's identity is especially shaped by its unique pre-war architecture.

Once filled with coconut plantations and used as a weekend retreat by wealthy city dwellers, Katong developed into a residential suburb by the early 20th century. It became populated by a growing English-educated middle class, including Peranakans and Eurasians.  

The neighbouring Joo Chiat area is named after Chew Joo Chiat, a wealthy Chinese landowner in the early 20th-century. The area’s identity is especially shaped by its unique pre-war architecture – colourful two-storey shophouses and terrace houses with ornate facades, intricate motifs and ceramic tiles.

The plantations have since gone, but you can still admire this vibrant neighbourhood’s many well-preserved Peranakan shophouses and a scattering of colonial bungalows. The area is just a quick 10-minute drive from the city centre.

Joo Chiat/Katong is also well-loved by many Singaporeans for being a food haven.

As one of the country’s best foodie destinations, Joo Chiat/Katong is also well-loved by many Singaporeans. Your culinary choices are endless: explore cool cafes that sit next to old-world coffeeshops selling the famous Katong 'laksa', 'kueh chang' (dumplings) and other Nonya delicacies.

Keen on shopping? Snap up a traditional Nonya outfit – 'kebaya' and 'sarong', beaded slippers and accessories, or poke about in the little shops offering Peranakan wares and handicraft.

To fully appreciate Joo Chiat/Katong, you’ll need more than a few hours to fully enjoy the area – so for a leisurely experience, why not stay at one of several hotels there? Choose from refurbished hotels decked out in Peranakan-inspired decor, or comfortable budget stays.

Essential Experiences

See & Do

Katong Antique House is a fully restored Peranakan family home displaying antiques and heirlooms worthy of any museum collection.

Tucked behind Rumah Bebe’s well-preserved façade is a Peranakan shop and restaurant offering handicrafts and traditional fare.

Eat

Try the 'laksa' (noodles in a spicy coconut-based broth) at 328 Katong Laksa – its heady flavours pack a punch.

PeraMakan serves up classic Nonya fare such as 'ayam buah keluak', a robust dish of chicken braised with a special black nut.

Shop

At the intersection of East Coast and Joo Chiat Roads, 112 Katong is a modern shopping mall with a distinct Peranakan slant.

Browse through contemporary Asian artworks at OnePiece Painting – it concentrates on works of less well-known Asian artists.

Bring Back

Nonya dumplings and Peranakan handicrafts like beaded shoes from Kim Choo Kueh Chang.

Stay

Part of the Far East Hospitality group, Village Hotel Katong is recently refurbished and decked out in Peranakan-inspired decor.

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