Joo Chiat/Katong
Joo Chiat/Katong
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Immerse yourself in Peranakan culture on your visit to Katong and Joo Chiat, and also enjoy its wealth of good food and cultural heritage.
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT2,527 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
These pre-war shophouses are like "home museums" that are dedicated to the Peranakan culture. There's a lot of traditional Keybayas, beaded shoes and chinaware. Stop by the row of beautiful shophouses (Koon Seng Road) which are instagram-worthy photos.
Written 28 September 2022
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Hwee Loon N
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
So many things to see and so many eateries. Have to revisit many times if you are a cafe hopper.
My trip started from Dakota MRT, liked the flat (Block 99) near the bus stop. Took bus 33 to Koon Seng Road and the walking trail began.
Written 1 March 2022
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Dexperience Undercover
Singapore, Singapore3,727 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Joo Chiat is one of Singapore's Best kept heritage featuring the rich peranakan nonya history, filled with tremendously delicious authentic traditional nonya delicacies in pre war beautifully constructed nonya houses.

Dex Ng Mong Meiyan Dexperience
Written 19 June 2021
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore12,825 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Joo Chiat Road is named after Chew Joo Chiat, a famous Chinese businessman of Peranakan descent, who was the owner of most of the land in the area around Joo Chiat Road.
In 1993, the area around Joo Chiat Road was gazetted as a conservation district. As a result, many straits eclectic style shophouses have been preserved.
In 2011, the vicinity surrounding Joo Chiat Road was declared Singapore's first Heritage Town with its rich Peranakan culture and food. Nowadays, Joo Chiat is known as a multicultural food enclave. On the pedestrian walkway along Joo Chiat Road, there are specially crafted Joo Chiat Heritage tiles with metal plaques, indicating the significance of this area.

A good place to meet friends to start a walk here would be the taxi stand at Joo Chiat Complex facing the Joo Chiat Road. The following highlights some buildings and murals to take note of:
1) 95 Joo Chiat Road is Kway Guan Huat popiah skin and Kueh Pie Tee maker since 1938. Here is also the first mural reflecting the popiah skin maker and the ingredients used for making popiah.

2) Along Joo Chiat Terrace, late shophouse-style residential terrace nos. 49 and 59 are striking for its paintwork, pilaster with flower motifs, floral dentils, ornate second storey front façade, colourful floor tiles along the five-foot way.
No 69 is the Intan, home to a Peranakan collector and private tours can be booked.

3) At the junction of Joo Chiat Terrace and Everitt Road is a large mural by Ernest Zacharevic showing two children having an imaginary battle on painted steeds and battling with a paint roller and mop. Two of the shophouses next to the mural have rather unique tiles below its windows. These tiles were from England depicting a bird-of-paradise and a peacock.

4) No 89-123 Joo Chiat Place is the architectural award winning, 18 late shophouse-style terrace units known as the Lotus. They were built in the 1930s and the pintu pagar allows privacy and better ventilation. The Chinese symbolism in the wooden carvings of the pintu pagar: a crane and a lotus. The crane represents longevity and the lotus symbolised purity of heart and mind.

5) No. 125 Joo Chiat Place is a 1920s Transitional-Style shophouse, formerly was The Lucky Book Store. The fading Lucky Book Store signage along the five-foot way tell of its past life.

6) No 143 Joo Chiat Place is a Rococo style corner shophouse with gorgeous festoons, baskets of flowers, egg and dart mouldings etc painted in white against a grey building which makes it outstanding.

7) No 26 Mangis Road is the only Anglo-Malay house in the vicinity. The pediment has the date in which it was built. It is a delightful house.

8) At junction of Tembling Road and Koon Seng Road, another Rococo style shophouses with the cartouche on the pediment depicting the date of building and several panels below the windows showing mouding of Eight Immortals symbols.
9) Koon Seng Road with its two rows of very instagrammable, colourful Peranakan houses. The third mural is along the alley just before Joo Chiat Road. It is titled High Tide.

10} Joo Chiat Road has its share of gorgeous shophouses but most of it are used for businesses such as restaurants, boutique hotels etc. No 227 is "A Vintage Tale" which sells vintage dresses sourced from all over the world. Nearby is Petit Pain Bakery well known for its yummy croissants and there is a shop selling all kinds of cane furniture.

11) The 4th Mural is titled “A History of healing” painted on the side wall of Scanteak. This building used to house the Joo Chiat Maternal and Child Health Clinic. After the World War II, the clinic served the public and this mural pays homage to the importance of this building in the past.
Written 16 January 2021
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Nigel G
Singapore, Singapore8,669 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Friends
Decided to do my exercise walk in this area today. Was planning to take a look at the Peranakan architecture - the shop houses that sprang up in the 1930’s. It sure offered good examples of this. Painted in a variety of colours with I still motifs. Colourful and used for diverse entities - including a dogs hotel, restaurants and the seedy night clubs that the area was once infamous for.

There are a good selection of bars and restaurants including Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese and Western. Brotzeit - the German eatery is here opposite which is a specialty chocolate cake shop and Indian restaurant.

Such a diverse area offers a nice route for an urban walk - little nature but wonderful architecture. In normal circumstances good for a coffee stop or something more substantial.
Written 10 May 2020
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Henna A
Unionville, Canada14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Cute street with lots of shops. Very friendly people, with tons of food options. Quaint family rum shops that house a variety of things. Colourful streets that are great for photo ops!
Written 16 December 2019
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ThePr0fe550r
Shanghai, China87 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
When you read about the area "...cradle of Paranakan culture...traditional foods...culture...", we haven't seen nothing of the sorts. Maybe 1-2 places that can be classified as such, but it boils down to a few colorful houses in 2-3 streets, with the rest of the area occupied by the mix of typical western style bars and mom and pop food shops that definitely do not scream "Paranakan culture".
Written 29 November 2019
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alhasan1909
Lahore, Pakistan1,045 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
We were visiting Marine Cove Playground at East Coast Park on the way back we decided to take a walk to the MRT which is through Joo Chiat Road. I had heard a lot about this area but hadn't been here before. This area is definitely unique as it in compasses many different qualities of what Singapore is like. There are beautiful shop houses which are so simple in design with different colors my kids had such a fun time they kept saying these are doll houses. There are many small cafes and shops amazing restaurants which don't break the bank. If you are in your 20's or 30's or traveling as a couple this is an amazing place to visit but with small children there isn't much to do here.
Written 28 May 2019
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Robtane
Stockholm, Sweden950 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
This area is really starting to emerge from a grungy, struggling street to an interesting collection of new shops and cafes. This is just the start but I can see this becoming a must place to go to. I love exploring and this is becoming one of my favorite places.
Written 16 April 2019
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안쥴리
Bugis, Singapore23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Nice and calm place and clean rd, lf you want to quiet area I recon this is the best area to go
*but only this houses nothing much just nice restaurants and park
Written 10 April 2019
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