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“Worth strolling along this interesting street with a variety of shops, including old fashioned antique and curio shops” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Joo Chiat/Katong

Joo Chiat/Katong
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Evening Food and Cultural Tour of Joo Chiat
Ranked #156 of 796 things to do in Singapore
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Owner description: 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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“Worth strolling along this interesting street with a variety of shops, including old fashioned antique and curio shops”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2013

This is an interesting street to stroll along for an hour or so, looking for bargains in some of the old fashioned antique and curio shops.

This area is not really a tourist area- it caters for the local residents, so it has a different feel.

There are some interesting places to eat and drink along the way, and I had a good time talking with some of the local shopkeepers.

If you would like to see some of the now becoming older fashioned Singapore, and mingle with locals, this could be a good place to put on your list for an hour or two.

Visited September 2013
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“Nice to see a preserved area of the past!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2013

We were interested in walking around Joo Chiat as my family used to live in this area. we saw where my cousin and her family lived and also where my grandfather lived across the road from them.
We are from a Peranakan background and it was interesting to see the lovely Peranakan houses with their beautiful tiles. It is good to see that they are preserving this area of Singapore as it is part of their culture and heritage.
There is a 94 year old Buddhist temple one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Singapore to visit. There many shops and cafes to visit some of them are oldy worldy style and traditional.

Visited June 2013
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“Quaint part of Singapore”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2013

This is a part of old Singapore that is gradually taken over by commercial food outlets. Today, one can still browse in antique furniture shops, traditional Chinese herbal shops, old style bread shops and even one that makes paper 'houses' to be burnt as offerings. Thankfully, the number of KTV lounges and bars has not increased lately, although at night, they are frequented by a different crowd. There has been a noticeable increase in the number of modern food outlets that sell chocolates, Vietnamese food, bakeries, etc. I hope they retain or preserve the older shophouses, many of which still have elaborate Peranakan designs and patterns.

Visited April 2013
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“Katong Laska & Kim Joo Dumpling”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2013

Plenty of eateries along Joo Chiat and Katong area also there is Sin Hoi San ,5 Star Chicken Rice,BoonTong Kee Chicken Rice,Indian Restaurant that should not be missed

Visited January 2013
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“Just avoid the girlie bars at night”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2013

A walk through the Joo Chiat area is a walk through an amazing part of Singapore. Intensive, tasteful and culturally sensitive renovations have been and continue to be made to the plethora of old Singapore houses in the area. What is specially worth seeing?
Start from Payar Lebar MRT Station and wander down to the Joo Chiat centre. It is a Malay area. Thankfully, the old Malay Village has been demolished and a new 'attraction' is planned. No worries: the living Joo Chiat is much more interesting to see and experience. The textile markets and the wet market are fascinating.
Then wander down Joo Chiat Road, exploring the various side lanes and streets. What to find?
The renovated shop houses especially in Tembeling Road, Joo Chiat PLace, Koon Seng Road,
Kuan In Tng Tmeple (Tembeling Road near cnr Jok Chiat Lane,
The old Majid Khalid Mosque in Joo Chiat Road,
Si Senpaga Vinayager Temple (Ceylon Road) which dates back to the 1850s,
and of course the main road itself (Joo Chiat Road) which has some superb examples of old buildings, tastefully and carefully renovated to look spanking new!
And if you need a rest, there are some wonderful cafes and restaurants. There is even a backpackers place (The Betel Box) at 200 Joo Chiat Road which serves reasonable coffee and peranakan food, and also offer walking tours.
For my money though, if you want something different, walk over the the Eurasian Center in Ceylon Road on the corner of Dunman Road. Excellent bar and restaurant offering fusion Portuguese/ Asian food. Arguably the best in Singapore. And on the fourth floor is an interesting (free) museum of the history of Eurasians in Singapore.
Then when you have finished that, wander back to Geylang Road and stop off at Haig Road Market. There, at the 69 Soy Stall, you can find the best soy bean curd on Singapore. I know, the original ones that don't add coffee mate are still the best, but when it comes to a cool, refreshing dessert, this is the best in Singapore.
Joo Chiat? In a word, wonderful.

Visited March 2013
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