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Reviewed 2 March 2022 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: March 2022
Thank Hwee Loon N
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Reviewed 19 June 2021 via mobile

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.

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Date of experience: June 2021
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Reviewed 16 January 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.

Date of experience: January 2021
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Reviewed 10 May 2020 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: May 2020
Thank NigelG407
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Reviewed 17 December 2019 via mobile

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!

Date of experience: December 2019
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