OK,normally when travelling alone and on business to Singapore I select the Gateway Hotel, which is located just on the other side of Joo Chiat Road. However as I had to stay an extra night, Gateway was full, it was raining heavily and I did not want the hassle of searching for another hotel I checked out the Joo Chiat... More
The Joo Chiat area is the traditional home of Peranakan culture in Singapore, an ethnic group descending from the blending of Chinese and Malay families in the 15th century. The neighborhood is packed with colorful shops, local characters, and quiet charm. The main streets overflow with diners enjoying katong laksa, the signature Peranakan spicy noodle soup. Signs of youthful entrepreneurship are visible as well, with modern cafes, bars, and shops abounding. Visit Joo Chiat to take a break from the big city sights and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a laid-back and local vibe.