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Katong District

Joo Chiat
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Address: East Coast Road, Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore Heritage Food Tour: Geylang Serai Market, Joo Chiat and Katong
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Singapore Heritage Tour: Peranakan Museum, Spice Garden and Food Tasting

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Good eataries

Nice place with rows of wonderful eataries and bars. Best place to chill out on a friday evening or for a sunday brunch. Not very loud neither toooo crowded.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 13, 2016
Singapore, Singapore
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pedestrian-friendly with a wide variety of restaurants to chose from. Mixed high and low rise buildings, the traditional ones beautifully painted and maintained and the "five-foot way" clear for walking (unlike Malaysia!). Very well connected by bus service. Not a touristy area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Katong is full of food. All sorts of cuisines available. And best of all, all within walking distance. Side by side. Get spoilt for choice by the variety available. Steak? Laksa perhaps? Play it cool at a hipster cafe? Or a simple kopi-o at a coffee shop? Your choice is all there. Katong rocks. Just don't bring your car cos... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Nice place with rows of wonderful eataries and bars. Best place to chill out on a friday evening or for a sunday brunch. Not very loud neither toooo crowded.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016 via mobile

We love the convenience that good food is almost everywhere. Parking is a hassle but it's worth taking a stroll in the evening along the pubs, cafes & small shops that gives us the feeling that we are in Penang. Child friendly area, popular with expats & tourists too. The east coast park beach is probably 5 to 10 mins... More 

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Mullumbimby, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

An interesting and charming area of Singapore with a great hotel, Grand Mecure Singapore Roxy right in the middle of everything. There are terrific local eateries and bars and its close to the walkway and bike paths of East Coast Parkway.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016 via mobile

This area is not yet developed like other ares.This has that old look.There are lots of eating places.Nothing much to see.

Thank SE s
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

Katong is a place where you can find good food and also see the older version of Singapore with it's heritage trail. Worth exploring and it's not far away from East Coast and also some shopping malls.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

There are so many eateries around this srea that you will be spoilt for choice. Every turn is an opportunity for a snack or a meal.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016 via mobile

Once upon a time it was hard to get people to work as cleaner. After the government suggest salary increase things get better more people join the workforce. We see more cleaner in the hawker centre it was so pleasant. However it did not last. The cleaner keep changing every few month and the place become very dirty with paper,... More 

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Maroochydore, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

For me, Katong District is a food haven for all sorts of Asian fare but I definitely prefer the Nonya cuisine and Laksa that are delicious. Unfortunately, a few options have popped up in the recent years that I have been living overseas, I have forgotten the original stall but I have to admit, when I come home for a... More 

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Joo Chiat
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.
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