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“Quaint part of Singapore”
Review of Joo Chiat/Katong

Joo Chiat/Katong
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Singapore Heritage Tour: Peranakan Museum, Spice Garden and Food Tasting
Ranked #167 of 826 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.
Reviewed April 29, 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.

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Reviewed March 26, 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

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Reviewed March 16, 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.

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Reviewed March 6, 2013

We have visited Singapore many times over past years so we are always looking for more things to see and do when we there. Joo Chiat Road is in the Katong disctrict. You can take green line MTR to Paya Lebar and then walk around. There are many places to eat and we did enjoy the athmosphere there.

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Reviewed December 19, 2011

I'm not really a traveller when it comes to this place. I live here. So I know each and every nook and cranny in this dear place.

Joo Chiat and Katong are not really an integral part of Singapore history but they're a good place to visit for a second or third-timer. There's a lot of restaurants along East Coast Road, a popular street and there's some interesting sites such as Katong Park, which was a fort in World War II, and the Old Airport Hawker Centre, which serves a good variety of food.

It's best to come here when one's hotel is around the area, and it's not far from the city. There are some MRTs and buses going there.

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