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Reviewed May 25, 2017 via mobile

A very local area filled with bars, restaurants and cafes. Evening is filled with locals and expatriates chatting and hanging around. Morning is another quiet scene. You'll find hainanese chicken rice and black chilli crab, and kaya toast to eat. Katong Square and i12 Katong are 2 beautiful modern icons of this area.

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank YarraRiver
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Reviewed May 14, 2017 via mobile

Joo chiat area is a food haven....Where the locals go....and bit out from the tourist areas though

Main hotels in the area are a grand mercury roxy and holiday inn express katong ....

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank JulianF584
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Reviewed April 12, 2017 via mobile

Joo Chiat is low key and laid back. This is where the locals shop and eat. Just walk along Joo Chiat road to appreciate the people who live and work here.

I love the architecture, I love the spread of food. I love the local grocers, shops and the ambience.

Starting from the Changi road end of Joo Chiat road, you can watch popiah wrappers being made. 5B Pte Ltd sells loads of kitchen ware. Fun just to nose around. Along 5B, there is a very popular Malay eatery.

I love the fact Joo Chiat has its own vibe. It didn't try to be cool but it is the eclectic community that makes Joo Chiat interesting for me. There are local tours available. Some even offering a tour and tea at a local home. (It's on my bucket list).

You can stop at the local bakery for curry puffs and epok epok. Fancy some simple Vietnamese fare, we have got it here too.

Half way along Joo Chiat is where Joo Chiat Road meets Koon Seng road. Lots of people pause here for a photo stop. But I stop here for a different reason - the Duck rice/kway chap stall at Dunman hawker centre. Also nearby is the Thunder tea rice cafe of which I am a huge fan.

As you make your way towards the East Coast Road end of Joo Chiat, the shops and cafes get a little more chic. Cat Socrates has a cute shop cat and a good place to search for unusual and 'Singaporean' gifts.

Need a chocolate cake fix, Awfully Chocolate's dark chocolate cake is my go to. They serve food too but I am not a fan. Don't forget to check more great shops along East Coast road. Rumah Bebe is popular and worth a quick look. They sell Peranakan clothing and beaded shoes but they have a very pretty shop. Glory catering is another place I would stop for some grub. I like their popiah.

So this is my intro to Joo Chiat. I feel bad for highlighting some places and missing out others. Truth is, I'm always revisiting in the hope of discovering something new.

Hope you will have fun exploring this little treasure. xoxo

Date of experience: April 2017
12  Thank JeniseL_12
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Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

This place is different than others in Singapore. Very colourfull of peranakan building. Katong is not favorite amoung tourist caused is downtown in Eastcoast Singapore. But is worth to visited.

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed March 23, 2017

If you are interested in local colour, shophouse heritage architecture, unusual shops and local delicacies (such as Peranakan kueh - sweets), spend a few hours exploring Joo Chiat Rd and neighbouring streets. Worth the trip if only to taste the exquisite curry puffs at the tiny Mastura Bakery.
Hope my photos will speak for themselves show you the delights of the area.

Date of experience: March 2017
4  Thank Anna R
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