Hidden gems are aplenty at the heritage neighbourhoods of Katong and Joo Chiat—learn about Peranakan culture or indulge in mouthwatering local food.
Katong and Joo Chiat
The eastern neighbourhood of Katong and Joo Chiat is steeped in Peranakan (Straits-born people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage indigenous to the region) and Eurasian history and culture, and home to an array of colourful shophouses and historical landmarks. These charming precincts are also known as foodie havens amongst locals—all thanks to a diverse selection of charming cafes, cosy restaurants and popular coffee shops located within the vicinity. Take a walk around this heritage ‘hood’ and experience both old and contemporary Singapore here.
1. The Intan (15 Sep to 17 Sep)
Discover more about the Peranakan culture at the award-winning Peranakan home museum, 1 The Intan. Aside from savouring traditional desserts and checking out a curated collection of artefacts that the Peranakans are known for, visitors can learn how to make one of the most complicated Peranakan dishes, the kueh pie tee. In celebration of GPSS, visitors will get the chance to taste a special savoury dish made from 10 spices and ingredients during the house tour. Find out more here.
GPSS exclusive: Visitors will receive a limited edition commemorative souvenir. Race ticket holders enjoy 20% off merchandise while GPSS event guide holders will receive a 10% discount on merchandise.
2. Exclusive GPSS discounts at Cat Socrates (8 Sep to 17 Sep)
Where does one look for hip local souvenirs and stylish travel gifts? Design lovers might want to make a pit stop at 2 Cat Socrates in Joo Chiat—a quirky indie store for nifty, Singapore-inspired trinkets by local designers. Find out more here.
GPSS exclusive: Present the GPSS event guide to enjoy 5% to 10% off selected items.
3. Birds of Paradise (8 Sep to 17 Sep)
Head over to 3 Birds of Paradise, a gelato cafe on East Coast Road for a refreshing treat. The gelato here is made using natural and botanical ingredients like basil and blue ginger commonly found in Southeast Asia. This Grand Prix Season Singapore (GPSS), for the gelateria is offering a special flavour to commemorate the Season’s 10th anniversary. Find out more here.
4. Kim Choo Kueh Chang (1 Sep to 30 Sep)
Established since 1945, 4 Kim Choo Kueh Chang not only specialises in bak chang (rice dumplings) and Peranakan kueh (bite-sized snacks), but they also offer customisation services for sarong kebaya and batik (traditional Peranakan garments) in their boutique, Rumah Kim Choo, next door. Visitors can also pick up Peranakan porcelain or sign up for guided tours, talks and workshops to educate visitors about the Nanyang-Peranakan heritage. Find out more here.
GPSS exclusive: Sign up for their Nyonya (Peranakan womenfolk) kueh appreciation workshop and learn to make traditional Peranakan kueh at a promotional price of S$50 per person. Also, enjoy 10% off your purchases at the boutique shop (109/111 East Coast Road) when you present the GPSS event guide.
5. Grand Prix Street Food Circuit (8 Sep to 17 Sep)
At the 5 Grand Prix Street Food Circuit organised by Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Popiah and Kueh Pie Tee. For over 70 years, this stall has been making popiah, or spring rolls wrapped in paper-thin handmade crepes stuffed with a variety of fillings. Visitors will have the opportunity to complete a street food lap where they can enjoy live demonstrations of popiah-making, and also sample this delectable local snack. Find out more here.
GPSS exclusive: Race ticket holders get a 10% discount on all food items at Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Popiah and Kueh Pie Tee. Promotion is available on weekends only, from 10am-1pm.
6. Peranakan Inn and Lounge (8 Sep to 17 Sep)
Craving for delicious Peranakan fare such as ayam buah keluak (a chicken dish braised with Indonesian black nuts), assam prawns (tamarind prawns) and fish head curry? Make a reservation at 6 Peranakan Inn and Lounge and relish a smorgasbord of comforting Straits Chinese dishes at this culinary institution nestled in Katong. Book a table here.
GPSS exclusive: Race ticket holders enjoy 10% off the food bill with a minimum S$80 spent.
7. Peranakan Supper by Wok ‘n’ Stroll (8 Sep to 17 Sep)
Take a nostalgic stroll past rows of colourful shophouses and terrace houses, illuminated against the evening sky. See how this quiet neighbourhood comes to life at night, with a three-hour food tour with tour operator 7 Wok ‘n’ Stroll. Sign up for Peranakan Supper, which will take you around Joo Chiat and Katong to learn more about the history of this heritage district. Visitors will also be tucking into some of the area’s yummy signature dishes, including laksa (spicy coconut milk-based noodle soup), nyonya rice dumplings and frog leg porridge. Find out more here.
GPSS exclusive: Race ticket holders can get 10% discount (U.P. S$100/pax) on every tour.