Steeped in history, the eastern neighbourhood of Katong is known for its colourful, picture-perfect shophouses, rich heritage, and dizzying array of fantastic local food.
All venues are near the Eunos MRT station
Slurp on laksa (noodles in coconut milk-based curry broth) the traditional way with just a spoon. 1 328 Katong Laksa is one of the stalls that claims to be the original makers of the popular local dish.
Choose from a wide array of bak chang (glutinous rice dumplings) at 2 Kim Choo Kueh Chang. The pyramid-shaped dumplings come wrapped in bamboo leaves and are stuffed with various savoury fillings, such as pork, chicken, and chilli prawn.
Known for its kaya (coconut jam) toast, 3 Chin Mee Chin Confectionery features décor typical of 1950s-Singapore, with retro marble top tables, floor tiles, and ceiling fans. Other must-tries include egg tarts, curry puffs, and cupcakes.
Step into 4 Cat Socrates for books, accessories, stationery, and other adorable knick-knacks. You’ll also find nifty, Singapore-inspired trinkets by local designers—they make great souvenirs.
Explore six levels of retail and lifestyle shops in 5 112 Katong. Go shoe shopping at local fashion outlet, The Emporium, browse through movie memorabilia at Toy Outpost, or take the little ones to the outdoor wet playground on the fourth floor.
Another establishment that pays homage to the Peranakan culture is 6 Rumah Bebe, a shop that focuses on preserving the ethnic group’s crafts, including beadwork, embroidery, jewellery, and batik textiles.
For Instagram-worthy shots of Katong, walk around Joo Chiat Road and check out the many carefully conserved Peranakan 7 Shophouses along the road, which have been around since the early 1900s. The most iconic ones can be found on Koon Seng Road–a little off the map, but definitely worth the journey.
Owned by Peranakan history and culture expert, Peter Wee, 8 Katong Antique House is housed in a beautifully preserved two-storey shophouse. Pay a visit to have a look at Peranakan artefacts, and discover the stories behind each item. A 45-minute tour costs SGD 15; call ahead to book a slot (you must have a group of more than six people).