Joo Chiat/Katong's identity is especially shaped by its unique pre-war architecture.

Once filled with coconut plantations and used as a weekend retreat by wealthy city dwellers, Katong developed into a residential suburb by the early 20th century. It became populated by a growing English-educated middle class, including Peranakans and Eurasians.  

The neighbouring Joo Chiat area is named after Chew Joo Chiat, a wealthy Chinese landowner in the early 20th-century. The area’s identity is especially shaped by its unique pre-war architecture – colourful two-storey shophouses and terrace houses with ornate facades, intricate motifs and ceramic tiles.

The plantations have since gone, but you can still admire this vibrant neighbourhood’s many well-preserved Peranakan shophouses and a scattering of colonial bungalows. The area is just a quick 10-minute drive from the city centre.

Joo Chiat/Katong is also well-loved by many Singaporeans for being a food haven.

As one of the country’s best foodie destinations, Joo Chiat/Katong is also well-loved by many Singaporeans. Your culinary choices are endless: explore cool cafes that sit next to old-world coffeeshops selling the famous Katong 'laksa', 'kueh chang' (dumplings) and other Nonya delicacies.

Keen on shopping? Snap up a traditional Nonya outfit – 'kebaya' and 'sarong', beaded slippers and accessories, or poke about in the little shops offering Peranakan wares and handicraft.

To fully appreciate Joo Chiat/Katong, you’ll need more than a few hours to fully enjoy the area – so for a leisurely experience, why not stay at one of several hotels there? Choose from refurbished hotels decked out in Peranakan-inspired decor, or comfortable budget stays.

Essential Experiences

See & Do
The Intan

The Intan is a private home-museum dedicated to celebrating the unique culture of the Peranakans.

Eurasian Heritage Centre

Nestled in the heart of Katong, the Eurasian Heritage Centre showcases artefacts of the Eurasian community. 


Try the 'laksa' (noodles in a spicy coconut-based broth) at 328 Katong Laksa – its heady flavours pack a punch.

Remaining true to his Eurasian roots, "Skinny Chef" Quentin serves an authentic spread using recipes handed down for generations at Quentin's Eurasian Restaurant.


One of the few remaining rattan furniture shops locally, Teong Theng Rattan Furniture is a household name in the neighbourhood. 

Browse through a host of books and knick-knacks at this cool indie retail shop, Cat Socrates – and say hi to Zoo-zoo, its resident cat. 

Bring Back

Nonya dumplings and Peranakan handicrafts like beaded shoes from Kim Choo Kueh Chang.

Hotel Indigo

Immerse in the local Peranakan culture at the quaint Hotel Indigo that has a fusion of retro and modern swank. 

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