Known for their rich Peranakan heritage, the residential neighbourhoods of Katong and Joo Chiat are a must-visit where you can find charming heritage buildings, quaint stores and old-world eateries selling Peranakan delicacies.
The eastern region of Singapore is steeped in a different set of history and culinary heritage. The residential neighbourhoods of Katong and Joo Chiat, in particular, are known for their rich Peranakan heritage and culture. This area traces its roots to the early 19th century, when wealthy English, Portuguese, French and Chinese settlers established coconut, cotton and gambier plantations here. In the early 20th century, many locals started building homes in the eastern region, which resulted in the varied styles of bungalows, shophouses and places of worship in the area. Now, the area is a must-visit for its cool cafés, shopping and old-world coffee shops selling famous local delicacies such as Katong laksa and Nonya cakes (Nonya is a term for Peranakan women, while Baba refers to Peranakan men). Visitors and locals alike enjoy taking photos of and with the many restored heritage buildings along East Coast Road, Koon Seng Road and streets such as Joo Chiat Terrace and Joo Chiat Place. Visitors can opt to book a walking or food tour of this area.
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