We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Joo Chiat/Katong

Neighbourhood:
Joo Chiat
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhoods
Get directions
Address: Singapore 427585, Singapore
Website
Description:

Immerse yourself in Peranakan culture on your visit to Katong and Joo...

Immerse yourself in Peranakan culture on your visit to Katong and Joo Chiat, and also enjoy its wealth of good food and cultural heritage.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
USD 57.47*
and up
Evening Food and Cultural Tour of Joo Chiat
More Info
USD 44.54*
and up
Singapore Heritage Tour: Peranakan Museum, Spice Garden and Food Tasting

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 47 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 14
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Colourful Heritage houses

This enclave is filled with colourful heritage shophouses and terrace houses with ornate facades. This Peranakan and Eurasian area has an amazing number of restaurants and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
nellielim
,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Add Photo Write a Review

47 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 37: English reviews
Singapore
Level Contributor
110 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to walk around and enjoy the old with the new. Many local restaurants up and down Joo Chiat road. And day time has a VERY different atmosphere than a night.

Helpful?
Thank jackmandl
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level Contributor
2,023 reviews
1,364 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 734 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This enclave is filled with colourful heritage shophouses and terrace houses with ornate facades. This Peranakan and Eurasian area has an amazing number of restaurants and traditional coffee-shops offering a range of cuisines.

Helpful?
Thank nellielim
New Westminster, Canada
Level Contributor
178 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

The Joo Chiat area is another well-preserved Peranakan district of Singapore where a multi-cultural mix of Malay, Chinese, Eurasians and expatriates reside. We strolled past many colourful heritage (pre-war architecture), two-storey shophouses, quaint stores, terraced homes and eateries with ornate facades, intricate motifs and colourful ceramic tiles. There are also great eateries in this area.

Helpful?
Thank allspice502016
Level Contributor
16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Can't miss the multi-coloured double-storey terrace houses with traditional Peranakan style at Koon Seng Road.I'm lucky to live this beautiful and charming area.Every time I pass by those shophouses.I feel like touching local history along with the sweetest fragrance of plumeria in the town.

Helpful?
Thank ines q
Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
640 reviews
225 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Dined at this compact food hall with my local friend and his family last night (Sunday) and again for coffee this morning. It was busy with tables turning over regularly. The food hall is on the corner of Joo Chiat and Dunmoon Rds.- there are five stalls with a wide range of choices at really good prices - thoroughly enjoyed... More 

Helpful?
Thank PAC6917
Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Joo Chiat and Katong area (Marine Parade) are local resident area with a lot of delicious dining outlets. Also you can find Peranakan culture here (shops, restaurants etc) shows the history of Straits-born Chinese first move to Singapore. As a tourist, there are not much to see compare to major attractions in town but very nice to chill or walk... More 

Helpful?
Thank nfong929
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
92 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

I saw the photos on TA and decided it's a worth a stop for the contrasting colors of old Singapore. It's probably worth a read on wiki before you head there as you might appreciate it more when you see it in person. I wish there was some sort of plaque that introduces the history of this area. The colored... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank snoozepig
Rayong, Thailand
Level Contributor
905 reviews
571 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 353 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Joo Chiat / Katong is a district north east of Singapore City that is home to the Peranakans. The Peranakans are descendants of Chinese who migrated to Singapore from the 15th century onwards. They have developed their own distinct and unique and eclectic culture and cuisine, and in the meantime became prosperous and respected members of the establishment. In the... More 

Helpful?
Thank dwbrown555
San Diego
Level Contributor
82 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

A great history lesson. The Dutch used to charge tax based on the width of structures so the residents of this area created this unique style of open-air housing. It was great finding the different plaques hanging with the historical info displayed around the neighborhood.

Helpful?
Thank Link2Leo
Miri, Malaysia
Level Contributor
101 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Highly recommend to those who loves history and architecture. The area has well preserved rows of peranakan shophouses to entertain the eyes. Just wandering around the area require about 1 or 2 hours at least.

Helpful?
Thank Francisca L

Travellers who viewed Joo Chiat/Katong also viewed

 
Singapore, Singapore
 

Been to Joo Chiat/Katong? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Joo Chiat/Katong and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Joo Chiat/Katong staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Joo Chiat

Neighbourhood Profile
Joo Chiat
The Joo Chiat area is the traditional home of Peranakan culture in Singapore, an ethnic group descending from the blending of Chinese and Malay families in the 15th century. The neighbourhood is packed with colourful shops, local characters, and quiet charm. The main streets overflow with diners enjoying katong laksa, the signature Peranakan spicy noodle soup. Signs of youthful entrepreneurship are visible as well, with modern cafes, bars, and shops abounding. Visit Joo Chiat to take a break from the big city sights and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a laid-back and local vibe.
Explore this neighbourhood