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Katong District

Joo Chiat
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Address: East Coast Road, Singapore, Singapore
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USD 124.57*
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Singapore Heritage Food Tour: Geylang Serai Market, Joo Chiat and Katong
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Singapore Heritage Tour: Peranakan Museum, Spice Garden and Food Tasting

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Relaxing place to take photo

Nice heritage place where you can relax and take photos. Katong has a lot of places with nice food too.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Elvin Y
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice heritage place where you can relax and take photos. Katong has a lot of places with nice food too.

Thank Elvin Y
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

Famous katong laksa, kim chu nyonya kuih, and hotel e.g. holiday inn express katong around this area, few places where you can enjoy the traditional, old time of Singapore time. Is not far from Marina Bay sand and downtown area, 15 minutes drive only, MRT nearby access to this area too.

Thank elsaccs
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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2,450 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 830 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016

This residential district is one of the most bustling neighbourhood in Singapore. Historical and rich in heritage, there are many restaurants and cafes in colourful shophouses serving Peranakan delicacies.

1 Thank nellielim
Perth, Australia
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237 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016

My local friend and his family live in this area, tonight we dined at the Danji Korean BBQ Buffet restaurant in Tanjong Katong Rd. The BBQ was cooked by the kids at the table, the meat and vegetables were matched by the sauces and kimchee - it was a perfect meal....I think my favourite was the chicken thighs cooked with... More 

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 November 2016

Very much an area of local life going about it's business. Everything was at ridiculous prices eg shirts at S$5 and lower. No attractive building though. Almost would describe it as an area to visit which is not tourist orientated. Lots of restaurants to choose from if you want to eat.

1 Thank Ali921
Bunbury, Australia
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Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We're staying in this area and it has some fantastic local food around. The Katong plaza (blue building) has some great food in basement level. Some are indoors in air conditioning and other stalks outside . If you walk along that road there are many little restaurants and it's not far from Parkway Parade shopping centre. Will like to stay... More 

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Reviewed 26 September 2016

Just a great area close to every thing, lots to see and do, good place to stay with access to Chinatown and little India.

1 Thank Martha44722
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Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

I chose Katong area as a base point for my trip in singapore because I liked the beautiful colorful houses. I found it a little bit far and inconvenient to transfer to the city area but this place was not busy so that I felt comfortable. If you walk for about 15 minutes to Marina parade area, you can enjoy... More 

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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Reviewed 7 August 2016

Pedestrian-friendly with a wide variety of restaurants to chose from. Mixed high and low rise buildings, the traditional ones beautifully painted and maintained and the "five-foot way" clear for walking (unlike Malaysia!). Very well connected by bus service. Not a touristy area.

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129 reviews
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

Katong is full of food. All sorts of cuisines available. And best of all, all within walking distance. Side by side. Get spoilt for choice by the variety available. Steak? Laksa perhaps? Play it cool at a hipster cafe? Or a simple kopi-o at a coffee shop? Your choice is all there. Katong rocks. Just don't bring your car cos... More 


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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.
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