Singapore is a bustling town, but its East-residing residents swear their hood just feels more laidback and idyllic. Perhaps it’s the gentle ocean breeze from nearby East Coast Park, or the streets of colorful Peranakan shophouses in the Katong and Joo Chiat area. Either way, this heritage town, once a seaside retreat for the wealthy has become the hottest new place to live.
Working out of this area has its perks, from Crane’s nook-like workspaces and meeting rooms will help you focus, making it easier to hit those deadlines. Plus their events calendar unlocks opportunities to make new friends. More play-like, less work-like, Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee casual coworking set up within a record shop and deli sparks all the right creative juices. Make note of the fresh stewed turnip rolls at Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Popiah (only available on weekends) and 328 Katong Laksa’s coconut-rich laksa soup. Chin Mee Chin Confectionery is a coffee shop that has been going strong for over 80 years and you can’t go wrong with the simple breakfast of soft-boiled eggs and toast with coconut jam. Newer additions that carb-lovers will fall for include The Coconut Club with its upscale spiced-and-fried organic French Poulet chicken dish paired with “fatty rice” which should not be skipped, and Forma which specializes in handmade pasta.
Koon Seng Road’s colorful Peranakan shophouses with ceramic Peranakan floral motifs and geometrical tiles are a big draw, as are the vibrant murals by artists Dyn and Ink&Clog. Drop by the Eurasian Heritage Gallery to learn about the Eurasian community in Singapore, or book a private tour by Peranakan collector Alvin Yapp as he brings you around his family home at The Intan expounding on the rich history, culture, and cuisine of the Straits Chinese people
Charlene Fang is a freelance writer based in Hawaii. Originally from Singapore she covers travel, lifestyle, food, culture...
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