Explore Joo Chiat’s Peranakan Culture
Joo Chiat is a street located in the Katong district in Singapore. It his home to the Peranakan community which is why their cuisine and architecture is influenced by them. Here are some things to see and do:
1. The Intan
Address: 69 Joo Chiat Terrace, Singapore 427231
Opening hours: 7AM to 10PM
This museum showcases Peranakan culture—artifacts, jewelry, art, and many more. Their mission is to celebrate and inspire Peranakan culture by contributing to the community. You need to book an appointment to be able to explore the place. The also have various events such as art contests, fundraisers, art shows, and the like.
2. Cat Socrates
Address: 448 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427661
Opening hours: 12:30PM to 9:30PM
This independent store was established back in 2008. This is an avenue for local designers to showcase their designs and products. They sell a variety of things such as books, paper paraphernalia, home decor, kitchenware & furniture, fabric & sewing accessories, plants & pots, bags & fashion accessories, vintage memorabilia, even bicycle & homemade jams in this store.
3. Quentin’s The Eurasian Restaurant
Address: Eurasian Community House, 139 Ceylon Road
Opening hours: 11AM to 2PM, 6:30PM to 10:30PM
The cuisine they serve is a fusion between European and Asian cultures. Eurasian cuisine usually consists of ingredients such as chilis, curry, tamarind vinegar, mustard, and etc. Their must try dishes are their curry captain chicken, oxtail stew, permenta fried prawns, prawn & tofu ball soup, turmeric cabbage, and a lot more. For dessert, their iced chendol, sago gula melaka, and macadamia chocolate brownie are favorites.
4. Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple
Address: 19 Ceylon Rd, Singapore 429613
The temple was built in the 19th century and is considered as one of the oldest Hindu temples in Singapore. This is the largest shrine of Vinyagar in Asia. It has a distinct Chola-style architecture. People are welcomed by nine-feet tall Dwarapalakas or demigod gatekeepers in the entrance. Named after Lord Vinyager, a statue over 5-feet fall of him is also seen in the temple.
Since people are fond of OOTD photos, Peranakan shophouses are scattered all over the street. They have been present since the 1900s and the design is colorful and floral—very picturesque. It is something worth seeing and people say that the design is supposed to bring good fortune.
6. Rumah Bebe
Address: 113 East Coast Road, Singapore 428803, p. 6247 8781.
Opening hours: 9:30AM to 6:30PM
Artist Bebe Seet in the early 1990’s learned how to make Kasut Manek—beaded slippers worn by Peranakan women. She mastered the skillful beading technique and later on opened a boutique to showcase her products. Rumah Bebe does not only showcase handcrafted Peranakan items. Workshops are also conducted for those who want to learn the art of beading.
7. Kway Guan Huat
Address: 95 Joo Chiat Rd, 427389
Opening Hours: 8:30AM to 2PM daily
Kway Guan Huat is known for its popiah, a type of food that originated in china. It’s basically fresh spring rolls—the wrapper is made out of wheat flour and the filling is made out of vegetables and minced meat. This restaurant has been making popiah for over 70 years and the recipe has been passed down from generation to generation. This is a go-to place because people will be able to learn how to make popiah from scratch and at the same time be able to taste it freshly made.
8. Chin Mee Chin Confectionary
Address: 204 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428903
Opening hours: T to Sun 8:30 AM to 4 PM, Closed on Monday
This coffee shop is rich in culture thus it is highly recommended to tourists. The coffee shop is a trip back to memory lane because of its nostalgic interiors. It is known for its kaya toast—a popular snack in Singapore made of toasted buns and a butter and coconut spread dipped in soft boiled egg. Other must try snacks are their custard puffs and muffins.