Joo Chiat/Katong

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Old School Charm Mixed with New World Glamour
(Updated: July 31, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.0
Enjoyment 
 
3.5
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
I never learned to appreciate Katong for its traditional old world charm back when I was a hormonal school girl waiting for boys from a certain boys school nearby at Parkway Parade. But as I grew older and out of the skater girl phase of a 15 year old me, I learned to appreciate the ambiance of tradition that only Katong could give; with its old school coffee shops crammed under mismatched and bright coloured shop houses.
Currently, with its array of boutique cafes and indie shops like Cat Socrates and Penny University, it is beginning to become a pretty ' hipster' hangout for young adults, not to mention the commercialisation of the area with shopping centres like I12 and Katong Village. Not that this is a bad thing; with the rising popularity of the area, it creates more pronounced profile for the area and thus more publicity is created for the history of Singapore particularly the day-to-day lives of its citizens , a history that many of my contemporaries tend to neglect.
Of course cafes like Rabbit Carrot Gun and Dutch Colony offer fantastic coffee and instagram worthy desserts, it will never be able to be a Chin Mee Chin with its luxuriously decadent kopi and simple chocolate cupcakes. These cafes may offer salads with the latest ‘in’ ingredients, but they pale to offer the same comfort that a good bowl of laksa can, it doesn’t really matter whether you find the ‘ real’ Katong Laksa or not.
Katong, despite its certain inconveniences of travelling to, is worth the trip. In addition, the difficulty in going to the area just adds to its rustic glamour.

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30
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Old school eateries mixed with modern cafes
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Catch a glimpse of olden day Singapore here.
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Value 
 
3.5
Enjoyment 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
Katong and Joo Chiat is an area in Singapore that still boasts modern comforts and amenities despite spotting unique olden day Singaporean architecture. With well-preserved shop houses that have been in business since the earlier days of Singapore, this is a great place for one to catch a glimpse of Singapore in the old days.

Of course, Katong wouldn’t be what it is today without its food. While you definitely have to tuck into a hearty bowl of the famous laksa here, I’d also recommend that you visit Kim’s Place. In my opinion, this Tzi Char joint has some of the best chilli crab in Singapore.

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Where the new and old meet
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.5
Enjoyment 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
Who said the new and the old go together like mould and cheese? In Joo Chiat, the new and old sit together in the same place, offering food that caters to the newer generation and that of the old.

On one side of Joo Chiat/Katong sits a modern street, with shops selling fast food, western food, electronics, all into the current era. On the more quiet side, you find eateries styled like those of the old days and shops selling products like old school cooking ware like charcoal steamboats.

My favourite shop is the popiah shop, with the interior looking like a 60-70s family restaurant, and the shop sells popiah and the items needed to make it, such as the skin, prepared by hand in an old style large hot pan. Joo Chiat is a place for both the young and old.
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Of heritage and food
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
My usual trip home from school involves an one-hour long bus ride that passes through the heart of Joo Chiat, and even till now, I find myself pausing during conversations to look out at the various shophouses that line the street.

The Joo Chiat / Katong enclave is a district that has been preserved ever since the earlier times, and some of the wear and tear can still be seen on some of the buildings. However, the government has definitely done some credible touch up work, and these shophouses have been given a fresh coat of paint that conceal their true age. The architecture remains intact though, and that is fortunate, because it lends the streets at Joo Chiat an authentic feel that makes it an enjoyable place to take a light stroll.

Now, the shophouses have been converted to house more modern eateries, so Joo Chiat is pretty much a foodie's heaven, as various cuisines of sorts can be found here. From Western eateries like Spizza, to Peranakan cuisine, Joo Chiat certainly makes for a wonderful place to have meals at, as diners will definitely be spoilt for choice.

The streets at Joo Chiat will also make a fine place for a food trail, as one can easily settle a light meal here, then take a relaxing stroll down the streets, before finding something else to satiate any burgeoning hunger.

A delightful place of heritage that definitely adds on to our local culture!

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Feels like home
Overall Experience 
 
3.5
I love the authentic feel of Joo Chiat. It actually feels like one of the last few places that has not yet undergone that much of renovation and reconstruction, and yet manage to house a variety of shops like bakeries, cafes and eateries. They have different cuisines, ranging from a universally loved chocolate shop like Awfully Chocolate to smaller, cosier Vietnamese restaurants. They are authentic and also really affordable.

I love walking down the streets and crossing the small roads to different intersections. It's a great place to get brunch, chill or explore on your own. It also has the potential to be photographed as many of the shophouses are decked out in stunning, vibrant colours and also there are those that have the genuine creams and browns. An eye opening experience, full of sentimental value and love.
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Beautiful heritage
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
5.0
Enjoyment 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
I journey into Joo Chiat rather often, with tantalizing food at every corner, it's every foodie's heaven. But not only is Joo Chiat home to some of the best eats in town, it also part of a conservation effort to preserve Singaporean culture.

The best part of Joo Chiat is being able to walk down memory lane (well the memories of our forefathers) and see the pretty pastel-coloured shophouses that surround Joo Chiat. I would recommend that everyone take a walk around Joo Chiat and sample not only the flavours that it has to offer, but also the culture heritage it has managed to preserve.

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Average Spent Per Person:
10
Best part:
Heritage
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Food haven.
Overall Experience 
 
3.5
This area of Singapore is known for their array of good and popular food. Many eateries here have gained accolades over here and so coming here, you don't have to worry about what to eat.

They recently opened a new mall here too, tto cater to the increasing crowd. Even the shopping mall, 112 katong , is also filled with great eats. The retail shops there also sell very attractive clothing.

This place has very little HDB flats around, all here are shophouses from the past decades, accentuating the rustic feel this place gives.
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Food heaven
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
Katong and Joo Chiat area is known to many as a food paradie and I wholeheartedly agree. There is such a large variety of food outlets here that you will be spoilt for choice. But that's okay because most of the food outlets are situated on both sides of East Coast Road so you can explore back and forth before making a decision.

There are many restaurants serving cuisines from different country along these two stretches. However, the downside to this area is the increasing amount of crazy traffic everyday. With cars parked on the side of the road, only one lane is open for both cars and busses.

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New Vs. Old
Overall Experience 
 
3.5
I do not live near Joo Chiat/Katong area and thus working around this area is a new experience. Shophouses that are full of traditional food and trades vs. the new Katong i12 mall - Joo Chiat / Katong area is an area where the new meets the old.

Try the Katong Laksa, take a look at this old furniture shop that uses woven bamboo (along the streets of Joo Chiat CC) and grab some traditional pastries at a Hong Kong styled shop opposite the CC. There are also famous Bak Ku Teh, Durian Puff, Chicken Rice, Korean BBQ stalls along this road. The lunch crowd is spoilt for choice!

(Quite a few shophouse spaces has been taken up by new shops like Actually Chocolate, Moshi Bakes, Fat Boy Burgers which is interestingly new meets old again.)

Overall, visit this place for a greater understanding of Singapore.
MF
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"Delicious & Cheap Food & Activities"
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
It is one street away from Parkway Parade which has malls and are crowded with people most of the time, but there is also a price difference in things there. Even through it is not a very convenient place to get to. Most people will either get there by car, you can get there by bus too. Even so, it is a place where locals like to go to.

When you are at the place, you definitely have to try out the Katong laska in the area, which they would only give you a spoon to eat it with. You can get it at $4 per bowl. Another food that I would recommend around that area is at Katong shopping center, there is a food court at the basement or 1st floor. The chicken rice there is really nice and is really cheap. In a group you can buy the whole chicken and share the food among yourself, that time we had like 7 or 6 people and we just to pay about $3.50 each.

If you want to go for some karaoke session with your friend or simply just another place to hang out, I would recommend would be karaoke box at Teo Heng (which is also at the Katong shopping center). It is really cheap compared to kBox in other places. You can book the room for 3 hours and it is like $4 each. Do go explore and find out more about the area, there are a lot of good food around that area.
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