Singapore Hideouts: Your Definite Guide To Joo Chiat

With its Peranakan heritage at the heart, the charming district brims with good eats and exciting activities

Named after Chinese landowner Chew Joo Chiat, the neighbourhood of Joo Chiat used to be populated by a growing English educated middle class consisting of Peranakans and Eurasians. Now, the cultural enclave can be easily recognised by its unique row of shophouses seen along the main road.

Of late, the Koon Seng Shophouses have been granted conservation status by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Peranakan restaurants have bolstered efforts to preserve their culture. It was difficult choosing among the numerous eateries and attractions offered in Joo Chiat but here is our list of highlights you have to check out if you happen to be in the vicinity!

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Photo: Teoheng

2. The Original Teoheng KTV 

Aside from maid agencies and darn-good chicken rice at its basement food court, Katong Shopping Centre is sought after for karaoke – a favourite pastime amongst most Singaporeans. Here, it is the no-frills Teoheng KTV that many head to for belting their hearts out. From Mondays to Thursdays, the studio offers a three-hour package starting at just $18 for the entire room. In fact, for those who might not know, founder Jackson Teo opened the first Teoheng out right here in the shopping centre way back in 1989.

Katong Shopping Centre
865 Mountbatten Road, #01-75-82/90/92, Singapore 437844

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