If you’re in search of a memorable Singaporean experience that combines Peranakan heritage and delectable cuisine like the famous Katong Laksa, look no further than the charming neighbourhood of Katong and East Coast Road. This article will take you on a journey through this lively and family-friendly district situated along the beautiful East Coast of Singapore.

  Start Your Adventure at Tanjong Katong Road and Dunman Road

To make the most of your visit, we recommend starting your journey at the top of Tanjong Katong Road and Dunman Road, which is conveniently located near the Dakota MRT station. From there, you can follow a well-planned itinerary that will take you southwards and then eastwards along East Coast Road. And don’t worry if you get tired along the way, mama! There are plenty of taxis and buses running along East Coast Road to offer you a quick respite.

Delicious Delights Await You

East Coasters take their food seriously, so it’s no surprise that you’ll find a plethora of mouth-watering dining options along this route. Here are some recommendations:

Ponggol Nasi Lemak

Image source: Ponggol Nasi Lemak Facebook page

Join the queues at this popular Nasi Lemak joint on East Coast Road. Indulge in their heavenly coconut rice and crispy fried chicken, all at an affordable price starting from just $4.

Eng’s Noodles House

With a heritage dating back to the 1950s, Eng’s Noodles House serves up delicious Wanton Mee that’s a must-try. Don’t forget to sample their super-hot house recipe chili sauce!

328 Katong Laksa

Deemed by many to be the tastiest of all the neighbourhood’s many laksa shops, this one’s known for their thick, spicy, totally slurp-worthy coconut gravy as well as heaps of fresh seafood. 

Little Ice Cream Kafé (LICK)

Treat yourself to over 30 yummy ice cream flavors made fresh daily in-house at this super-cute shop with a clever name.

Immerse Yourself in Culture and History

Aside from its culinary delights, the Katong and East Coast Road neighbourhood also offer rich cultural experiences. Here are a few notable highlights:

Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple

Step into the second oldest temple in Singapore, which dates back to the 1850s. Admire the beautiful stone carvings, the unique “musical pillar” carved by artisans from Tamil Nadu, and the grand entryway that can accommodate a king seated atop an elephant.

Rumah Bebe

Image source: Rumah Bebe Facebook page

Discover traditional Peranakan treasures, including kebayas, beaded slippers, and exquisite ceramics at this gorgeous shophouse.

Katong Antique House

Immerse yourself in Peranakan history at this “living museum,” lovingly restored by a fourth-generation Peranakan. Marvel at the heirlooms and exquisite furniture that offer a unique glimpse into the past.

Shop, Relax, and Indulge

When you’re ready for some retail therapy or relaxation, the neighbourhood doesn’t disappoint. Here are a few places worth visiting:

Paint Shoppe Nail Spa

Treat yourself to a fantastic mani-pedi experience at this eco-friendly, cruelty-free natural nail spa. Their friendly and meticulous staff will ensure you leave with stunning nails.

Kim Choo Kueh Chang

Image source: Kim Choo Kueh Chang Facebook page

Delight your taste buds with Nonya snack delicacies like rice dumplings and pineapple tarts. Don’t forget to explore their selection of Peranakan clothes and gifts.

Feet Haven

Take a break and rejuvenate your tired feet with a reflexology session at this renowned establishment, highly recommended by local marathoners for post-race relief.

As the day comes to a close, why not grab a table at Five Star Hainanese Chicken Rice? Enjoy their succulent chicken rice, featuring free-range kampung chicken, while immersing yourself in the nostalgic ambience created by the round tables set up outside, adorned with charming string lights.

Before you bid farewell to this vibrant neighbourhood, make sure to visit Chin Mee Chin Confectionery. This iconic landmark is renowned for its buttered kaya spread on freshly baked, pillowy soft buns. The old-school tiling and creaky chairs will transport you to a bygone era, adding to the overall charm of the place.

Image soure: Chin Mee Chin Confectionery Facebook page

For the health-conscious foodies, Oh Deli is a must-visit. Co-owned by the four Oh sisters, this spot offers a wide array of antibiotic-free meats, organic veggies sourced from Australia, and a selection of gourmet cheeses. You can also indulge in their scrumptious sandwiches, prepared with care and attention to detail.

As you reflect on your day of exploration, it’s safe to say that you’ve truly experienced the essence of the East Coast Road and Tanjong Katong neighbourhood. The blend of history, culture, delectable food, and delightful shops creates an unforgettable journey through Singapore’s living heritage.

So, when you plan your next visit to Singapore, be sure to include the vibrant and charming Katong and East Coast Road in your itinerary. Remember, this neighbourhood is not only a treat for your taste buds but also a feast for your senses, offering a glimpse into Singapore’s diverse cultural tapestry.

Explore, indulge, and create lasting memories in this captivating part of the Lion City.

Sassy Mama SG


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