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Guide to Joo Chiat

Shop + Eat + Play

For a fun day out packed with culture, delish eats, shopping, pampering and more, head to Joo Chiat! Singapore’s very first heritage town, Joo Chiat offers something for everyone. Little Steps has the inside scoop on the secret gems in this quaint neighborhood for all to enjoy! Happy exploring!

  • Eastsiders are often reluctant to disclose this delicious secret smack in the middle of Joo Chiat. The Bread Project is an artisanal European bakery promising 'no premixes, no shortcuts and no junk', churning out crusty ciabattas, baguettes and cereal loaves. For something sweeter, sink your teeth into the decadent French pastries.

     

    The Bread Project, 174 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427445, +65 6440 9228, info@thebreadproject.com.sg, www.thebreadproject.com.sg

     

  • This small mall sure packs a punch! Check out Zero2Six for US and Euro wooden toys; Camouflage Kids for cool kiddy outfits; BabyOnline for products and accessories; fam-friendly Ramenplay; Swee Lee for top-notch guitars and lessons; and the fantastic splash play area on the rooftop!  For another outdoor play option, try the playground on the corner of Joo Chiat Terrace and Everitt Road.

    Katong 112, 112 East Coast Road, Singapore 428802 +65 6636 2112, www.112katong.com.sg

  • Housed in a whitewashed colonial building, Scanteak is the place to go for durable, functional and stylish furniture to create a warm and inviting ambience at home. Scanteak products undergo rigorous inspection to ensure the highest quality. Each piece is left in its natural, unstained color, free from harmful chemical finishes.

     

    Scanteak Joo Chiat Concept Store, 341 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427593, +65 6342 5718, service@scanteak.com.sg, www.scanteak.com.sg

     

  • Kway Guan Huat, founded in 1938, is one of the last of its kind. This battered store sells handmade poh piah (spring roll) skin and pie tie shells, which are essential components for tasty local radish-filled snacks. Watch the poh piah dough being deftly pressed onto a pan in paper-thin rounds. Dine-in on weekends or takeaway during the week!

     

    Kway Guan Huat Original Popiah & Kueh Pie Tie, 95 Joo Chiat Road, +65 6344 2875, www.joochiatpopiah.com

     

  • Situated right at the top of Joo Chiat Road on the outskirts of the Malay enclave of Geylang Serai, this mall specializes in traditional Malay jewelry, carpets, textiles, clothing and crafts. Browse the jamu shops for Indonesian medicinal herbs; try on an intricate Peranakan kebaya outfit; or have a traditional costume tailored just for you.

     

    Joo Chiat Complex, 1 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 420001

     

  • Singapore's oldest Peranakan restaurant sits on serene Joo Chiat Lane. This 60 year-old veteran serves mouth-watering Straits Chinese classics including spicy sambal kangkung, tangy ayam buah keluak and scorching ikan bawal assam nanas pedas. When things get too hot, cool down with an iced coconut-palm sugar chendol.  

     

    Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant, 38/40 Joo Chiat Place, +65 63442761, sales@guanhoesoon.com, www.guanhoesoon.com

     

  • Mother of three Kate of Little Ones Photography is an experienced hand at capturing precious moments on camera. She is classically trained and has received numerous accolades for her stunning snapshots that depict special moments. Kate also prints and frames photos in an array of creative styles.

     

    Little Ones Photography, 7 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427742, +65 6440 7567, info@littleonesphotography.com, www.littleonesphotography.com

     

  • People of European-Asian heritage were one of Singapore's earliest residents. Learn about the culture, history and lifestyle of this fascinating community at the Eurasian Heritage Centre. Special galleries trace the genealogy of prominent Eurasian families and recount the community's experience during the Japanese Occupation in WWII.

     

    Eurasian Heritage Centre, Eurasian Association, 139 Ceylon Road, Singapore 429744, +65 6447 1578, www.eurasians.org.sg

     

  • Dive into this treasure trove of vintage knick-knacks to pick up a piece of vanishing Singapore, including collectable cameras, tiffin carriers, signage, typewriters, radios and phones from the '20s all the way to the '70s, plus Raleigh bikes from the '80s. Rustic wooden Javanese-style furniture imported directly from Indonesia is sold as well.

     

    Bangku Bangku, 317 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427568

     

  • Try before you buy at the FoxySales showroom on Joo Chiat Road! Sneak a peek at their fantastic range of clothes and shoes for babies, kids, and women plus toys and school accessories from boutique brands around the world. The custom made sandals for kids and women are absolutely adorable! FoxySales shares a space with Ashley Low Photography, which specializes in maternity, newborn, kids and family photography!

     

    Foxysales, 118 Joo Chiat Road, #04-01, Singapore 427407, +65 6440 6560, www.foxysales.com

     

  • Escape the stress of daily life at The Reiki Centre. Specializing in Reiki treatments, meditation, yoga and healing, the Centre also organizes regular workshops and talks designed to help individuals attain personal health and wellbeing goals. You can even train as to become a Reiki practitioner to help heal yourself and your loved ones.

     

    The Reiki Centre, 42A Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427766, +65 6346 7030, www.reikicentre.com.sg

     

  • Step into this cze zhar institution for lip-smacking Singaporean Chinese dishes from age-old family recipes. Joo Hing's ambiance is rather non de script, but their food is truly exceptional, attracting a huge loyal following. Tuck into signature dishes like prawn paste chicken, meat patties with salted fish, black pepper beef and claypot beancurd. Yum!

     

    Joo Hing Restaurant, 360 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427605, +65 6345 1503

     

  • Update your little prince's or princess' bedroom with simple yet elegant solid timber pieces from Ni Night. Design-savvy owner Majella has curated a unique collection designed to fit any taste or style. In addition to the fabulous furniture, you'll find adorable accessories, bedding, and clothing plus a housewares range for adults.

     

    Ni Night, 7 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427742, +65 64407567, majella@ni-night.com, www.ni-night.com

     

  • Alvin Yapp spent 20+ years transforming his colonial shophouse home into a private museum devoted to all things Peranakan. Admire The Intan's artifacts, including a century-old bridal bed and over 100 embroidered slippers. Alvin conducts tours which end with an authentic Straits Chinese tea or dinner inspired by his mom's cooking!

     

    The Intan, 69 Joo Chiat Terrace, +65 6440 1148, contactus@the-intan.com, www.the-intan.com (visits by appointment only)

     

  • The next time you have friends or relatives in town, do them a favor and check them into Ceylon House, a boutique inn situated within a beautifully restored heritage dwelling. Spanning an impressive 3,200 square feet divided over four floors, the establishment also features a roof terrace, modern kitchen and dining area, making it ideal for families.

     

    Ceylon House, 4 Ceylon Road, Singapore 429600, +65 6348 8568, www.rabbit-carrot-gun.com

     

  • Need specific cooking supplies for a huge buffet or just looking to spruce up your cooking with a new set of pots and pans? Make your way down to kitchen specialist 5B Pte Ltd. It is not as swish as ToTT on Dunearn Road, but it sells thousands of products to get keen amateur cooks and bakers started on their kitchen revamp.

     

    5B Pte Ltd, 42-46 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427368, +65 6458 7228, sales@5B.com.sg, www.5B.com.sg

     

  • Take a trip back in time at this pocket friendly diner embellished with vintage paraphernalia. Find a combination of hawker favorites from Singapore's streets on the menu, such as durian pengat, ice balls, atap chee ice cream and chicken curry. It's a good stop for drinks too - try the sour plum pop for some refreshing fizzy goodness.

     

    Sinpopo Brand, 458 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427671, +65 6345 5034

     

  • Dabble in the fine art of chocolate making under the tutelage of Swiss master chocolatier Reto Marzari at Chocolate Atelier. Participants will create classic pralines and truffles from tempered chocolate, including Switzerland's hazelnut encrusted "Bruchschoggi". Chocolate Atelier also bakes scrummy traditional Swiss cakes.

     

    Chocolate Atelier, 253 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427507, +65 6348 1686, info@chocolate-atelier.com, www.chocolate-atelier.com

     

    To get to Joo Chiat, take the No.16 or No.33 bus from Mountbatten or Dakota MRT stations towards Bedok and stop outside the Eurasian Heritage Centre. Or from the Paya Lebar MRT station, catch the No.24 bus towards Ang Mo Kio Interchange and stop in front of Joo Chiat Complex. Come in the daytime without a stroller, as the streets are narrow and cluttered.

     

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