Instagram-worthy Shophouses & 6 Other Places to Check Out at Joo Chiat

Joo Chiat

One of Singapore’s more popular heritage trails, Joo Chiat is an area just begging to be discovered. Spanning from one end of Joo Chiat Road to the other, be prepared for an adventure filled with food, faith, history and art.

1. Wandered the streets of colourful 1930s Peranakan shophouses juxtaposed with 20th century architecture

Shophouses are pretty much synonymous with Joo Chiat, many of which have been restored and refreshed for the 21st century. For a true flavour of the Peranakan culture from the 1930s, check out Koon Seng Road where shophouses with their bold colours and exquisite details are still standing.

2. Feasted in pre-war shophouses

From crowd favourites chicken rice, carrot cake and laksa, to snacks like egg tarts, kuehs and baos and desserts such as cupcakes and durian puffs, you can literally find delicacies from every other stall in the area. Soon you’ll be wishing you had a bottomless tummy and a metabolism high enough to burn off all the calories you’ve consume.

For a true heritage experience, grab a bite at Chin Mee Chin Confectionery and Sinpopo Brand which have retained most of the shophouses’ old school charms from the pre-war days.

Address:
Chin Mee Chin Confectionery
204 East Coast Road, Singapore 428903
Tel: 6345 0419
Opening hours: 8.30am to 4pm | Tue to Sun | Closed on Mon

Sinpopo Brand
458 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427671
Tel: 6345 5034
Opening hours: 12pm to 10pm, Tue to Thu, Sun | 12pm to 12am, Fri and Sat

3. Watched Flubber churn out paper-thin popiah crepes

If you think that the skin wrapping your delicious popiah all came packed and ready from the factories, think again! Catch the live demonstration of how popiah skins are made at Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Original Popiah & Kueh Pie Tie. Transforming the process into a work of art, the masters twirl blobs of dough with one hand and dip them ever so frequently onto a searing hot pan to churn out pieces and pieces of popiah skin. Those old enough to remember the Flubber movie, this is as real as it gets! Be early though, the masters are at work only in the mornings from 8.30am to 11am.

And don’t just look! Get a taste of their popiahs. Check out the reviews here and here.

For hardcore popiah fans, you can even organise a DIY popiah party.

Address:
95 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427389
Tel: 9620 2000
Opening hours: 9am to 2pm | Daily
 

4. Hunted down treasures for the perfect designer home

There’s nothing like checking out beautiful furniture, whether you need it or not. The Gallery House and Scanteak Joo Chiat Concept Store offer wooden furniture for all functions and purposes.

Address: 
The Gallery House
181 East Coast Road, Singapore 428887
Tel: 6342 9042
Opening hours: 11.30am to 8.30pm | Daily

Scanteak Joo Chiat Concept Store
341 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427593
Tel: 6342 5718
Opening hours: 12pm to 9pm | Daily

If you’re looking for bolder items to add a personal touch to your home, the designer pieces at Jarrod Lim and antiques at Bangku Bangku Art Gallery may be what you’ve been looking for.

Jarrod Lim 
324 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427581
Tel: 6440 0067
Opening hours: by appointment only

Bangku Bangku Art Gallery
317 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427568
Tel: 8153 0292
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm | Tue to Sun | Closed on Mon

And when it comes to something special for the children, Ni-night might be the stop for you. Besides designer furniture, you can also find clothes, books and all sorts of decorative items at this little shop.

Address:
Ni-night
7 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427742
Tel: 6440 7567
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm, Mon to Fri | 11am to 6pm, Sat and Sun

Ni-night also conveniently shares the same location as Littleones Photography, a boutique photography studio to capture those precious moments with your loved ones.

Address:
Littleones Photography
7 Joo Chiat Place Singapore 427742
Tel: 6440 7567, 9728 1598
Opening hours: by appointment only

5. Bumped into worshippers from all walks of life

These places of worship may be small but they have all stood the test of time. From their humble beginnings dating way back to the 1870s, Church of the Holy FamilyKuan Im Tng TempleMasjid Khalid and Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple each draw worshippers from all walks of life on a daily basis.

6. Soaked up a little culture

If a self-guided tour is not enough to satiate your appetite for culture, make an appointment at The Intan, a Peranakan home-turned- award winning museum. The shophouse belongs to an antique collector, Alvin Yapp, and on display are his collection of Peranakan furniture, costumes and ornaments. He hosts private tours of his home which includes sharing on the Peranakan culture and even tastings of authentic Nonya food prepared by his mother. The tours last about 90 minutes for tea or 3 hours for dinner and require a minimum participation of 8 people.

If you’re looking for a unique experience, you can even hold weddings, photo shoots, corporate meetings or anniversary celebrations here.

Check out this page and this page for a sneak preview.

Address:
69 Joo Chiat Terrace, Singapore 427231
Tel: 6440 1148
Opening hours: by appointment only
Cost: $45 per person with tea (minimum 8 pax) | $100 per person with dinner (minimum 8 pax)
*prices based on an article in 2011; subject to changes

7. Chanced upon minions lurking in a back alley

So how do you compete with a private museum? Turn your walls and surroundings into an art display of course! Check out the rare street art at the junction of Joo Chiat Terrace and Everitt Road. You can’t miss the huge mural painted on the 2 storey house but do look out for the (bollard) minions just behind the house.

Tip: lots of walking involved (just Joo Chiat Road alone is almost 2km long), so be dressed appropriately!

Date timer: ~ 5 hours

I bet there are still tonnes of other shops begging to be found in Joo Chiat! What did I miss?

See below for a full listing of food and sights in geographical order:

No Category Place Not to Miss Quick Facts
1 Food Fu Seng Eating House
Stall: Katong Jago’s Carrot Cake
The carrot cake is a must try 228 East Coast Road, S428925
Morning till noon
2 Worship Church of the Holy Family Front sculptures have been retained from the original 1932 church structure 6 Chapel Road, S429509
3 Food Mei Yuen Restaurant Try the roast meat 233 East Coast Road, S428928
10am – 10.30pm
4 Food Ampang Niang Tou Fu A minimum order of 10 pieces will take up precious tummy space! 225 East Coast Road, S428922
6345 3289
11.30am – 8.30pm
 5 Food Chin Mee Chin Confectionery 204 East Coast Road, S428903
6345 0419
8.30am – 4pm | Tue to Sun | Closed on Mon
6 Food Five Star Hainanese Chicken Rice A little pricey but still good 191 East Coast Road, S428897
6344 5911
9am – 3am
7 Furniture The Gallery House Wooden furniture 181 East Coast Road, S428887
6342 9042
11.30am – 8.30pm
8 Food Yong’s Teochew Kueh Quick fix for cheap and delicious soon keuhs, png kuehs and cabbage kuehs 150 East Coast Road, S428837
6345 6798
7am – 7pm
9 Sight Former Tay Buan Guan Shop, now Rumah Bebe Peranakan heritage store and museum 113 East Coast Road, S428803
6247 8781
9.30am – 6.30pm | Tue – Sun
10 Food 328 Laksa Number one on Lonely Planet’s list of things to do in Singapore and second in Asia! 51/53 East Coast Road, S428770
9732 8163
8am – 10pm
11 Worship Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple One of the tallest Indian temples in Singapore 27 Ceylon Rd, S429620
12 Food Puteri Mas Durian Puffs A minimum purchase of 20 puffs. Also design cakes for birthdays and special occasions. 475 Joo Chiat Rd, S427682
6344 8629
9.30am – 7pm, Mon – Fri | 12pm – 5pm, Sat – Sun
13 Food Sinpopo Brand Local dishes served in a vintage coffee shop setting 458 Joo Chiat Road, S427671
6345 5034
12pm – 10pm, Sun – Thu | 12pm – 12mn,  Fri – Sat | Closed on Mon
14 Food Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice Rated the best chicken rice in Singapore 443 Joo Chiat Road, S427656
6345 9443
10.30am – 9.30pm
15 Food D’Bun Pte Ltd Try their fusion baos – savoury char siew and roasted meat bao and sweet dou sa and nian rong bao 358 Joo Chiat Rd, S427603
6345 8220
8am – 10pm
16 Furniture Scanteak Joo Chiat Concept Store More wooden furniture 341 Joo Chiat Road, S427593
6342 5718
12pm -9 pm
17 Furniture Jarrod Lim Designer pieces for your home! 324 Joo Chiat Road, S427581
9187 7885
18 Furniture Bangku Bangku Art Gallery Trendy vintage collectibles from the 1920s to 1980s 317 Joo Chiat Road, S427568
8153 0292
11am – 10pm, Tue – Sun
19 Sight Shophouses along Koon Seng Road Colourful façade Koon Seng Road
20 Food Dunman Road Food Centre
Stall: Lau Hong Ser Rojak (#02-14)
Waiting time can go up to an hour! Call 1 hour in advance to place your order 271 Onan Road, S424768
6346 6519
4.38pm to 1.38am (not a typo!), closed on Sun
21 Sight Eurasian Heritage Centre A (really) quiet centre with a collection of WW2 history. Entry is free 139 Ceylon Road, S429744
6447 1578
9am – 6pm
22 Food Nam San Offers 8 types of otah – spicy, non-spicy, fish, sotong, prawn… you name it! 261 Joo Chiat Road, S427515
6345 5542
24 hours
23 Food The Bread Project Sick of the supermarket bread loaves? Check out the freshly baked buns here! 174 Joo Chiat Road, S427445
6440 9228
9am – 5pm, Tue to Sat | 9am- 3pm, Sun
24 Worship Masjid Khalid Gathering point for Joo Chiat’s Malay community 156 Joo Chiat Road, S427434
25 Photography Littleones Photography Boutique photography studio 7 Joo Chiat Place, S427742
6440 7567
By appointment only
26 Furniture Ni-night Children’s furniture all made of solid timbre in a modern white finish 7 Joo Chiat Place, S427742
6440 7567
9am to 5pm, Mon – Fri | 11am – 6pm, Sat – Sun
27 Worship Kuan Im Tng Temple Prayer hall dedicated to Goddess of Mercy, Confucius and the Sun and Moon Gods 62 Tembeling Road, S423586
28 Sight House at corner of Joo Chiat Terrace and Everitt Road Street art 1 Everitt Road, S428516
29 Sight The Intan A private collection turn museum, book an appointment for a tour and meal for a true Peranakan experience 69 Joo Chiat Terrace, S427231
9338 2234
By appointment only
30 Sight Changi Junk Store A hoarder’s dream – packed to the brim with stuff, it takes a serious collector to even try to navigate through the mess 125 Joo Chiat Road, S427413
9635 9425
9am – 5pm
31 Food Sha Zah Confectionery Curry puffs, big and small! 105 Joo Chiat Road, S427398
6344 6692
10am – 8pm, Mon – Sat | 10am – 6pm, Sun
32 Food Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Original Popiah & Kueh Pie Tie Watch the masters at work 95 Joo Chiat Road, S427389
6344 2875
11am to 8pm, Tue to Sun
33 Shop 5B Pte Ltd One stop for all kitchen and baking needs 42-46 Joo Chiat Road, S427368
6458 7228 / 6440 3258
9am – 7pm

* Images designed by Freepik

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About DownloadADate

Kia is a Singaporean who likes to make lists and plans. She sees her weekends as sacred pockets of time that should be used for more than just movies and food. She enjoys cuddling up with a book as much as exploring new places by foot in the insane Singapore humidity. Listening to her friends who lament that there’s “nothing to do in Singapore” and fly all over the world for holidays, Kia seeks to look for escapades closer to home. She found that even in such a tiny country, there are many places she hasn’t been, things she hasn’t tried, and old places are being revamped into new ones all the time. Soon, she saw the places around her like how tourists would see them, but better – fresh and yet familiar. Kia then sets out to plan itineraries for her weekend escapes and it became a habit she enjoyed. And now she wants to share them with you. After all, there are 52 weekends in year and only so many holidays you can take. What if you can turn your dates with family and friends into holidays every week? Check out her adventures at www.downloadadate.wordpress.com

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