About the Katong: Singapore's "Foodie" Neighbourhood

 

Katong sits on the east coast of Singapore, midway between the airport and the city center, and is renowned as the home of the Peranakan culture. The word Peranakan means “descendant” and refers to people who are descended from the Chinese traders who came to the Malay Peninsula in the 15th-17th centuries. Once here, the traders married with the local families and assimilated their cultures. The result of this mix was the Peranakans.

The Peranakans became a wealthy community, comprised of educated businessmen who spoke 2 or 3 languages. It is not surprising, therefore, that when the British arrived they used the Peranakans as their middle men. The Peranakans soon moved out of Chinatown and settled in Katong, which at the time consisted of coconut and nutmeg plantations along the shore. Although land reclamation means that the shore is now eight blocks further south, Katong has remained Singapore’s Peranakan heartland, as you can see by the many colorful Peranakan shophouses that line the streets of the neighborhood.

This popular residential area has good schools and many local family-run businesses, and has managed to keep its old Singapore charm despite the fast pace of modern life. Although almost unknown to tourists, the neighborhood’s multi-cultural diversity has made it a fantastic place to explore a wide variety of cuisines.

1 km tour
2h
11:00 AM to 5:30 PM
1
Chicken Curry Puff

Singapore’s favorite curry snack

2
Gula Melaka cake

Peranakan sweet treat

3
Peranakan bites

A bite into Singapore’s Peranakan culture

4
Katong Laksa

The Original Katong Laksa

5
3 Scoops of Gelato

Botanically inspired, homemade gelato

6
Indian Sweets: Laduu and Kesarwi

Ending on a sweet note.

Further Information

Important Information
  • The tour is not available on national holidays
  • There are no guaranteed substitutions for those with allergies, though some bites will accommodate
  • Note that you may be asked to wait to receive your bite, depending on server availability, and seating may not be available
  • You may interrupt the tour and continue it on a different day
  • You may convert unused bites to bite-credit via the app
  • The tour is valid for 6 months from the date of purchase
  • Although the tour will be downloaded into your device after purchase, minimal cellular data is required when claiming the bites. Please make sure you have access to cellular data.
Weekly Availability
  • Mondays - 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM (bite #5 is not available)
  • Tuesdays - 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM (bite #2 is not available)
  • Wednesdays - 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Thursays - 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Fridays - 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Saturdays - 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Sundays - 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM