About Go Katong
Located at the heart of Tanjong Katong, it is famously known as one of Singapore’s best foodie destinations and its well-preserved Peranakan shophouses. Katong was once a coconut plantation, but has since developed into a residential suburb by the early 20th century and became a weekend seaside retreat for many. It became populated by a growing English-educated middle class, including the Peranakans and Eurasians. They eventually settled and built their homes away from the hustle-and-bustle of town life with their colonial seaside bungalows in the area.
Since then, Katong has transformed into a lifestyle hub in Singapore’s east whereby visitors are treated to a unique shopping experience. As one of Singapore’s top foodie destinations, Katong boasts contemporary cafes and old-school coffeshops that serve the favourite local dishes such as ‘Katong Laksa’, ‘kueh chang‘ (dumplings) and other Nonya delicacies to international cuisines, lifestyle and entertainment stores.
The neighbouring Joo Chiat area was owned by a wealthy ethnic Chinese descent of Peranakan descent. Today, Joo Chiat Road is best known for its colourful rows of traditional Peranakan shophouses, dating back to the 1920s and 1930s.
Discover the Peranakan culture as you stroll past heritage shophouses, fanciful stores and eateries in this fascinating corner of eastern Singapore, away from the city centre.
See & do
Katong is rich with Peranakan culture and heritage. Visitors can also learn more about the history, traditions & lifestyle of the Peranakans by booking a tour at the award-winning Peranakan home museum, The Intan. After that, visitors can pick up some real local souvenirs from Rumah Bebe, such as the batiks and baju kebaya worn by the Nyonya. Visitors can also get away from the hustle and bustle in the city area and experience the Peranakan culture by staying at one of the several hotels there, furnished with Peranakan inspired decor.
Katong is located about 8km, 10 minutes drive from Singapore’s city centre. Visitors can also get to the area by:
Bus 40, 134, 135 from Payar Lebar MRT station
Bus 13, 150, 966 from Eunos MRT station