Explore · 25 Jul 2019

Katong: a guide by Gojek

Once the place for plantations and weekend beach houses, Katong now plays host to ornate Peranakan facades, nurtures and preserves a rich heritage, and serves serious, mouth-watering grub. Hop in: here’s Gojek’s guide for this charming little enclave.


Image from: Facebook – Birds of Paradise


Eat:Birds of Paradise

Where: 63 East Coast Road

Katong is rich with established food joints, but if you’re looking for something new, this gelateria hits the right spot. They’re especially skilled with local flavors the likes of pandan and lychee strawberry, but the winner’s an easy choice: white chrysanthemum, paired with the boutique’s thyme cones. 


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Play:Teo Heng KTV Studio

Where: Katong Shopping Centre

Belt out to your fave trashy pop tunes for extremely low prices. Also comes with free wifi, along with food and drinks from just $1. Make sure to book early – Teo Heng’s rooms get filled up really fast, especially at night and on weekends.


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See: Carnival Beauty Salon

Where: 6 Ceylon Road

The curtains may seem drawn in this salon, but… we suppose it’s a still-alive-barely-breathing situation. We can’t vouch for its services, but the place is a precious, endearing and enduring time capsule: think old-school, red leather chairs, paired with posters of Princess-Di-esque hair poofs. 


Image from: Rumah Bebe

Shop:Rumah Bebe

Where: 113 East Coast Road

Rumah Bebe stocks up everything you’d need to bring a little piece of Peranakan history home with you. Shop ready-to-wear sarong kebayas, have one specially tailored for you, and even stock up on porcelain homeware. If you’re feeling peckish, know that Rumah Bebe also has gotten rave reviews for its food.


Image from: Lonely Planet


Explore:East Coast Park

Where: Along East Coast Parkway and East Coast Park Service Road

This is just slightly off Katong, but one worth mentioning none the less – East Coast spans a massive 185 hectares, and offers quite literally everything you’d need for a day out with the fam: plenty of land/water sports, a very classy McDonald’s joint, barbeque pits if you’d want to whip up a feast on your own, and even campsites to stay the night. 



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