the east side

singapore, walkwalk


The East Side – okay, i’m not referring to the far east, but the cool hippy east side. Katong / Marine Parade / Joo Chiat area. I don’t live in this area but worked here for four years so here is a list of places i’ll visit for a short jalan-jalan (say half a day at least).

There is a good mix of old and new, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the Peranakan influence there!

Places you should visit

[1] Koon Seng Road

If you’re an avid Instagrammer or photographer, you will love this stretch of road. You’ll find well-designed picturesque shophouses, homes, some in distinct Peranakan styles of ornate eclectic Chinese styles. Read about its history here:

[2] Katong Antique House (208E East Coast Road)

I visited this place for work and the owner of this place, Mr Peter Wee , is a fourth-generation Baba. There’s lots of publicity for this place, a unique antique shop that has items such as furniture and crockery. I guess there was a craze for all things peranakan after the success of Little Nyonya. Do check out Kim Choo that’s along the stretch for some nice ba zhang.  (

[3] East Coast Road Conservation Houses

Walked past this place, which makes a great instagram showpiece as well! Couldn’t find much information on this place apart from some property guru sites. You can take a break at the nearby Chin Mee Chin, at 204 East Coast Road. It’s an old school coffee shop and the local coffee, kaya toast and cakes are supposedly the best. I have only tried some of the cakes though! Do note that it’s not open on Mondays and closes at 4.30pm!

[4] Alibabar

Alibabar is a hawker place by day (maybe kopitiam too) and bar at night. Cool concept right? The prawn noodles is supposedly quite good, the burgers are nice too. It’s right opposite i12!

[5] Cat Socrates (448 Joo Chiat Road)

Quite a hipster place with a few outlets around Singapore, but still a great place to drop by! (for some cool stuff, aircon, and its resident cat!)

[6] Birds of Paradise (63 East Coast Road)

For some yummy ice-cream and yes, to take that Birds of Paradise background pic.

[7] Group Therapy Coffee at Katong V

Loved the mint chocolate – great place for tea (not so much the food though), oh but Baba Chews (just down the road – at Hotel Indigo) is oh-so-yummy. A must go! (Link here:



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