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
 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: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_375_2004-12-27.html
 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. (http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/shops-museums-katong-seek-preserve-peranakan-culture)
 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!
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!
 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!)
 Birds of Paradise (63 East Coast Road)
For some yummy ice-cream and yes, to take that Birds of Paradise background pic.
 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: http://danielfooddiary.com/2016/08/22/babachews/)