It’s no secret that the Katong area is full of good eats. But for those in the know, it’s also home to some of Singapore’s most popular Peranakan restaurants and cafes. That’s because like neighbouring Joo Chiat, Katong was once favoured by Peranakans and Eurasians as it developed into a residential suburb in the early 20th century. Once filled with coconut plantations and used as a weekend retreat for wealthy city dwellers, the area is now shaped by its unique pre-war identity of well-preserved Peranakan shophouses and, of course, great food.

Here’s our list of top Peranakan eats in the neighbourhood.

1)    Fatfuku

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(Photo source: Fatfuku)

This is Peranakan dining as you’ve never experienced before – a private setting in Upper East Coast Road presided over by food writer Annette Tan, who has opened her home to strangers who want to taste her modern take on Peranakan home cooking. Unpretentious and homey, her dishes include crispy mee siam and wagyu beef cheek rendang and are bound to please even the finickiest of palettes.

Reviews have been stellar so be sure to call at least two weeks ahead to book a table for your group. Email for more information.

451 Upper East Coast Road
Singapore 466499

2)     Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant

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(Photo source: Singapore Tourism Board & Guan Hoe Soon)

Only a few streets away from the famous Katong Laksa is one of Singapore’s oldest Peranakan restaurants, established in 1953. Expect home-style flavours that are distinctly no-frills but pack a punch in traditional dishes like ayam buah keluak, sayor lodeh and udang assam pedas. This restaurant may be decades old but it still draws significant crowds, especially over the weekends and holidays, from diners who dream of their grandmothers’ cooking and want to recapture a taste of a bygone era.

38/40 Joo Chiat Place
Singapore 427762

3)    Glory Catering

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(Photo source: Glory Catering & Grace Tong)

Just like Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant, Glory has been around for a long time as well and if you’re in the area, you must try their signature nonya popiah, which is made with an egg skin that feels more like a French crepe. Delectable! Because it is a catering company, Glory also offers buffet-style meals. At $11 to $15 per person for up to nine courses, that’s pretty good value for your money. High tea buffets start at $6 per person. The shop also sells gourmet supplies, like sambal, nonya chilli, and nonya achar timun.

139 East Coast Road
Singapore 428829

4)    Tok Panjang Peranakan Café

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(Photo source: Tok Panjang)

One of the newer additions to the scene, the chill café is the latest food foray for the House of Peranakan Group of restaurants. If you come here, you have to try its assam laksa, as it’s one of the few places that make the dish using kembong fish.

392 East Coast Road
Singapore 428992

5)    Baba Chews Bar and Eatery

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(Photo source: Baba Chews)

Located inside Hotel Indigo, this new entrant in the Katong food scene impresses with its authentic dishes with a modern twist. Save room for dessert, because you’re going to want to try its kueh durian, inspired by the traditional kueh dadar, but filled with D24 durian mousse.

86 East Coast Road
#01-01 Katong Square
Singapore 428788

6)    I12Katong Food Indulgence

For the month of September, I12 Katong will be creating an open studio café with different themes as part of its Food Indulgences event.If you’re in the mood for even more Peranakan food, be sure to pop in on 16, 17, 23 & 24 September to redeem a tea set comprising a lemongrass drink and a kueh pita cup or kueh dadar.

For more information about the studio café, click here.