The Katong area was originally inhabited by both the Peranakans as well as the Eurasians. The Peranakans are usually known to come from a mixture of Chinese and Malay backgrounds, but there are also Indian Peranakans called the Chitty. The Eurasians can be a combination of European races of Armenian, British, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Portuguese and/or Swedish, with the Asian races of Chinese, Indian and/or Malay. Some Eurasians are so extremely diverse in their racial roots that they have completely no idea the actual number of ethnic groups they belong to!

  • History - The distinctive charm of Katong can be traced back to its Peranakan roots. It is a quiet residential area formerly dominated by wealthy Straits Chinese families or what we call, the Peranakans. Many of the older Peranakan homes in Katong, once seaside villas, still stand tall and picturesque today. Katong is the place to go for colourful Nonya sarong kebayas (traditional dress of female Peranakans), exquisite beaded slippers and handbags, and of course home-made Peranakan cuisine like ayam buah keluak.

    The Eurasians also retain a good amount of history in this region. The Eurasian Heritage Centre, located at the Eurasian Association's community house, offers fascinating insight into the Eurasian culture, from music, local celebrities and even language. Visitors can also sample delicious Eurasian fare at the Association's very own Eurasian restaurant - Eddie's Place.

  •  Today – For more information on Peranakans, visit Singapore's Peranakan Association or the Asian Civilisations Museum.
    For a tour on the Peranakan culture, contact Tour East at (65) 62382847.

The Eurasian Heritage Centre is on 139 Ceylon Road. Take the MRT to Bugis Station (EW12) and take SBS bus 12 from opposite Bugis Junction. Alight at Katong Swimming Complex. Click here to see the map of the Eurasian Heritage Centre.

  • Highlights - In the same vicinity is the Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple, with stunning architecture and murals – definitely well worth a visit. For something more modern, Parkway Parade is the shopping mall of the east. But ultimately, Katong is best known for Singaporeans’ favourite pastime – food!

To get to Parkway Parade, take SBS bus 14 or 16 from Orchard Road.

Here are some of the things to do in Katong:

Where to Eat in Katong

Where to Shop in Katong

Written by:
Singapore Tourism Board