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Katong
The multicultural Katong district of Singapore displays architectural influences from Britain, Portugal, China, France, and Malaysia. There are many beautiful villas and mansions here that once belonged to the wealthy elite. Nowadays, this residential district is worth visiting for its food and Peranakan (Straits Chinese) culture.
 
The Basics

Originally known as Tanjong Katong (Cape Katong), Katong was once a seaside district of Singapore, although it’s now set back a bit from the water after 20th-century land reclamation projects. Katong is still a picturesque destination, though, and, along with neighboring Joo Chiat, it is famous for its colorful terraced Peranakan houses and storefronts, colonnaded covered walkways, and decorative tiles. This district is also popular for its Peranakan food, which combines Malay and Chinese elements.
 
Travelers who want to avoid the bustle of central Singapore may want to stay in the smaller hotels of Katong instead. It’s easy to reach via public transit or taxi from central Singapore, so many travelers visit independently for a couple of hours. Food-themed guided tours are also available.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Head to Koon Seng Road and Joo Chiat Road to check out the most beautiful buildings.
  • The South Indian-style Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple, decorated with sculptures of many Hindu gods and goddesses, is another must-visit attraction in the area.
  • Katong Laksa is a variation on the spicy noodle soup popular in Peranakan cuisine, with the noodles cut into smaller lengths that can be eaten with a spoon. Adventurous eaters should definitely try it while visiting Katong.
 
How to Get There
The Katong district is in the southeast part of Singapore. Many buses and subway lines travel here, so it’s easy to reach. Take the green East West MRT Line to Paya Lebar station to reach Joo Chiat/Changi/Tangjong Katong Road, or take the orange Circle Line to Paya Lebar station. Alternatively, look for bus Nos. 10, 12, 14, 16, and 32 to reach Katong.
 
When to Get There
Travelers can visit Katong at any time, but to take full advantage of the district’s food options, coincide a visit with lunch or dinner time.
 
Visit the Peranakan Museum

To learn more about the Peranakan culture that’s on display in Katong, check out the Peranakan Museum on Armenian Street in the central city. It celebrates the culture and art of the cultural group throughout Southeast Asia, and has one of the largest collections of Peranakan objects in the world. It presents a mix of permanent and temporary exhibits.
Address: Katong District, Singapore
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Singapore Heritage Food Tour: Geylang Serai Market, Joo Chiat and Katong

Singapore Heritage Food Tour: Geylang Serai Market, Joo Chiat and Katong

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One of the best things about being in Singapore is undoubtedly the food. You’ll get a taste of Singapore’s multicultural heritage on this private tasting tour with a personal guide who introduces you to Chinese, Malay, Indian and Peranakan cuisine. Take a walking tour of Geylang Serai Market, Joo Chiat and Katong, and visit some of the country's best foodie destinations including hawker centers, street vendors and old-world cafes to sample specialties. Hotel pickup and drop-off by private vehicle included on this 3.5-hour tour.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$148.36
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$148.36
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Katong Walking Food Tour

Katong Walking Food Tour

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Escape the fast pace of life in Downtown or Orchard and discover the authentic taste of Peranakan cuisine (also known as Nyonya) with this half-day walking tour in the residential neighborhood of Katong. Experience a culinary tradition in the place it first developed; on this tour, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to try dishes that have since become fast favorites throughout Southeast Asia, such as the Katong Laksa and Nyonya Bak Zhang.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.64
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$90.64

The Katong Private Food Tour

The Katong Private Food Tour

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Enjoy Singapore with a private food tour in Katong ! Your local food expert will show you around the city most vibrant food places and you will get to know the local artisans. Katong is a foodie's paradise tugged away in the Eastern side of Singapore. It is well known for serving Peranakan (or Nonya) cuisine, a unique blend of  Chinese ingredients with spices and cooking techniques of the Malays.  Discover the tastes of Singapore as you walk past heritage shophouses and eateries in this ever-charming Katong area. If you have any special requirements, do not hesitate we will be happy to make your dream come true .
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.96
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$135.96

Private Tiong Bahru and Katong

Private Tiong Bahru and Katong "Hipster" Old Towns Car Tour

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A 4-hour heritage tour around the city's most charming heartlands, where old meets new. Fall in love with our unique identity with the locals. Beneath the gleaming façade that tourists usually see, this enthralling heritage tour delves deep into the heartlands where Singaporeans live and play. Explore the idyllic charm of two of Singapore's most charming neighbourhoods where old meets new in a most captivating medley of architecture and culture. Mingle with the friendly locals, have a taste of exotic local foods and take plenty of social media-worthy pictures of Art Deco pre-war conservation apartments. We also up the ante with a local coffee tasting session and a rare opportunity to visit a local Singaporean home!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$166.18
Price varies by group size
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$166.18
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Private Customized Singapore Car Tour (Half Day or Full Day)

Private Customized Singapore Car Tour (Half Day or Full Day)

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Some tours can miss areas you’re interested in or be cut short, leaving you wanting more from the experience. This private, customized Singapore car tour gives you round-trip, private transport and an itinerary based on your own personal preferences, built by a guide who answers only to you. You’ll choose a duration time, and move at a pace that’s comfortable for you, so you get the most out of your Singapore visit.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$211.50
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$211.50
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Private Singapore City Highlights Tour By Car - Half Day or Full Day

Private Singapore City Highlights Tour By Car - Half Day or Full Day

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With beautiful waterfront scenery, pretty gardens, and cutting-edge galleries, Singapore ranks among Asia’s must-see cities—but beating the crowds and exploring independently by public transport can be challenging. On this tour, spin through Singapore by private air-conditioned minivan and explore in comfort. Hit top attractions like Chinatown, Gardens by the Bay, Little India, or Marina Bay with your guide, and customize your itinerary to hit the highlights of most interest.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$254.05
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$254.05
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Half Day or Full Day Private Custom Walking Tour of Singapore

Half Day or Full Day Private Custom Walking Tour of Singapore

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Experience Singapore exactly how you want to on a private sightseeing tour. You choose the duration, ranging from four to eight hours.  Whether you want to explore gardens, enjoy local cuisine, take in the architecture, or all of the above, a 100% customized itinerary will be created for you. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and all public transportation costs along the way are included.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$168.72
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$168.72
Price varies by group size
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Small-Group Food Tour With Hawker Center: Eat Like A Local

Small-Group Food Tour With Hawker Center: Eat Like A Local

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Dine like a local on this food tour of Singapore, which includes 10 tastings of the city's best traditional and innovative dishes alike. Walk past some of the city's most popular attractions and through its distinctive neighborhoods between bites, all while your guide provides insightful commentary and useful information about the area. This small-group tour is limited to eight people for a more intimate experience.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$117.91
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$117.91
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Private Customised Shore Excursion in Singapore By Car

Private Customised Shore Excursion in Singapore By Car

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See Singapore your way on a private, custom tour that transports you around the super-sleek city in air-conditioned comfort. As well as beating the heat, you’ll avoid having to navigate an unfamiliar city alone and benefit from the undivided attention of a private guide, who can provide tailored recommendations to last the rest of your trip.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$254.05
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$254.05
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Private Cultural and Historical Singapore Food Tour with Local Hawker Centre

Private Cultural and Historical Singapore Food Tour with Local Hawker Centre

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Explore Singapore’s unique food culture in depth on this private tour. A personal guide will show just you and your group around Singapore’s culinary highlights, including places in Kampong Glam, Little India, Katong, and Old Airport Road. Tour at your own pace, ask your guide questions, and eat like a local for a day. Sample all kinds of food, and learn about Singaporean history and culture.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$455.35
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$455.35
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Private Singapore Night Food Tour: 10 Tastings with a Local

Private Singapore Night Food Tour: 10 Tastings with a Local

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Fall in love with the flavorful Singaporean cuisine on this delicious night food tour in Singapore! Enjoy a selection of 10 tastings hand-picked by your foodie local host, just for you. From yummy must-tries like the irresistible Satay to unique dishes like Teh Tarik, which means “pulled tea”; you’re in for a treat, so bring your appetite. During this culinary tour in Singapore, you will enjoy authentic local bites ranging from savory to sweet while also discovering the city and its highlights by night. Wander around the vibrant Geylang Serai, where the Malay community in Singapore likes to gather. Explore an authentic hawker center, with an array of stalls selling different local dishes. And the cherry on top, do like the locals do and share a table at the hawker center that gets you in the mood with a Singaporean vibe. What can be better than that? This tour can be organised in Mandarin Chinese language.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$107.28
Price varies by group size
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$107.28
Price varies by group size
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Private Singapore Airport Layover Walking Tour

Private Singapore Airport Layover Walking Tour

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Skip the food courts and crowded terminals and make the most of your long layover on a private tour of Singapore. You’ll get a customized itinerary based on your interests and input. Together with your private guide, you’ll discover Singapore on foot and by public transit.  Airport pickup and drop-off allows you to maximize the length of your tour and still be back in time for your connecting flight.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$188.51
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$188.51
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6 or 8 Hour Private Shore Excursion of Singapore by walk

6 or 8 Hour Private Shore Excursion of Singapore by walk

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Experience Singapore your way on a six to eight hour private tour.  A bespoke itinerary will be created for you based on your interests. Choose from categories ranging from food to culture and style to shopping. Your private guide will meet you at the port and be with you every step of the way.  Keep your wallet in your pocket and enjoy included public transportation fare.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$211.38
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$211.38
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Private Customised Singapore Airport Layover Tour By Car

Private Customised Singapore Airport Layover Tour By Car

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An 4, 6 or 8-hour private customised Singapore city tour starting and returning at the airport by private vehicle. Your tour itinerary will be designed just for you. Combine must see sights like the Singapore Merlion, Chinatown, Marina Bay, Little India, Gardens By The Bay, and Hawker Centre with history, culture, local foodie delights and hidden gems.  Your personal private tour guide will ensure that you see the things that will interest you the most and at a pace that suits you. No one else will join your tour. Transport costs by private vehicle included. 
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$254.05
Price varies by group size
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$254.05
Price varies by group size
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Singapore Private Customisable Walking Tour

Singapore Private Customisable Walking Tour

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Instead of following a predetermined itinerary, create a sightseeing schedule that suits your interests on a private, custom walking tour of Singapore. Exploring on foot gives you a more in-depth glimpse into the modern city while wandering with a guide means you’ll visit places that you’re likely to have missed if alone. Plus, you can choose the start time and duration of your tour.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$135.96
Price varies by group size
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$135.96
Price varies by group size
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Private Katong Evening Food Tour

Private Katong Evening Food Tour

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We have been running this tour since 2015 and it is always a big hit. Hosting the tour in Katong allows guests to get out of the usual city and tourist spots. Katong has a laid back atmosphere which is helped by the cool sea breeze and the brightly painted houses. On our private tour we will go at a slower pace. Smaller groups allow us to have more interaction with the chefs and hawkers along the way. We often stop to chat to our local food heroes who love telling their stories and having their pictures taken. We want to connect you to the real local food and way of life and Katong is a great spot to do this. You'll enjoy dishes from different ethnic communities. Malay, Indonesian, Eurasian, Chinese and of course Peranakan. We'll also be visiting our Michelin recognised Katong Laksa shop along the way. As the tour is private we can order dishes depending on your preference and take in the experience at your own pace.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$128.41
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$128.41
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