A Homegrown Guide To Singapore's Joo Chiat

(L) Café Natsu ; (R) SOJAO
(L) Café Natsu ; (R) SOJAO

Joo Chiat, often called Katong-Joo Chiat, is a district in Singapore where history and modernity intertwine. Acclaimed for its Peranakan heritage, the area showcases the vibrant culture through its iconic shophouses adorned with intricate details. Today, Joo Chiat thrives as a cultural gem, attracting visitors with its unique blend of tradition and contemporary charm.

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Café Natsu

In the heart of Singapore's Joo Chiat district, Café Natsu offers a delightful escape with its unique fusion of Japanese and local influences. Their timeless Japanese dishes get a Singaporean twist, creating a unique taste experience. Beyond the delicious food, the cafe itself is a gem. Spacious and bathed in warm morning sunlight, it provides a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. Friendly service and reasonable prices add to the experience, making Café Natsu a perfect spot to relax and savour a taste of Japan with a local touch

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Kōhī Roastery & Coffee Bar

Tucked away in a Joo Chiat back alley, Kōhī Roastery & Coffee Bar offers a unique "hole-in-the-wall" experience. Inspired by Japanese coffee traditions and with roots in Bangkok, Kohi focuses on crafting simple, flavourful cups that highlight the inherent character of each bean. Their brewing method pays homage to the Japanese pour-over tradition, ensuring a nuanced and enjoyable coffee experience. While primarily a grab-and-go concept with limited seating, the friendly staff and short wait times (around 10-15 minutes) make it worth a visit.

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Ice Cream


For all the ice cream lovers, Gelatolabo has got you covered. Their small-batch, handcrafted gelato and sorbets are made with fresh fruits, herbs, and teas, and are free from preservatives, coloring, and chemicals. They even prioritise organic ingredients whenever possible. Beyond classic flavours, Gelatolabo boasts creative options, and the friendly staff is happy to help you choose. The shop itself is bright and dynamic, featuring surfboards and a collection of fashion toys, making it a fun and welcoming spot for families and individuals alike.

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Local Home Decor & Supplies


Stepping into SOJAO's beautifully designed store, you'll be greeted by a calming ambience filled with natural light and a delightful scent. Their passion lies in curating the finest essentials for your home, from luxurious and sustainable bedding to cosy loungewear and even delightful candles and ceramics. Whether you seek self-care essentials or thoughtful gifts, Sojao caters to all your needs. You're guaranteed to leave feeling inspired and ready to create a more comfortable and mindful space in your house. 

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Vintage Store

A Vintage Tale

This charming store, housed in a converted shophouse, boasts a curated collection of clothing from the 1950s to the 1990s, each piece bursting with colour and character. You can expect a delightful mix of patterns and fabrics, reflecting the unique styles of each decade. Whether you're searching for a statement piece or a timeless treasure, A Vintage Tale offers a treasure trove of unique finds. Don't miss the special bargain corner in the back, where you might unearth hidden gems at even more affordable prices.

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Local Designer Store

r y e

With the arrival of r y e, a local fashion design house, you'll be greeted by a minimalist interior with a touch of Japanese influence, reflecting the brand's philosophy of considered design and timeless elegance. Established in 2016, r y e champions slow fashion, offering high-quality wardrobe essentials with a focus on reinvented classics. Their pieces cater to the distinctive woman, exuding a sense of ease and pared-down elegance that transcends trends.Whether you seek a statement piece or a timeless staple, r y e's thoughtfully curated collection promises to elevate your everyday wardrobe.

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Dog Store

The Dog Grocer

Pamper your pup sustainably at The Dog Grocer, Joo Chiat's innovative pet store. This eco-conscious space caters to responsible pet owners with a unique blend of sustainability and high-quality products. Shop for treats and chews from bulk bins, minimizing waste, or choose from their selection of fresh, raw meals and parts packaged in home-compostable materials. They even offer dehydrated single-ingredient snacks with minimal flavours, ensuring your furry friend enjoys healthy and delicious treats. The clean and organised store boasts friendly and knowledgeable staff who are always happy to help you find the perfect products for your beloved companion.

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