Per­anakan Pot­ter

LUXE City Guides - Singapore - - Joo Chiat -

Quaint and colour­ful nabe once pop­u­lated by ladies of the night, now pop­u­lar des res for flush, hip types. Hav­ing called ahead for an ap­point­ment, get your taxi to drop you at the blue-hued Ka­tong An­tique House / 208 East Coast Rd / 6345 8544 / for a crash course in trad cus­toms and life­style of the Straits-chi­nese/malay elite through cloth­ing, arte­facts and furny. Cul­ture itch scratched, now let’s get shop­ping. First, scoot left to #164 where the mod con­verted shop­house House of Egg3 / 6345 5200 / is tricked out with stylish decor. Cross the road to the cnr of East Coast Rd and Joo Chiat Rd to snap up gaudy beaded slip­pers and bright sarongs at #113 Rumah Bebe / 6247 8781 / and gass with artist owner Bebe Seet about all things Ny­onya. Trace back to Joo Chiat Rd and saunter down to #448 Cat Socrates to browse Nip­pon-tinged cu­riosi­ties and stroke Ly­chee the cat. Jump in a cab to 331 Joo Chiat Rd where you’ll espy strik­ing jade rocks at Choo Yilin / 6348 1017 / chooy­ / then, turn right into Joo Chiat Ter­race for Hat of Cain / #18 / 8809 6242 / hatof­ / a paean to the Panama (m/w). Leath­ery J. My­ers beck­ons at #12 (see Ad­vanced Shop­ping; by appt only). Skip right into Tem­bel­ing Rd and sashay up to Hiew at #136 / 9816 0957 / / a florist with a nice side line in Per­anakan ce­ram­ics and di­rec­tional ke­bayas. Stroll, or if you’re on that third shirt al­ready, cab it back to East Coast Rd and stop for a sweet sen­sa­tion at Aw­fully Choco­late / #131 / 6345 2190 / aw­ful­ly­choco­ / though chances are your mouth’s as dry as Skippy’s bum – if so, call in for a pint at #49 Rab­bit Car­rot Gun / 6348 8568 / rab­bit-car­ / or go for nos­tal­gic Brit fare and craft brews at faux­pub The Tren­chard Arms / #47 / 6344 0912. Bot­toms up!

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