Katong, Singapore

Neighbouring Katong is a quiet residential area formerly dominated by wealthy Straits Chinese families or the Peranakans. Many of the older Peranakan homes, now standing back from the sea, were once seaside villas.

Parkway Parade is the place to find shopping bargains, but Katong is best known for its wonderful eating houses specialising in Peranakan cuisine. For Chinese seafood, the shophouses along East Coast Road offer a tasty treat.

Getting There: Take SBS bus 14 or 16 from Orchard Road.