Once owned by a wealthy entrepreneur, Joo Chiat Street was at one time a coconut estate. By 1910 all this changed when it was taken over by the government and completely transformed from a large estate to a sought after tourist attraction. Joo Chiat Street houses an interesting mix of colonial buildings and Chinese shop houses and is also famed as a food haven in the city. The area and its neighbouring streets are packed with a series of famous restaurants, food courts and Kopi Tiams that have captivated food lovers from all over the world.
The food stalls let one savour unique combinations of cultural cuisines influenced by the varied races and ethnicities residing in the nation including Muslim, Malay, Peranakan, Chinese and Indian. This combination of flavours is sure to give you a unique gastronomical experience.
Changi Road is also an interesting place to stop by as it is the location of the popular Geylang Serai Market and Food Court, one of the liveliest and best markets in the city. For a more casual shopping experience drop into one of the many stalls dotted around the region that sells everything from textiles, kitchen and household wares and food items including vegetables, chicken, fish, spices and local delicacies.
Although food and shopping are the highlights of the street, there are number of other attractions around the area that include the residence of the President of Singapore, the Malay Village, the Sri Senpaga Vinayagar; the second oldest Hindu Temple in the country, and many more sites of interest.
Singapore is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and Joo Chiat Street offers an insight into the nation’s unique cuisine. While hotels in Singapore are found in abundance, those looking for a first class experience can stay at the accommodation options provided by Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Singapore. These well placed Singapore hotels offer a range of modern facilities and services and cater to both business and leisure travellers.