Singapore is a mix of old and new. Yesterday's Thieves Market is an established cultural landmark dating back over three fourths of a century, while the Esplanade, Merlion, and Palace Bay Sands all are modern creations.
Singapore's location means it's always hot, and its historical architecture, built back when air conditioning wasn't really an option, reflects its climate. Buildings all have lots of large windows with shutters: windows which can be opened to help air flow through the building and keep things cool.
An entire neighborhood full of these buildings has been preserved in Joo Chiat and Katong. The area developed as a residential neighborhood in the early 20th century, with many of its residents being Peranakans.
Many of the houses now have cafes, coffee shops, or restaurants and the area serves as a destination for foodies. There are plenty of shops selling traditional clothing, crafts, and other wares. There are also hotels to be found in the area.
As you'll tell from my pictures below, I was only able to visit at night. There is some sightseeing to be done, and of course you should plan to shop and eat during your trip. This is yet another area I have to return to on a future trip, but you can get a feel for the architecture and dining options in my photos below.
My evening walk started from Paya Lebar MRT Station, where I walked south down Joo Chiat Road to East Coast Road. From East Coast Road, several buses make their way back toward downtown Singapore or nearby MRT stations.
Be sure to check out the photos below!