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This colourful neighbourhood is also home to an equally vibrant selection of delicious grub

East side, best side. Whether or not you agree with it, this popular local belief is bolstered by the fact that Katong is filled with plenty to see, shop, and of course: eat. The charming area used to be known as a popular coastal town, drawing in crowds with its beachside retreats and views of glittering vista (fun fact: Katong refers to the rippling effect of a sea mirage).
Today, the neighbourhood remains just as well-loved, with people flocking to the east for its quaint vibes and charming architecture. And it definitely helps that there are numerous delicious eats to be found within the district—from hip cafes to gourmet restaurants. Be sure to come hungry when making a stop at this beautiful location.

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1. La Bottega Enoteca

You might have heard of private dining outfit Casa Nostra and its year-old waitlist. Hungry diners were willing to wait for months on end, just to get a taste of Italian-born Antonio Miscellaneo’s handmade pizza and pasta.
Luckily, that wait-time is now much more manageable; the chef has decided to expand his operations to open a trattoria-style restaurant along the roads of Katong. The reservations-only restaurant continues to serve up a rotating menu that spotlights a carb-laden feast of smoky pies and slurp-worthy strands.

La Bottega Enoteca, 346 Joo Chiat Road, S(427596)

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2. Tigerlily Patisserie

Springing up along Joo Chiat Road is a sweet, lush escape. Nature-themed Tigerlily Patisserie comes dressed in soothing pastel hues and botanical murals—and most importantly, the bakes are infused with freshest seasonal ingredients. Headed by executive pastry chef Maxine Ngooi, she taps into her past life in various Michelin-starred kitchens to create various drool-worthy creations.
Must-orders include desserts that taste as good as they look. Pink guava and pear captures the same motif as the terracotta tabletops, and comes perfumed with guava cream, fresh pears, and elderflower liqueur pear mousse; while the whimsy Beehive is a burst of summertime flavours: lemon sponge, thyme and lychee honey jelly, honey parfait all encased within a chocolate casing.
In the mood for something savoury? Hearty brunch plates of loaded sandwiches and breakfast platters are also available for a leisurely afternoon meal. Or grab some gooey mochi blondie to go for a lovely mid-day snack.

Tigerlily Patisserie, 350 Joo Chiat Road, S(427598), +65 8887 0988

3. Neptune

Much like its popular siblings, Neptune is an equally charming spot to grab brunch and coffee. The space, which occupies where Firebake once stood, is opened by the same people behind Apollo Coffee Bar, Atlas Coffeehouse, and Columbus Coffee Co. Here, the interior comes awash with sleek mid-century modern influences; glass window panes let in plenty of light, while clean, wooden furnishings are enlivened with splashes of olive to lend a breezy touch. 
The menu, too, reflects that same contemporary approach. Classic brunch plates are updated with global flavours—from scrambled eggs with chilli crab and chorizo, to buttery scones served alongside dill-scented salmon and shrimp.

Neptune, 237 East Coast Road, S(428930), +65 6970 7305

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4. Common Man Coffee Roasters Joo Chiat

Tucked within a corner shophouse unit is the third outpost of Common Man Coffee Roasters. Besides the regular brews, the outlet here also comes fitted with an espresso bar that stocks up on experimental blends. Then, pair each aromatic sip with some hearty brunch creations. Creamy avocado toast gets an umami update with sautéed mushrooms, and sourdough pancakes undergo a 30-hour ferment to yield soft, fluffy flaps.
But come nightfall, the staff starts slinging pizza instead of pita, and ceramic coffee cups are swapped for wine glasses. The space transforms into Drunken Farmer, a pizzeria and natural wine bar, where sourdough finds its way into crusty pie bases and crunchy chicken karaage batter—all of which are addictive, to say the least.

Common Man Coffee Roasters Joo Chiat, 185 Joo Chiat Road, S(427456), +65 6877 4863

5. Chilli Padi Nonya Restaurant

Katong is quite the Peranakan paradise, with rows of pre-war shophouses (a popular Instagram spot) and many eateries serving up time-honoured Nonya delicacies. One of which is Chilli Padi Nonya Restuarant, with red-draped tables and a wooden door frame that hearkens back to the yesteryears. Adding to that atmosphere is a traditional feast; ayam buah keluak, babi ponteh, chap chye, and more classic eats can all be within the pages of the menu.

Chilli Padi Nonya Restaurant, 11 Joo Chiat Place, #01-03, S(427744), +65 6275 1002

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