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A True Authentic Peranakan Experience

Spend a leisurely morning exploring the Peranakan gems hidden in plain sight around the Singapore city. Discover 19th-century Peranakan houses around Petain Road and Neil Road which have been restored to their former glory, Admire the incredibly stylish architecture, furnishings and the intricately painted ceramic tiles of yesteryear.

We then bring you to one of the best kept secrets around the Chinatown area where you have the chance to shop for traditional enamel “tingkat” sets and hand-drawn porcelain rooster bowls).

Finally arrive at True Blue Cuisine, a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant located in a conservation shophouse on Armenian Street, adorned with Peranakan-themed treasures and memorabilia.
Baba Ben, Owner of True-Blue Cuisine will give you an exclusive insider’s tour of his family’s private gallery on the upper floor of the shophouse. End of your experience with lunch at the True-Blue Space.

The nostalgia of this experience is sure to linger on you for a long time after.

Take a walk through the fascinating history and stories about the Petain Road 19th century Peranakan houses. Learn about the original Peranakans, their evolution over the years, rich culture, architectural preferences and take a closer look at the intricate hand-drawn tiles adorning these incredibly desirable homes.
We pass by Neil Road, and make a stop along a row of beautifully restored shophouses. Learn the history of Neil Road as the grounds of a nutmeg plantation and about the original residents of the area including Singapore’s first head of the botanical experimental gardens, trishaw riders, craftsmen and even prostitutes who worked in the area.

A short walk brings us to the peaceful Spottiswoods Park Road which is lined with gorgeous shophouses, including one considered the oldest shophouse with a façade mural in the city. Hidden at a secret back are murals by famous local and international artists. Our guide also shows you a famous traditional confectionary store in the area.

We stop by the Chinatown area where you have the chance to shop for traditional kitchen wares not commonly available in these times (think enamel “tingkat” sets and hand-drawn porcelain rooster bowls). Bakers are sure to go bonkers at this store!

Discover a portion of Armenian Street that has been pedestrianized and turned into a park as a key node for the First Botanic Garden. This area showcases plants with strong associations to the first botanical and experimental garden of Singapore back in the day and which provide the flavours to traditional Peranakan dishes.

Finally arrive at True Blue Cuisine, a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant located in a conservation shophouse on Armenian Street, adorned with Peranakan-themed treasures and memorabilia. Baba Ben, restauranteur and Owner of True-Blue Cuisine will give you an exclusive insider’s tour of his family’s private gallery on the upper floor of the shophouse.

End off your experience with a lunch at the True-Blue Space.

Information

Duration:
4 hours

Tour Time:
08.45AM – 12.45PM

Meeting Point:
Outside ToastBox at City Square Mall (Farrer Park MRT Station)
Please be at the meeting point 10 minutes earlier.

Transfers:
No transfer provided to meeting point

Includes

  • 1 set lunch at True Blue Restaurant
  • Van Transfer
  • English Speaking Guide
 

Excludes

  1. Gratuities for guide

$65 adult | $60 child
Minimum of 5 pax
Subject to availability

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