Spend a leisurely morning exploring the Peranakan gems hidden in plain sight around Singapore city. Discover 19th-century Peranakan houses around Petain Road and Neil Road which have been restored to their former glory, bask in 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 dinner at the True Blue Space. The nostalgia of this experience is sure to linger on you for a long time after!
Petain Street Peranakan Houses
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. Our guide will explain 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.
Spottiswood Park Road
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 confectionery store in the area.
Insider’s Secret Traditional Wares Store in Chinatown
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!
First Botanic Gardens on Armenian Street
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.
True Blue Cuisine (51 Armenian Street)
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 dinner at the True Blue Cuisine.
Remarks: After dinner, guests make their own way home.
No return transfer will be provided from the restaurant.
Nearest MRT stations within walking distance
- City Hall MRT station and Bras Basah MRT station
Sedap Dinner Menu
- Ayam Buah Keluak
- Chap Chye
- Beef Rendang
- Bakwan Kepiting Soup
- Ngoh Hiang
- Jasmine Rice
- Pulot Hitam
- Kueh Bengka
- Longan Tea
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- Longan Tea
- Bakwan Kepiting (Crab and chicken meatballs in bamboo shoot broth)
- Ngoh Hiang (seafood rolls)
- Beef Rendang
- Udang Goreng Assam (prawns fried in tamarind sauce)
- Chap Chye (Stewed cabbage with black fungus, mushrooms, and glass noodles)
- Ayam Buah Keluak (Chicken stewed with Indonesian Black Nuts)
- Jasmine Rice
Need to know:
- Tour Duration: 4 hours
- Tour Start Time : 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Meeting point: Outside Toast Box at City Square Mall
180 Kitchener Rd, #01 - 43, Singapore 208539
(Farrer Park MRT Station)
Guests to make their own way to Farrer Park MRT Station.
Please be at the meeting point 10 minutes before tour start time
Our guide will be waiting there to meet guests.
Price Per Person: S$95 nett per person
(base on a minimum of 20 paxs per group)
Validity: August 2021 to 31 January 2022
Image credit: True Blue Space