Shopping Guide: Joo Chiat/Katong

This colourful and vibrant neighbourhood has everything you need to furnish your home, from bathroom fixtures to customised sofas.

Updated on June 12, 2017 18:06 pm

Samantha Echavez

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The Joo Chiat/Katong area shines in the East Coast as a quintessential Peranakan neighbourhood—its rows of Peranakan shophouses in varying styles and hues give the place a vibrant lift, a rustic charm. But the Joo Chiat area is also known for so many things: a foodie's destination, a night-out spot, a backpacker's hub, and of course, a homeowner's paradise. It's home to a number of furniture shops and home accessories stores, a mix of new and old, that have been furnishing the homes in Singapore for many years. Here are some that we spotted around the area:

Best Tech Air-Con Gallery
176 East Coast Road S 428882
Tel: 6348 9194
Email: btakatong@besttechaircon.com
Open: Monday-Sunday, 11:30am to 9:30pm

While this store, which has branches all over the island, primarily provides air-conditioning and lighting services, it also sells chairs (like incliners and chaise sofas and Swarovski-studded armchairs), fans, and water heaters. Also worth-noting are Best Tech's dizzying selection of chandeliers of different prices and sizes, including a statement-making and jaw-dropping one that costs about $20,000!

Chandelier, $20,000; Jaguar lamp, $569

Brilliant Source Lighting
55 Joo Chiat Place S 427779
Tel: 6440 6117
Open: Monday-Sunday, 11am to 7pm

This showroom along Joo Chiat Place offers all types of light fixtures imaginable, from pendant lights to table lamps, from sconces to LED down lights. Feel free to look around the store and spot lamps and bulbs at discounted prices. More deals are available at their online store.

Talk about variety—the shop carries over 20 lighting brands!

Cat Socrates
448 Joo Chiat Road S 427661
Tel: 6348 0863
Open: Tuesday-Sunday, 12:30pm to 9:30pm

Cat Socrates is a cheerful and whimsical store that sells books, stationery, Singapore-themed products, vintage memorabilia, fashion accessories, and of course, home accessories. The shop, which heartily welcomes the creations of local designers, is teeming with homeware, artworks, and knick knacks that add a touch of quirk to your space. Must-buys: Peranakan tiles for more colourful floors or walls.

Katong Poster, $30


Peranakan Tiles, $5.90 each

Small Air Plant, $4 each (pot and holder sold separately)

Mini Animal Figurines, $1.90; Mini House Figurines, $3.90; Quirky Square Cushion Cover, $29 (with pillow, additional $10)

The World Rosewood
395 Joo Chiat Road S 427627
Tel: 6345 0948
Open: Monday-Sunday, 12:00pm to 8:30pm; Wednesday, 12:00pm to 7:30pm

Fans of traditional and Oriental interior style will rejoice over the rosewood furniture and furnishings in this showroom along Joo Chiat Road. Made in the company's factory in Shenzhen, the furniture is of exceptional quality and style—think exquisitely intricate carvings and even oyster pearls embedded into the design. The shop also refurbishes antique furniture and does rosewood carpentry. Look for the dining chairs, $170 each, and stunning rosewood vanity dresser that retails at $4,388 (worth it!).

This Singaporean brand, which produces quality woodwork, is also making waves in countries like India and Indonesia.

Haus of Egg3
164 East Coast Road
Tel: 6348 6564
Email: mike@eggthree.com
Open: Tuesday-Sunday, 11am to 8 pm

The Haus of Egg 3 along East Coast is a bright and airy shophouse that houses an "eclectic mix of quirky home decor and fashion labels." Furnish your home with Egg 3's myriad of furniture pieces and accessories that are stylish and give your home an intriguing boost. Look for the metal cabinet and the metal TV console with multicoloured drawers!


Metal Cabinet, starts at $1,200; Dinosaur Mug, $24.90

Bonus: The exteriors are Instagram-worthy!

Gnee Hong Rosewood Furniture
154/156 East Coast Road S 428864
Tel: 6338 8223, 6336 3733, and 6336 3886
Email: rosewood@gneehong.com.sg
Open: Monday-Saturday, 10am to 6 pm; Sunday and Public Holidays, 11am to 6 pm

The shop introduces you to a spectacle: gold lacquer cabinets sitting side by side stunning rosewood buffet tables, prints of flowers and birds glistening in the furniture, exquisite woodwork spotted in every corner. Gnee Hong, which was established in 1934, is an easy and effortless choice when scouting for Chinese furniture and furnishings. Look for the Gold Lacquer Cabinet with Peony Design, $620; the Rosewood Cabinet with Bird and Flower Design, $2,000, and Rosewood Nightstand with Flower Design, $85.


Photos courtesy of Gnee Hong

Ji Feng Art Gallery
292 Joo Chiat Road S 427544
Tel: 8223 8887
Open: Monday-Sunday, 11am to 7 or 8 pm

Located along Joo Chiat Road, this art gallery looks unassuming, yet the display windows immediately hint at the treasures that live inside. Porcelain chinawares from the Song, Qing, Ming, and Yan dynasties and other rare items are sold mostly as wholesale in the store—while most of them are pricey, there are also discounted homewares (like the Porcelain Urn, $350) sold outside the gallery.

Get your fill of auspicious Chinese wares from this store located near the intersection of Joo Chiat Road and Dunman Road.

Lucky Khoon Bathroom Studio Pte Ltd
31, 33, 35 Joo Chiat Place
Tel: 6346 2172
Open: Monday-Saturday, 9:30am to 8pm; Sunday, 11am to 7pm

Lucky Khoon is not hard to spot. Located near the junction of Joo Chiat Road and Joo Chiat Place is a row of stores that meet your various needs for the home, from bathroom fixtures to plumbing and construction. There is also a space dedicated for different lighting fixtures.


Ni-Night
7 Joo Chiat Place S 427742
Tel: 6440 7567
Email: enquiry@ni-night.com
Open: Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11am to 6pm

If you're about to furnish your child's bedroom, then go to the very charming Ni-Night, which specialises in children's furniture, like beds, ISO-certified bunk beds, study desks, and bookcases. Ni-night also has an online store, and you can also check their products at the Cromly Shop.

Panel Bed, $850

Sleigh Bed, $900

Paris Home
310 Joo Chiat Road S 427561
Tel: 6348 0422
Email: info@ParisHomeOnline.com
Open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11am to 7pm

Paris Home is a cosy boutique along Joo Chiat Road that sells luxurious bespoke French, Baroque, Rococo, Hollywood Regency, Mid-Century Vintage, and Victorian furniture. All designs are built-to-order and customisable, and the furniture pieces exceptionally handcrafted using natural materials like mahogany and teak solid wood.

Prices start from about $300. Orders can be customised over at their online store.

Scanteak Concept Store
341 Joo Chiat Road S 427593
Tel: 6342 5718
Open: Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 9pm

Scanteak is known for its quality teak furnishings that hint at Scandinavian design. Their designs are simple and functional, and the structure well-built as the furniture pieces undergo a 32-point inspection list. Scanteak also works with various designers and artisans for its Designer Range—their recent one a collaboration with Outofstock.

The Tatami Shop
235 East Coast Road S 428929
Tel: 6336 6018
Open: Monday to Thursday, Sunday, 11am to 8:30pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am to 9pm

The Tatami Shop along East Coast Road is the only store outside Japan selling tatami futon furnishings. Handcrafted with natural Igusa rush seeds, this space-saving item is perfect for those intent on practicing eco-friendly lifestyle. Other benefits of using the tatami: it folds easily, it's mobile and easy to carry, it gives you a support for napping and sleeping, and it's easy to clean and maintain. You can go to the shop and try the sofa beds out—you will probably become a tatami convert in no time.


(Third photo) Tatami Nile Sofa Bed, $950


(Second photo) Tatami Six-Fold Mattress, $860


The Gallery House

181 East Coast Road S 428887
Tel: 6348 6346
Open: Monday-Sunday, 11:30am to 8:30pm

Quality solid teakwood furniture pieces, from patio sets to screens to bookcases to TV buffet tables, are housed in The Gallery House along the East Coast Road. This store has a homey quality to it—you can just breeze right through the shop and take your time gawking at the warm wooden pieces that you just want to take home. No need to rush; enjoy.


Writing Desk, $2,600


Screen, $1,800


Figurine Items, starts at $12

Teong Theng Co

369 Joo Chiat Road S 427614
Tel: 6344 7000
Open: Monday-Sunday, 8am to 8pm

Established in 1945, Teong Theng Co has become somewhat of a neighbourhood legend. It continues to sell wood and rattan furniture that takes the customers back to old Singapore, including the seashell-shaped rattan chair, a common sight in '60s and '70s households. Not only do the furniture pieces inspire nostalgia, they are also most suitable to use in Singapore's hot weather. No price tags are displayed on the items—ask personally for the prices.

Homeowners visit this quaint shop along Joo Chiat Road for quality and durable rattan furniture items.

There are more home and living shops in the area: art galleries, stores selling frames and curtains, a shop that specialises in custom-made sofas. So many treasures in this neighbourhood; why don't you pop by for a visit?


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Photos by Samantha Echavez

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