Gain insight into the culture, lifestyle and history of Singapore’s Peranakan population, the descendents of early Chinese immigrants and other ethnic communities, on this heritage tour. With an informative guide, you’ll explore the Spice Garden at Fort Canning Park; visit the Peranakan Museum to admire traditional clothing, jewelry and festival artifacts; see Peranakan shophouses from the early 20th century; and enjoy a tasting of Peranakan cuisine, also known as Nyonya.  

Highlights

  • 3.5-hour Peranakan heritage tour of Singapore
  • Hear commentary from an informative guide on a walk through the Spice Garden at Fort Canning Park
  • Learn about the cuisine and customs of the Peranakan people at the Peranakan Museum
  • Visit the suburb communities of Katong and Joo Chiat, and sample a few Nonya specialties in Kim Choo
  • Coach pickup and drop-off included from most major hotels in Singapore city or Sentosa Island

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You’ll learn all about Singapore’s Peranakan population including Straits-born Chinese (also called Baba-Nyonya)—descendants of 15th- through 17th-century Chinese immigrants—as well as other ethnic communities including Arab, Indian and Eurasian.

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What You Can Expect

Singapore Heritage Tour: Peranakan Museum, Spice Garden and Food Tasting

Singapore Heritage Tour: Peranakan Museum, Spice Garden and Food Tasting

Your Singapore heritage tour starts with hotel pickup for the drive to your first stop, Fort Canning Park, a lovely green space on top of a hill. With your guide, walk through the Spice Garden, learning about different spices and herbs like lemongrass, curry, ginger, turmeric, chili and galangal, which are used in various Peranakan dishes.

Next, visit the Peranakan Museum, home to exhibits about the customs, language, clothing, religion and history of the Peranakan people. Browse displays about food traditions, and learn more about Peranakan cuisine, which combines Indian, Malay, Chinese and European influences. Then head to Katong and Joo Chiat, two lively districts known for their multicultural populations, good local food and rows of colorful Peranakan shophouses that date from the 1920s.

 Your final stop is Kim Choo, where you’ll watch a beading demonstration and then enjoy tea and food samples. You can try different Nonya dishes, such as otak otak (grilled fish with mixed spices), layered cake and dumplings.

Your tour then ends with hotel drop-off. 

Customer Reviews

Deborah C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

A really interesting trip appealing to all the senses. Very informative. Great to see another cultural aspect of Singapore that is not so obvious.

Dale G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The tour was a quick view of a few areas of the city and the guide was great. It was during the Chinese New Year and he managed the touring extremely well with the traffic, closed businesses and returned us to the hotel happy and refreshed.

Sofia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Very good experience in all fronts!

S A L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Very nice guide - I liked the herb garden tour and seeing and tasting the food. Such wonderful coloured houses - nice to see that they have been preserved.

John K.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

First we walk through the spice garden park to smell the various fragrances. Next we go to a little shop where we sample a couple of appetizers. Finally we go to the Pernankan museum to learn about the people and culture of the country.

As a reviewer had mentioned, this is not a tour to just sit down and eat like a fat lazy (insert country here). Thus I do agree that the tour title should be changed. However, I had no issues understanding what the tour would entail because I read the entire description and information like any conscientious traveler should.

I would recommend the tour to someone who enjoys both cooking and learning about different cultures. If you can identify a spice by the smell - then you would appreciate the spice garden. If you care about the history of the city and how the residents came to be - you need to have liked history in school - then the museum is a good place.

I had the fortune like others to have Mr. Foo as my guide. (I also had him for the Round Island tour, lucky me!) Plus there were only 3 of us in the group, so the tour was very intimate. It's hard to hear a guide when there is a large group of people, so having such a small group helped immensely for me to be able to listen to him and ask a lot of questions.

Richard D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

The tour guide was very knowledgeable
I was glad I decided to join the tour I be using more of your tour around the world
It was great.

doovywacky Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Loved this tour. Our tour guide was full of information and the food tasting was lovely. A great insight into the Peranakan people and culture.

Taf

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Very informative and enjoyable. great value for money.

Stephanie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

I was very impressed with this tour, especially our guide, Mr Foo - what a wealth of knowledge. I was fortunate to have a small group of 3 with Mr Foo, so we gained enormous benefit of listening to his stories and understanding of local history. I did, however find the title of the tour slightly misleading as the tour was more cultural than food tasting i.e. we started at the Spice Gardens, then drove around observing the local architecture and some of the heritage listed properties, then onto a market shop for local handicrafts and plate of 3 small bites of food followed by a visit to the Peranakan museum. If anyone signs up to this tour for food they would be disappointed.

practicalgardensolut ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

I have visited Singapore many times but knew nothing of the Peranakan Trail. What an amazing interesting morning. I learned more from your guide in 3 hours than I have on many previous visits to the country. The only disappointment was the short amount of time we had in the Museum, others I think it was wonderful. The guide was really knowledgeable, not only about his subject but about the overall history of Singapore.

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