Back In Time At Chong Wen Ge Cafe

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Chong Wen Ge was built in the mid 1800s and gazetted as a National Monument in 1973. Chong Wen Ge, translated as “Institute for the Veneration of Literature”, was funded by the Chinese community in Singapore and started life as a girls’ school.

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Ching Wen Ge was built adjacent to Thian Hock Keng Temple, the oldest Hokkien temple in Singapore, another must-visit photography spot.

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The eponymous cafe makes a quaint lunch venue along with a afternoon visit to the historic vicinity.

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You can opt to have your meal within the Pagoda – how cool is that?

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The cafe serves simple Peranakan fare: the Laksa and Mee Siam is quite decent; but the Otah (curried fish paste) sandwich was too fishy.

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Redemption came in the form of the Nyonya Kueh, which is good.

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Simple interior with emphasis on the Peranakan tiles. Service was efficient despite the Sunday crowd.

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There’s a lovely shop right on the premises that features and sells Peranakan tiles.

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Chong Wen Ge cafe makes for an affordable and lovely lunch stop when visiting this religious and historical quarter.

Chong Wen Ge Cafe
168 Telok Ayer St, 068619
Phone: +65 86883028


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