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.
Ching Wen Ge was built adjacent to Thian Hock Keng Temple, the oldest Hokkien temple in Singapore, another must-visit photography spot.
The eponymous cafe makes a quaint lunch venue along with a afternoon visit to the historic vicinity.
You can opt to have your meal within the Pagoda – how cool is that?
The cafe serves simple Peranakan fare: the Laksa and Mee Siam is quite decent; but the Otah (curried fish paste) sandwich was too fishy.
Redemption came in the form of the Nyonya Kueh, which is good.
Simple interior with emphasis on the Peranakan tiles. Service was efficient despite the Sunday crowd.
There’s a lovely shop right on the premises that features and sells Peranakan tiles.
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