Jonker Street

Many people are not aware that the Dutch Village area is on Heeren Street (now called Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock) and Jonker Street (aka Jonker Walk). Jonker Street or Jonkerstraat means ‘Nobleman Street’ where many traders and merchants’ townhouses were located.

Similar to Heeren Street, by the late 19th century and early 20th century, the merchants’ townhouses at Jonker Street (originally pronounced as Yonker in Dutch) were taken over the wealthy Straits-Chinese (Babas and Nyonyas), and have also been converted into antique shops, restaurants, cafes and galleries. Many tourists are familiar with Jonker Walk, a bustling shopping market street on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

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