Check Out: Jalan Besar

Jalan Besar (meaning “Big Road” in Malay) is an eclectic mix of hawkers, hardware stores, KTV bars, quirky cafes, restaurants & laidback bars. Whether you’re after craft beers, or a caffeine fix, you’ll find it in this hip hood.

1.Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150 Tyrwhitt Road, 207563
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Caffeine addicts, local hipsters and backpackers are drawn to this landmark coffee house, with its cool industrial vibes. Grab a table in the breezy courtyard or main café and fuel up on their excellent brews. Meals range from small bites to shared plates – try pandan gula melaka pancakes, teriyaki salmon donburi or charred cauliflower salad. There’s also an onsite roastery, craft beer bar and small store, which sells coffee machines and paraphernalia.

2. The Tiramisu Hero
121 Tyrwhitt Road, 207548
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As their name would suggest this cute dessert spot is famous for their twists on the smooth Italian dessert, traditionally made from mascarpone, coffee and sponge. Treat your sweet tooth to flavours like milo, speculoos, Oreo, matcha, kaya, lemon-lavender, or the more grown up white Russian, Baileys or durian iterations. The café also has an extensive savoury menu.

3. Floral Magic
334 King George’s Avenue 208571 floralmagic.com.sg
Pick up a bouquet from this lovely, family-run florist, who have a great eye for lush, modern floral and botanical styling. Order ahead for a wedding, party or special event, or look out for their masterclasses and workshops, so you can learn how to create your own floral magic.

4. Druggists
119 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207547
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Just next door to Tiramisu Hero lies the old school Druggists bar, housed in the Singapore Chinese Druggists Association building. Choose from 23 craft beers on tap, grab a burger, shoestring fries or sambal wings, and let the night roll on.

5. The Refinery
115 King George’s Avenue, 208561
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This sprawling three-in-one establishment houses a yakatori grill, a bespoke cocktail bar and creative work space. Bring friends and tuck into signature bowls like the teriyaki chicken don or spicy mee, or share tempura, cheesy poutine or wagyu salad. Finish with a workshop session or a cocktail. Eat, drink or create. Your choice!

6. Yoga in Common
22 Petain Road 208095
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With entry via a back laneway, YIC is a boutique studio that holds yoga and meditation classes in Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Hatha and Yin. Beginners are welcome and the welcoming space is fully equipped with mats and props. Shower facilities, water and tea are also available.

7. Antoinette
30 Penhas Road, Singapore 208188
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Treat day? Head to this chic Parisian patisserie. Named after the last queen of France (who liked the finer things in life) the store is famed for its beautiful, glossy pastries, desserts, and classic regional French fare. Nibble on a perfect macaron, slide a spoon into smooth chocolate mousse or conquer a Mont Blanc almond tart.

8. Alittle Tashi
39 Tyrwhitt Rd, 207538
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Alittle Tashi (meaning: “blessings”) offers Mod-Asian comfort food in a cosy communal space. Head to the more formal Dining Room or hang out in The Laundry, where you can sit on the staircase or mezzanine imbibing bar bites and drinks. The menu features diverse influences – think harissa chicken skewers, miso brussels sprouts or cured kingfish salad.

9.Onlewo
29 Jalan Besar, 208847
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Don’t miss this statement homeware collection, inspired by local Singaporean heritage, architecture, and flora and fauna. Pick up the ultimate keepsake with quirky wallpapers, gifts, cushion covers, fabrics and floor tiles. Onlewo also offers re-upholstery for that tired chair or couch, with vibrant, colourful fabrics taking cues from Peranakan, Indian and Chinese cultures and communities.

10. Xiang Yuan Ji Shanghai Pan Fried Dumpling
405 Jln Besar 209011
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The décor might not be much to shout about, but the dumplings are. Don’t miss these delicious, authentic Shanghainese dumplings, cooked in a cast iron pan and overflowing with soup. The noodles, crumbed pork cutlet with dipping sauce and crunchy spring rolls are pretty good too. Affordable and tasty.