What to do in Jalan Besar and Lavender? Here are some top recommendations for local spots to eat, drink and do in the street that used to be a swampland.
Something for breakfast, brunch and dinner.
To be ‘spoiled for choice’ is an understatement when it comes to dining options at Jalan Besar and Lavender.
Although not always the most popular food destination, it's certainly starting to make a name for itself with more food and beverage concepts planting roots in the area. Some will go as far to say that this neighbourhood would be the next Tiong Bahru.
If you’ve wondered what lies in store, then you’re in luck. Here’s a comprehensive list of things to eat, drink and do the next time you are in the neighbourhood.
What to eat in Jalan Besar and Lavender
Ponggol Nasi Lemak (Jalan Besar Outlet)
371 Jalan Besar, #01-01
Undoubtedly one of the best places to get your nasi lemak cravings sorted.
Food Court in Foch Road
30 Foch Road, #01-02
From tasty fried porridge (for the unacquainted, that’s congee) from Dynasty Fried Porridge to the highly sought after Kok Kee Wanton Noodle, this is the place to go when you know you want something local, but aren’t entirely sure of what exactly.
Scaled by Ah Hua Kelong
8 Hamilton Road
Any fresher, you’ll have to catch it yourself! Get your seafood fix at one of Singapore’s only local farm-to-table seafood restaurants.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150 Tyrwhitt Road
This coffee institution needs no introduction. If you’re looking for a refreshing cuppa Joe or afternoon perk-me-up, you can be sure that they’ll take care of your needs.
Wimbly Lu @ Trywhitt Road
166 Tyrwhitt Road
Got a sweet tooth? Then head on over to Wimbly Lu. They offer homemade cakes, tarts, croissants and waffles. Name your preferred sugary treat, they’ll probably have it.
115 King George's Avenue, #01-02
Your taste buds are in for a Japanese-inspired treat with menu items like Yuzu Floss Fries, Mala Beef Bowl or Uni Crema Pasta. Oh, and did we mention that The Refinery also pulls really good coffee? You’re welcome.
38 Hamilton Road
Perhaps best known for its cake, 'Cloud Beta v0.1', this industrial-minimalist cafe is a coffee and pastry lover's dream come true.
Red Eye Smoke House
Serving up succulent ribs, brisket and pulled meats that have been smoked for hours on-premise, Red Eye Smoke House is an unpretentious and underrated restaurant. Be sure to wear your finest stretchy pants when visiting.
Two Blur Guys
387 Jalan Besar
You know you’re in good hands when the two guys who started this joint are burger aficionados. Signatures include their signature, pulled pork and truffle egg burger.
Creamery Boutique Ice Creams
139 Tyrwhitt Road
Beat the heat with a refreshing scoop from The Creamery Boutique Ice Creams. Here you can expect unique flavours like Milo Dinosaur, Rum Cookie Dough, Piko Piko, Thai Tea, Super Baby Milk and more.
Where to drink in Jalan Besar and Lavender?
161 Lavender Street
This dreamy coffee studio offers a variety of coffee beans from the likes of Colombia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Bali. If you love coffee, this cafe will definitely make you sing.
119 Tyrwhitt Road
Calling all craft beer lovers! Nestled in what used to be the former Singapore Chinese Druggists Association, is where you would find Druggists. From grapefruit infused IPA, to Double IPAs, stouts, pale ales and fruit sours, they have at least 23 craft beers on tap at any one time.
Trywhitt Bistro Bar
1 Trywhitt Road
Prefer a pint of something you are more acquainted with and some grub? Then give Trywhitt Bistro Bar, that is just next door, a try.
What to do in Jalan Besar and Lavender?
Street Art on Jalan Besar
Along Jalan Besar Road
Tiong Bahru isn’t the only neighbourhood that has murals painted on street corners, Jalan Besar and Lavender also have their fair share. We spotted a few murals while walking along French Road and another right outside Chye Sing Huat!
Petain Road Shophouses
Along Petain Road
Nothing says Peranakan like the tiles on this row of shophouses. While you can't really do anything here, it's worth the walk-by just to marvel at its old school architecture and design.
12 Kallang Avenue
Albeit smaller than the malls you find along Orchard Road, Aperia Mall houses almost everything you might need under one roof. From Boulder+ and F45, to chiropractic clinics and hairdressers, and the quintessential supermarket, you won't have to travel too far to get your errands done.
With a neighbourhood as cool as this, who wouldn't want to live in Jalan Besar? Find a home within our newest pet-friendly building, Hmlet Hamilton. Featuring entire apartments to co-living spaces and a communal rooftop, this might be the hippest place to live in Jalan Besar!
Want to know more? Reach out to us and schedule a no-obligation viewing to check out the spaces for yourself!