Jalan Besar

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Jalan Besar is a one-way road in Singapore, connecting Kallang to Rochur. Meaning 'wide road' in Malay, Jalan Besar has been increasingly developing as one of Singapore's newest and most popular hipster joints. Quaint cafes, bars and restaurants serving a wide range of food dot this area in abundance. Earlier known for its rubber factories and industrial plants, Jalan Besar is now popular for delicious cupcakes, seafood, artisanal coffee and even traditional Singaporean food. Alongside these cafes, the Jalan Besar Stadium also draws many visitors to this area.

Many tourists often take a walk down this avenue to experience the plethora of gastronomical delights that populate its area. Jalan Besar is perfect for foodies who can spend almost an entire afternoon sampling food, ranging from modern takes on traditional foods to classic French pastries and most importantly, Third Wave coffee. Third Wave coffee is one of the most popular draws of Jalan Besar and tourists almost never leave without sampling this fantastic blend of coffee beans. There are also several massage parlours, karaoke bars and crafts workshops all along Jalan Besar, making it a popular destination among all tourists to Singapore. Many cafes on Jalan Besar offer pottery and other crafts workshops along with cups of steaming hot old-school coffee and fresh buttery muffins. Most of these places are halal too, so every visitor can truly enjoy themselves without any worry.

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  • Butter Studio: One of the most popular cafes at Jalan Besar is the Butter Studio. A charming little café, with beautiful old school décor, the Butter Studio serves delicious cupcakes and coffee. The flavours of the cupcakes change every day ranging from red velvet to Nutella and they cost SGD 3.50. The recipes have been passed down to the owner from the grandmother and the ingredients used are sourced fresh from the farm. The melt-in-the-mouth cupcakes of Butter Studio are one of the major reasons why visitors must pay a visit to Jalan Besar.  The café is halal and along with cupcakes, they also sell palm sugar, various unique flavours of tarts like cookie butter and lemon meringue which are available for SGD 6.90 and numerous flavours of delicious cake, which cost SGD 7.90.
  • Two Bakers: This is an artisanal French bakery run by chefs trained at the Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Two Bakers is renowned for fresh French and fusion pastries, as well as their tasty Japanese style hot cakes which are served with palm sugar. Gorgeous edible art is also available at the Two Bakers in a variety of forms ranging from tarts to éclairs and 3D fondant cakes that are almost always too beautiful to eat.
  • Antoinette: Named after the infamous French queen, Antoinette is another very popular bakery in the Jalan Besar. It specializes in a dessert named Antoinette which consists of Earl Grey infused milk chocolate mousse along with chocolate biscuit, tea cream, raspberry coulis and tea crumble. This special dessert is priced at SGD 10.70. Another speciality of the café is yuzu cream, served with white chocolate mousse and sponge on an almond sable. This is called Chloe and is priced at SGD 9.65. Antoinette is also famous for its eggs Florentine priced at SGD 18.00, gnocchi priced at SGD 22.50 and mushroom risotto priced at SGD 24.
  • Tolido’s Espresso Nook: Decorated by local illustrators and typographers, Tolido’s Espresso Nook serves some of the best coffee in all of Jalan Besar. Visitors can enjoy a cup of this famous coffee while sitting on one of the tables which overlook Jalan Sultan. This café also serves yummy Australian cuisine, Singaporean dishes and it also has an all-day breakfast.
  • The Tiramisu Hero: True to its name, this café specializes in all things Tiramisu. Customers can adjust the alcohol content, sweetness, moistness, and flavours of their tiramisu. They can choose from a variety of flavours like Oreo and kaya, which is a traditional jam made from eggs and coconut. The tiramisu is served in cute little jars which are available in three sizes, with prices ranging from SGD 7.50 to SGD 34.50. This café is different compared to its counterparts as it even has a retail corner where customers can buy t-shirts and tote bags adorned with the café’s mascot.

Jalan Besar is also popular due to its 8,000-capacity football stadium known as the Jalan Besar Stadium, home of the Young Lions and Lions XII. It also serves as an alternate home ground for the national football team of Singapore. Opened on Boxing Day in 1929, it is often considered the birthplace of football in Singapore. During the Japanese Occupation, it was one of the Sook Ching mass screening sites and was also used as a language centre to teach Japanese. Several important events were held in this Stadium like a rally to mourn the death of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Singapore Armed Forces Day in 1969, the National Day Parade in 1984 and the first Singapore Youth Festival in 1955. The Stadium was closed in 1999 and was reopened in 2003 after extensive renovation. It was the designated venue for both the boys' and girls' football tournament during the 2010 Youth Summer Olympics. Many S-League games are also played in the Jalan Besar Stadium.

This is one of the most beautiful roads of Jalan Besar. It has eighteen gorgeous terrace houses, all of which have been magnificently preserved in their original glory. Neo-classical Greco-Roman elements can be seen in the design of these lovely houses. They are also adorned with Chinese baroque, a very unique style of motifs done in a dynamic, Chinese style. Petain Road is a must visit for all visitors to Jalan Besar.

Alongside these places, there are also some famous dishes which one must not miss while at Jalan Besar. These dishes include the traditional Beach Road Scissor-Cut Curry Rice, which is a generous amount of rice served with meat and a huge helping of curry. Cheng Mun Chee Pig Organ Soup is another popular local dish which is served in various restaurants on Jalan Besar. It is a traditional dish which includes pork and offal served with a scrumptious herbal and peppery broth.

Jalan Besar originally belonged to Richard Owen Norris from the 1830s to 1865 before being bought by Syed Allie. The area was mostly a swampland, although it did have a couple of rubber factories. An abundance of snipes was found in this area, consequently making it a favourite for hunters. Along with the snipes, the swamps of Jalan Besar were also filled with flying ducks, fish, colourful snakes and mud lobsters. The swampland was reclaimed when it was filled up with refuse and incinerator ash, a result of Singapore's first incinerator. Many roads and streets in Jalan Besar are named after British and French generals such as Edmund Allenby, Herbert Kitchener, Frederick Stanley Maude, David Beatty and Philippe Petain. This practice was started by the Municipal Council in 1926, in an attempt to remind the colony of Singapore about the conflicts in Europe. Today, Jalan Besar stands as a gazetted conservation area.

Jalan Besar is easily accessible by train as it has its own MRT station, the Jalan Besar MRT Station, located on the road. The Downtown Line stops at this station. Bus Nos. 147, 170, 197 and 21 also stop near Jalan Besar MRT Station.

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