Jalan Besar simply translates to literally mean 'big or wide road'. How big is the neighbourhood, you ask? Jalan Besar is a tale of two former swamps – one by the Rochor River and the other by the Kallang River. Stretching between the two points, most of it has been reclaimed and now houses a myriad of wallet-friendly restaurants and cafés, as well as cool shops worth stretching a dollar for. It's also home to the Jalan Besar Stadium which has hosted some major sporting events.
The perfect day
A visit to Jalan Besar warrants a coffee stop at Chye Seng Huat Hardware where you should opt to sit at the outdoor courtyard for some people watching. Spend the day walking in the neighbourhood where you will see temples, an old-school fish shop and of course Jalan Besar Stadium. Pick up some indoor plants at The Nursery and then treat yourself to a bowl of fried porridge at Dynasty Fried Porridge.