Exploring Jalan Besar

Often touted as the grittier cousin of Tiong Bahru, Jalan Besar has long been a foodie destination and is now growing as an unofficial creative cluster. Walking around, you are likely see numerous hardware stores and industrial goods merchants, traditional eateries as well as some seedy establishments. And if you take time to explore further, there is a new crop of hip eateries, cool bars and creative offices hidden among the shophouses and industrial buildings.

Those interested in heritage and architecture will also be enthralled by the different styles of shophouses in the area. So do plan for some time before or after your workshop at our studio to explore the many facades of this vibrant neighbourhood!

Here are some interesting places within walking distance of Room To Imagine that you may want to put on your exploration list:

For a caffeine fix11 Hamilton | Chye Seng Huat Hardware | Apartment CoffeeThe Coffee Shot | Black Fairy Coffee | LUCID | Antea Social

For that sweet tooth Two Bakers | Wimbly Lu @ Tyrwhitt | The Tiramisu HeroOLLELA | Butter Studio | Creamery Boutique Ice Creams | Gelato Labo

For a hearty meal or drinksTwo Blur GuysThe Bravery Cafe | The Refinery | CreatureS | alittle tashiDruggists | The Whiskey Library

For a taste of the traditional Kok Kee Wanton Noodles | 88 Hong Kong Roast Meat SpecialistEnjoy Eating HouseChar | Original Serangoon Fried Hokkien Mee | Scissors Cut Curry Rice | Swee Choon Tim Sum | Sum Dim Sum | Dim Sum Haus | Berseh Food Centre

Creative spaces: Emporium of the Modern ManYour MOTHER Gallery | SupernormalKatia Verde Art Gallery | Onlewo

Instaworthy spots: Petain Road conservation shophousesKam Leng Hotel | Jalan Besar in general | Sam Leong Road | Cavan Road

Self-guided walk: Jalan Besar Heritage Trail | Walk along Petain Road