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There’s no better neighbourhood to experience Singapore’s urban hustle and bustle than the Jalan Besar and Lavender area. Not as touristy as the ethnic districts of Kampong Glam or Chinatown, the area exudes an authentic charm of its own. Teeming with hipster cafes and good eats, the location hides some interesting spots worth exploring with your family!
Are your kids bored with the usual outdoor playgrounds? How about one that is suspended in mid-air, in the middle of an air-conditioned mall? Bounce and slide your way through
, a 4-storey indoor playground woven out of giant nets. Kids can climb up ropeways, manoeuvre through maze-like obstacle courses, and dive into ball pits filled with a gazillion balls. A squealing good time for the youngsters, guaranteed!
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Take a walking tour through the Jalan Besar and Lavender area and you’ll understand why culture vultures are drawn to the neighbourhood. Unearth architectural gems such as the late style shophouses on Upper Weld Road, or Petain Court with its “Chinese Baroque” influences. Go on
hunt, with murals that seem to pop up at every other corner, from Lavender Street all the way to Little India.
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Who says hipster joints are only for the young and trendy? Treat the kids to hearty burgers at
Two Blur Guys
, ice cream at
Creamery Boutique Ice Creams
, or gelato and waffles at
. These promising artisan businesses combine local flavours with popular fare in intriguing ways. Try their signatures, like pulled pork burgers and Milo Dinosaur ice cream!
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Since you’re in the vicinity, do drop by this shopping haven located at Syed Alwi Road. A cultural institution on its own,
is filled with a mind-boggling array of goods and services. You can even book tours, air tickets and apply for Visas while doing your grocery shopping! Check out their supermarket carrying a wide range of regional foodstuff, including hard-to-find herbs and spices.
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is a social enterprise café run by the differently-abled and disadvantaged. Located next to Kallang CC, this well-run eatery offers an array of hearty fare. Diners looking for something substantial can choose from their local or Western bento sets, while those with smaller appetites can pick from their high-tea menu. They even have a pay-it-forward programme where you can buy a meal for someone in need!
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Do take note of the
latest safe distancing measures
before you head out. Dine-in measures are at 5 vaccinated persons per group regardless of household at all F&B establishments.
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