Sinful Bites and Bright Lights of Jalan Besar -Ugly Food Tour

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3 hours
City Square Mall (Outside Din Tai Fung)
Jalan Besar
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 12

Jalan Besar is a fascinating district in the heart of Singapore. Its history is filled with triumph and tragedy. It is also a culinary melting pot that sees a unique blend of cultures and spices over time to create truly unique dishes!

From traditional Singaporean street food to modern artisanal burger joints, we’ll be sampling a variety of delicious dishes and drinks as we explore the neighborhood.

As you chow down on some of the ugliest eats the neighborhood has to offer, we’ll take you on a wild ride through the fascinating history of this bustling district. From the notorious gangs that once ruled the streets, to the cabarets and clubs that kept the party going all night long, Jalan Besar has a past (and present) as colorful as the food on your plate.

But it’s not all gangsters and glamour – this neighborhood has also been home to some of Singapore’s biggest sporting events and historic landmarks. So come hungry, because we’re about to feast on some delicious history (and maybe a few spicy samosas).

See you on the tour!

Are you bored of the same old fancy restaurants and food tours? Tired of having travelled many countries and not finding the “real” food around? Our  Ugly Food Tour Series brings you an unapologetic and less-traveled perspective of Singapore’s diverse culinary scene. We focus on the micro stories that we find in our everyday lives, and how these make for more interesting experiences than the Michelin stars and the typical touristy highlights.

Tour Details

When you join us on a tour through Jalan Besar, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the colorful history and culture of the area. From the historic cabarets and lively nightlife, to the delicious hawker food and bustling street markets, there’s something for everyone here.

As you explore the district, you’ll get a chance to witness firsthand the resilience and strength of the people who call Jalan Besar home. From the tragic collapse of Hotel New World in 1986, to the closure of the beloved New World Amusement Park, the community has faced its fair share of challenges. But through it all, they have remained resilient and have continued to thrive.

We will uncover the real Singapore hidden within the back streets and side alleys of Jalan Besar. You don’t need to be brave for this one – just hungry for some surprises! 

Departure & Return Location

Starting Point: City Square Mall, Level 1 (Outside Din Tai Fung) (Google Maps)

Fixed Departure Time

Thursdays, 630pm

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What to Expect

A 3-hour night tour through Jalan Besar

Come hungry as we will be having some delicious food at iconic food places within the district.

We will also show you some of the hidden spaces, and tell you about the various communities that call Jalan Besar “home”. 

Our tours will follow all current Safe Distancing Measures (SDM) as prescribed by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI)

This will include limiting the number of guests allowed on each tour. Guests in one tour group may also have to be further divided into smaller sub groups, with sub group size mandated by the current SDM

Where we meet
City Square Mall Level 1, Outside Din Tai Fung

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