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1. Flaneur 129 Jalan Besar features not just Onlewo’s range of fabrics for sofas, cushions and curtains, but also handmade items made by other Singapore artists.

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2. Mud Rock Ceramic 85 Maude St is run by ceramicists Michelle Lim and Ng Seok Har. They also conduct classes.

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3. L.E. Café Blk 637, Veerasamy Road is a traditional bakery famous for its soya tart, best eaten cold.

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4. Raj Restaurant 76 Syed Alwi Road was set up only in 2003, and is known for its good vegetarian fare – especially its chaats – in Little India.

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5. Da Lian coffeeshop 1 Jalan Berseh has the best oyster soup in town, says Mr Tay.

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6. Hillman Restaurant 135 Kitchener Road still serves the wok hei-enriched fried bee hoon that Mr Tay loved as a child.

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7. Dong Bei 159 Jalan Besar is Mr Tay’s go-to place for foot reflexology or a body massage. “The Chinese physician there is very good.”

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8. Goodluck Locksmith Service 152 Jalan Besar is just a small shop but it’s perpetually crowded at all times of the day.

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MIke Tay.

Jalan Besar with Mike Tay

The fabric designer finds food for the soul in this bohemian neighbourhood
Dec 31, 2016 5:50 AM

Mike Tay is the self-taught designer behind Onlewo, a line of whimsical patterned fabrics used in furniture, wallpaper and other soft furnishings. The designs are inspired by his own Peranakan heritage and love for old neighbourhoods - so it's no surprise that his shophouse studio is located in

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