Come Hang Out With the Founder of Magpie People of Interest

Annabelle Fernandez, co-founder of Magpie, recommends some of her go-to spots around Jalan Besar. 

If there’s one thing Annabelle Fernandez is passionate about, it’s magazines. She has a special interest in independent publications, but found it difficult to get hold of some her favourite titles in Singapore. And lo and behold, the idea for Magpie – a distributor of independent magazine titles in Singapore – was born.

Annabelle Fernandez Magpie

Introducing Annabelle Fernandez, co-founder of Magpie

Besides magazines, Annabelle also loves bak chor mee, coffee, and craft beer … so it’s probably for the best that Magpie operates out of an office around the Jalan Besar area, which abound with all of these things. Go Away caught up with her recently to find out about some of the more noteworthy spots around her ‘hood.


1. Ding Le Coffee Shop 

Ding Le

“There are all of three stalls in this coffeeshop, and it’s only open until late afternoon. But, venture here and you will be rewarded by the XO Mee Tai Mak at the noodle stall – a fiery dish featuring toppings of mashed century egg, minced pork and a shrimp + chilli flakes concoction unlike anything else you’ve ever tasted.”

Ding Le coffee shop is at 119 Lavender Street. 


2. Ponggol Nasi Lemak @ Jalan Besar  

Ponggol Nasi Lemak

“The recently-opened Jalan Besar outpost of the popular nasi lemak chain has several items exclusive to the outlet; namely, fried chicken skin (!!) and homemade ice cream (I’m partial to the Horlicks flavour).”

Ponggol Nasi Lemak is at 371 Jalan Besar, #01-01.


3. De Burg

De Burg

“I was beyond stoked when De Burg chose to re-open its doors in Jalan Besar. No matter what burger you opt for out of its extensive menu, rest assured the patty will be juicy and crazy yummy. Always add an egg to your order – yes, it costs $2, but it’s expertly fried and adds a whole new dimension to your burger.”

De Burg is at #02-15 CT Hub. 


4. The Papa Shop

The Papa Shop

“Name the most obscure craft beer you can think of and, chances are, it will be stocked at this liquor kiosk at CT Hub. The vibe here is laidback and fuss-free; take your pick from three kinds of hotdogs (go for the spicy pork), and spend the rest of the night trying out beers from the likes of Mikkeller, To Øl , BrewDog and more.”

The Papa Shop is at CT Hub, 2 Kallang Avenue. 


5. The Bravery

The Bravery

“These days, getting a coffee entails all kinds of bells and whistles – when all you want is a simple caffeine hit. Whenever I’m in need of a post-lunch cuppa, this is my default pit stop. The coffee here always hits the spot, whether I opt for a Lavender Latte or flat white.”

The Bravery is at 66 Horne Road. 


The Insiders’ Guide Video

Check out this video for more cool places to check out around Jalan Besar, Chinatown and Joo Chiat, as recommended by the people who know these areas best.

She may have been born and bred in Singapore, but Denise considers Chiang Mai her spiritual home and needs to make a yearly pilgrimage there to maintain her sanity. Competitive by nature, she enjoys combat sports and is currently obsessed with Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which she picked up just under a year ago. To no one’s surprise, the country currently at the top of her travel bucket list is Brazil.

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