Little India is the place for Indians. On weekends many Singaporean Indians and also Indian workers from India gather here for their meals and shopping. The famous store is Mustapha which sells everything from a pin to an elephant just like Harrods. You can get good Indian food and Indian fish head curry. There are also shops selling saris, CDs and flowers. There are several shops selling Indian spices.
Little India is by far the most culturally rich place in Singapore.
The must do's in Little India
1. Shop at Mustafa
2. Stroll through the various shop houses still selling products made with the same craft passed from generations before
3. Enjoy an Indian Meal at one of the many restaurants lining the streets
I have came up with my own walking tour of Little India - here you will find details on how to GET to Little India and WHAT to eat, basically a walking tour of Little India!
I found Little India is interesting area just to wonder around. You experience the hustle and bustle, Indian food stalls in every corner, countless of jeweler shops, place of worships, and there are people everywhere. There are lots of alleys and most with shops and restaurants.
The main attractions are the Mustafa Shopping Centre which open 24 hours a day seven days a week. Here you can almost buy anything and a lot cheaper than anywhere else in Singapore.
If you are a vegetarian come to Little India as they are stacks of vegetarian restaurants. We ate in one of the restaurant and had Nasi Bryani, dal and sambhar to feed two of us less than $10SD , it was delicious.
I found Little India is different than the rest of Singapore; it’s not so clean and modern like the rest of Singapore but I think it’s a place you must visit.
Check in hotel 81 its around $120 (sing $) a night or find a cheaper backpack hostel in Little India would be less than $100. Shop around Bugis street and Chinatown! Love the food from SG there are many hawker stalls...A day in Singapore you can do a lot! get some info from the airport tourism authority ( free maps with %). Visit Sentosa, Universal Studio, Esplanade,Merlion, Marina Bay, SG Flyer, Clarke Quay at night, river ride, Botanical garden, SG zoo or night safari, museums etc...Oh BEFORE you get out of the immigration you should ask the counter at the left side, since you'll be there for a day could you check in the airport hotel and get a 1 day pass to visit SG. I think they have this for people with long stop overs, but maybe you cant get off the bus...Kindly ask and find out your options! All the best!
I am, as can be seen from my Homepage, a hopeless Indiaphile. I make no apologies. So it would come as no surprise that I head for Little India at the first opportunity.
Settled originally by Tamil migrants, it is a pot-pourri of Indian culture. The smells, the sounds, the chaos............only the traffic is somewhat more orderly than in India proper.
The shops sell traditional Indian goods- clothes are well made ( always rinse before wearing) the fruitstalls are colourful with high quality fruit available. Bargain, as expected.
Jewellery is typically Bollywood style, but attractive anyway, and excellent selections in the bazaars.
In the arcades, you could buy a sundress for less tha S$10.00. Toiletries are typically herbal, and herbal is good.
Best arcade is Little India Arcade. Clothes, Indian artifacts, toiletries, photographic shops, tailors, shoes and sandals etc etc.
Mustafa Centre is a large complex, facing Syad Alwi Road. This centre has it all- Clothing outlets, Electrical and electronic outlets, currency exchange booths which give a good deal, travel agencies, jewellery shops galore.
The prices are really low, and bargaining is possible.
The Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple at 141 Serangoon Road is worth a visit (cover your head and remove shoes)
Plenty of restuarants and coffeeshops in Little India. Food would be typically Indian, but there are other choices at some.
If you are a keen photographer, Little India is paradise. So many colours and characters.
Use MRT north/east line
or east/west line -alight at Bugis.
Buses (Hop on Hop off bus also stops here)
Little India is a photographers paradise. Their architecture is mostly from the old singapore and they painted them up to show them off. We spent a morning here, rambling around taking pictures of the different shophouses and things... the people too. (Just be careful when you aim your camera at them).
On certain days, you may come across the ol' Thieves Market, where the old chinese sell their things. I just breezed thru it. They were selling REALLY old stuff...not necessarily antique value kind. Like old shoes... belts... nothing I considered reusable. I "DID" however, find a $1 piggie bank in the shape of a YAKULT bottle which my niece particularly like drinking. So I brought that home.
You should go to the very picturesque ARAB ST, where you can have a meal or snack at one of the cafes and browse the LITTLE CHILDRENS MUSEUM (toys). If only to have a feel of Little India and it's quaintness and style. (this area is modern a bit...more like tiny pubs and shops). Oh and...bring money to buy textile! Cloth! All you women out there (and men who have "women") would love to bring home the Indian silks and embroidered textiles. Have them sewn into your formal dresses or gowns when you get home. They're bee-yoo-ti-ful!!!
You can even go to MUSTAFA! The 24hr Department Store where things are sooo cheap. I buy Indian bracelets there ($1 for a set) to bring home as souvenir gifties.
And let's not forget the food!!! I'm particularly in love with Chicken curry, Tandoori chicken, Biryani Rice... you can never really go wrong with Indian food. They're really good!!! You should try the prata bread too. Just be careful if you can't handle spices, so go ahead and ask or say that you don't like Spicy Else you'll end up downing 2 cans of coke (like I did) in one sitting.
TIP: ask for yoghurt...it takes the sting away fast.
Basically, Little India is for the tastebuds and for the eyes. Picturesque with yummy food in every area. :D
Little India is one of the more charming parts of Singapore and i normally stay there when i am in town.
It´s a part of Singapore with few highrise buildings and many smaller colorful houses and you have a clear indian feel to the place with lot´s of indian stores and restaurants.
The area is not that big, but it´s really nice for a stroll and unlike many other parts of Singapore it´s very walkable.
Little India also has quite a few low scale late night bars if you are in to that scene and they are generally cheaper than most parts of Singapore.
Get a very good idea of life in India by visiting Little India in Singapore. The smells, the music, the food - it's all there to add to the atmosphere of India.
Enjoy Chinese life in Chinatown, Singapore. I especially enjoyed the shopping and bargaining with the alert Chinese shopkeepers!
This temple was established between 1855 and 1860. The Sri Veerama Kali Amman Temple is devoted to the goddess Kali, one of the most popular Hindu manifestations of the Great Goddess. Kali is said to grant material desires to those who make blood sacrifices in her name.
The temple was originally known as 'the temple at the village of the lime' because of the many lime kilns in the area. The main shrine of the temple holds a jet black statue of Kali, along with her sons Ganesha and Murugan. Also be sure to look up onto the roof of the building, where hundreds of the different manifestations of Kali can be seen.
In Little India you will find lots of little shops selling flowers, spices, textile, trinkets and heaps of Bollywood DVD's.
There are many Indian restaurants including Komala Vilas which comes with a reputation as one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Singapore. Komala Vilas also sell a large variety of snacks and sweets which satisfied this sweet tooth!
But try to avoid coming here on weekends in Little India as it can be very crowded.
Welcome to Singapore bro..
The 5 must do things will include:
1. A visit to the night Safari.
2. Trying our rich mixed of food ie. chilli crab, satay, fish head curry. and dont forget the kings of fruit - the durian.
3. A visit to the cultural sites such as Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street.
4. A visit to our famous 24 hrs shopping haven - Mustaffa Centre.
5. Shopping paradise - Orchard Rd..
Hope this helps and have a great time in Singapore..
ONE OF THE MANY FASCINATING PLACES TO SEE IN SINGAPORE IN THE INDIA SECTION IS THE ARCADE THAT IS FILLED WITH CULTURE AND TRADTION DATING BACK TO TO 1920'S WHEN IT WAS BUILT. FROM SARI FABRICS TO PAPER- MACHE BOXES %vg ..THERE ARE SLIPPERS AND EVEN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN THIS PLACE....
Deepavali is a colorful festival that is celebrated by all Hindus in Singapore, which is also known as the festival of lights
One important practice that the Hindus follow during the festival is to light oil lamps in their homes on Deepavali morning. By lighting the oil lamps, the Hindus are thanking the gods for the happiness, knowledge, peace and wealth that they have received. The Hindus consider Deepavali as one of the most important festivals to celebrate.
First attraction is the place itself.
I did not feel little India as a hot spot for tourism attraction, so, it's a colorful and attractive place to visit, with a different identity.
I had good time here. More quiet than the city centre, architecture and peoples are different, less stressed in my view.
Just strolling in the streets, looking the nice sari and dress, the houses and peoples watching was very pleasant.
Some massage parlors also (Thai - I didn't try)
But be advised that Sentosa is a very expensive place to stay..if you are talking about budget travel that is. You can always dump your stuffs in a backpackers' hostel and then make your way to Sentosa island for the day and return to your hostel to sleep. Singapore is a city...very city. But Singapore do have some nature reserved areas which you might want to venture though (if you are into nature that is. Tree top walks at MacRitchie Reservoir (free) or even Sungei Buloh. These places are usually off the beaten path. Singapore is also rich in culture...Arab Street, Chinatown, Little India...So try googling the places I've mentioned if you are interested though.