Little India - Singapore
Unlike most of Singapore which is stylish and flashy, Little India is a surreal place which takes you 50 years into the past. I'll bet you will never be able to…
Indian dancers at Sitara Lounge in Serangoon Road Drinking: While Arab street is famous for sheesha bars, Little India is well known for its liquor bars. The bars are of several kinds and the most popular of them is the "Tamil Nadu Special" bar, which is out in the open and laborers relax after a long day's work. Food is cheap and this place is super crowded at nights.Night clubs like Sitara Lounge and Club Flux are also located in Little India.
Just take any of the trains that go to Little India Station or hop into a taxi to get here. If you want a "full experience", go on a weekend, when the place will be packed with migrant workers. Signs like "Don't urinate here" and "Don't spit here" are common in Little India. During Indian festivals like Deepavali or Pongal, you will be amazed by dazzling lights and the spectacular shopping experience.
Temples: Little India has quite a few places of worship, and is riddled with temples. The most fascinating is the Sri Veeramakaliamman temple, which by itself is one of the top 10 things to do in Singapore. Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple and Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman temple are also quite popular. Other religious structures like Abdul Gafoor mosque, Foochow Methodist church and Central Sikh Gurdwara are also present.
Tekka Centre: This is a huge shopping mall with 2 levels. The first level sells food and second level sells goods. The hawker center in the 1st level is well known for $4 Chicken Biriyani, $1.25 Dosa and other cheap Indian food. You can also find a handful of Chinese and Malay food stands as well. On the same level is the wet market, where you can find good seafood. The second level is where you find clothes, shoes, bags and other apparel.
Mustafa Centre: Open 24 hours, this store almost has a cult following among Singaporeans. With unbeatable prices and an enormous variety of goods, Mustafa center stands tall among all the other shops in Little India. International foods, jewelry, vegetables, electronics, clothes, medicine, meat and the list goes on. They sell plenty of inexpensive Singaporean souvenirs, a popular buy among tourists.
Lodging: If you really want to enjoy Little India's ambiance, experience a few days staying in hotels in the locality. Footprints is one of the popular backpacker's hostel located in Perak road. Wanderlust is another lodge, set in a century old building located in Dickson road. There are plenty of other places for accommodation, but be sure to do your research before staying.
Eating in Little India is a must, and many restaurant still serve your food on banana leaves. The best restaurant here is Lagnaa , where you take off your shoes and sit on the floor to eat! Muthu's Curry is another restaurant popular for its crab and chicken delicacies.While Komala Vilas and Ananda Bhavan give you an authentic South Indian taste, try the Kashmir and Jaggi's for North Indian cuisine. If you are a cheapskate like me, go to Tekka center or try street side food stands.
Street shopping is awesome, and you can find some very unique items in small shops. Ayurveda and Siddha medicines, jewelry, ethnic clothes, Indian cosmetics, herbal oils and even old Indian magazines are sold. Statues of fearsome Tamil ancestor Gods like Periyachi Amman and Sangili Karuppan are also sold here.