Little IndiaSingapore

The heart of Singapore's Indian community is vibrant, packed with shopping opportunities and has some fantastic food on offer.

Singaporean Indians make up 9% of the country's population, and their cultural home is Little India, to the east of the Singapore River. A busy mix of spice stores, cheap and cheerful restaurants, backpacker hostels, galleries, sari shops and Bollywood record stores blaring out music all day and night, peaceful it isn't. But you shouldn't miss a visit here as the vibrancy and liveliness make for a great day or night out, as well as an insight into the history of the Indian population of Singapore.

The area is centred upon Serangoon Road and has been home to Tamil Indians since the 19th century. The famous Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple was built in 1855, as was the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, giving local Indians a place to worship. Many of the trades that flourished back then are still in existence today down the alleys and back lanes. Look out for fortune-tellers, often with a parrot in tow, and flower vendors who thread together gajra, or garlands of jasmine. You can also find shops selling Ayurvedic massage oils and sari fabrics galore: be prepared to haggle to get a bargain. Another good place for souvenir hunting is at the Tekka Market. It's not the place for the claustrophobic though as the market is usually filled to capacity.

Many foodies visit Little India regularly for the classic Indian curries available, or a local variation of chai, known as tarik. There are lots of South Indian restaurants here so vegetarians are well catered for.

Little India is located on the east side of the Singapore River and is served by the Little India MRT station. There is also limited free parking in the area, but there are plentiful spaces if you pay.

Top hotels in Little India

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Park 22 Hotel Little India
Park 22 Hotel Little India
3.5 out of 5
60 Kerbau Road, Singapore, Singapore
The price is Rs4,325 per night

Located in Little India, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Merlion, Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands Skypark. Singapore Botanic Gardens and Universal ...

3.7/5Good! (357 reviews)

"Great location in exotic Little India, close to stores and affordable street food. Get a room with a window on the upper floor. The windows in the rooms on the first floor are directly looking out to the street so everyone can see into your room. The rooms are rather small for the price paid. Subway ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2020

Park 22 Hotel Little India
Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon
Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon
4 out of 5
3 Belilios Road, Singapore

Located in Little India, this hotel is steps away from Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple and Tan Teng Niah. Little India Arcade and Indian Heritage Centre are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (746 reviews)

"Kindly people and very clean space. It’s good under this price level."…"

Reviewed on 3 May 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon
Tai Hoe Hotel
Tai Hoe Hotel
2.5 out of 5
163 Kitchener Road, Little India, Singapore
The price is Rs3,969 per night

Located in Little India, this hotel is steps away from City Square Mall and Mustafa Centre. Bugis Street Shopping District and Orchard Road are also within 1 ...

3.3/5 (187 reviews)

"The towel need more cleaning & the bathroom wet"…"

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2019

Tai Hoe Hotel
The Great Madras
The Great Madras
3.5 out of 5
28-32 Madras Street, Singapore
The price is Rs7,090 per night

Located in Little India, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bugis Street Shopping District and Mustafa Centre. Orchard Road and Sultan Mosque are also ...

3.7/5Good! (132 reviews)

"Cool place, good location 2 minute walk from metro and in little indiA. Friendly staff. Breakfast was a bit basic though a bit of fruit would have been nice. Also would have been great to have been able to book a single which maybe had a chairvin as well rather than the bed taking up the whole space, ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

The Great Madras
Snooze Inn Dickson Road
Snooze Inn Dickson Road
2 out of 5
43 Dickson Rd, Singapore
The price is Rs6,560 per night

Located in Little India, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Mustafa Centre, Bugis Street Shopping District and Sultan Mosque. Orchard Road and Haji Lane ...

3.6/5Good! (30 reviews)

"Excellent service by front dest staff & etc especially MEI fullfill my requirment. I woiuld rate wonderful & plesant staying. Looking forward again."…"

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2019

Snooze Inn Dickson Road
Wanderlust
Wanderlust
4 out of 5
2 Dickson Road, Singapore

Located in Little India, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bugis Street Shopping District, Mustafa Centre, and Sultan Mosque. Orchard Road and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (557 reviews)

"A lovely hotel situated in the area of little India, excellent transport links nearby. Hotel offers complimentary minibar and the rooms are adequate in size. Hotel staff were lovely and very accommodating, offering free cola, water and an umbrella (perhaps due to them closing for refurbishment imminently). ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Dec 2018

Wanderlust

Popular places to visit in Little India

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
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Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

5/5(1 review)

Learn about the local history of Singapore when you take a trip to Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. Amble around this vibrant area's marina or experience its fascinating museums.

Little India Arcade
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Little India Arcade

4.5/5(3 reviews)

During your visit to Singapore, you can enjoy retail therapy at Little India Arcade. Amble around this vibrant area's marina or experience its fascinating museums.

Tekka Centre
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Tekka Centre

3/5(1 review)

During your visit to Singapore, you can browse for the perfect souvenirs at Tekka Centre. Stroll along the marina or experience the fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Masjid Abdul Gafoor
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Masjid Abdul Gafoor

Find out about the history of Singapore when you spend time at Masjid Abdul Gafoor. Amble within picturesque gardens or visit the shops in this vibrant area.

Universal Studios Singapore™
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Universal Studios Singapore™

4.5/5(133 reviews)

Enjoy the exciting rides at Universal Studios Singapore™ and find out why this is a favourite theme park in Resorts World Sentosa. Amble around this vibrant area's marina and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Gardens by the Bay
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Gardens by the Bay

4.5/5(523 reviews)

This new but much loved attraction bring 'the garden to the city'.

Other areas in Singapore

Farrer Park, Singapore, Singapore
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Farrer Park

4.5/5Wonderful!(55 area reviews)

Travellers choose Farrer Park for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Little India Station or Farrer Park Station and check out top sights like Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple.

Farrer Park
Jalan Besar, Singapore, Singapore
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Jalan Besar

3/5(1 area review)

Jalan Besar is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Jalan Besar Stadium and Church of True Light while in the area.

Jalan Besar
Bencoolen, Singapore, Singapore
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Bencoolen

4.5/5Wonderful!(54 area reviews)

Shopping, art galleries and restaurants are some highlights of Bencoolen. You might stop by Bugis Street Shopping District or Raffles City while you're in the area.

Bencoolen
Lavender, Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
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Lavender, Singapore

4/5Very Good!(83 area reviews)

Visitors to Lavender, Singapore love its popular shops, and you can check out Mustafa Centre and City Square Mall. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Lavender Station.

Lavender, Singapore
Haji Lane showing a city, night scenes and signage

Kampong Glam

4.5/5Wonderful!(91 area reviews)

Travellers love Kampong Glam for its popular shops, and you can see more of Arab Street District by jumping on the metro at Bugis Station or Lavender Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Bugis Street Shopping District and Sultan Mosque.

Kampong Glam
Dhoby Ghaut, Singapore, Singapore
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Dhoby Ghaut

3.5/5Good!(5 area reviews)

The ample dining options and picturesque gardens are just a few popular features of the neighbourhood. Make a stop by Orchard Road or Plaza Singapura while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Dhoby Ghaut Station to get around town.

Dhoby Ghaut