Little IndiaSingapore

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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
Citadines Rochor Singapore
Citadines Rochor Singapore
3.5 out of 5
2 Serangoon Road, Singapore
Rs7,015
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1

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

4.2/5Excellent! (27 reviews)

"There is no complimentary car parking for hotel guest."…"

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2020

Citadines Rochor Singapore
Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon
Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon
4 out of 5
3 Belilios Road, Singapore
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
Rs5,840
per night
Mar 15 - Mar 16

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! (699 reviews)

"Great location only a few MRT stops from central. Amazing amenities such as bar, restaurant and pool. Nice views and overall superb service from staff."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon
Hotel 81 Dickson
Hotel 81 Dickson
2 out of 5
3 Dickson Road, Singapore
Rs3,006
per night
Mar 4 - Mar 5

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

3.3/5 (1,022 reviews)

"It is good."…"

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2019

Hotel 81 Dickson
The Great Madras
The Great Madras
3.5 out of 5
28-32 Madras Street, Singapore
Rs5,418
per night
Mar 23 - Mar 24

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

3.7/5Good! (128 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
Cherryloft Express
Cherryloft Express
3 out of 5
41 Upper Weld Rd, Singapore
Rs2,797
per night
Mar 4 - Mar 5

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

1.8/5 (11 reviews)

"This was a last minute choice due to a silly mistake I made on the original hotel booking. But set in the heart of Little India this charming place is value for money if you are in a situation and you need 1 nights stay . Breakfast was great and the staff very polite and friendly"…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019

Cherryloft Express
Tai Hoe Hotel
Tai Hoe Hotel
2.5 out of 5
163 Kitchener Road, Little India, Singapore
Rs3,388
per night
Mar 9 - Mar 10

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 ...

3.2/5 (182 reviews)

"It is at convenient location. MRT is near. The staffs are very friendly, especially Mr. Shunmukham on front desk."…"

Reviewed on 24 Dec 2019

Tai Hoe Hotel

Popular things to do in Little India

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.

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.

Universal Studios Singapore™
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Universal Studios Singapore™

4.5/5(131 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(511 reviews)

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

Orchard Road
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Orchard Road

4/5(365 reviews)

Flash the plastic at one of Asia's premier shopping destinations where designer labels and market bargains mingle.

Other areas in Singapore

Farrer Park, Singapore, Singapore
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Farrer Park

4/5Very Good!(53 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
trover photo by Alexandra Lau

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
trover photo by Geraldine Soh

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 Mustafa Centre while you're in the area.

Bencoolen
Lavender, Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
trover photo by Alexandra Lau

Lavender, Singapore

4/5Very Good!(82 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!(90 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