Clanging bicycle bells, a buzz about the streets, the scent of fragrant food and spices…the endless hustle and bustle await! Whether you’re in the mood to shop till you drop or in search of the best dosa in Singapore, grab the kids and step out on a local adventure. Just in time for Deepavali celebrations, Little Steps brings you the “best of” all wrapped up in our family guide to Little India. Ready, set, explore!
Hawkers greet you with smiles as you start your day early with a trip to Tekka Market, Little India’s vibrant wet market featuring hundreds of stalls sprawling over two floors. Here you’ll find the ultimate in produce variety, dry goods and traditional meats along with household items. Make a game out of it and create a scavenger hunt for the little ones and see what you bring home!
Tekka Market and Food Centre, 665 Buffalo Road, Singapore 210665
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, 141 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218042, www.sriveeramakaliamman.com
Short on time? Visit the microcosm of Little India within her namesake Arcade. Filled with shops and carts hawking flower garlands, unusual spices, gold, Indian snacks, incense and fabrics, get lost for a few hours within this cluster of 1920s shophouses. Get adorned in henna tattoos, try an Ayurvedic treatment, eat at a local resto, and take in the overall beat of Little India’s heart within these narrow lanes.
Little India Arcade, 48 Serangoon Road, Singapore 217959, Website
When your little one's tummy is rumbling, sit down and break for lunch! Our picks for family fun dining? Head into the wild at Jungle Tandoor and dine safari-style among replica elephants, leopards and snakes. Or, dine atop banana leaves at Banana Leaf Apolo, Little India’s favorite tourist resto.
Jungle Tandoor, 102 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218007, +65 6299 0400
Banana Leaf Apolo, 48 Serangoon Road, #01-32 Little India Arcade, Singapore 217959, +65 6297 1595
Step into one of the most adventurous parts of Little India - the 24-hour storehouse for everything you will ever think you need and then some. We've found well-priced electronics to obscure Western products to travel agents to special educational DVDs in all Indian dialects throughout this multi-leveled hyperactive department store. We’re convinced it has it all. Period. Did we also mention it has one of the only 24-hour pharmacies in Singapore?
Mustafa Centre, 145 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207704, +65 6295 5855, www.mustafa.com.sg
You’d never guess a cooking classroom lay among the streets of Little India, but lo and behold, Expat Kitchen is one of the many residents within this ethnic wonderland. Offering classes for parents, domestic helpers, children and individual cuisine-specific courses, Expat Kitchen offers the opportunity to channel your inner chef while learning a new trick or two.
Expat Kitchen, 9 Norris Road, #02-01, Singapore 208252, ?+65 6299 4221, ?www.expat-kitchen.com
Ten shophouses dedicated to the celebration of arts diversity dot Kerbau Road. Choose from theatre, art, music and more as you step inside Wild Rice, I Theatre, Bhaskar’s Arts Academy, Sri Warisan Som Said, Maya Dance Theatre and Gamelan Asmaradana. As you toddle further down this vibrant road, check out Kerbau Road’s famous roadside flowers and veggies stalls!
Little India Arts Belt, located in shophouses along Kerbau Road. Website here.
We find it hard to believe you could ever be hungry after spending a day in Little India, but if by chance you haven’t had your fill by the time dinnertime rolls around, we have a few dinner faves. Muthu’s Curry is the Lion City’s leader for Fish Head Curry. For more high-brow dining, try Delhi Restaurant (60 Race Course Road, Singapore 218567, +65 6296 4585) for Northern Indian cuisine.
Muthu’s Curry, 72-78 Race Course Road, Singapore 218591, +65 6392 1722
Delhi Restaurant,60 Race Course Road, Singapore 218567, +65 6296 4585
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