This colorful Singapore neighborhood boasts an interesting history going back to the early 1800s. Similar to Australia's founding as a British penal colony, Little India was founded as a colony for prisoners of the Britsh Raj. It grew into an Indian enclave that today is home to restaurants, shops and art galleries steeped in Indian Tamil culture. Visitors discover wonderful treasures from gorgeous textiles to jewellery. Some of the most popular vegetarian restaurants are in Little India. During the Deepavali Festival of Lights, Little India truly shines with color, light and music that is simply magical.
Varies by business, but you can expect to find everything from bargains to lavish items for sale.
Varies by business, but many are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mustaffa Centre is open 24/7.
Deepavali Festival of Lights
Pongal (Harvest) Celebrations
Indian New Year Celebration
Theemithi (Fire Walking Festival)
Singapore Food Festival
Shopping for Indian goods
Explore Little India Heritage Trail
Parrot fortune tellers
Henna tattoo (mehendi) by professional artists
Mustaffa centre (Open 24/7)
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
Tekka Centre / Market
Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
Abdul Gafoor Mosque
Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple (Temple of 1,000 Lights)
What are some interesting things to purchase here?
Find unique gifts - or something for yourself - at Little India Singapore. Like any good bazaar, you can find colorful textiles, unique jewelry and one-of-a-kind handicrafts. There are purveyors of ayurvedic healthcare products.
What unique Singaporean dish is available at Little India?
A special Singaporean dish is Fish Head Curry. It can be found on the menus of many restaurants in Little India. Another culinary delight to savor is Roti Prata, a mouthwatering grilled pancake. It's like Indian Prata but with a special twist, Singapore-style. It can be combined with any number of spices or fillings, from meat or eggs to bananas and chocolate.