Little India

This charming Indian enclave offers visitors a rich sensory experience through cultural festivals celebrated at different times throughout the year, traditional temples, colourful shops and a wide range of restaurants. Visitors can go on a shopping spree at the 24-hour mega shopping mall, Mustafa Centre, and sign up for tours in the area.


One of the most vibrant and charismatic ethnic districts in Singapore, Little India attracts visitors with its sheer exuberance of life on the streets. Here, with the air smelling of spices, incense and jasmine, it is not uncommon to see Indian women in their colourful saris browse through boutiques, while loud Indian pop music blares from shops. Gaily painted shophouses along Serangoon Road and side streets add to the district’s charm. A mix of old Singapore and new, Little India’s trendy cafés, restaurants and shops, designer boutique hotels and hip backpacker hostels exist side by side with goldsmiths, traditional Indian restaurants, and the occasional parrot astrology fortune teller. Picturesque on regular days, the neighbourhood is at its vibrant best during festivals such as Pongal (celebrating the harvest) and Deepavali. Visitors can sign up for a variety of tours in the area.

Find out more about Little India's stories:

A. Food and Spices

Mackenzie's Movie Munchies • Of Milkmen and Yoghurt Ladies • Let's Chaat about Deep-fried Dynamites • More than Steamed Rice • Roti - The Flatbreads from India • Fish Head Curry • Biryani and its Regional Varieties • Tekka Centre • South Indian Vegetarian Restaurants • Indian Kitchen Language • North Indian and Bangladeshi Cuisine • Bombs, Tissues and Godzilla for Breakfast • Curry - A Dish of Many Varieties • Masala and Spice Millers • The Coconut's Role in Indian Culture • Gurkhas and Nepali Cuisine • Dal-icious • Chutney Indian Kitchen Language • The Vegetables that Indians Eat • Food as Symbols in the Hindu Religion Indian Sweets

B. Architecture, Buildings and Places

Mackenzie Road - The Gateway to Good Times • Cuff Road Community Spaces • Campbell Lane Shopping • Home for Artists: The Little India Arts Belt • Inspired by Little India • The Jewish Connection to Little India • Lesser-known Hindu Organisations • Shooting for Love - Sajeev Photo Studio • Singapore Institute of Science • Kampong Kapor Methodist Church • Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple • Alternative Art Spaces • Abdul Gafoor Mosque • Bohemian Hostels and Boutique Hotels • India's Road to Independence • Housing the Masses • Learning Tamil in Little India • Kampong Kapor - A Model Workers' Settlement • Balestier Plain Sporting Complex Shophouses in Little India • Buddhist Temples in Little India Remembering WWI in Little India • Tamil Reform Association • Street Names • Remembering British Rule Over India and Malaya

C. Cultural Festivals and Practices

ARTWALKPongalIndian Cultural FiestaFlower GarlandsEthnic ClothingThreadingDeepavali • Goldsmiths • Henna • Malayalees • North Indian Hindus • Gujaratis, Bengalis and Parsis • Vineyagar Charturthi • Navaratri 

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