Discover Little India In Singapore With This Ultimate Local Guide

A vibrant enclave
By: balqis
April 6, 2022

With its vibrant and architectural building that stood the test of time, Little India in Singapore is a hidden gem of an enclave. It is known for its lively and bustling neighbourhood that allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in the local culture and heritage. The endless row of shops offering native spices, saree stores and authentic Indian restaurants, will surely transport you back in time. To make the most of your trip to this enclave, a local guide’s list is certainly handy especially if it’s your first time visiting Little India. So, scroll down and discover little India in Singapore with this must-visit list. 

List of Places That Every Tourist Including Local Need To Explore 

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

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Built around the 90th century by early Indian settlers, the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Singapore. Previously it was also known by the locals as Soonambu Kambam Kovi which translates to “temple at the lime village” as a tribute to the lime kilns that existed during the time. The temple which is dedicated to Kali, the goddess of destroyer features a complex architectural design that is inspired by South Indians. 

Address 141,Serangoon Road, Singapore – 218042
Opening hours Open daily: 8 am–12 pm, 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Contact details +6562954538

House of Tan Teng Niah

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Nestled at Kerbau Road, the House of Tan Teng Niah will surely capture the attention of any visitor with its vibrant colours. It was once owned by Tan Teng Niah, a renowned business owner of sweet and rubber factories. If you ever decide to take a stroll along the road, make sure to marvel at the architectural design which is inspired by European and Chinese styles. Initially, the house was built with a mixture of white and green hues. However, as time progresses, it features a medley of colours. Currently, the House of Tan Teng Niah is used for several commercial spaces. 

Address 37 Kerbau Rd 219168 Singapore
Opening hours Open 24 hours 
Contact details N/A

Indian Heritage Centre

Source: Indian Heritage Centre

If a historical museum is your cup of tea, we suggest that you add the Indian Heritage Centre to your itinerary. Inside, the modern museum exhibits historical artefacts including educational information on the Indian community in Southeast Asia. The exhibition was presented in chronological order starting from the 1st century CE to the 21st century. What’s more, visitors can broaden their knowledge by learning about the local heritage.

Address 5 Campbell Ln, Singapore 209924
Opening hours Tuesday to Thursday: 10 am – 7 pm. Friday and Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm. Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm. Closed on Monday 
Contact details +6562911601

Street Art

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You haven’t truly been to Little India in Singapore if you did not visit one of its main attractions, the street art. With the annual Street Art Walk, the streets of Little India have been elevated with artistic elements. These murals are located along different streets like 2 Dickson Road and Dunlop Street. Created by local artists, visitors can go on a hunt for these street arts, which are perfect for Instagram photos. Our only tip is to dress comfortably

Abdul Gafoor Mosque

Abdul Gafoor Mosque was first built in 1859 before undergoing several renovations to restore its building. The mosque boasts an architectural design that is influenced by Arabian, Southern Indian and Renaissance. During those time, the Abdul Gafoor Mosque was built for those who are working within the area, especially South Indian Muslim merchants and workers at the race course. Inside, it houses a sundial complete with stunning Arabic calligraphy. If you wish to visit this religious site, it is important that you dress modestly. 

Address 41 Dunlop Street, Singapore 209369
Opening hours Friday: 8 am – 12 pm;2.30 pm – 8 pm. Saturday to Thursday: 8 am – 8 pm
Contact details +6562954209

Little India Arcade

Once you have indulged in exquisite authentic Indian cuisine and need to take a stroll, head out to the Little India Arcade. Founded in 1920, it features a plethora of sundry shops, saree stores, stalls and eateries. Plus, it is the go-to place for those who are looking for Indian souvenirs. 

Address #02-07, 48 Serangoon Road, Singapore 217959
Opening hoursOpen daily: 9 am – 10 pm
Contact details N/A

Tantalise Your Taste Buds with These Best Restaurants in Little India

The Banana Leaf Apolo

Established in 1974, The Banana Leaf Apolo has several branches across Singapore including in Little India Arcade. They are famously known for offering dishes that are inspired by North and South Indian cuisine. Aside from the dishes served on banana leaves, visitors are recommended to try out other signature dishes such as mutton curry, Apolo fish head curry and tandoori chicken. Since the place was often packed with people, you can make a reservation beforehand. 

Address Click here to view the list of branch branches
Opening hoursClick here to view the opening hours
Contact details Click here to view the contact details of each branch

Komala Vilas

Our next pick on the best Indian restaurants that you should visit if you ever find yourself in Little India is Komala Vilas. They have several branches within the vicinity of Little India but their outlet on Serangoon Road is the first restaurant opened in 1947. Visitors can relish their taste buds with an array of North and South Indian dishes. Make sure to try out their signature dish, vegetable biryani or dosa. 

Address Click here to view the branches
Opening hours Open daily: 11 am – 10 pm
Contact details Click here to view the contact number for each branch

Moghul Sweet Shop

If you’re a sweet tooth, a visit to the Moghul Sweet Shop will be the highlight of your trip. Conveniently located at the Little India Arcade, it offers a myriad of lip-smacking North Indian delicacies like ladoos, gulab jamun, rasgulla, milk peda, samosa, and Karachi halwa. The price range is between $1.50 and $10. Our only advice is to go early since it is often crowded during lunchtime. 

Address 48 Serangoon Road, #01-16 Little India Arcade Singapore 217959
Opening hours Open daily: 9:30 am – 9:30 pm
Contact details +65 9230 9400

Old Chang Kee Cafe

Source: Old Chang Kee Cafe

Dubbed as the best curry puff in Singapore, Old Chang Kee Cafe is a go-to spot for local people including tourists. For those who want to munch freshly made snacks or local cuisine, we highly recommend you to visit Old Chang Kee Cafe. You can find a variety of dishes including nasi lemak, flower bread and bubur chacha. 

Address #01-01, 19-23 Mackenzie Road, Singapore 228678
Opening hours Monday to Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm. Friday and Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm. Sunday: 10 am – 9 pm
Contact details +65550055

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