history of little india singapore

Little India sprouted up east of the Singapore River in the early 1800s when Indian Prisoners of the British Raj set it up as a colony. Before long, people from a variety of other cultures and backgrounds moved into the area. This resulted in the eclectic mix of shops, stalls, architecture, religion and language that can be discovered here today.


Take your senses on an adventure

Lady in Singapore shopping in Little India

Little India is a beautiful assault on the senses. Smell the aroma of tantalising flower garlands, spicy chai and delicious dishes from all over India and South-East Asia, while feasting your eyes on the magnificent jewelled saris, colourful spices and bright fabrics. Once you hear the clanging of bangles and Bollywood music blaring out of tiny street stalls, you’ll know you’ve arrived.

Little India is a rare pocket of organised chaos in Singapore. Prepare your senses for overload and explore it all.

a little bit of everything in little india

Hotels in Little India Singapore - PARKROYAL on Kitchener

When you’ve grown accustomed to the feel of Little India, it’s time to take in the awe-inspiring variety this little Singaporean secret has to offer.

Heritage sites, churches, temples and mosques can be found on every corner, while stores, stalls, markets and merchants do their best to grab your attention with everything from electronics, fabrics and food, to jewellery, garlands and art.

If you like to take your time trawling through the endless shopping possibilities, head to Mustafa Centre on Syed Alwi Road. A range of retailers offer more than 3000 different items, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – so there’s plenty of time to peruse it at your own pace.

tekka market

A melting pot of shopping delights, covering over 280 stalls, Tekka Market is Singapore’s largest wet market – but don’t let that description fool you. It is also part food centre and part shopping mall, where visitors can find anything and everything – from rare foods to impress even the most discerning chefs, to spiritual trinkets, traditional Indian fashion and tailors so skilled they can fulfil any brief you may conjure up.

choose a hotel near Little India Singapore

When you need a little respite from the endless hustle and bustle, pamper yourself with a spa treatment at PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road. Nestled in the heart of Little India, this is the perfect place to relax and refresh in the heart of the action.