Little India & Sim Lim Square Shopping
Where to Shop and What to Buy in Little India & Sim Lim Square
One of the most colourful and vibrant ethnic enclaves in Singapore, Little India is a hive of activity from dawn to midnight everyday. The focal point of the Indian community, Little India has become a gazetted conservation area with its own MRT stop and another one called Farrer Park. The main thoroughfare, Serangoon Road is easily connected by side lanes, which makes shopping and walking around a breeze.
Your senses will be pleasantly assaulted by the heady mix of colours, sounds and captivating scents of shops teeming with spices, rich sari fabrics, flower garlands, jewellery, brassware, silverware, traditional snacks and more. Here you might even spot a parakeet fortune telling service along the shop fronts.
The best time to visit Little India is the month leading to Deepavali (also known as Diwali) or the Festival of Lights usually held in October. The hub is transformed into an incredible display of lights and Indian decorations with bazaars. Even if you do not buy anything, the festive atmosphere is infectious enough for you to just capture it on camera.
Another spectacular festival is Thaipusam, a religious celebration that takes place at the Hindu temples there in January or February. Witness devotees pierced with kavadis, heavily ornamented wooden or metal arches, walking in a long processional route from the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple on Serangoon Road to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple at Tank Road.Read More
All Shopping Places in Little India
Possibly one of the most colourful – as well as crazy roads in the neighbourhood, Buffalo Road is the place to come if you’re into your fresh fruit, vegetables and dried spices. Come sundown, the road really comes to life, with crowds swarming the street stalls and shophouses for some of the cheapest fresh produce found anywhere in Singapore. Buffalo Road also gets extra busy in the evening as commuters pile out of Little India MRT station, using the small route as a means to get to the main Serangoon strip. You can also find the multi-coloured House of Tan Teng Niah nearby – a great stop for one of the area’s most impressive photo-ops.
- Location: Buffalo Road, Little India
Serangoon Road seems to breed a certain kind a liquor store: one that’s usually Chinese-owned, packed full of dusty old bottles of exotic spirits you’ve never heard of, all at bargain-bin prices. The best of the lot is Chandna Mart, a long running alcohol/traditional medicine store. The owner is always happy to guide you in the right direction of what you’re looking for, as well as give suggestions on what to drink to remedy any ailments you may have (although we would just suggest a real doctor would be a better solution than turning to liquor).
- Opening Hours: Daily, hours vary
- Address: 232 Serangoon Road
- Tel: +65 6293 7944
City Square Mall
City Square Mall presents one of the more civilised shopping experiences in Little India, compared that is to the hustle and bustle of the Mustafa Centre or the heat of the shops on Serangoon Road. Marketed as Singapore’s first ever ‘eco-mall’ (probably something to do with the specially-built park surrounding it and rooftop garden), the modern and sleek City Square Mall stands out like a sore thumb in the ageing Little India neighbourhood. There are over 200 stores to browse, including high street clothes stores, electronic brands and international restaurants. You can also access the mall directly from Farrer Park MRT station.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
- Address: 180 Kitchener Road
- Tel: +65 6595 6565
Little India Arcade
Find this cute and colourful array of converted shophouses on Serangoon Road, right in the centre of Little India. The compact series of meandering alleyways present a nice selection of stores, selling everything Indian: that means traditional dresses, dried herbs and spices, flamboyant accessories, colourful artwork, aromatic incense and sweet shops. You can also try your hand at bargaining on some of the fresh food (if buying in bulk), or get a discount on some electrical items on sale here too.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 22:00
- Address: 48 Serangoon Road
If you are still awake at 3 am and can’t get over your jet lag, visit Singapore’s first 24-hour department store at the other end of Serangoon Road in Serangoon Plaza . This thriving emporium sells almost everything under the sun at arguably the lowest fixed prices in Singapore. From vitamins and supplements to watches and electronic goods, there is something for everyone. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 24 hours (Daily)
- Address: 145 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207704
- Tel: +65 6295 5855
Serangoon Road and Side Street Shops
Serangoon Road, the main road, boasts a mélange of shops selling gold jewellery, saris and Indian ethnic wear, trinkets, Indian CDs, fresh fruit/vegetables, spices, cheap basic clothing wear and beauty salons with henna treatments. Lots of Indian curry and vegetarian outlets abound. Similar products are found on the side streets of Buffalo Road, Campbell Lane, Dunlop St, Kerbau Rd, Upper Dickson Rd, Upper Weld Rd, Cuff Road and Veerasamy Rd.
For classy, elegant Indian wear to take you to Bollywood parties and weddings, visit Sheetal at 136 Serangoon Rd or Style Mart at 149 Selegie Rd on the fringe of Serangoon Rd. Known as KK Market to the locals, the Tekka Centre on Buffalo Road is a venerable institution. Generations have visited the market for its fresh vegetables, fish, meat, spices and flowers.
Sim Lim Square is a giant technology mall a short walk from Little India MRT station in the north, bordering the Bugis region towards the south. This multiplex of computers, cameras, phones, gadgets, TVs and audio equipment is the largest IT mall in the whole of Singapore, with nearly 200 stores spread over six floors. Prices are cheap – even cheaper if you try your hand at a spot of bargaining – and the choices are inevitably vast. If you get bored of the gauntlet of gadgets, there are a few decent restaurants and cafes where you make an escape to, such as Manzeel Tandoor and Joyful Noodles. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:30 - 21:00 Daily
- Location: Corner of Maxwell Road and South Bridge Road
- Address: 1 Rochor Canal Road, Singapore 188504
- Tel: +65 6338 3859
Sungei Road Thieves' Market
Back in the day, this bustling road full a flea market-style stalls was the place to come and buy stolen goods...hence the name ‘Thieves’ Market’. Today, Sungei Road is still as bustling as it was back then, although now all the goods on sale are legitimate and properly regulated. All of Singapore’s hipsters, antique enthusiasts and bargain hunters flock here, browsing the lines of old souvenirs, trinkets, watches, vintage clothes, worn-out electricals and the odd piece of cool artwork. It is certainly a great alternative if you get bored of the air conditioned mega malls of Singapore. Please note that Sungei Road Thieves' Market is located halfway between Little India MRT and Bugis MRT.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 19:00 Daily
- Location: Sungei Road
- MRT: Walking distance from Bugis or Little India stations
The Verge Shopping Mall
The Verge Shopping Mall, (previously named ‘Tekka Mall’ due to its close proximity to the more well known ‘Tekka Centre’) was the first ever modern shopping mall in Little India. Today, it still stands as a decent place to escape the hot and frantic city streets outside, offering visitors a good choice of electrical stores, restaurants and reasonably priced clothes outlets. There’s also a huge supermarket in the basement – great to stock up on cheap essentials if you don’t fancy the craziness of the nearby Mustafa Centre.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
- Address: 2 Serangoon Road
- Tel: +65 6307 6761