Shopping in Little India is not exactly your run-of-the-mill retail experience. The Singapore shopping scene is usually associated more with futuristic mega-malls, with ultra-designer brands in gleaming air-conditioned open spaces. Little India, however, presents a very different story; one that’ll probably leave you with a longer lasting impression, as well as more cash left over in your back pocket.
From 24-hour shopping centres to bustling markets and street stalls, the range of shopping in this vibrant Singapore neighbourhood is just as diverse as its people, culture and food. Whether its clothes, electronics, fresh food, souvenirs, artwork or traditional Indian products, our list of the 10 Best Shopping in Little India will have you covered.
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Any list of the best places to shop in Little India has to start here - and that’s the Mustafa Centre. A Singaporean institution, an epicentre of life in the neighbouring community, and a one-stop-shop-for all your shopping needs, this 24-hour mall is a shopping experience not to be missed. With five floors jam-packed full of everything you’d ever need – all at some pretty low prices – Mustafa Centre proves popular for both locals doing their weekly grocery shop, as well as tourists. Expect low prices on clothes, electronics, watches, household products, food (fresh and dried), money exchange and pretty much everything else you could imagine. Find the Mustafa Centre just off Little India’s main strip, Serangoon Road, a short walk from Farrer Park MRT station. Read More...
- Opening Hours: All day, every day
- Address: 145 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207704
- Tel: +65 6295 5855
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
The Tekka Centre is famous in Little India and across the rest of Singapore for its large selection of hawker stalls, a wet market (downstairs) and variety of cheap clothes stalls. Difficult to miss on the corner of Serangoon and Bukit Timah Road, the bright yellow and orange warehouse has some excellent prices if you want to buy fresh produce in bulk, or are looking for some quality fabrics or materials. Of course, no stop off at the Tekka Centre would be complete without grabbing some food. On the second floor you’ll find a sea of Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Singaporean hawker stalls serving cheap and tasty dishes all in some rather rough and ready surroundings. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 06:30 - 21:00 Daily
- MRT: Little India
- Address: 665 Buffalo & Serangoon Roads, Little India, Singapore
- Tel: +65 6733 2225
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
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
Serangoon Road Shops
Serangoon Road, Little India’s central strip, boasts a plethora of jewellery shops, traditional Indian tailors, everything-must-go fashion outlets, fresh fruit and veg stalls, Chinese liquor stores, beauty salons, and of course, row upon row of delicious curry houses. It can get hot, you might have to use the road as an extension of the sidewalk, but this is certainly one of the must-see roads in Singapore. Head to nearby Campbell Lane, Dunlop St, Kerbau Rd, or Upper Dickson Road for more of the same thing – just with less people and noise!
- Location: Serangoon Road, Little India
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
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
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