Noisy, gritty, and full of color, Little India may be a little rough around the edges, it has gentrified in recent years. Its location, near the Central Business District, and on the fringe of Orchard Road, is unbeatable. As an area geared toward the younger set, there’s no shortage of spaces to work. Like Meet Work has a simple set-up with affordable hot desk rates and virtual office services, while a short ten-minute walk away, Lowercase’s free WiFi and spacious tables offer a change of scenery if you’re in need of a more energetic vibe. Next door, Sim Lim Square is the place to check out the latest computer deals (or to get your laptop fixed) and if you’re in desperate need of a charging cable or spare battery pack, they have plenty available for sale.
A neighborhood best explored on foot, there’s always something to look at: from the colorful murals mapped out on the Art Walk to the hustle and bustle of shoppers picking up colorful saris at Pottu Kara Maami or fresh flowers from Jothi’s Store and Flower Shop. There’s plenty of sightseeing to squeeze in with the colorful Sri Veeramakaliamman Hindu Temple on Serangoon Road and it's impossible to miss intricate statues and detailing. The Indian Heritage Center baoli (Indian stepwell)-inspired exterior reveals staircases within the facade, providing visitors from the street a peek-in to what’s happening.
Feeling hungry? Little India’s Tekka Market is a treasure trove of affordable Indian-Muslim and South Indian food. Zone in on Allauddin’s Briyani (#01-232) for fall-apart mutton briyani and Sri Tiffin Stall (#01-224) crispy masala dosas. For vegetarians, Nagercoil Arya Bhavan located close to Mustafa Center is the spot to hit before tackling the five-story Mustafa Center that’s open 24/7 and always has bargains. For a more upscale experience of Little India, restaurants like Meatsmith Little India offer hefty meat platters, but if you’re really trying to expand your Little India footprint, head to The Elephant Room where Indian-influenced tipples like the rum, banana, and coconut Tekka is the way to end the night.
Charlene Fang is a freelance writer based in Hawaii. Originally from Singapore she covers travel, lifestyle, food, culture...
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