Hello Little India
It’s up for debate which of Singapore's neighborhoods is the most atmospheric, but Little India, north of Bugis, is up there. Running along and around bustling Serangoon Road, it’s been home to an Indian community since the mid-nineteenth century. Colorful and chaotic, Bengali and Tamil tunes blare from speakers as punters hop from store to snack shop. Head to the morning ‘wet market’ at Tekka Market to see halal butchers and seafood sellers in action. It’s not for the squeamish – live crabs and animal heads are not an uncommon sight. Otherwise, head upstairs for excellent vegetarian and non-veggie snacks from the food court/hawker center. The Little India Arcade opposite is a shopper's haven, selling everything from CDs and bangles to off-the-rack outfits and Indian sweets. There’s even 24-hour shopping at Mustafa Mall. Of its many temples, don’t miss the intricate, colorful façade of Sri Veeramakaliamman, one of Singapore’s oldest.