One does not visit Singapore and NOT shop. The huge futuristic malls are some of the top landmarks in The Lion City and tourists usually navigate towards them to drop some serious cash in pursuit of retail therapy.
But there’s more to Singapore than designer brands and modern shopping malls. Head to Little India, home to the city’s vibrant Indian community, has incredible shopping options in store for those who want to experience culture and history while searching for great finds.
Clothes, gadgets, appliances, food products, artwork, or souvenirs – Little India has it all. It’s incredibly easy to get dazed and lost among the 24-hour shopping centers, day markets, and street stalls, so check out this list of the best places to shop in the area.
1. Mustafa Centre
145 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207704
No list of shopping paradise is complete without Mustafa Centre, a 24-hour mall with 5 floors chock-full of pretty much everything you will ever need. You get delightfully low prices for clothes, electronics, gadgets, food, household products, and so much more.
Locals come here frequently for their weekly shopping and tourists show up to get their fill of all day, everyday retail galore.
2. Tekka Centre
665 Buffalo & Serangoon Roads, Little India
Can’t get enough of Singapore’s hawker food? Head to Tekka Centre and feast on this mall’s eye-popping selection of hawker stalls, as well as cheap clothes and wet market. It’s quite impossible to miss this bright orange and yellow building, which is located at the corner of Serangoon and Bukit Timah Road.
This is the place to be if you want to hoard fresh produce and great fabrics. After shopping, go to the 2nd floor and take your pick from the sea of hawker stalls selling local, Malaysian, Indian, and Chinese food.
3. Little India Arcade
48 Serangoon Road
If it’s Indian goods you’re looking for, head to this building of converted shophouses in the centre of Little India. Among the alleyways, you will find traditional Indian garbs, colorful accessories, beautiful artwork, incense, sweet shops, and dried herbs and spices. Bargaining skills will come in handy.
4. Chandna Mart
232 Serangoon Road
Chandna Mart is your best source of exotic spirits for intoxication or ailment remedies. It’s one of those liquor stores with dusty old bottles and friendly Chinese owners who are more than glad to give you what you need and make suggestions on what you can drink for certain ailments.
Although a real doctor is recommended if you have serious health problems, a stop at Chandna Mart can be a delightful experience if you want to try curing a simple indigestion.
Make it easier for you to shop your little heart out by staying at the heart of Little India. For budget accommodations that do not stint on comfort and service, book your rooms at The Claremont Hotel.
Located directly opposite Mustafa Centre and just minutes away from Orchard Road and Suntec City, The Claremont Hotel provides incomparable convenience for the indefatigable shopper at rates you can’t beat.
The hotel’s Double Deluxe, Triple Deluxe, and Family Rooms offer complimentary Asian breakfast and free Wi-Fi access during your stay along with your accommodation.
Make sure that you will get the most out of your Little India shopping experience. Book your rooms directly at The Claremont Hotel’s website.