Little India was the area in which we stayed, at a great 35 room hotel called the Perak Hotel, which is on Perak Road, Little India. Although fairly basic, the personal service, free breakfasts, great air conditioning and central location kept us happy. The location meant that everything around Little India and Bugis Street were within easy walking distance, and we had the Little India MRT station only an easy 5 minute walk away, near the lively Tekka Markets.
Highlights of Little India for me included the aforementioned Tekka Markets with Hawker style foods and a wet markets, always brimming with activity, and my personal highlight for food in the area was the great meal we had at Chella’s Vegetarian Corner, a funky Indian restaurant with a great menu, friendly staff and price; it was only $5.50 for Chella’s Special Meal, which was a platter of food in itself (70 Serangoon Rd, Cnr Dunlop, Ph (65) 6297 6297).
The whole of Serangoon Rd is interesting – many shops selling fabrics and knick knacks, open way into the night. Walk far enough up the road, past Sri Veerama Kaliamman Temple on the left and you’ll reach Serangoon Plaza and nearby Mustafa Centre, a 24 hour multi level shopping arcade, with the best rates for currency exchange that we could find in Singapore in their ground floor money changer.
Remember, hardly anything opens before 10.00am, so if you are starting off early, maybe visit the Tekka Markets, the above mentioned temple and perhaps Masjid Abdul Gaffoor before expecting to hit the shops.
Photo: Vegetable Shop, Serangoon Rd, Little India.