As one of the many significant ethnic groups that came to Singapore during the British colonial era, the Indian community has a smaller but no less important presence just North of Bugis. As one of the last stops in our Exploring Singapore visit, we explored an appropriately named “Little India”.
The community itself didn’t appear to be as large as either the Chinese or Muslim quarters we had found previously – nevertheless, it has a number of arcades, with a range of Indian clothes, jewellery, food and drink on offer. The streets are equally marked with examples of such businesses although some of the street names (such as Campbell Lane) seem out of place for this area.
Like all the other cultural areas within Singapore that we visited, the traders and residents were polite and welcoming to us. Shops offered a range of products but even in the arcades we didn’t feel pressured to either peruse or to purchase.
During our journey toward Little India MRT station from the Little India Arcade, we came across another hawker centre below a shopping precinct. This had a more distinctly Indian cuisine base than we encountered at Makansutra Glutton’s Bay; that said, there were far more Western offerings (including cooked breakfasts and typically western-style meals) alongside the traditional Asian cuisine range found elsewhere. Prices appeared to be as cheap as we had found before too.