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Little India Arcade, Singapore Overview

The Little India Arcade is a bustling shopping establishment nestled in the heart of Singapore's predominantly Indian district. Formerly the centre of all Indian migrant activity in Singapore, the Little India Arcade is now a series of alleys and pathways, that has an assortment of stores, which sell all things Indian. The vibrant and chaotic Little India Arcade has vibrant wall-to-wall shops, pungent aromas and Bollywood music on its streets.

Not only is the Little India Arcade an amazing place to shop at, but it also has some of the finest Indian cuisine restaurants, where visitors can stop by for a quick meal. It owes its existence to PGP who was employed as a clerk-cum-coolie at a provision along the Serangoon Road. Through his hard efforts and determination, PGP made his fortune by expanding into the sale of textile. The Little India Arcade was officially opened in 1995, after intense conservation of commemorating the spirit of commerce in Indian settlers. The corner building is now a prominent landmark in Little India - a hub of eateries, boutiques, and traditional Malaya's colonial era-shophouses.

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Little India Arcade Shops

There are a plethora of shops at the Little Indian Arcade, which sell everything from books to clothes, spices to handicrafts and jewellery.

Bookshops and Gift Shops:
Visit GGS Publication and Dhana’s Arts and Gifts to explore an amazing collection of books of all genres. Additionally, the latter also has a really good collection of gift items and souvenirs.

Fashion and Accessories:
If looking to buy a pure Pashmina shawl, head to Pashmina Professional famous for their flamboyant collection. Halifax Traders is known for great jewellery items, while Punjab Bazaar is reputed for its collection of colourful bangles. Other shops that are known for their accessories at the Little India Arcade include Jothi Fashion, Little India, Footwear, Jayaram Creations, and Lotusmantra. 

Handicrafts and Souvenirs:
J & G Exclusive, GM Gift of Serenity, Celebration of Arts and Gokulam Jewels and Crafts are all excellent shops that feature a wide collection of authentic handicrafts. 

Jewellery:
Marina Goldsmith is probably the best place to buy some imitation and regional jewellery at the Little India Arcade.

Restaurants at Little India Arcade

The food shops here showcase the rich commercial heritage of India and are well known for serving some authentic lip-smacking cuisines. 

Moghul Sweet Shop
The first sweet shop to be opened in Little India which specializes in north Indian cuisine, the Moghul Sweet Shop has an appealing collection of colourful Indian sweets, all of which are made using pure cow’s milk. Additionally, the sweet shop also serves some really amazing samosas; and it is not uncommon to witness long queues during the festive season at the shop.

The Banana Leaf Apolo
The Banana Leaf Apolo has gained great fame and reputation and is known for its signature practice of serving food on banana leaves. The tiger beer that the restaurant serves is also quite famous.

Ganesan Villas Sweets & Savouries
This sweet shop at Little India Arcade specializes in not just Indian sweets, but also in other snacks and delicacies. From Ladoos to Ghee Balls and from Chandra Kala to Badusha, all types of Indian desserts are available here.

How to Reach Little India Arcade

Bus: The nearest bus stop lies at a distance of merely 1 minute. Buses 67, 857, NR6, 23, 64, 65, 66, 131, 139 and 147 stop right near the arcade.

MRT: To get there through an MRT, alight at the Little India MRT Station Exit C to reach the arcade within 3 minutes.

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