Our coolest street of the year might be Everton Road, but for the all-mighty accolade of Singapore’s coolest neighbourhood? It’s none other than no-frills district Little India. We’ve also just released a full-fledged list of all the coolest neighbourhoods in the world, and Little India has ranked a solid #19 – beating other edgy neighbourhoods like Hong Kong’s Wan Chai and Melbourne’s Fitzroy.
And yet, despite the crowds at Tekka Centre and the long, snaking queues for paper-thin thosai, there’s a certain appeal to this cultural enclave. It’s a matter of a few minutes’ drive from Singapore’s town centre (hello Orchard, you’re still relevant), but once stepping foot into Little India, it’s almost as if you’ve entered the nostalgic yesteryear era of the 70s.
Old-school shophouses and heritage sites mark this neighbourhood as one of our little red dot’s most cherished areas. This is all despite hard-hitting cultural changes and the inevitable modern rework, but Little India is one of those neighbourhoods that’ve retained its quaint charm over the decades. It could very well be the wafting scent of curry in the air or the inconspicuous backpacker’s pub that’s tucked away in the back of an alley, but whatever it is, Little India is certainly on our go-to list.