if delicious food, stunning colors, and colonial architecture are your thing - Singapore just might be your city. Little India is just one of the areas in the city that check all three of these boxes, and probably the neighborhood we spent the most time walking through on our recent visit.
while we did a lot of poolside relaxing on this trip, we still managed some exploring. the first hotel we lodged at [Wanderlust] was located in this colorful neighborhood. we wandered around before and after incredible meals [try Lagnaa Barefoot Dining, trust me] and on our way to and from Singapore's stunningly clean and organized MRT system.
Little India isn't a large neighborhood. without any planning, we managed to stumble onto one of most iconic landmarks in the area. this colorful beauty is the House of Tan Teng Niah - a Chinese style villa built in 1900 which has been decked out in rainbow paint and is probably the most instagrammed building in Little India. [and with colors like these, I don't think I have to explain why.]
we also inadvertantly crossed paths with the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. you know how I love my temples - and all the colorful detail on this one won me over immediately. plus, how cool are the neon light accents? we didn't have time to go inside, but I hear the interior is just as beautiful.
I know there are more places on the "must-see" list for Little India, but mostly we enjoyed wandering the back alleys and streets. everything was so alive and vibrant with color - from the market stalls to the window shutters.
my favorite thing about Little India [other than the colors and the food] was that it really felt like a local neighborhood. the shops and restaurants were run by and used by the people who live here. we only saw a handful of other tourists, and in the evenings the streets were crowded with people walking home from work [rather than the visiting hordes we encountered around the Marina Bay Sands.]
even if you choose to stay elsewhere in Singapore - my advice is to take a trip out to Little India for a meal and some exploring. just charge your camera batteries and take the MRT to the Little India Station [NE7/DT12] on the blue or purple lines. and then... wander.