Singapore’s rich culture, exciting activities and vibrant food scene is certain to provide senior travellers with a wealth of new experiences.
For breakfast, whet your appetite at Komala Vilas in Little India. This beloved vegetarian restaurant has been around since 1947, and serves up South and North Indian classics like thosai (savoury rice pancakes) and prata (South Indian flatbread).
Now that you’ve fuelled up, you can immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Little India. Travellers fascinated by Eastern religions can admire the architecture and colourful interiors of the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, dedicated to Kali—The Hindu deity who vanquishes evil.
Next, drop by Little India Arcade. This emporium of wondrous wares is home to vendors that sell everything from silk and saris (traditional Indian womenswear) to flower garlands and traditional Indian sweets.
If cultural insights and new stories are what you’re after, we recommend embarking on a tour instead. Gems of Little India (Thursdays) by Ruby Dot Trails and Dhobis, Saris & A Spot of Curry (Tuesdays) by Journeys are both led by veteran tour guides who’ll enrapture you with stories of the district.
In the afternoon, hitch a ride to the district of Chinatown, with its lantern-decked streets and bustling byways. You’ll be having lunch at Liao Fan Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle, which boasts the world’s most affordable Michelin meal. Chinatown Complex houses over 260 hawker stalls, so feel free to sample the variety of dishes while you’re here.
Next, pay a visit to Anthony The Spice Maker. This third-generation store is emblematic of Singapore’s vibrant and diverse culture, stocking a range of spices used in Indian, Peranakan*, Chinese and Malay cuisines.
*The term is an Indonesian/Malay word that means “local born”, which generally refers to people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage.
Photo by: Anthony The Spice Maker
To gain deeper insight into a facet of Chinese culture, make Tea Chapter your next destination. You’ll be able to learn about the nuances of traditional Chinese tea-making with the masters at this establishment.