The flamboyant blue-and-green façade of the Tekka Center marks one of Little India’s top attractions—a hawker center and shopping mall known for its range of goods and affordable prices. The ground-level food hall sells a huge assortment of Indian and Chinese specialties.
The Tekka Center ranks among Singapore’s best places to eat, especially if you’re on a budget. Many cultural food tours stop to sample local delicacies here before moving on to Chinatown and Kampong Glam. Plus, the market is nearly always featured on walking tours of Little India, which offer a more intimate glimpse into one of Singapore’s best-known neighborhoods. It’s also possible to take a dedicated tour of the market.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Tekka Center is a must-visit for foodies and budget travelers.
- Credit cards are not widely accepted here, so it’s a good idea to bring cash in small denominations.
- Don’t forget your camera as the market sets a colorful scene for photography.
- Polite bargaining is acceptable when shopping for goods in the center.
How to Get There
The Tekka Center is located in the heart of Little India. To get there, take a public bus to the Little India stop, or ride the MRT to Rochor Station.
When to Get There
The center is open daily from 7am to 11pm, but individual stalls maintain their own business hours. It’s best to visit at mealtimes in order to enjoy the flavors of this popular hawker center.
What to Eat at the Tekka Center
The aroma of Indian spices permeates the air at the Tekka Center, where there’s no shortage of good food. Highlights in the hawker center include spiced biryani, potato-stuffed dosa (thin lentil pancakes), prawn vadai (fried dough fritters), and teh tarik (pulled tea).