Tekka Centre

Hawker in Little India & Kampong Glam

There's no shortage of subcontinental spice at this bustling hawker centre, wrapped around a wet market. Queue up for real-deal biryani, dosa (paper thin, lentil-flour pancake), roti prata (dough-flour pancake) and teh tarik (pulled tea). Well worth seeking out is Ah Rahman Royal Prata, which flips some of Singapore's finest murtabak (stuffed savoury pancake).

One floor up is a rainbow-coloured sea of Indian sari and textile stores, not to mention a small battalion of tailors. This is probably the cheapest place to pick up an Indian outfit, and while prices are marked, well-mannered bargaining is always worth a try.