Little India and Farrer Park properties in Singapore are great for those who fancy living in a buzzing ethnic enclave jam-packed with a vibrant mix of eateries, hipster cafes, restaurants, shops, boutique hotels, no-frills backpacker hostels, vibrant architectural structures, sacred places of worship, heritage sites and loads of culture.
In this Little India And Farrer Park Lifestyle and Property Guide, which is part of the 2016 series by GET.com, we will run you through the highlights of the Little India and Farrer Park areas, show you how much properties cost in District 8 and let you in on the cool things you can expect from this district.
District 8 Properties: An Overview
According to Urban Redevelopment Authority, to be considered under District 8, the first 2 digits of the 6-digit postal code must be 20 or 21. It includes general locations like Little India and Farrer Park.
Located just at the fringe of Singapore's bustling Central Business District, the Little India and Farrer Park neighbourhood provides great accessibility to other parts of Singapore and is only a short drive away from our Marina Bay financial district and Orchard Road shopping belt!
If you like living near the central part of Singapore but prefer a more vibrant, varied form of city living and you dig living in a neighbourhood oozing with lots of character, this neighbourhood may be apt for you.
For many tourists who visit our sunny shores, Little India is a must-visit especially if they're on the lookout for amazing Indian food and keen on exploring local culture!
Like the majority of the other districts in Singapore, there are both HDB flats and private condominiums in the Little India-Farrer Park precinct.
The cluster of HDB flats here are located on Race Course Road, Farrer Park Road, Dorset Road, Kent Road, Cambridge Road, Owen Road, King George's Avenue, Jellicoe Road, French Road, Kitchener Road, Jalan Berseh, Veerasamy Road and Rowell Road.
These flats aren't new, by the way. Nevertheless, these older flats still fetched pretty decent resale prices according to the transaction prices pulled from HDB's site.
On the contrary, there are several newer condominium developments here that those who are more well off (and like the finer things in life) can consider purchasing.
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Pros And Cons Of Living In Little India And Farrer Park
- Convenient transportation networks
- A plethora of food and interesting chill-out spots
- Located at the fringe of the Central Business District
- Vibrant and rich in heritage
- Moderate number of shopping venues
- Moderately-high property prices and rents
- Few kid-friendly places
- Lack of educational institutions
Amenities In Little India And Farrer Park
Even though KK Women's and Children's Hospital is technically located in District 9 in strict accordance to its postal code, it is just a mere 7 minute walk away from Little India MRT Station. Nobody in their right mind likes to visit the hospital, but it is always good to know that there's one nearby!
Those who like to partake in community activities can venture to Pek Kio Community Centre located round the corner on 21 Gloucester Road. If it helps, Pek Kio Community Centre is near Farrer Park Primary School.
Transportation is a breeze with the multitude of bus services meandering through the area coupled with Little India, Farrer Park and Lavender MRT Stations and nearby Bugis and Boon Keng MRT Stations. Access to other parts of the island is easy thanks to the AYE, CTE and ECP expressways alongside arterial roads.
As mentioned earlier, there is a severe lack of schools in the Little India-Farrer Park neighbourhood. The only mainstream school located within this precinct is Farrer Park Primary School. For convenience's sake, I wouldn't recommend this neighbourhood for those who have young children of a school-going age.
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Shopaholics can venture to Mustafa Centre, City Square Mall, The Verge Shopping Mall, Serangoon Plaza, Little India Arcade, Sungei Road Flea Market and Tekka Centre for their shopping fix in addition to the little stalls and stores peppered across the Little India and Farrer Park neighbourhood.
For those of you who haven't ventured to this massive shopping centre, it is time you make some time to shop there. Truth be told, the crowd can be a tad overwhelming; there will be lots of jostling so keep your valuables safe.
They have literally everything and anything you need from cosmetics, branded perfumes, racquets, stationeries, chocolates to electronics and frozen pratas! Most items have considerably lower price points than those you see at other malls. Yes, my dad went all the way there specifically to buy his Dr Martens shoes. I don't even own a pair of those, cue sad music.
Anyhow, whether you're suffering from insomnia or just plain bored, go for a walk at Mustafa Centre. The 24-hour Mustafa Centre will always welcome you! No grumpy security uncle will chase you out.
Did you know that Tekka Centre helms the title to Singapore's largest indoor wet market? Tekka Centre sits on 665 Buffalo Road in the heart of Little India. According to Google Maps, it will only take you 1 minute to get there by foot from Little India MRT Station!
It is truly an amazing place to be at though it takes great tenacity to meander through the complex and conquer all the 300 stalls there! Expect lots of aromatic Indian spices, a huge selection of fruits, vegetables and fresh produce when you visit Tekka Centre.
Here, you'll get to save some money on fresh groceries by shopping at their wet market. Not only do you get the opportunity to haggle for discounts or for spices or herbs to be thrown in for free, you get to sit yourself down and sip on freshly pulled frothy Teh Tarik and chow on delicious Briyani or Indian Rojak at the food centre housed within the same complex!
With so much amazing food easily accessible, it is only right that we exercise and seek to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. If you happen to be a resident in this area, you've got options such as Jalan Besar Swimming Complex, Jalan Besar Stadium, and Farrer Park Tennis Centre.
Good Food To Try In Little India And Farrer Park
Little India is indisputably one of the best places for amazing food. And that's not restricted to just Indian food, mind you! Besides getting your tummies filled at Tekka Market as mentioned above, try Good Chance Popiah at New World Centre where you can wrap your own Popiah. You may even rub shoulders with MediaCorp artistes when you're there!
If you're a fan of oysters, you have to try the sinful but moreish, crispy, oh-so-delicious or luak from Lim's Fried Oyster at Berseh Food Centre when you're in the Jalan Besar vicinity!
Beach Road Scissors Cut Curry Rice is famed for its Hainanese-style rice doused in thick, flavourful curry gravy that is priced affordably altogether. I came here once with a bunch of friends and the above image pretty much sums up how much food there was for a party of 6 - they're very generous for today's standards.
For those who're worried about the curry being too spicy, take heart it's not. And the drizzle of black sauce on your rice helps elevate the spiced flavours of curry. This may be somewhere to consider for that occasional indulgence as the food is undeniably on the oilier side!
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If you happen to make your way round Rangoon Road, you'd have seen the Bak Kut Teh face off involving famous Founder Bak Kut Teh (154 Rangoon Road) and Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh (208 Rangoon Road). How exciting that they're competing so close to each other! Each camp has its own loyal fan base, so take your pick if you're still trying to figure out whose peppery pork soup you prefer!
Generally, you'll find tender pork ribs from both stalls. I'm talking about the kind that will fall apart from the bones with a light prick of the mighty fork! Besides their own unique history that sets them apart, Founder Bak Kut Teh's version is said to be more peppery while Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh's version has stronger nuances of herbs and garlic.
For vegetarian options, visit Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant at 19 Upper Dickson Road for some honest, humble vegetarian fare. If you don't already know, Gokul Vegetarian offers mouth-watering, authentic and fusion vegetarian cuisines. Anyhow, I absolutely loved their crisp, non-greasy, freshly flipped prata the last time I dined at their Fortune Centre outlet - leaps and bounds better than the pratas you find everywhere else in Singapore!
Anandha Bhavan Restaurant is another vegetarian restaurant that serves a splendid selection of North-, South-, Chinese-Indian vegetarian food. Established in 1924, this humble restaurant has grown and expanded to a total of 5 outlets in Singapore - two are in the heart of Little India, one along Syed Alwi Road and another in UE BizHub East. You'll be happy to know that their food doesn't contain a single drop of MSG, preservatives or additives. And they do not reuse their cooking oil, either!
What's a trip to Little India without eating good old Indian food, right? In case you're wondering what you're in for, established in 1947, Komala Vilas serves a myriad of South Indian vegetarian cuisine. Their Masala Thosai (served with free-flow sambar) is a die-die-must-try.
Cool Chill-Out Spots In Little India And Farrer Park
If you enjoy the idea of rejuvenating your mind, body and soul through a relaxing (and fun) staycation, and you happen to be fun-loving and unconventional at heart, book a room at Wanderlust Hotel.
It is a boutique hotel that promises its visitors and experience unlike any other with its myriad of neatly categorized themed rooms along the likes of Pantone; Pantone Deluxe, Mono; Mono Deluxe; and Whimsical.
Families with kids can consider this option as well if you aren't intending to jet off to other countries for holiday. I guarantee you that your kids will have the biggest smiles plastered onto their faces if you take them on a staycation treat at Wanderlust Hotel! Anyhow, nobody says you can't do a staycation in your own neighbourhood, right?
Here are 10 more incredible kid-friendly staycation venues in Singapore.
Sitting on 88 Rangoon Road, Old Hen Coffee Bar is the coffee place anyone who loves coffee ought to pay a visit or two to someday.
Word has it that their ingenious bottled cold brews are off the charts! These bottled brews have been doing a really good job in leaving its patrons wanting more, and coming back for more.
Judging from all the raving reviews on their Facebook page, their amazing cold brews and decadent buttermilk waffles plus friendly service have kept many patrons very happy. ‘Nuff said, I'm bookmarking this cosy cafe in my must-visit list.
Located on 383 Jalan Besar, Suprette is an eclectic hideout boasting a compact restaurant-bar-cafe concept that marries a neat menu full of comfort food with a drinks list any grown-up will appreciate. Suprette's comprehensive drinks menu may just be the thing you need after a long day crunching numbers at work!
Just in case you're interested to know, Suprette is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner and drinks service runs daily from 6pm except on Tuesdays.
This rustic hidden gem on 142 Owen Road is where you'll find top-notch fresh, unpretentious food that isn't exorbitantly priced unlike many other restaurants in Singapore. A quick scroll through their Facebook page would show you that their Nonya Dory and quaint desserts are to-die-for, well, not literally of course!
Other popular, mouthwatering dishes include duck confit, seafood pasta, pork belly, cheese burger, flat iron steak, chicken wings and Thai beef salad. If you dig the idea of drinking organic coffee, P. Bistro has it, too!
If you, like me, are diehard fans of dim sum, you'll be very envious of those who live within walkable proximity to Swee Choon (which was featured in our pick of the 10 best dim sum restaurants that cost under $50 per person in Singpaore). Here's the very place where you can pig out late into the night as they're open from 6pm to 6am every night, except on Tuesdays.
Must-try items include liu sha bao (a.k.a. salted egg yolk custard bun), beancurd skin with prawns, chee cheong fun, mee sua kueh, Shanghai xiao long bao, and yam paste with pumpkin and ginkgo nut. Their liu sha bao is one of the best salted egg yolk custard bao I've had in Singapore. And they are calories you wouldn't mind putting on.
Here's a super unique and cool chill-out option for those who have a soft spot for music and ukuleles. UKULELE MOVEMENT is an all-in-one ukulele retail-cafe-school perfect for both seasoned ukulele strummers or those who are looking to pick up the ukulele.
UKULELE MOVEMENT was established to raise both awareness and appreciation of the ukulele in Singapore and beyond. It is also the first music retail store in Singapore that specialises in all things ukulele. Located on 178 Race Course Road, all ukulele enthusiasts have to check out this place.
Kid-Friendly Places In Little India And Farrer Park
Step back in time with your kids and trace the history of the Indian and South Asian communities in the Southeast Asian region at the Indian Heritage Centre on 5 Campbell Lane.
Unveiled by PM Lee on 7th May 2015, the Indian Heritage Centre offers year-round exhibitions, programmes and activities that seek to raise greater public awareness and appreciation of Indian heritage, arts and culture.
The iconic yet sustainable building of the Indian Heritage Centre houses five permanent galleries, small scale museum facilities, a museum shop as well as programming and activity spaces that its visitors can use!
In addition, did you know that the flash from cameras damage sensitive materials like paper and textile? So if the budding photographer in you would like to snap some pictures in the Indian Heritage centre (or any other museums and galleries, really), remember to do so without turning on the flash!
For an unorthodox day out with your little ones, journey with them on the Little India Heritage Trail.
Start your little adventure at Tekka Centre with a stomach full of authentic Indian food and luscious Teh Tarik before embarking on the rest of the trail where your kids and you get to soak in the vibrant sights and revel in the strong aromas of jasmine flowers alongside an array of spices and herbs!
Expect to trail past monumental structures like the Tan Teng Niah House (a Chinese villa) and Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple as you wander and wonder along with your children!
Have you ever thought of rocking the drums like a rock star? Whether you're 8 or 80-years-old, you can pick up drumming at My Drum School located on 25 Jalan Berseh.
My Drum School prides itself on using the highest quality drums and syllabus to help you learn effectively, so rest assured that you'll be in good hands the whole time you're embarking on your drumming journey.
How Much Do Properties Cost In Little India And Farrer Park?
We did some research by digging through government data on the minimum and maximum per square foot (PSF) prices of private properties, as well as the average prices of resale 3,4,5-room flats in this district.
Minimum PSF: $672 - Residential Apartments
Maximum PSF: $2,069 - Cavan Suites
Average price of a resale 3-room flat in Race Course Rd between Dec 2014 - Dec 2015: $381,000
Average price of a resale 4-room flat in Race Course Rd between Dec 2014 - Dec 2015: $533,000
Average price of a resale 3-room flat in Farrer Park Rd between Dec 2014 - Dec 2015: $435,500
Average price of a resale 4-room flat in Farrer Park Rd between Dec 2014 - Dec 2015: $605,761
Average price of a resale 5-room flat in Farrer Park Rd between Dec 2014 - Dec 2015: $739,500
Average price of a resale 3-room flat in Dorset Rd between Dec 2014 - Dec 2015: $371,667
Average price of a resale 4-room flat in Dorset Rd between Dec 2014 - Dec 2015: $518,333
Average price of a resale 5-room flat in Dorset Rd between Dec 2014 - Dec 2015: $652,667
Average price of a resale 3-room flat in King George's Ave between Dec 2014 - Dec 2015: $382,000
Average price of a resale 5-room flat in King George's Ave between Dec 2014 - Dec 2015: $750,000
Average price of a resale 4-room flat in Jellicoe Rd between Dec 2014 - Dec 2015: $678,500
Average price of a resale 5-room flat in Jellicoe Rd between Dec 2014 - Dec 2015: $823,000
Average price of a resale 3-room flat in Veerasamy Rd between Dec 2014 - Dec 2015: $395,700
Average price of a resale 4-room flat in Veerasamy Rd between Dec 2014 - Dec 2015: $590,000
Average price of a resale 3-room flat in Rowell Rd between Dec 2014 - Dec 2015: $383,500
Average price of a resale 4-room flat in Rowell Rd between Dec 2014 - Dec 2015: $575,000
Average price of a resale 5-room flat in Rowell Rd between Dec 2014 - Dec 2015: $760,000
*PSF figures for apartment and condominium transactions between Oct 2012 - Oct 2015 are pulled from URA.
*Transaction prices of resale flats in Race Course Rd, Farrer Park Rd, Dorset Rd, King George's Ave, Jellicoe Rd, Veerasamy Rd and Rowell Rd retrieved from HDB.
Note that if you're buying an HDB flat with loan from HDB, your downpayment must be 10% of the purchase price or market valuation, whichever is lower. The remaining amount will then be your loan amount from HDB.
If you're buying an HDB flat with a loan from the bank, your downpayment must be 20% of the purchase price or market valuation, whichever is lower. When borrowing 80% from the bank, your loan tenure cannot exceed 25 years; if your loan tenure is above 25 years (but not more than 30 years), note that you can only borrow 60% from the bank! For both cases, the sum of the loan tenure and age of the borrower at the time of applying for the loan can not extend beyond the retirement age of 65 years.
Similarly, if you're buying a private property with a home loan from a bank, your downpayment must be 20% of the purchase price or market valuation, whichever is lower. When borrowing 80% from the bank, your loan tenure cannot exceed 30 years; if your loan tenure exceeds 30 years (up to a maximum of 35 years), note that you can only borrow 60% from the bank! For both cases, the sum of the loan tenure and age of the borrower at the time of applying for the loan can not extend beyond retirement age of 65 years.
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Just a word of advice, there is a lack of educational institutions in this region of Singapore. I wouldn't recommend this neighbourhood for those with kids of school-going age. But if you don't mind sending your kids to schools that are farther away from where you reside, then of course, this zestful neighbourhood is great if cultural richness is on the top of your checklist!
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