Park Hotel Farrer Park
We had the pleasure of staying two nights at the Park Hotel Farrer Park Hotel by Park Hotel Group while we were in Singapore and we would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a great hotel in a happening neighborhood that’s still not far from downtown. You’ll have excellent service, great views of the Farrer Park and surrounding areas, and plenty of options for food within the hotel and neighboring area.
Our room on the 19th floor allowed us some very nice views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Since it was a Club Room we were also given access to the Crystal Club Lounge on the 12th floor. There, you can enjoy breakfast each morning and cocktails each evening in a quiet, private setting. We loved starting off our day and ending our evenings in the lounge because the food was good and it never seemed too crowded.
If you’re looking for a tasty bite to eat, but don’t want to travel far then you should check out the Blue Jasmine Restaurant located on the 5th floor of the hotel. This casual, but not too casual (don’t show up in gym or swim gear), restaurant serves up delicious Thai dishes that you won’t soon forget. With help from the staff we were able to order some of their favorite and/or signature dishes. Here is what we ended up having: Cha-Om Fried Egg, Crispy Duck Fillet, Crabmeat & Pineapple Fried Rice, and Blue Jasmine Holy Basil Signature Beef Ribeye. For dessert we had the Mango Sticky Rice and for drinks we had the Blue Jasmine Mocktail. Everything was fantastic. We literally ate all of it, although I don’t think we were actually that hungry—that’s how good it was!
Once you’re up for it, it’s time to go out and explore Little India. This doesn’t have to be a set plan for your day because there are really so many things you can be doing in the area. As you walk around and check out the many temples and attractions just make sure to keep an open mind and stop wherever you think might be worthwhile and looks interesting! In the meantime, here are some ideas for your adventure.
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
If you head down Serangoon Rd. (located right next to the hotel) you will find this temple after a few blocks of walking. It is a Hindu temple with many elaborate sculptures and details. It is also very colorful and nice to look at!
Tan Teng Niah
This brightly-colored Chinese villa is set in the middle of a happening area where you’ll find plenty of street art and murals all around. Here, you’ll also find plenty of locals enjoying some time with friends and/or family around a table of food/drinks.
The Tekka Centre is almost adjacent to the Tan Teng Niah villa and is well worth a visit, especially if you’re looking for some tasty food. A lot of people complain about a certain smell in the air here, but we didn’t notice too much once we were well inside. There should be plenty of seating around since the place is so big, but it can also get quite busy.
Little India Arcade
Once you’re finished up at the Tekka Centre, take a stroll across the street to see what the Little India Arcade is all about. This is a semi-open shopping area with a variety of stores to pique your interest.
Abdul Gafoor Mosque
A short walk away you will find the Abdul Gafoor Mosque. This mosque was originally built in 1907 and has been restored since that time. For us, it was interesting seeing a building with this color combination and architectural style.
Leong San Temple
Heading to the opposite side of the hotel you will find even more temples. One of those is the Leong San Temple. As you can tell from the picture, this Buddhist temple’s looks are drastically different compared to the Hindu temple and Muslim mosque we also visited, which is one of the reasons we wanted to stop by.
Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple
Just down the street you will find the Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple. Although we didn’t go in to see it, this Buddhist temple features a 15-meter high seated Buddha.
Jewel at Changi
Although this isn’t technically in the neighborhood of Little India, it did become part of our experience while we were staying at the Park Hotel Farrer Park because we left Singapore after our stay there. Needless to say, if you’re in Singapore then you’ll be at the airport at some point and you’ll find yourself in close proximity to the brand new (as of April 2019) Jewel at Changi. Do yourself a favor and stop by for a bit. It’s really just a big shopping center, but the free attractions they have available are quite nice to enjoy, including seeing the HSBC Rain Vortex. Also, you can easily connect to any terminal from Jewel and store bags or do early check-in with certain airlines.
Thanks for reading and please let us know how you’ve spent time in Singapore and specifically the Little India area!