Concierge.com's insider take:
Visit Singapore's vibrant Indian neighborhood on a weekday morning before temperatures rise and the streets begin to swarm with local shoppers. Take in the fortune-tellers, flower garland vendors, and aromatic spice grinders; wander past lacquered Hindu temples and sparkling sari shops before heading into the warrens of Serangoon Plaza, which houses Mustafa Centre, a jumble of Indian imports like pashmina shawls, elaborate fabrics, and sandalwood beads plus bargain brand-name electronics (320 Serangoon Rd.; 65-6295-5855; www.mustafa.com.sg). When the smell of spices entices, head to Komala Vilas for satisfying South Indian vegetarian food like potato masala and dhal (lentil curry), which make up for the utter lack of ambience (76–78 Serangoon Rd.; 65-6293-6980; www.komalavilas.com.sg).