Serangoon Road, the main thoroughfare that cuts through Little India, is crowded with vendors selling saris, chai, and marigold and jasmine garlands, which residents deposit at the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. The Mustafa shopping center, home to the Gold Mart, is open 24 hours a day, should the need for a bangle or a necklace strike at an odd hour. —Jessica Battilana
320 Serangoon Rd., 65/6295-5855. This appeared in the March/April 2011 issue.