Places to Eat, Shop and Visit near Big Hotel
Sightseeing, Shopping, Or Perhaps A Little Of Both?
When you exit Big Hotel no matter what’s on your itinerary, getting to your next destination is truly a breeze in what I consider ‘the city of convenience and efficiency’.
Considering where Big Hotel is located, you are basically a hop, skip and a jump, or maybe a just a tiny hurdle, from the following places by either foot, trains or taxi.
Little India- All Along Serangoon Road and its Side Streets
This is the area where your senses will truly be awakened.
An enlivening community where richness, energy and stimulation, darts at you from every direction. Symbolic Hindu temples, vivid flower stalls, brilliant fabric shops, artisans crafting wares, fascinating antiques and knickknacks peppering every other meter, plus nose-titillating aromas emanating from the Indian eateries.
Not to forget, you cannot miss Mustafa Center, Little India’s landmark and the only 24-hour shopping mecca in Singapore.
Little India is easily accessible via trains from Farrer Park (NE8) or Little India (NE7) MRT stations.
Arab Quarters in Kampong Glam District
Just 15-minute walk from the hotel, this cozy area laid out in a convenient grid-like fashion, is teeming with rich culture, traditional architecture, quirky boutiques and studios, intriguing trinkets and antiques, vibrant fabric and textile shops, Arabian cafes and relaxing people-watching spots under the trees.
Just look for the beautiful centerpiece- ‘The Sultan Mosque’ with its hard-to-miss golden dome.
Sim Lim Square – Singapore’s Largest IT Mall
Favored by locals, this 6-storey retail complex houses more than 100 stores that sells a myriad of electronics and IT gadgets.
Come every weekend, it becomes a getaway for techno-geeks who are looking for the highest-spec Ultrabook, latest DSLR, best performing graphics card, speedy RAM strips and Android tablets. Nabbing the best bargains here is easy if you first check online for suggested retail price, compare prices and bargain.
Just 7-minute walk from Big Hotel, Sim Lim Square is definitely close enough to drop by if you are shopping for electronics in Singapore.
Places to Eat near Big HotelWhen you visit any or all of these aforementioned communities, you’d be hard-pressed to not stumble upon some sight or smell that didn’t tantalize your appetite.
Every one of these regions truly has some of the most delicious and budget-friendly menu items in the entire city. They’re all nestled among the shops and lanes, and it won’t take long for you to be drawn in by some enticing ethnic delight like Lebanon Kebabs and Indian Curry.
If you’re more inclined to take the more contemporary route so to speak, (but where it’s certainly not all KFC and McDonald’s), then any of the nearby major shopping venues such as Bugis Junction, Bugis+ and Bugis Village, will more than satisfy your taste buds.
Plus, a little air-conditioning in many establishments might provide some soothing relief from the rather toasty climate too!
Here are some of the notable eating places to try in Little India and Arab Quarters:
- Kebabs & Curries – Level 7 Mustafa Center on 171 Syed Alwi Road
- Saravanaa Bhavan (no-frills South Indian vegetarian) – 84 Syed Alwi Road
- Zam Zam (biryani and murtabaks) – 699 North Bridge Road at Arab Quarters
- Beirut Grill (Lebanese food) – 72 Bussorah Street at Arab Quarters
Why Stay at Big Hotel Singapore
It’s truly refreshing that yet another reasonably priced hotel is shining its beacon on the budget conscious who come to visit Singapore. It just makes the choices that much easier without having to filter through all the numerous options which are typically for the ‘5-Star group’.
The Big Hotel does have a couple of hiccups, but they shouldn’t be deal breakers given their very fair rates. Firstly, parking isn’t free, there are no mini-fridges in the rooms (at least at the time of this writing), but cold and hot water can be obtained in the hallway. And with most any hotel in this category, the cheaper rooms are rather compact so leave the family-size Samsonite at home.
Just like most budget hotels in Singapore of this class, it is indeed a welcome sight they’ve fortuitously sprouted up among the other pricey heavy-hitters. Therefore understandably, their rooms whether they’re small or not, get booked pretty quickly.