All of the guide books mention Singapore’s famous and fabulous Mustafa Centre, a sprawling complex of any and all things Indian (and a ridiculous bunch of other things as well), located in the heart of Singapore’s Serangoon Road. Visitors to the Lion City will find comfort from the exhausting heat in these air-conditioned aisles, as well as all sorts of enticing bric-a-brac to take home as souvenirs.
Mustafa is not, however, a tourist trap. It is well-known by all living here as the place to get anything. If you need it, you’ll find it at Mustafa. If they don’t have it…you don’t really need it.
So, tourist friends, why would you shop anywhere else for your Singapore takeaways? Be careful, though, it’s quite easy to get lost amongst the many floors of merchandise here.
The sari and batik department is a riot of colour and texture. Just think of all of the amazing home decor projects you can manage with these gorgeous and unique fabrics! Even if you are not a seamstress, you can still find finished product here for draping as a bedcover, or to tie around a pillow.
What girl wouldn’t love receiving a souvenir gift of colourful bangles?
Watches, sunglasses, costume jewelry, they’re all here, and in mind-boggling abundance.
Foodies will be delighted with the curry and spice selection, some ingredients familiar, many not.
A trip to Mustafa will keep you busy for hours, which is fine because they’re open 24/7/365. And yes, it really is true that if you go in the middle of the night, you can spot shoppers in their pajamas.
Don’t settle for ordinary Singapore trinkets to memorialize your time here. Do Singapore like a local and head to Mustafa for gifts (for yourself, or those back home), that have real value.
Oh, and if you still can’t quite stand not getting a traditional Singapore souvenir…yep, of course Mustafa has those as well.
Mustafa Centre, (https://www.mustafa.com.sg/), Serangoon Road, Little India, Singapore.