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Little India: Indian, South Asian Streets, Shopping and businesses across North America. >> Main Bazaar Section >> Little India >> Little India around the Globe

‘Little India is an ethnic enclave containing a large population of Indian people within a society where the majority of people are not Indian’ - Wikipedia. On This Page, we feature Little India in Singapore, London (England) and Canada. You may also be interested in the Little India in America Section. Check out the featured story: Little India: Six blocks, many stories

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Little India, Indian Street, India Bazaar, India Town are generic names for streets or locales with larger concentration of South Asian shops, bazaars, restaurants botiques and businesses. Though popularly known as ‘Little India’ or Indian Street, these locales are generally an eclectic mix of businesses and entrepreneurs from the Indian subcontinent – Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka -  and not India alone. People of Indian origin, those from Singapore, Malaysia and the African continent enjoy their ‘Little India’ identity in the western society. Named communities tend to endure as we see with Korea Town and China Town  (example: SFO’s Chinatown)  that are known for distinctly ethnic shopping experiences.

Little India in Canada


Gerrard Street East, Toronto, Canada. Gerrard India Bazaar is one of the largest markets for South Asian goods and services in North America with over 100 shops, restaurants and bazaars representing regional diversities of South Asian culture. Wikipedia says "The portion between Greenwood and Coxwell Avenues is commonly referred to as "Little India" or "Gerrard India Bazaar", or "South Asian Bazaar". There are numerous Pakistani, Indian, Sri Lankan restaurants, cafés, videos/DVD stores, clothing shops, and electronic goods stores catering to the Indo-Canadian and Pakistani-Canadian communities located in this neighbourhood. It is home to one of the largest South Asian marketplaces in North America, the other large similar marketplace being Devon Avenue in Chicago in the United States."

Gerrard Street East includes restaurants, businesses selling videos, DVDs, music and the latest from Bolloywood films among other products. Fashion needs of the South Asian community are served by boutiques selling designer clothes, silks, embroideries and ornately sequined pieces. Jewelers sell gold and ornaments from all parts of the world - Dubai, India, Pakistan, Singapore. Web Link: .Gerrard India Bazaar,

Dundas Street, Mississauga - The intersection of Dundas street West and Hurontario (Highway 10) is centrally located in Toronto suburb of Mississauga
where one can find everything Indian starting from Grocers, Jewellers, furnitures to Salwar, Sarees showrooms, Indian restaurants, take-aways etc.

Brampton. Singhdale"- The town of Springdale in Brampton is commonly referred to as "Singhdale" because of the many Sikhs that live there. The first people to inhabit the area around where Brampton is located were doubtlessly Indians. One can find lots of Indian Restaurant, Grocers and others catering to Asians & Indians. Gore Road in Brampton is a popular landmark for Indian shops, grocers and restaurants.

Punjabi Market - The Punjabi Market or Little India is a small commercial district in Vancouver, British Columbia officially recognized by the city as being primarily Indo-Canadian businesses. This is a 5 block section of Main Street around 49th Avenue in the Sunset neighbourhood. There are a number of Indian restaurants, sweet shops, grocers and Punjabi video stores as well as other businesses that cater primarily to an Indo-Canadian Market. [Wikipedia]. The Punjabi market is the epicenter of commerce and culture for Vancouver's large Indo-Canadian population. The Punjabi Market in Vancouver (Situated between 48th and 51st Avenue) has an assortment of Indian restaurants, sweet shops, fabric stores, green grocers, and gold jewelers. Indians in Vancouver mainly live in the suburb of Surrey. [Official website]

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Little India, Singapore - the center for the large Indian community.
The streets of Little India are full of stalls selling Indian goods. The Chinese signs are hardly seen on shophouses. Infact, they are replaced with Tamil, Hindi, Bengali and other more exotic Indian scripts. Little India's main attraction is Serangoon Road. Around Deepavali, Serangoon Road is festively decorated. Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple at Serangoon Road is Little India's busiest and oldest temple, dating back to 1881. Mustafa Centre is one of Singapore's supreme discount departmental store, where one can find absolutely everything at rock-bottom prices. Little India MRT Station is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the North East Line in Singapore and as the name implies, serves the ethnic neighbourhood of Little India.
"Singapore wasn't too much of a foreign land in any case. Maybe it was because I was of Tamil origin and the Tamils have a shared history spanning nearly 200 years with Singapore, it felt closer to home than Hyderabad ever did. For one thing, in addition to being written in English, Chinese and Malay, the street signs and public messages everywhere were also written in Tamil'. For more on this please click My Singapore Story.
London, England

Southall in west London, also know as "mini Punjab Southall" The place is about five miles from Heathrow airport and like a pilgrimage that nearly every Indian visiting London makes. The place is full of Indian shops and restaurants. One can get the latest fashions in sarees or salwar kameez. There are general stores also offering all the dals, pickles, rice, atta, and fresh vegetables. Music stores blaze the latest Indian songs. Lahori restaurant is one of the best in Southall. Here the food is cooked in front of you as you wait. Glassy Junction pub,a typical Punjabi pub where one can even make the payment in Indian rupees. For more details click

Birmingham Indian Community: Research in Birmingham Central Library shows that the Indian community in Birmingham was established by the early 1900s. In 1924 an Indian opticians operated in Bath Row. There is also a record that in the 1930s an Indian student came here to train in the fire service.
Many Indian students came to England to study and one of them was Dr Dhani Prem. He became the city's first Asian councillor, representing Great Barr in 1946. By the 1960s numbers had increased, fuelled by the demand for labour. Many Sikhs came from the Punjab area to work in the industries in Birmingham and a lot of them settled in the Handsworth area. - A Brief History of the Indian and South Asian Community




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