Best Cities for Shopping in India

By Harshita Nagdev on Jan 13, 2022
Themes:  Food & Shopping  | Category: Things To Do | Country:  Asia India

India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world and known for its rich heritage and attractions. India is a place to explore honeymoon spots, spiritual places, historical places, desert safaris, national parks, mountains & beaches, and shopping places of India.

For many of us, shopping is a waste of money and time. But there are millions of people who love spending hours in and out of local shops and buying antique items from different places. India is one of the best countries to buy unique and extraordinary items.

Shopping in India is an extraordinary experience and interesting than visiting a higher-end shopping mall in your city. There is a myriad of local bazaars where you can stroll around and shop the local specialties of that city. These bazaars are crowded and colourful where you can try your bargaining powers and take a handful of shopping bags back home.

From jewellery to handlooms, from handicrafts to footwear, you list it and will find it in the local shops of India. Have a look at the top shopping destinations of India and why shopaholics should visit them undoubtedly.

  1. Srinagar
  2. Mumbai
  3. Mysore
  4. Jaipur
  5. Delhi
  6. Ahmedabad
  7. Kolkata
  8. Handicraft Villages of Pipli and Raghurajpur in Odisha
  9. Kochi & Trivandrum
  10. Hyderabad
  11. Jodhpur
  12. Lucknow

1. Srinagar

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Srinagar in Kashmir is known for Silk Carpets, Pashmina Shawls, Kashmiri handicrafts, and saffron. All these items will be expensive in your city but will be at the best price when you buy from the local markets in Srinagar. You can also bargain at the local shops. Before buying Pashmina shawls, prefer to go to authorized outlets or take advice from your local guides to buy all these authentic kinds of stuff. Also, don’t forget to take back home Kashmiri embroidery and Paper Mache boxes for your loved ones.

Must Buy Items: Rugs, Carpets, Saffron, Paper Mache handicrafts, Kashmiri Embroidery & Handicrafts

Places to Buy: Main Srinagar Market Area, Shops near Lal Chowk

What Other Items to Buy: Kashmiri Tea, Kashmiri Art, Silver Jewellery, Other Spices, Kashmiri Suits & Dresses, and Old Photographs

2. Mumbai

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Mumbai, also known as the City of Dreams, is popular with tourists for its beaches, museums, and bazaars.  High-end malls, flea markets, designer boutiques, and street shopping in Mumbai attract huge people every day.High-end malls, flea markets, designer boutiques, and street shopping attracts huge people every day in Mumbai. Hill Road, Colaba Causeway, and Fashion Street are the best places for street shopping in Mumbai. These places are hot places for youngsters and fashionistas to buy clothes, artifacts, shoes, and accessories. There are also many food outlets here in between your shopping. Try your strong bargaining skills here. If you are fond of vintage items and move posters, you can go to the Chor Bazaar. And, don’t forget to visit High Street Phoenix Mall, one of the biggest malls in Mumbai.

Must Buy Items: Footwear, Clothes, Branded Clothes, Jewellery, Accessories

Places to Buy: Linking Road, Fashion Street, Colaba Causeway, High Street Phoenix Mall

What Other Items to Buy: Kolapuris, Leather Goods, Perfumes & Incense, Lampshades, Original Vintage Bollywood Posters

3. Mysore

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Mysore is known for beautiful gardens, rich cuisine, ornamental palaces, laid-back history, royal heritage, and shopping. Shopping in Mysore is all about Zari & Gold Silks, Mysore paintings, sandalwood handicrafts, sweets, and more. Mysore is a treat for every shopaholic. You will find many brands and labels of silk saris in the Devaraja Market. Also, don’t forget to buy a Mysore Pak for your friends and families from here.

Must Buy Items: Mysore Pak, Silk Saris

Places to Buy: Devaraja Market, Government Handicrafts Emporium

What Other Items to Buy: Rosewood & Sandalwood Handicrafts, Mysore Silk Saris, Sculptures, Painting, And Furniture

4. Jaipur

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If you have to select one city in India to shop ethnic and traditional, Jaipur comes to your mind. Jaipur markets are known for handicrafts & clothing, traditional items, lehariyas, bandhani, lac bangles, blue pottery, silver jewelry, and more. The famous shopping bazaars in Jaipur are Jhohari Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar. All these items are authentic, affordable, and durable. There are many fairs organized in the city portraying arts & handicrafts from all over India.

Shop traditional and handicrafts, test your bargaining skills and relish the best street food while roaming around in the markets. It is one of the best wedding shopping places in India.

Must Buy Items: Traditional Clothing, Lac Bangles, Precious Stones Jewellery, Handicrafts

Places to Buy: MI Road, Jhohari Bazaar, and Bapu Bazaar

What Other Items to Buy: Home Décor (Bedsheets, Blankets, and Curtains), Jaipuri Jootis, Footwear

5. Delhi

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Delhi comes to the topmost list of favorite shopping places in India. Shopping in Delhi is best to buy contemporary, traditional, ethnic, designer labels, and street shopping items. You come across a variety of shopping items and one of the best places to buy western and traditional clothes in India. The best markets to shop in are Janpath Market and Connaught Place. And, if someone is interested in street shopping, don’t miss to visit Lajpat Nagar and Sarojini Nagar. You can buy clothes and jewelry at a reasonable cost. The best part about this market is that you can bargain at the local shops.

Must Buy Items: Designer Labels Clothes, Street Shopping, Street Jewelry, and Silver Jewellery

Places to Buy: Delhi Haat, Lajpat Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Connaught Place

What Other Items to Buy: Handicrafts, Books, Footwear

6. Ahmedabad

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There are not many happening shopping places in Ahmedabad, but Ahmedabad shopping has the best options for ethnic & traditional wear. You will enjoy buying beautiful Ghaghara cholis, jewelry, and handicrafts at the streets of Law Garden and Lal Darwaja.

Must Buy Items: Ethnic Wear

Places to Buy: Lal Darwaja, Law Garden

What Other Items to Buy: Traditional Footwear, Handicrafts, Patola Wear, Bandhej & Mirror Wear

7. Kolkata

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Kolkata is one of the largest shopping places in East India. You can find exclusive handicrafts from the North-Eastern part of India in Kolkata markets. The famous shopping places in Kolkata are Nagaland and Assam Craft Emporium. Also, Kolkata is known for leather bags, red-border saris, books, and sweets. You can buy these items from shops at Park Street and New Market.

Must Buy Items: Sweets (Chum Chum, Rasgullas), Terracotta Handicrafts, and Red Bordered Saris

Places to Buy: Dakshinapan Shopping Center, The New Market

What Other Items to Buy: Bengali Sweets, Jute Handicrafts, Darjeeling Tea, Books

8. Handicraft Villages of Pipli and Raghurajpur in Odisha

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If you want to have a different shopping experience, make a move towards the traditional villages of Odisha– Raghurajpur and Pipli. You will enjoy buying beautiful handicrafts and interacting with the artisans, know about their art and culture, and exploring the hook & corners of the villages. These twin villages will be the ultimate experience for shopaholics to buy ethnic products.

Must Buy Items: Most of the items here are unique, so you will love to shop everything here

Places to Buy: Head towards the main streets of the villages

What Other Items to Buy: Lanterns, Cushion Covers, Pottery, Patchwork, Wall Hangings, Bedspreads, Paintings, Carvings, Puppets, Handicrafts Items, Wooden Toys, and more.

9. Kochi & Trivandrum

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The places in Kerala have many natural things to buy from here. You can purchase coffee, essential oils, spices, and each item have an aroma of its own. If you are a gold jewelry lover, you should visit jewelry outlets to buy pure gold ornaments. The cities of Kerala have charming malls and markets where you can drop off for shopping. Do not miss visiting coffee and tea estates and plucking fresh tea leaves. You will enjoy shopping in Kerala.

Must Buy Items: Cashew Nuts and Antique Items

Places to Buy: Kochi Spice Market, Connemara Market (Trivandrum)

What Other Items to Buy: Aroma Oils, Banana Chips, Handicrafts, Cashew Nuts, KasavuMundu

10. Hyderabad

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Hyderabad is known for two things- Charminar and authentic pearls. The Charminar is located in the busy streets of Hyderabad surrounded by many markets, shops, and stalls. It is one of the best places to purchase pearls and enjoy authentic food like kebabs, Haleem, and biryanis. Laad Bazaar in Hyderabad is famous for shopping for semi-precious jewelry and pearls. Other items to buy from here are electronic, Hyderabadi dupatta, and antiques from Begum Bazaar.

Must Buy Items: Pearls

Places to Buy: Koti Market, Char Minar Bazaar, Laad Bazaar

What Other Items to Buy: Bidri Work, Mojaris, Lac Bangles, PochampallyIkkat Sarees, Bidri Work, Pearls

11. Jodhpur

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Jodhpur, the Blue city of Rajasthan is shopping heaven for those who love ethnic wear, traditional wear, and handicrafts. The Jodhpur markets are known for tie and dye product items. You can also buy amazing mojaris and other footwear styles from the Mochi Bazaar. Other items to purchase are bedspreads, wall hangings, rugs, and ethnic wear from the Shri Mangalam store.

Must Buy Items: Lac Jewelry, Tie & Dye Clothes, Mojaris&Jootis

Places to Buy: Mochi Bazaar, Nai Sadak, Mohanlal Vermohal Spices

What Other Items to Buy: Flavoured Tea, Dried Spices, Leather Goods, Bandhej, Painting, Handicrafts

12. Lucknow

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Lucknow, the city of Nawabs, is popular for shopping fine Chikan work dress materials. You will go crazy with the varieties of Chikan thread work dresses available in this city. Rather than going to the malls to shop in Lucknow, try to explore the local markets of Lucknow for an experience of unbeatable shopping in India.

Must Buy Items: Lac Jewelry, Tie & Dye Clothes, Mojaris&Jootis

Places to Buy: Mochi Bazaar, Nai Sadak, Mohanlal Vermohal Spices

What Other Items to Buy: Flavoured Tea, Dried Spices, Leather Goods, Bandhej, Painting, Handicrafts

Conclusion

It is just a glimpse of the retail markets of India. There are many traditional cities in India known for their specialties. You can indulge in some good retail shopping.

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Share your shopping experiences with us and let the shopaholics know about it!

Happy Shopping!

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