Bangalore is not just the leading IT hub of the country but also a major attraction for tourists because of its rich culture and history. A perfect blend of the old and the new, Bengaluru offers plenty of options for the locals and tourists to indulge in sightseeing, eat, drink and of course, shop, in some of the most vibrant shopping hubs in the country. If you love shopping, then go ahead and indulge your cravings without burning a hole in your pocket in these street-shopping hotspots of Bangalore:
Considered to be the oldest shopping area in Bangalore, Chickpet has been doing business for more than 400 years now and is known for its affordability. It is one of the best places in the country to shop for rich and colourful ethnic Indian wears. Apart from awe-inspiring sarees of every imaginable design, weave and loom, you can also get great deals in jewellery made from precious metals like gold and silver. Take a trip through the small and crowded lanes of Chickpet and get yourself a deal at a price that will be totally worth all the searching and sweating. The market remains open from 9am in the morning to around 9pm in the night.
Dotted with shops and stores selling clothes, shoes, spices, handcrafted items, home decor items, pieces of antique jewellery and much more, Brigade Road also happens to be the local favourite. Bangaloreans swear by its sheer variety and quality at reasonable prices. Bargaining would be the key skill that you’d need here. This commercial street has its fair share of branded outlets but if you’re not much into brands and labels, drop in any of the numerous garments shops that sell non-branded but very stylish tops and dresses at affordable rates. Brigade Road is a few kilometres’ drive from the Bangalore airport hotels which makes it easy for you to shop even if you’re in the city for a day.
Commercial Street is a one-stop destination for purchasing garments, imitation jewellery, antiques, linens, sports goods and footwear at affordable prices. Commercial Street is crowded and busy, and therefore, you must be prepared to walk a lot and have good bargaining skills for a great and worthwhile shopping experience. Commercial Street is also for those who are into sports and athletics as it has great deals in sports equipment and accessories as well.
There is perhaps no better place to shop for sarees in Bangalore than MG Road. One of the busiest commercial centres of Bengaluru, it is the place to shop for beautiful silk sarees, especially Prasiddi and Deepam silks besides intriguing and sightly handicraft items. With great shopping deals and stalls dishing out delectable food, this street is a hub for locals and tourists alike. The whole place is abuzz until midnight, after which the bars and restaurants have to shut shop.
If you happen to stay at The LaLiT Ashok Bangalore or any other hotel on MG Road, then you can also visit this market at night and enjoy a walk along the busy streets as they become less crowded. For hotel room booking in Bangalore, you can do so on the website of the particular hotel or via other reliable hotel booking sites.
Jayanagar 4th Block
This shopping haven’s maze-like architecture may be a bit confusing for first-timers. But once you get an idea of its layout and its various entrances, you can shop for almost anything under the sun both inside the shopping complex as well as from the roadside shops. Be it spices or flowers, groceries or sweets, confectionery or condiments, Jayanagar will overwhelm you with its sheer range and variety. You could buy artwork, pottery and sculptures here as also toys, footwear and household goods. Once you are done shopping, refresh and treat yourself to delectable food items like chaat, pani puri, sandwiches other than South Indian snacks at the Shenoy Stores and desserts at Cool Point.