There are few things more satisfying and delightful than your hands being heavy with countless shopping bags. As much as we like indulging in this fantasy, our bank balances pull us back to reality rather quickly. Thankfully India has no dearth of street markets, where with a little knowledge and a lot of haggling, you can update your wardrobes and homes, get unique gifts and pieces, and enjoy the pleasure of buying useless things.
So here are some just places in the lovely city of Bengaluru, where you can shop to your heart’s content –
- Avenue Road
The crowded streets are lined with food carts and heritage buildings, and the shops will call you to buy jewellery, stationary and textiles. But what make this market truly worth the visit is the books. Second hand books, ranging from novels to biographies to academic literature, are all available here at extremely cheap prices. And with so many shops selling them you will surely find the title that you are looking for.
- Commercial Street
The most well known and beloved shopping hub of the city natives, the Commercial Street lives well up to its name by selling everything from textiles, bangles and shoes to sports goods and furniture. Minimal skills of bargaining will ensure you amazing deals. Night time visits are often recommended, along with certain grit and determination to survive the crowds.
Arguably among the city’s oldest commercial districts, Chikpet keeps tradition alive its wares. Wholesale dress materials are famous all over, as are the sarees and the bangles. It is indeed the perfect place to visit with friends just before a wedding, and you will be ensured of some amazing clothes are phenomenal prices. Keep a look out for the locally made musical instruments and jewellery too.
- City Market
Shopping is not always fun and clothes. You need household items too. The colourful city market has got you covered, with tons of fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Vendors across the city get their produce from here, so you can cut the middle man and grab the best for yourself. An early morning visit will produce best results, and be aware; the market is not very well maintainted.
- Brigade Road
Brigade road is the ultimate shopping destination for three main reasons – one, it has branded stores; two, it also has several street hawkers, and three, footpaths allow you safe passage and window shopping pleasure. So, you can invest in quality branded products for those special occasions, and get some everyday items on the cheap side in one single go.
Of course, the list is not limited to these places. There are several nooks and crannies all across Bengaluru where you can find some specialty, or some particular item at especially cheap price or exceptionally good quality. So, keep shopping!