Do you love shopping? Do you prefer to buy stuff while keeping it easy on your pocket? What can be a better idea than street shopping then? A lot of India’s footpaths are not just footpaths; they are markets, ruled by hawkers, where you get everything! And by everything, we mean everything– right from a needle to furniture! Here is a list of seven footpath markets to checkout from various Indian cities.
Sarojini Nagar Market, New Delhi
Located in south-west Delhi, this market can be called every girl’s shopping paradise! If you love trendy outfits, you’ll get excellent pieces at dirt cheap prices, but only if you are blessed with a skill called bargaining. From kurtis to tops to shoes to cosmetics to items of household use or home décor, just name it and you’ll get it here! Western outfits are a must check out. Remember, never pay the price the shopkeeper asks for in the beginning and don’t blame us later for not warning you!
Gariahat market, Kolkata
Gariahat is located in the heart of Kolkata and a trip to the city is incomplete without it. While Gariahat houses some of the best gold jewellery and Bengali saree shops of the city, the market is known mostly for its footpath stalls. There is almost nothing, which you can’t find in those footpaths. Designer blouses? Yes! Bags? Yes! Shoes? Yes! Clothes? Yes! Jewellery? Yes! Crockery? Yes! And of course the food! Shopping in Gariahat is never complete if you don’t try jhalmuri, egg rolls, chicken chowmin or roadside handi biryani.
Bapu bazaar, Jaipur
If you are visiting Jaipur, this is one of the must visit places. Located in Old city, near Albert Hall Museum, Bapu Bazaar has tourists flocking in large numbers every day. Rajasthan’s very own lehenga choli, varieties of leheriya saree, Jaipuri printed skirts and kurtis, bed covers, leather and cotton jutis for men and women, kundan and jadau jewelley, traditional Rajasthani ornaments, utensils, home décor items and what not! Tired? Why don’t you take a break with the yummy kulfi malai!
Law Garden, Ahmedabad
Gujarat is known for its traditional folk dance forms dandiya and garba. If you are in Ahmedabad, make sure to visit the footpaths of Law Garden where they sell chaniya choli, worn by local women while performing these dances. Not only are there varieties of cholis, ranging from the heavily embroidered to the backless to the ones with three-quarter sleeves, the traditional ornaments, used to team up with these dress are bound to grab your eyeballs. Please remember to negotiate the price. You can grab a bite at the adjoining Khaogali, where you’ll be spoilt for a choice with vegetarian but mouthwatering delicacies!
Commerce 6 Road, Ahmedabad
If you were thinking Ahmedabad is all about traditional Gujarati outfits, then welcome to Commerce 6 Road or Commerce Chhey Rasta as it’s called. From dresses to palazzos to skirts, tops and shirts, name any trendy outfit and you’ll get it here, that too at a throw away price! What more could you ask for? Amdavadis being foodie, this market too has its own (vegetarian again) khaogali and is mostly flocked by college goers.
Colaba Causeway, Mumbai
If you are visiting Mumbai, then you will surely regret missing out on this South Mumbai hangout. From fashionable outfits to antiques to junk jewellery to bags, vintage sunglasses and shoes—you’ll get it all. Here also, the secret to successful shopping is bargaining, but be polite in your approach. We can assure that you’ll be spoilt for a choice! Need a break? Head to café Mondegar or Leopold and sip chilled beer to your heart’s content!
T Nagar, Chennai
If you have a liking for South silk sarees and jewellery, then T Nagar is just the place to be! While ornaments range from pure gold and silver to imitation, you can take your pick from a variety of exclusive silk sarees. Also, stainless steel utensils are a must buy here. This is an ideal hangout zone for good quality items at a pocket friendly price, right from a safety pin to knick-knacks. If you’re done with the shopping part, don’t forget to grab a bite at Sangeetha, near Vani Mahal.
Hope this helps! However, one warning stands true for all the markets mentioned above, if you are a shopaholic, please enter at your own risk! While you enjoy shopping and local food in these markets, don’t forget to share your reviews with us. Happy shopping!