If you are a frequent traveller and love shopping, then you shouldn’t miss these places. No, thy are not your metros, these places are also known for their tourism. So make sure you visit these places and buy what they specialize in!
If you like to wander down quaint alleys, serendipitously discovering cute little stores, Goa is the place for you.
Mapusa market and the MMC new market (Margao) for local spices, chorizos and pottery, Jade Jagger for fashion and jewellery and Nana Ki for Indo-French designer duds, both at Ashwem. Saturday night market at Arpora and the Anjuna flea market on Wednesdays. Literati bookstore and café at Candolim and the Rainbow book shop at Vagator for new and second hand books. Sacha’s Shop and Sosa’s in Panjim for the trendiest fashion buys
Tradition and modernity beautifully collide on the chaotic streets of Jaipur. Go here for authentic textiles and artisanal handicrafts, executed in the most refined, contemporary fashion.
Precious baubles: Gem Palace for a royal jewellery selection and Amrapali for vintage and contemporary finds
Hip boutiques: Hot Pink at Amber fort and Tatro Dhora on Ajmer Road for chic interpretations of traditional crafts by a host of established and emerging designers
Print mania: Anokhi’s flagship store and café and the Soma store for authentic prints
Street shopping: Bapu bazaar and Tripolia Bazaar for textiles, bed linen, footwear, brassware and carpets
For centuries Kochi has served as a trade hub and it’s not surprising that the beautiful port city features on our list of shopping havens. With distinct influences of Dutch, Portuguese and British cultures, the charming town is a favourite shopping destination with the arty set.
Go on a shopping spree during the Kochi Art Biennale that is on from December to March every year. The vibe will inspire you to make the best choices. Kashi art gallery and David Hall for eclectic pieces by Indian and international artists . Collage and Cinnamon for a curated selection of designer clothing, accessories and knick-knacks. Stores that line the road at Fort Kochi’s Jew Town. The spice market on Broadway Street and the little spice shops in Mattancherry.
The city of Nawabs offers a compelling backdrop for avid shoppers. Known as the city of culture and gracious living, Lucknow.
Scented oils (ittar) from Sugandhco and Izhar Ahmad and Sons. Chowk, Aminabad and Janpath for local flavours. uthentic chikankari stitched and unstitched pieces at Amar Palace in Janpath Market and Chikan Plaza at Subhash Marg
Take in the beautiful sights and sounds of Sikkim’s gorgeous capital city while the locals inspire you with their inherent sense of style and impeccable taste. Gupta tea house and Golden Tips for fresh Darjeeling tea. MG Marg Market and Old Market for the latest fashion buys. New market and Lall market for traditional weaves, Thangkas (local paintings), furniture and knickknacks.