India is largely known for its picturesque landscapes, amazing architecture, delectable food, lush wildlife sanctuaries and rich festivals. Look closer and you will find that country’s vibrant street shopping scene too has a lot to offer to holidaymakers.
There’s an array of bustling and sprawling markets in the country, some of them known for their iconic old world charm, and other for their rich cultural encounters. We’ve compiled the list of top five markets that you must explore:
Sarojini Market, Delhi
Fondly called SN by Delhiites, Sarojini Market is one of the most famous street markets in New Delhi. The market is meant to be an ideal shopping paradise for fashionistas looking for everything stylish, ranging from clothing to jewellery to footwear, all at extremely reasonable prices. Many tourists visiting the city choose to explore the Sarojini Market and shop for latest trends at unbelievable prices. Bargaining is the norm here; make sure you bring your A-game.
Arpora Saturday Night Market, Goa
Goa might be popular worldwide for its beaches and parties but shopping here is an equally delighting option! Arpora Saturday Night Market is where people can shop under beautiful lights, with live acoustic music playing in the background. Catering to all kinds of shoppers looking for bargains, the market sells everything from homemade Indian handicrafts and leather products to traditional accessories, ornaments, and Goan handicrafts.
Fashion Street, Mumbai
Mumbai’s premier shopping hub, Fashion Street is home to an array of shops many selling trendy clothing, accessories as well as scrumptious street food. Shops are situated inside decades-old buildings featuring Gothic architecture. Besides its magnificent architecture, the market has a great range of products. Visit the street with your family and shop for clothing, jewellery, gadgets and electronics at reasonable prices.
Commercial Street, Bangalore
One of the oldest and busiest streets in Bangalore, Commercial Street is an ideal shopping spot situated close to the MG Road. The market appeals to shoppers looking for trendiest of clothes as well as those seeking the simplest of trinkets. You can spend a whole day here with your family and friends and still be left with more to explore. The market also boasts a fine collection of electronics for gadget lovers and a huge array of food joints for all tastes.
A major Victorian style shopping area in the heart of Lucknow, Hazratganj is a place one should not miss in India. Comprising shopping complexes, restaurants, hotels, theatre complex and offices, the market is always bustling and reflects an enchanting cultural grandeur. You can shop for handloom items as well as Lucknow-famous chikankari fabric material at affordable prices. Gurjari, Handloom Emporium and Gandhi Ashrams are some of the major places to explore here. Foodies would love to try lip-smacking street food at a wide array of shops and stalls.