India is an eclectic mix of various traditions, languages, and cultures. This is amalgamation becomes even more evident when you visit any of the country’s market places. If you want to see the real face of India, there is no better way than to explore its local markets. These 5 street bazaars in India are undoubtedly the best from across the country, so here’s how you can go about exploring them.
Sarojini Nagar, Delhi
Lying in the bustling capital of the country, Sarojini Nagar is a favorite among the young and the old alike. The specialty of the market is that it offers you original branded clothes at throwaway prices. So much so that you can find a DKNY top for a mere 100 bucks here. Most of the stuff available at Sarojini Nagar is rejected export good, which is the reason behind their low rates. With the best of clothes, accessories, and decor items at unbelievable prices, this is one place that never ceases to amaze you.
GoFro Tip: Try going on a weekday rather than a weekend to avoid the mad crowds.
Colaba Causeway, Mumbai
If there is one market that promises you a wonderful street shopping experience without having to compromise on luxury, it’s Colaba Causeway. The market is located in the heart of Mumbai, near the famous Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Offering fashion accessories, latest designer clothes, and unique antiques, it is a favorite with the locals as well as the tourists. Though a bit on the expensive side when compared to Mumbai’s other street bazaars, Colaba Causeway has earned a reputation for the excellent quality of its products. It allows you to bargain to your heart’s content and get away with paying way lesser than the quoted price. It is also dotted with some amazing cafes and restaurants such as Delhi Darbar, Cafe Royal, Shamiana, and Starbucks Coffee.
GoFro Tip: Visit Avante Cottage Crafts of Indian Supermarket to buy Indian crafts at reasonable prices.
Commercial Street, Bangalore
Bangalore, capital of Karnataka, is a bustling metropolitan, also called the ‘Silicon Valley of India’ due to it being a leading technological hub in the country. But another reason why the city draws people to it from near and far off places is its amazing shopping scene. Lively and colorful, Commercial Street is said to be the best local market of Bangalore. From exquisite jewelry and wonderful books, to home décor items and apparel & footwear, Commercial Street has it all. You’ll also find delicious food options that’ll keep you fueled as you shop.
GoFro Tip: Due to lack of parking space, avoid taking a personal vehicle. You can take a metro to Cubbon Park or hail a cab/auto.
Arpora Saturday Night Bazaar, Goa
As is the case with every other thing about Goa, its marketplaces too pulsate with energy. Arpora Saturday Night Bazaar is definitely one of the most vibrant of Goa’s street bazaars. As the name of the market tells you, it is held only on Saturday nights, from 4 p.m. till around 11 p.m.. A stage playing live Indian classical music is what sets the Arpora Saturday Night Bazaar apart from the others. You will find various shops selling distinct spices, striking carpets, and funky jewelry. Complete with countless eating joints, this market is a one-stop for shopping as well as entertainment in Goa.
GoFro Tip: Do try the fruit cocktails available at Arpora Saturday Night Bazaar for a little refreshment.
Fashion Street, Pune
Offering both evergreen and upcoming trends in accessories, footwear, and apparels, Pune’s Fashion Street is the solution to all your style woes. This market, which is open every day from 10 a.m. till late in the night, is frequented by budget as well as affluent shoppers. With over 450 stalls catering to your needs and demands, Fashion Street is a must visit for every shopaholic.
GoFro Tip: Take someone along for fashion advice as the wide range and variety of products the market offers will leave you spoilt for choice.
Now that you know the best street bazaars the country has to offer, get ready to walk through their narrow winding lanes and find your next bargain.