Just a few hours drive from Mumbai, Pune is also a must visit for all the people who love street shopping. The Fashion Street Cantonment Pune is a must visit for all the people who love shopping. This place has over 500 stalls from which you can choose shoes, clothes, accessories and decor artifacts. Another place to head to is M.G. Road and FC Road. Also Pune is the city for all the Osho Chapels fans as these are available for just RS.50.
The Capital of Tamil Nadu
For the famous Kanchipuram Silk Sarees it is not the air conditioned shops that you should visit but instead a small sleepy town close to Chennai called Kanchipuram which is just a short train ride away! Here you can interact with the weavers, watch they weave the saree and then you can choose the sarees you like the most.
You might even get a beautiful Kanchipuam Silk saree for Rs.5,000 which you might have otherwise bought for Rs.15,000 at the shops.
Mumbai – The Fashion Capital of India
Capital of Maharastra
Every day lakhs of people come to Mumbai which is often called the land of dreams, Bollywood and Fashion. Mumbai is yet another place in Indian that is a favorite among the shoppers as a street shopping destination. The best shopping areas are in Linking Road in Bandra and Colaba Causeway. But a word of caution only go to these places if you have the patience of going through loads of merchandise in huge crowds and once you finally get something you like you have to be prepared to bargain! Mumbai is also famous for its Chor Bazaar. The best time to visit this place is on Friday at 6 am that’s when all the new merchandise comes in.
Kolkata – The land of Sweets!
Capital of West Bengal
When we talk about street shopping we have to mention Kolkata. The Bengali traditional sarees that we have seen time and again on the big screen are a must buy from this place. The New Market is the best place to go. It has over 200 stalls. Along with sarees you can also get traditional jewelry to go with the saree. Dakshinapan Shopping Centre is the place for you if you are in love with Indian handicrafts. The Bengalis are known to be voracious readers, if you love the smell of books and are a book worm then Oxford Bookstore is the place for you.
Bangalore – The Silicon Valley of India
The Capital of Karnataka
Apart from the IT boom, Bangalore is also famous among its residents and tourists for its street shopping at Brigade Road and Commercial Street. Walk along these streets and get yourself some very good deals on sandals, clothes, jewellery and many more.
Apart from the street shopping this city is also famous for the number of restaurants and pubs in the city. This city will never disappoint the shopper in you.
Naintal is the picture perfect shopping destination, with the snow capped Himalaya’s in the background and the fresh mountain air. Nanital is famous for on trendy woollens, hoodies and shawls from Mall Road. Being a hill station it is famous for sweaters from the Bohita Bazaar. Nainital is also known for wooden decorative items. If you like candles then you can pick up some really pretty ones from here!
After a day out at the streets you can always relax at Nainital Boat Club is a lakeside club which is perfect for grabbing an evening drink while enjoying the cool breeze from the lake.
God’s Own Country
Kerala is often given many tags like God’s Own Country, Venice of the East. Kerala is a very famous tourist destination for people all over the world as well as India. A walk in Fort Cochin and Mattancherry is like walking through the pages of history. The streets of Fort Cochin and Jew Street are lined with tables which have antiques like wall clocks, paintings, vases etc from the Dutch, French and Portuguese era.
Like all the other shopping destinations Kerala is famous for the road side eateries that serve delicious mouth watering sea fish recipes.
The Party Capital of India
Goa – the land of sun, surf and beaches! Goa is a favorite holiday destination for both Indians and foreigners. There is a lot more to do in Goa than just sit around at the beach, it is a shopping heaven as well. You can pick up anything under the sun, right from vintage to modern clothes, junk jewellery, antiques and artifacts.
The Arpora Saturday night bazaar is a great place to be for unusual fashion, colourful fabrics and leather sandals. If you still have money left after going crazy at the Arpora Saturday night Bazaar then you must visit the Anjuna Flea market for beaded earrings necklaces, mirrored accessories, embroidered and embellished clothes. For the foodies you should head to Mapusa street market for cashews, Feni, Goan sausages and homemade Bebinca.
Jaipur – The Pink City
Capital of Rajasthan
The Rajput Kings, The colossal forts and palaces, the food, the culture are some of things that Jaipur and Rajasthan are famous for. The Pink City is also famous among the tourist for being a great street shopping destination.
Jaipur is famous for the antiques, textiles and handicrafts along with jewellery and the very famous puppets! Jauhari Bazaar in the city is famous for the precious and semi precious jewellery along with Minakari work. If you love curling up under a quilt during the winter then you have to visit the Hawa Mahal which is famous for the quilts. But if you want the colorful textiles then Bapu Bazar is where you should be.
If at any time the shopping tiers you out then all you have to do is take a break and fill yourself with mouthwatering local cuisine.
National Capital of India
Delhi is a place of diverse culture and the streets is the evidence of this. For centuries Delhi has been attacked by invaders. In every attack the invaders have left behind some or the other culture that they follow. Walking down the street we find artifacts from almost all the parts of the country. If you can bargain then you could walk home with handicrafts, shoes, paintings, funky jewelries, hippie clothes like harem pants etc.
The best destinations for street shopping in Delhi are Purani Dilli (Old Delhi) Chandini Chowk, Khan Market, Janpath market and Connaught Place (CP). With the Delhi Metro travelling is no longer a task. So next time you are in the national capital shop to your heart’s content and more.
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