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Bengaluru Shopping Guide – where and what to shop and buy

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Whether you want to fill up a few bags with the latest in designer apparel or check out a traditional local market complete with India’s trademark hectic and fragrant atmosphere, Bengaluru – or Bangalore as most know it – is just the ticket. From epic malls to rough and ready boutiques, shopping in this sprawling south Indian metropolis is as diverse as it is indulgent. It’s a treat not to be missed.
Commercial Street



Ripe for a bargain, Commercial Street trades in desirable goods of all shapes and sizes, from the latest major brands to pretty much everything else imaginable. Whether you want to bag yourself a comfortable pair of shoes, a stylish jacket, or perhaps a digital camera, the buzzing labyrinth of lanes snaking off from the main street promises the best prices around – just be prepared for some gentle haggling. Not the best for driving due to heavy congestion, Commercial Street is easily accessible via a 15-minutes walk from Mahatma Gandhi Road Metro Station.





With a history stretching back as far as the 16th century, Chickpet is one of Bengaluru’s oldest shopping districts. As such, on a visit to the area’s narrow and cluttered market place you can expect a truly authentic taste of Indian culture, plus a golden opportunity to pick up a few cheap and cheerful souvenirs. For a vast choice of traditional silk or cotton saris at a reasonable cost, this central location about 1.5 kilometres from Sir M Visvesvaraya Metro Station really is the place to be.


M.G. Road



Mahatma Gandhi Road – or M.G. Road – is one of Bengaluru’s most frequented destinations. Home to a very Western sort of department store in 1 M.G. Road, boasting the best of everything and anything in vogue, it’s a particularly ideal stop off for tourists looking for style, beauty, gadgets, and an all-round indulgent atmosphere. A number of premium hotels can be found close by. While many of the street’s shops follow in this ilk, you can also find smaller and more unique establishments stocking anything from arts and crafts to silks and other quality materials.


Phoenix Market City



To the eastern side of Bengaluru, just off the main Whitefield Road, is Phoenix Market City, a sprawling complex offering tip-top shops, live music events, and the most recent movie releases. From the best in handbags, jewellery, and denim to home décor, toys, and kids wear, you’ll find something for all the family. Traditional and elegant ethnic outfits, with a modern twist, for both men and women are also available. A busy food court makes for a convenient break during a jam-packed day browsing the rails, while a few elegant restaurants allow for a delicious evening meal.