Bangalore has a multitude of shopping destinations with large malls and sprawling markets in almost every part of the city. From budget street shopping destinations to malls with the most exclusive and expensive brands, one can buy whatever their heart desires in a city like Bangalore. The biggest problem that arises while visiting these places is the transportation. Public Transport in Bangalore is not very good; the buses are always crowded and the metro network isn’t fully finished. Using auto rickshaws or cabs will burn a hole in your pocket, especially if you have to visit multiple places.
Take your own car and you will definitely spend more time stuck in traffic and trying to park instead of shopping. The most convenient option would be to travel by bike; If you don’t happen to own one, you can rent a bike of your choice at very affordable rates from Wheelstreet and go visit these 10 best places to shop in Bangalore.
1. Commercial Street
Chickpet is one of the oldest shopping areas in Bangalore with a history dating back almost 400 years. This local market is most popular for the wide variety of saris and wholesale dress materials it has on sale for very reasonable prices. Chickpet also has a number of jewellery shops which make it an ideal destination for wedding shopping. Even though this commercial area is narrow and crowded, Bangaloreans still love to shop here to get the best at a reasonable price.
3. Brigade Road
Brigade road is one of the most popular hangout places in Bangalore for both tourists and locals. It is filled with an assortment of shops including hawkers and stalls selling wallets, watches and trinkets to high-end apparel showrooms, it is an ideal shopping destination for every budget. Brigade road also has a large number of restaurants, eateries and pubs. Be sure to check out Dubai Plaza (which is located in a by lane of Brigade road) for the ultimate budget shopping and Blossom’s book house (on Church street) which is a bookworm’s paradise.
4. Majestic Market
Majestic Market deals in local and exported merchandise like fancy perfumes, clothes, electronic gadgets, footwear and other items of novelty. It is an absolute paradise for those who love bargaining. Majestic market is bordered by the Hong Kong market and Burma bazaar which are famous for imported bags, perfumes and accessories.
5. M.G Road
M.G Road, which is one most popular and busiest commercial areas in Bangalore, is a must try shopping destination for everyone visiting the city. The shopping area has shops like Deepam silks and Prasiddi which house the best collection of silk sarees. There are also a number of men’s formal and wedding suit shops. There are many other attractions on M.G road besides clothes shops like the beautiful boulevard, Cauvery Emporium (which sells traditional handicrafts and souvenirs) and Higginbothams book store which was founded in 1844 and is India’s oldest known bookstore.
1. The Forum
Located on Hosur road in Koramangala, The Forum was the first shopping mall in Bangalore. It houses a good collection of branded showrooms, 12 cinema halls by PVR and numerous eateries. The Forum is one of the most popular hangout spots for the youth in Bangalore and still remains crowded on weekends.
2. Phoenix Market City
3. Mantri Square Mall
Mantri Square Mall is located in Malleshwaram and is one of India’s biggest shopping malls in terms of retail space with a staggering 1.7 million sq. feet covered by retail outlets. Aside from over 200 shops that it houses, it also has numerous restaurants, a massive food court, an INOX cinema multiplex and even a scary house. Be sure to arrive at this mall in the morning as it will surely take you a long time to cover everything it has to offer.
4. Orion Mall
Orion may be the third largest mall in Bangalore but it is definitely the most well planned and best designed mall in the city. It lies in the same complex as the World Trade Centre, Sheraton hotel and Columbia Asia Hospital. Orion mall not only has a PVR multiplex, bowling alley and a plethora of shops and restaurants, it also has a man-made lake in the premises which is lined food stalls whose fare you can enjoy on the lakeside benches. For the most relaxing shopping experience in Bangalore, head to Orion mall without any hesitation.
5. The Collection – UB City
UB City is located on Vittal Mallya Road and is India’s first luxury shopping destination. It houses some of the world’s most exclusive and posh brands and is a shopping destination for those with the deepest of pockets. A collection of nice restaurants and some absolutely stunning architecture with an outdoor fountain and amphitheatre makes it a nice place to visit even if you can’t afford to shop there.