Shopping is a favourite pastime for many of us, even on trips. Apart from sightseeing and enjoying all the good food that a place has to offer, many tourists also look for markets and speciality stores to pick up things to take back home.
In Mahabaleshwar, you have a few places that are great for local and street shopping. From carrots and strawberries to local Maharashtrian masalas and junk jewellery, you can find a variety of products being sold at these places. We bring you best places to shop in Mahabaleshwar.
Shopping Places in Mahabaleshwar
1. Mapro Garden
People travel miles to shop for strawberries, berries, jams, squashes and juice from the Mapro Garden. The best part about shopping at the Mapro Garden is that you can sample the products before you make a purchase. Besides shopping, there is a restaurant that serves unbelievably good sandwiches and strawberry with cream.
- Location: Panchgani Mahabaleshwar Road
2. Laxmi Farms
Great for strawberry picking, this farm has a store where you can shop for a variety of berries, including strawberries. The produce at the Laxmi Farms is always fresh and delicious. Apart from berries, you can also shop for strawberry syrups, juice and a few jelly chocolates.
- Location: Old Mahabaleshwar- Nakinda Road
3. Wilson Chikki
If you are looking to pick up chikki from Mahabaleshwar, which you should, there is no better place to shop at than Wilson Chikki. A household name in sweets, this place is noted for its groundnut chikki and til (sesame) laddoos. They do have other varieties of chikki, but the groundnut chikki is the most traditional and sought after.
- Location: Dr Sabne Road
4. Elsie’s Bakery
A quaint little cake shop in Mahabaleshwar, Elsie’s Bakery bakes amazing cakes and pastries. You can also shop for masalas and juices at the store. This store is believed to be 100 years old; it was started in 1849. A great place for biscuits and cakes.
- Location: Mahabaleshwar
5. Mahabaleshwar Vegetable & Fruit Market
The main vegetable and fruit market is located in the heart of Mahabaleshwar. It is one of the oldest markets and is where locals come to buy daily essentials. The market is a good place to buy strawberries and carrots. You can do some bargaining, but prices are generally reasonable. There are few snack counters and tea stalls at the market.
- Location: Main Market
6. Imperial Store
The biggest supermarket in Mahabaleshwar, Imperial Stores stocks everything from groceries to wines, cheese and even medicines. Divided into sections, based on products, it is pretty easy to find your way through this supermarket. Ask the friendly staff for help if you are looking for something specific, they will gladly help you find what you are looking for. Products sold here are reasonably priced.
- Location: Masjid Road
7. Indo Kashmir Collection
Located in the main market area, this shop stocks an amazing collection of clothing sourced from Kashmir, including Pashmina shawls, and a variety of dresses and salwar kameez. This place is a must visit if you love shopping. Prices are reasonable and the friendly staff will help you pick just what you are looking for.
- Location: Main Market
8. Amit Supermarket
If you want to experience convenient shopping, this is the place to go. A huge supermarket, here you will find all types of essentials and commodities. From vegetables to fruits, cheese, chocolates and even sauces, you will find it all here. A good place to stop by before you leave. Do not forget to check out the daily offers, where you can grab some good deals.
- Location: Main Road
Most shopping destinations in Mahabaleshwar are mostly local. There are a few clothing stores, but there is nothing special about them. It is best to stick to buying chikki, strawberries and shopping in the main market. While shopping in Mahabaleshwar, it is a good idea to explore the food stalls and restaurants near the main market area too.