While Bangalore is known for its nightlife, shopping is something that is not far behind. Bangalore is home to swanky malls, high-end stores and culturally rich markets.
During the festive period and on the weekends, shopping enthusiasts in Bangalore head out to their local market, a bazaar, retail shops and malls to check out the latest in fashion, new products or stock up on necessities. Let us look at the best places to shop in Bangalore.
Street Markets in Bangalore
1. M.G Road
The MG Road in Bangalore is a popular address. It houses high-end fashion shops as well as street vendors. Visit this market if you are looking to get yourself some new clothes or are keen on window shopping,
M.G gets crowded by 7 pm, so the best time to visit is during the early evening hours (4 pm to 6 pm).
- Famous For: Sandalwood, Rosewood, Brass Items
2. Commercial Street
Commercial Street in Bangalore is a shopper’s delight. There is so much to shop for here, you will often wonder where to start. The narrow street is flanked by shops that sell clothes, jewellery, home décor and spices.
If you are looking to take a break from shopping, drop by at a tea stall for a Sulaiman chai or enjoy a scrumptious portion of biryani.
- Famous For: Clothes, Jewellery, Spices.
3. Chickpet Market
An obligatory visit for every tourist to the city is the Chickpet Market. This market houses the largest collection of sarees in Bangalore. At Chickpet, shoppers can find sarees in different styles, prints and colours, for every occasion.
Prices are not fixed here so you will have to bargain for a fair price. If you are looking for special collections of sarees, go during the festive season, that is, during Diwali, Christmas or Eid.
- Famous For: Sarees
4. Avenue Street
Tourists who love shopping for books on their travels have to visit Avenue Street. It has a variety of shops ranging from street-side bookstalls to bookshops. All these bookstores house a variety of books across all genres and languages.
Lookout for old, rare finds at this market. There is a good collection of classic novels that are normally hard to find. School and DIY books can also be found here.
- Famous For: Old Novels
5. Malleswaram Market
Every morning, the fresh, fragrant smell of flowers greet shoppers at the Malleswaram Market. A haven for buying fresh flowers, at the market you will find shoppers buying flowers for puja, religious observances and for occasions like weddings.
Vendors at this famous flower market sell all sorts of flowers including sunflowers, roses, mogra and chrysanthemums. One of the most popular shopping places in Bangalore.
- Famous For: Flowers
6. Electronics Market at SP Road
The SP Road in Bangalore is a narrow lane that is popular for its electronic shops. From spare parts to mobile accessories and new gadgets, electronics enthusiasts will find it all here. The market is divided into sections.
There is an entire stretch where you will find shops that repair gadgets and sell spare parts and there is an entire wing for household gadgets. Be ready to bargain, shopkeepers love to strike good deals at this market.
- Famous For: Household Gadgets, Mobile Phones
7. Gandhi Bazaar
A popular market in Bangalore, visit Gandhi Bazaar to buy fresh flowers and condiments. Along the streets of the bazaar, you can find vendors selling fruits and vegetables. There are a few shops that sell flowers too, but what the market is famous for are its spices. People from across the city often come here to buy fresh Indian spices such as turmeric, chilli powder and a variety of local masalas.
- Famous For: Spices
Popular Malls In Bangalore
8. V R Mall
The V R Mall in Bangalore is easily recognizable by its structure that looks like a big black box. Shop here if you love luxury and high-end fashion. The mall is home to a couple of luxury retail outlets and a big cinema hall that telecasts the latest English, Hindi and Kannada films. One of the best places to shop in Bangalore.
- Famous For: H & M, Superdry, PVR Cinema
9. Phoenix Marketcity, Bangalore
Visit Phoenix Marketcity for a great shopping. The mall is home to many retail giants, a food court and quite a few bars and pubs. There is also an entertainment zone that kids will love and a huge cinema hall that showcases the best new movies in town.
- Famous For: A great shopping experience
10. Forum Mall
The Forum Mall in Bangalore is a popular shopping destination for young college kids and the working crowd. The mall is believed to be Bangalore’s first full-fledged shopping mall. At the mall, you will find plenty of retail stores selling clothes, books, toys and a lot more. The highlight at the mall is the coffee shop that serves a special type of coffee called the Kappi Blue Grass.
- Famous For: A great shopping experience
11. Garuda Mall
If you are looking to upgrade your wardrobe or to invest in the latest fashion trends, shop at the Garuda Mall in Bangalore.
The mall is home to some of the best high-street fashion stores such as Forever 21, Levis, Nike and Jashn. If you are tired and need some refuelling, check out the eateries in the mall; there are fast food outlets and a sizzler joint. There’s also a sports bar and a bowling alley at this mall.
- Famous For: High-street retail outlets
12. Mantri Mall
Home to about 10,000 retail brands, this mall is a shopper’s delight. The variety of options at this mall is just mind-blowing. From clothes to accessories and electronics, you can find it all at Mantri.
Adding to the fun shopping experience is the lovely food options available at the mall. There is a food court, restaurants and cafes to enjoy a meal after you’ve finished with all your shopping.
- Famous For: Many Retail Outlets
Unique Shopping Experiences In Bangalore
13. Indu Dubai Plaza
The Indu Dubai Mall in Bangalore is where you can shop for a variety of imported products. At this shopping plaza, you will find imported bags, perfumes, electronic items and even accessories sold at reasonable prices.
When you go to buy the products here, just make sure you check them properly for defects.
- Famous For: Imported Products
14. National Market
What sets the National Market apart from the other street markets in Bangalore is its cheap prices. At this market, you can find ‘second copy’ or duplicate shoes, bags and clothes that look like originals. The shopping market is also popular for its Apple electronics inspired accessories.
- Famous For: Second copy shoes
15. Sri Suryanarayan Art Jewellers
This famous art jewellery shop in Commercial Street is a treasure trove of silver jewellery. At this iconic store, you will find silver rings, necklaces, earrings and other cool varieties of jewellery at very good prices.
- Famous For: Silver Jewellery
Bangalore has an amazing shopping scene and the above-mentioned places are a testament to that. You’ll get everything you are looking for at these markets, stores and malls in Bangalore. If you are looking for something unique to buy and do not know where to get it, shoot us a comment below and we will try to help you. For more cool things to do in Bangalore city, catch up with the other posts on our blog.