The City of Nawabs, Lucknow, holds many surprises in store for shoppers. That Lucknow is beyond kebabs and biryani can be felt in its sprawling markets. These markets are centuries-old and have such variety of items to buy, that you wouldn’t have guessed. They are the best bazaars where you can bargain and go on a shopping spree. So here is the list of the best shopping places in Lucknow.
10 Delightful Shopping Places in Lucknow
This century-old bazaar in the centre of Lucknow has seen a transformation from its more traditional avatar in the olden days. Today, there are large shopping malls, glamorous showrooms, cinema halls, factory outlets, restaurants.
Not a place for bargaining, there are branded shops for every type of consumer durables. Janpath, Seva Chikan, Lovelane, Sahara Mall are the top shopping destinations to buy a lot of specialities. The market remains closed on Sundays.
- What to buy: Chikankari, hand-made kurtas/kurtis, embroidered sarees, ornaments, khadi.
A market that’s seen the illustrious times of the Nawabs, Aminabad Market is the busiest and the oldest shopping hub of Lucknow. It is a delight for bargain shopping. You get every kind of consumer items here, from home utilities, utensils, chikan sarees, men’s wear, food items, books, artificial jewellery to local handicrafts.
Madan Sarees, Dupatta Mahal, Sargodha Cloth House, Om Prakash Seth, are the oldest shops here. While shopping, drop into some eateries and bakeries like Wahid Biryani and Alamgir, Kalika Chat House. The market remains closed on Thursdays.
- What to buy: Chikan Kurta, sarees, footwear, jewellery, ornaments, fashion garments, wedding accessories.
This age-old market in Lucknow is situated close to Bara Imambara. If you love authentic chikankari garments, this is the right place to go. You can order custom-designed pieces here as well.
It is also the best place for handicraft items like lamp shades, ittar (perfumes), wall paintings, which you get at pocket-friendly rates. The market remains closed on Thursdays.
- What to buy: Handicrafts, Chikankari garments, perfumes, zardozi garments, footwear, flowers.
Another famous shopping place in Lucknow, Alambagh has big brand showrooms selling every consumer durable from gold jewellery, electronics to home utilities like kitchenware, sanitary ware etc. You even get fresh fruits, vegetables, groceries and sweets. The market remains closed on Mondays.
- What to buy: Jewelry, Consumer durables, ornaments, gemstones, shoes, apparels.
This 200-year-old market in Lucknow sells everything from garments, electronics, kitchen items and other consumer goods. But it is more famous for the gorgeous zardozi garments, wooden handicrafts and jewellery. You also get foods, groceries, pet animals and birds.
On Sundays, there is a huge flea market over here selling second-hand goods, wooden items, jewellery, garments etc. There are food stalls too offering paan, biryanis, kebabs and other delicacies.
- What to buy: Zardozi embroidered garments, handicrafts, jewellery.
The wholesale market of Yahiyaganj is another popular shopping area of Lucknow. You can visit this market while visiting Nakhas market. You can get a large number of products like cosmetics, kitchen utilities, clothes, crackers, at wholesale rates. You can also visit gurudwara over here.
- What to buy: Metal bartans (utensils), crackers, cosmetics, toys, kitchen utilities, spices.
7. Janpath Market
A part of Hazratganj market, Janpath market is a popular shopping place in Lucknow. Here you can shop for products at reduced prices. If you want to bargain for the best deals, you can do it here at Janpath Bazaar.
You can find small and large shops selling garments, woollens, footwear, belts, etc. There are Chikan showrooms selling exclusive chikan embroidered sarees and ethnic garments.
- What to buy: Chikankari sarees, footwear, fashion garments, woollens, jewellery, perfumes.
8. Latouche Road
If its electronics you want in Lucknow, go to Latouche Road. You will have to test your bargaining skills while buying them. Here there are many shops selling all things electronics, whether it’s TV, Air Conditioner, or electronic parts.
- What to buy: Electronics, Guns
9. Bhootnath Market
One of the most popular markets in Lucknow is Bhootnath Market. Whether you want kitchen utensils, jewellery, fruits or vegetables, spices, you get them here. Though you will have to bargain a bit, it is worth the effort. There are fast food joints and restaurants like Bikanervala, Punjabi Choolha and others serving Chinese, North Indian, chaat, and South Indian delicacies.
- What to buy: Apparels, kitchen utilities, household items.
You get the most modern and contemporary design choices in Kapoorthala area of Lucknow. Recently a number of chikan showrooms and garment shops have opened here.
Here you get the most unconventional fabrics, extravagant embroidery patterns, and stunning colour combinations, that you have least expected in sarees, readymade garments, kurtas, kurtis, and other men’s and women’s wear.
- What to buy: chikan embroidered garments, designer sarees, wedding and party wear.
Though there are other shopping places too, these are the best places to shop. Some of these bazaars have still retained their vintage charm. The cultural ethos of Lucknow can be experienced best in these bazaars.
If you have experienced the joys of shopping at these bazaars, then do write to us about your memories. If you have chanced upon some places not included in the list, then tell us about them in the comments section below. There are travellers just like you waiting to go to these places and have the time of their life.