Mangalore may not influence lifestyle or fashion trends, but it definitely has some interesting places where tourists and locals can shop. Apart from the many malls that have sprouted up over the past few years, the city’s standalone markets still continue to do brisk business. Some of the best shopping places in Mangalore do not have fancy exteriors, but they offer some pretty interesting buys.
Here’s a list of places that you can visit for a good shopping experience.Shop till you drop at some of the best shopping places in Mangalore
It is advisable to visit as many malls and markets as you can during your stay in Mangalore. You should only commit to buying something only after comparing prices and the quality of products on offer. Here are some of the popular shopping destinations in the city. Are you ready to max out your credit card?
1. Blaze through Central Market
Central Market is the main market in the city, and one of the go-to shopping places in Mangalore. It is always bustling with energy and activity. On any given day, and at any given time, the market is teeming with enthusiastic shoppers and merchants engaged in haggling over, and closing, deals. If you want to get a taste of the culture and tradition of the place, you can start right here.
Be prepared to hustle and haggle as shopping can be akin to a race for survival. The market is dotted with narrow streets, one leading to the other. You will find vegetables, fruits, meat and poultry. A number of shops also sell spices and Ayurvedic medicines, a unique feature that sets this market apart. The cashews sold are of a good quality, crunchy and available at affordable prices. One can also find apparel and lifestyle products here.
2. A day of shopping at City Center Mall
City Center Mall can arguably be called one of the best shopping destinations in the city. Want proof? It has an average footfall of more than 20,000 people per day. The mall has about 8,50,000 square feet of retail space, and is home to all the popular stores like Lifestyle, Westside, Max, Reliance Trends, Fashion at Big Bazaar and Auchan Hypermarket. In addition to being one of the preferred shopping markets in Mangalore, it also houses Fun City — – a complete family entertainment complex replete with arcade games, children’s shooting games, bumper cars, among other fun options. You can also catch a flick at the Cinepolis Cinemas. If you are looking for a fun day out, this mall is it.
3. Spend some downtime at Empire Mall
Empire Mall enjoys the distinction of being centrally located in one of the busiest parts of Mangalore— MG Road. This is probably the major reason why it is always crowded. The mall is not as big as the other malls in the city, so there may not be too many options to choose from. A few of the popular shops are the Nilgiris Supermarket for daily household needs, Raymond’s, Heavenly Rose and Fun Fit Factory. The mall has a pretty decent food court where you can satiate your gastronomical cravings. This is a great place to relax, eat and sip on a nice cup of coffee.
4. The other shopping hotspots
While there are a number of shopping places in Mangalore, only a few provide some of the local delicacies and other items popular in the region. Make your way to Mangalore Modern Mall for a chance to buy good quality clothing material and accessories. Saibeen complex at Lalbaugh of Mangalore is another famous tourist hotspot. If you are looking for souvenirs, traditional art and craft items to take back home, hop on by to Emye’s Seashell Crafts on Panambur Beach. It is here that one can find colourful wall hangings, chandeliers and resplendent mirrors carved out of natural shells.
5. Sweet tooth cravings
When taking in the sights and sounds of the city, make it a point to taste the famous export cashews. These are available at Phalguni Cashew Centre on Balmatta Road. If you have a sweet tooth, visit any of the sweet and dry fruit shops in the city. The tourist special sweet, Mangalore Halwa, a soft sticky sweet made out of pure ghee is the rage here. Mangalore Halwa comes in different flavours like banana, apple and jackfruit. They are readily available at Komals in Hampankatta.
6. Shopping mecca- Hampanakatta
In fact, no trip to Mangalore is ever complete without paying a visit to Hampanakatta. It is one of the oldest and busiest markets in the city. Most locals, and tourists, can testify that it is a one-stop shop for all shopping needs. What sets it apart is that it has managed to retain its charm despite the passage of time. It is by far one of the best shopping places in Mangalore.
7. Sparkle in the city- The Local Markets
Gold and silver jewellery, especially in the Mangalorean style, are popular among visitors. The ladies will go gaga over the wide range of silk sarees available here. It will be worth your time to pick up a few when in Mangalore. Intricately carved ivory and sandalwood decorative pieces are also a great buy. They can be gifted as a souvenir to family and friends. Why not also pick up a few handicraft items and furniture from the local markets? Now you know why shopping markets in Mangalore have a certain reputation.
8. Street buys
For street shopping in Mangalore, head on over to Badagupet, Maruthi Veethika, Sanskrit College Road and Tenkapet. You will definitely find something of interest in either of these places.
Shopping in Mangalore is not a one-day affair. It will take time and patience to browse through the many shops that dot the city’s landscape. However, it is important to strike the right bargain before buying something. If you happen to have a local guide, ask him or her to give you a true taste of the local shopping scene.