As a prime tourist spot, there are plenty of stalls and shopping places in Ooty, selling souvenir trinkets and handicrafts. Ooty is well-known for its foodie gift items that are produced locally, including tea, chocolate, and gourmet cheeses. If shopping were a sport, then Ooty would surely be categorised as being home to some of the best shopping places in Ooty.
There are many shopping markets in Ooty and many small malls per square mile are packed in than any other hill station in the country. Street shopping in Ooty or shopping places in Ooty, is comparable to some of the best in the country. In fact, for shopping, visitors need visit only one street for street shopping in Ooty and that is the famed Charing Cross Road.
While in Ooty, discover some of the best shopping places in Ooty and you can be majorly blown away by the sheer size and varieties of bazaars it has to offer.
1. Essential oils
Essential oils are becoming extremely popular worldwide. In short, essential oils are concentrated, liquid plant extracts used for medicinal purposes. Since essential oils can be taken from virtually all plants, many essential oils come from various sources, including flowers, grass, fruits, roots, trees, and leaves and many of these abundantly grow and can be locally found in and around Ooty. And the essential oils shopping place in Ooty is the Commercial Street.
2. Homemade chocolates
As part of having some good shopping places in Ooty, Ooty’s know for its authentic, tasty, homemade chocolates. It’s a specialty that you must savour and take home while on a visit here. The chocolates are perfectly made, with its consistency and it delivers the perfect balance of flavour, texture and colour. The most delicious assortment of nuts, chocolates, raisins, butterscotch and everything that is drool worthy is part of this chocolate mix! Truffles, fudges, marshmallows and what not also make up the other different types of chocolates.
Some of the shopping places in Ooty to buy chocolates include- the Modern Store, King Star confectioners as well as the Pykara Chocolate Factory.
Popularly called the ‘Queen of Spices’, cardamom is widely available in Ooty. Additionally, experience the aromatic richness of the best quality spices which are sourced directly from Ooty’s Spice plantations. The superior quality of spices makes it one of India’s best spices which are truly worth a buy. Cloves, nutmegs, pepper, cardamom, natural nectar etc. is the popular spices and spice varieties.
One of the best shopping places in Ooty for spices is The Green Shop.
Ooty is surrounded by the finest tea plantations and it is the right place to buy some aromatic tea leaves and different varieties of tea. A paradise for tea connoisseurs, you can visit tea factories and learn all about tea right from plucking to packaging, but go shopping for the world’s best tea which includes the aromatic black, white, jasmine, and refreshing green teas and yes even flavoured chocolate tea too.
5. Acres Wild- Organic Cheese Farm
It is a small family-owned business that makes vegetarian and organic cheese with milk from free-range, home-grown, Jersey and Holstein cows. The flavours are to die for and there is a range of cheese like Gouda, Feta cheese, Parmesan and even blue Cheddar cheese. You can try out some while here or buy some to use back home. Say cheese, at the Acres Wild and it is one of the best shopping places in Ooty for cheese.