Not only Bangalore is famous for the richness in culture but also the city has something for everyone – right from exclusive boutiques and international brands to street side sellers.
The weather remains pleasant all through the year. No doubt, as a traveler you can find many rare things to buy in Bangalore, provided you have the habit to explore.
Markets/Items Bangalore is Famous for
Besides rare handicraft items and sweets, Bangalore is very famous for its Sandalwood products. Towards becoming the second fastest-growing major metropolis in India, the spell and richness of Namma Bengaluru and things people cherish about Bangalore are some of its collectibles, memorabilia, and souvenirs.
Today there are so many exquisite Malls across the city and for bargain hunters there are arcades on K.G.Road, Malleshwaram, Chickpet, Basavanagudi, Jayanagar 4th Block and Shivajinagar, Basaveshwar Nagar, Rajajinagar, Marathahalli, etc.
Paintings, Arts, and Crafts
It has a rich tradition of Paintings, arts, and Craft and these are famous to the tourists and collectors. Karnataka is famous for the Sandalwood Oil produced here but is pretty expensive.
Besides this, Channapatna dolls, Rameshwaram paintings, and other beautiful sculptures are also available here.
Crafts like kalamkari, dhokra items, Mangalgiri, hand block print clothes, Natural fiber items, furniture, organic foods, and home furnishers are few of the famous items in Bangalore.
One can easily go for bargaining and negotiation in these shops. It is better to decide beforehand what to buy.
Indian Sarees and other ethnic dress wear
A wide range of sarees, especially exclusive south Indian verities is extensively available in Bangalore. Among them is the most famous local version of Mysore Silk Saree.
Other famous Saree varieties include Kanjeevaram Silk Sarees, Surat (Gujarat) Saree, Arani (Tamil Nadu) Sarees, Benares Sarees, VenkataGiri, Pochampally and many more varieties of ethnic dress wear.
Where to buy
Majestic / City Bus Stand area, Chickpet, and MG Road are famous for shops for Saree and craft materials. Residency Road is also famous for its exquisite handicraft shops.
Alankar Plaza in KG Road, near the City Railway Station has shops that sell clothes at almost half the price of those sold in big retail malls. The whole area is always crowded and it seems something like a shopping carnival is going on.
Stroll around during an evening and shop from everything from clothes to counterfeit watches and the latest electronics. MG Road, Brigade Road and Commercial Street are located in the downtown streets and highly famous for shopping, restaurants and leisure activities.
A number of big-brand stores and smaller chains can be found here easily from where tourists and travelers can have wide options based on their budget.
Electronic and electrical, and perfumes and watches
Bangalore is considered as the IT capital of India and is famous for the latest IT related devise and gadgets.
Across the city, there are many computer stores where one can buy computers and accessories. But the most famous area for electronics and computers is SP Road and SJP Road.
These roads are near the City Market (Russell Market) and are full of shops dealing with computer and electronic goods. They sell at almost 25% less than the market value. Here from numerous stores, one can get an assembled desktop in a couple of hours.
While SP Road houses mostly computer related shops, SJP Road is famous for a lot of electronics stores, hardware (nuts and bolts) and a horde of electrical accessories.
Computer Warehouse in Barton Center, MG road is another shop selling assembled and branded computers at rates similar to those found on SP road.
In National Market complex at Gandhinagar (Near City Railway Station and Bus Stand), there are numerous shops where one can get everything from Rolex watches replicas to expensive imported perfumes, electronics, clothes and anything else for the fancy buying.
Other complexes similar to National Market include Sukh Sagar Mall, Bajaj Mall, Burma Bazaar, Hajee Janaas and Bangkok Plaza.
Sweets and sweetshops
Indian sweets are famous for its varieties of taste and look; they can please all kinds of taste buds.
Bangalore is no different than the other big cities of the country in having a rich tradition of a variety of sweets and sweetshops. These shops offer the most appetizing and delicious sweets at affordable prices.
Some of the most famous sweets of the city are Badam Halwa / Almond Halwa Sweets, Manganem (goanchana dal sweet dish), Pineapple(annasipazham) kesari, Carrot apple muffins, Kharabhaath, Choco nutty bars (no bake and no egg), Malpua with sinful special rabdi, Gulabi Halwa, Dry Fruit Burfi, Kesar Burfi, Cadbury Roll, Kesar Roll, Kesariya Dollar, Mava Paan, Badam Bhog, Choco Mava Roll, Anjeer Mawa Burfi, Gulkand Roll, Ajmeri Kalakand, Santra Kalakand etc.
Here are a couple of places suggested to visit:
The famous Bangalore sweets can be purchased from Anand Sweets & Savories – a popular sweet shop in the city. It is famous for its hand-crafted Indian sweets.
Bengali sweets such as Rajbhog, Sandesh, KheerKadam, Dry Fruit Srikhand, Mango Srikhand, Rasgulla, Malai Gulla, Rasmalai and more are made exclusively by their Moiras. It is premium Indian sweets and the first of its kind sweet shop. They offer a very wide range of products for every person.
Good quality of Almond, Pistachio, Cashewnut, and Fig collection are also available here for gift purposes.
Other equally famous stores are Sri Venkateshwara Sweetmeat Stall, Kanti Sweets, Sri Krishna Sweets, Adyar Ananda Bhavan, etc.
Tip! The must-buy Bangalore specialty local sweets are – Badam Halwa, Karadant, Dharwad Peda, Dink Laddu, Mysore Pak and, Benne muruku
Books – new and old
Avenue Road is the den for bargain-hunters for book shopping in Bangalore. One can find from management to the latest fiction novels.
The avenue road Bangalore is also very famous for second-hand books. You can find old books of all kinds are also available here. Also, one can sell or exchange books in the shops here.
The market is adjacent to KG road near the City central railway station and bus-stand.
Strand Book Stall – Conducts bargain book fairs and sells second-hand books, Manipal Centre, Dickenson Road, Sapna Book House, Thunga Complex, Gandhi Nagar.
Whenever you are in the city of Bangalore, be sure to check out the mentioned shops and streets to find out the things that you are looking for. These shops are simply a great experience to visit, regardless of whether you want to buy the stuff or not.
We, people, are so hungry for new things that every day of our life can be easily spent in shopping without every getting bored from the concept.