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BANGALORE SHOPPING GUIDE-Where To Find The Best Bargains While On A Budget
Various Markets In BangaloreClick thumbnail to view full-size
Best Buys At Bangalore's Local Markets
Bangalore has not lost its old world charm with the entrance of the new. Apart from the famous Shopping malls and the upscale Commercial Street and Brigade Road where branded items are available, local markets abound in every locality and small shops are everywhere selling paan and betel leaves to magazines and cell phones. Flowers, fruits, and vegetables vie for space with kitchen utensils, footwear, toys and clothing accessories. Whatever you want, you will get on the pavements from street vendors, and also from local shops. At a fraction of the price of the same item in any of the branded showrooms. And you can bargain too! You can get a branded item or a fake one too. Only you have to know what you want and how much you are willing to pay for it.
Every residential locality has a local market that has everything you can want from household articles to party wear and matching accessories. For example, Ganganagar is close to RT Nagar, Tippasandra and HAL market are close to Indiranagar. The main commercial area of these areas house large commercial establishments with attractive window displays and offer a variety of goods at a higher price than those at the local market.
One can also get the freshest of fruits, vegetables and flowers at wholesale rates. Spices and grocery items can be compared for quality and price before actually making a purchase. A wide variety of household articles, toys and gift articles also are on offer. These markets are open from about 10 AM and close only around 9 PM. Some are open early in the morning too for people shop for essential supplies such as milk and milk products, flowers and vegetables, newspapers if they are not being delivered home.
Street vendors often are selling their wares as they go past our houses during the day. Fresh fruits, vegetables, greens, flowers, fish are bought from them as they peddle their stuff on push carts or bicycles.
Bangalore has large markets too,such as the City Market, also called the KR Market, Russel Market in Shivajinagar. These are a definite visit for large purchases of all kinds. Large households, hotels, caterers, hostels get their monthly and weekly supplies. Other famous markets include the Malleswaram market, Basavangudi market, Gandhi Bazaar, Jayanagar and Majestic.
Close to Majestic in the city centre are Balepet, Chickpet, Nagarthpet, Avenue Road where most Bangaloreans make a beeline for their wedding purchases. Sure, traditional silk sarees and gold jewelry, invitation cards, catering supplies are found elsewhere too, but wholesale shops abound here and you have a vast variety of everything to choose from, at a fraction of the cost and additional discounts are available on making bulk purchases. Though these areas are congested and you will find parking a big problem, it is worth parking your car far away and walking up. You get a good variety of everything to choose from and will save money too. Chickpet is particularly famous for dress materials and silk sarees. A number of traditional goldsmiths abound in Nagarthpet and you can give them designs for fine jewelry.
Large retail chains have all commodities and fresh produce under one roof,and are quite popular among Bangaloreans. These include Big Bazaar, More, Foodworld, Nilgiris, Reliance Fresh. These offer discounts and great promotions on some products each week or month. Fresh vegetables and fruits are priced lowest on a couple of days every week. So, most people buy on those days and stock up.
- Bangalore has some interesting markets for the local shopper. When you have a tight budget to adhere to, it makes sense to head for the market next door.
- Or call out to the street vendor passing your home!
- Alternately, simply pick up the telephone and reel of your list of items to your regular local vendor and have it delivered at your doorstep for free within half an hour.
Chickpet-Haven for Budget shopping especially for weddings in the familyClick thumbnail to view full-size
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