A shopper's paradise, every shopoholic must halt to take a trip to Ahmedabad and fulfill their retail therapy. Ahmedabad is undoubtedly a delight to one's a shipper's taste. Being a retail haven, the metropolitan offers more than just clothes; one might even find markets dominated by colorful handicrafts, famous snacks, farsan and elegant yet chunky jewellery.
Being one of the biggest wholesale markets, Ahmedabad offers more than big brands and shopping malls, this city offers a plethora of goods for those who enjoy street shopping. You can even shope in a market under a famous bridge.
Follow us as we guide you through our list of the top 4 markets of Ahmedabad.
A bargainer’s paradise, Dhalgarwad is well-known for their traditional clothing at highly affordable prices. If you find yourself within a restrictive budget, don’t worry, you will probably still leave with bags full of traditional and hand-made fabrics and sarees allowing you to flaunt your style.
Available fabrics include Jaipuri Prints, Mangalgiri, and South Cotton. This market isn’t just a delight for the female shoppers but also consists of many shops that are famous for cloth material popular to men.
WHERE: Dhalgarwad, Ahmedabad
OPEN: From 10 am to 9 pm from Monday to Saturday
One of the busiest markets in the city, Manek Chowk is a treat to all your senses. A systematic routine, the market starts early in the morning and ends at mid-night. At most points, you would find the market buzzing with activity.
Early in the morning, you would find hawkers and shopkeepers selling vegetables and spices at this bazaar. It is not uncommon to find rows of multicolored spices and mouth fresheners during the first half of the day. As the day progresses, you would find this market to be common retail space for jewellery and textile merchants.
Bargaining is the key to shopping in Ahmedabad, so try to get a cheaper price whenever possible.
During the evening, Manek Chowk becomes the best street food area in the city, selling unique items like Pineapple Sandwiches; three-layered sandwiches stuffed with jam, cheese and pineapple. Other than this, a chocolate pizza and bhaji pav, a spicy vegetable curry served with buttery bread is worth trying here.
WHERE: Manek Chowk
Open from 7 am to 1 am, 7 days a week
If you thought shopping is only restricted to daytime in Ahmedabad, you are mistaken.The Law Garden bazaar is an iressistable night-time flea market selling extraordinary lehengas for weddings or for any festive season along with famous works from Kutch and Saurashtra.
You can also shop for handbags and potlis along with chunky jewellery that adds up to the glam of your outfit.
TIP: Bargaining can be tough here so come prepared with a big budget.
WHERE: Law Garden
Open from 7 pm to midnight
Okay, I know what you must all be thinking: Does Ahmedabad sell anything other than clothes and fabric?
The answer is yes. Fernandes Bridge is heaven for all the bookworms out there. Being one of the most unique markets in the city, Fernandes Bridge connects the readers with rare books, first editions and even books that have ceased printing process for a while. They not only sell novels, but also sell academic and religious books.
Apart from buying books, you can also sell and exchange your books, but be aware the shopkeepers here can we very persuasive and can talk you in on buying more than 1 book.
WHERE: Fernandes Bridge near Manek Chowk
Best time to visit is from 11 am to 5 pm
Apart from street shopping, you can also indulge in shopping from brands in malls such as Alpha one Mall, Iscon Mall and, CG Square Mall.
Other things to shop in Ahmedabad include:
• Handicraft and Furniture from Khanpur and Teen Darwaza.
• Snacks and Farsan from Falguni Gruh Udyog
• Stoles and Dupattas from Shivranjani Crossroads.