National Market: something for the guys
National Market was my kind of place. You can get all of your electronics here at good prices. You can also find some really cheap clothing too.
It is also home to many stalls selling pirated movies and music CDs.
Commercial Street: Another popular street
Another stretch of shopping, similar to Brigade Road is Commercial Street.
I personally didn't like Commercial Street as much as Brigade Road, but it depends on what you like.... Commercial Street is best for clothes shopping and is much bigger than Brigade Road
What to buy: clothes... clothes... and more clothes
What to pay: Perhaps a little more expensive than average
Brigade Road: The CBD of Bangalore
Brigade Road is a long stretch of road in the heart of the city. Here you will find the modern India, there are fast food takeaways, music stores, clothing stores, trendy cafes, shopping centres, plenty of pubs, heaps of restaurants and more.
What I liked most about Brigade Road is the atmosphere at night.
Everything doesn't open til around 11am, but they stay open until late at night.
Also Church St & St Marks Rd which cascade off Brigade road have some awesome pubs and restaurants too.
What to pay: It is probably the most expensive area of Bangalore, but you will still find plenty of bargains.
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CPU AMD & Cyrix
Dvd Rom Drives
Hubs & Switches
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Laptops, Palmtops & Notebooks
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Miscellaneous Other Items
Mouse Pads Etc.
Papers Address Labels
Papers Continuous Stationery
Papers Fax Rolls
Papers Related Products
Papers Special (Photo Inkjets etc.)
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Software Accounting Packages
Software Anti Virus Kits
Software Applications and Utilities
Software Operating Systems
Storage Cases For CD's Floppies Etc.
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Gandhi Bazar: Local Market
The first time I went to Bangalore, I was told that Gandhi Bazar, in Basavanagudi, is a good place for shopping. In fact, after talking to some local people I came to know that it's very popular with the budget shoppers. However, when I visited Gandhi Bazar, I was completely shocked to see the conjested and dirty appearance of the entire area. Vehicles ply either way on the narrow road, which has been made even narrower by the fruits and vegetable hawkers selling their stuff on the road itself! Nothing impressive!
What to buy: There are shops selling cheap clothes, cosmetics and accessories. Certain local food joints can be seen which are of medium standard. However, nothing special to buy.
What to pay: It's a cheap market. But be careful if you are a foreigner or are coming here for the first time. The store keepers may charge you more. Try to bargain, or even better, try not to buy anything from here.
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Desi: Traditional products from local NGO
Prasanna, a famous theatre personality in Karnataka, and others started Charaka, a women’s co-operative weaving handloom cloth and making garments in Bheemanakone village. To market the garments made by Charaka, Prasanna founded the Desi trust, which now has this store in Jayanagar, Bangalore. This initiative is brought together with the poeple of Heggodu village where India's first theatre village is situated.
What to buy: Cotton shirts and saris, with traditional weaves. Books and posters. And above all bio-honey, pickles and dried gooseberries.
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Commercial Street: Shopping! Shopping! Shopping!
The Commercial Street is a complex of streets full of shops. Local crafts (bangles, earrings, accessories, pashminas, handmade bags) abound. Books are sold on sidewalks.
What to buy: Bangles, earrings, handmade bags, pashminas, lots of other stuff.
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Lacoste: Lacoste, anyone??
If you are a fan of Lacoste (clothing line), you will enjoy shopping in the Lacoste store in Bangalore. Prices were comparatively cheaper, about 40% - 50% off than the regular prices. These are all genuine/real and not the imitation kind.
What to buy: Lacoste clothes for men and women.
What to pay: Visa/Mastercard accepted
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Kemp Fort: Amazing Quantities of Fabric!
It is a little embarrassing to have to confess that one of the main things I remember from Bangalore is a shop but it's true, so I must admit it and really it is a very impressive shop. The rickshaw driver mentioned it after we had looked in a few places and been unable to find exactly the kind of fabric we were looking for, and then he drove us to its location, a little way out of the city's main shopping area, by the racecourse We were very impressed by its smart appearance, even from the outside and looking through the windows we could see that the shop had its own catwalk with fashion shows going on regularly to show off the latest items. There were also comfortable seats all around the huge shop and tables for viewing the clothes and bolts of fabric displayed on shelves like bookcases all around the walls.
The service was excellent too. All the people working there seemed very knowledgeable about the goods on sale and looked after their customers extremely well, making helpful suggestions, without pressurising us and even organising drinks and snacks for us as they showed us the items we were interested in. They had some of the staff dressed up as cartoon characters, which was fun for the children visiting.
To the rear of the shop, the owner had arranged the construction of a large open air temple where prayers were taking place as we left the shop that evening.
What to buy: The shop stocked an extremely large range of fabrics, saris and partly or fully made Indian garments. There were also workshops on site for embroidery and textile work and we were impressed by some beautiful and unusual saris that had designs hand painted on them by the shop's artist, who also undertook commissions to paint a design of a customer's choice on a sari or plain piece of silk. There was also a beauty salon on site, where customers were given a number of complimentary treatments according to the amount of money they spent and the upper floor housed a spectacular toyshop, selling all kinds of books games and craft items. I planned to cut up and make an evening dress from a jaquard woven, lilac and gold embroidered silk organza sari I found there but I've not yet had the heart to take the scissors to it!
What to pay: Of course the items sold here were rather more expensive than at other shops we visited in the area but it certainly was worth a visit and we did see items there that we did not find elsewhere.
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More Malls !
Bangalore Central is more of a large department store than a mall with seperate retailers. It still is must visit for shoppers in Bangalore. It is located in city centre on the corner of M.G and Residency Roads (Opposite Mayo Hall), is walkable distance to the main M.G/Brigade Roads shopping area. It has a huge range of everything (like department stores in the west), clothing (Indian and Western brands), electornics, perfumes, accessories as well as a supermarket on the top floor and food court plus a Cafe Coffee Day. They have a altering service with in the store and can be done in two hours depending on the rush.
Safina Plaza Is sale central in Bangalore, located on Infantry Road. Every week there is sale going on of any type. One week it might be home furnishings and the next men's wear. Good place to find some bargains. Many exhibitons are also held here, although there are retailers (Dockers, Lee Jeans, Titan too name a few) here too. So for quiet shopping come here (much less crowded than the other malls). Its best to visit during end of season sales (summer, monsoon) or during festivals (New Year, Christmas, Ganesh Chaturthi).
Marathahalli Main Road and Factory Outlets Located a distance from central Bangalore (although not difficult to reach), is Marathahalli (a village in a previous life). The main road of this suburb is now a haven for factory outlets for all major brands: Nike, Adidas, Pepe Jeans, Killer Jeans, Louis Phillipe, Levi's, Reebok etc.. You can expect prices here to be cheaper than in the Malls, atleast 20-30% price difference but can be upto 50% cheaper when it comes to some of the major denim brands! As if India wasn't cheap enough. Although this is the best place to go to for factory outlet shopping, there are smaller factory outlets scattered across the city. Also look out for sales held by the major brands to get rid of end of season stock (again end of summer or end of monsoon), these are usually advertised in newspapers or look for signs posted on major roads.
All dem Malls: Malls ! Malls ! More Malls!
Here is list of the major Malls in Bangalore, but beware that there are atleast a dozen in the planning and construction stages!
Forum ('The Mall') These days no trip to Bangalore is complete without a visit to the Forum on Hosur road in the upmarket suburb of Koramangla, which is fast becoming the shopping hub of Bangalore ready to throw the M.G/Brigade Road area of its throne. Again like other shopping areas, you can find anything at the Forum, high international brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Swarovski to Indian Khadi at the Khadder. Other brands include: United Colours of Bennetton (much cheaper here than in the west), Pepe U.K, William Penn, Wrangler , Weekender , Nike. The Forum incorporates the clothing from international brands as well as haute couture boutiques : Mustard, Isis, B and the Chai shop. For books head straight to Landmark . On the top floor is a PVR multiplex comprising 11 cinemas. For eating there is everything, Fast food (KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Subway) Cafe Coffee Day and a food court with world cuisines including: Chinese, Vietnamese, Mexican and Italian and Indian. So thats that forum all your shopping needs under one roof! Its just a must see, especially the outside.
Garuda Mall Located on the corner of McGrath and Commissariat Roads, is the newest mall in Bangalore. This Mall is definitely catered to the upper class of Indian society. Many of the same brands as Forum are available as well as some that are not. One of the major draw points of this mall is that it houses the Indian department chain store: Shoppers Stop, which once stood across the road as a seperate building but is now part of this new mall. The Mall also houses a INOX cinema multiplex on the top floor.
What to buy: Everything you can possibly think of when it comes to brand names
What to pay: Right from Rs 10 upward
Cauvery: Get your handicrafts here
Cauvery is a government-sponsored shop specializing in local crafts. Here, one is assured of the authenticity of the goods on display, not to mention being spoiled for choice.
What to buy: Sandalwood crafts from within Karnataka are good buys here. Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka, where sandalwood abound, so you can't getter more authentic sandalwood anywhere else. If I have the opportunity, I'd love to get the stuff that are "endemic" to the place, not just for authenticity, but also for good value. Like for pashmina shawls, I'd prefer to get them in Delhi, which is closer to Kashmir, the main source.
What to pay: Plastic or otherwise
Save all of your shopping till you get to Commercial Street. It's 5 mins / 10 rupees on auto from MG Road. Commercial Street is not one street, it's a labyrinth of alleys, backlanes, pathway with small and big shops flanking both sides. Go with a local, you could easily lose yourself there... Go with a local who could easily bargain for you. If you are a foreigner, chances are you will be quoted higher price. While I was there, my local friends advised me to put on a punjabi suit (which I so happened to bring) so that I could resemble a Nepalese!? (I am a chinese). They believe is some ways, that could prevent me from being slaughter coldbloodedly by the merchants!! Yes, in some shops you need to bargain unless you see signs that say fixed price.
What to buy: There are some streets which are concentrated with children clothes and another specialising on fabrics, while generally on the whole, you can easily find women items.
SF or Louis Phillipe or Lee or any big store: Anything in Brigade Road
If you want to shop in Bangalore till you drop, then Brigade road is the perfect place for you. However you must be sure of your pocket and must have an idea about how much you can spend. If you are a foreigner, then you can also exchange your currency notes for the Indian ones at Fifth Avenue or any nearby Foreign exchange office. In many cases that will not be necessary as most of the shops there accept credit cards. You can buy watches, shoes, toys, cosmetics, other than clothes.
The best shop according to me is The Levis Store from which I bought a pair of denims.
What to buy: Denims, Trousers, Jackets, Shoes, Shirts, Ties, Watches, Cosmetics or anything you wish.
What to pay: This entirely depends on your pocket and your budget. Expenses may range between INR 2000 to INR 20,000(USD 40 to USD 500)
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Shopping: Handloom,Handicraft and Silk
The main shopping centres in Bangalore are Brigade Road, Commercial Street, Kempe Gowda Road, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Jayanagar Shopping Complex, Russell Market, Devathi Plaza and shopping arcades of Unity Buildings and Public Utility Buildings. Brigade road and Commercial street are the most popular areas for shopping and gift hunting.
What to buy: The best buys from bangalore are Karnataka's vast traditional handicrafts such as Mysore and Bangalore silks, wood carvings, copperware, cane and bamboo furniture and crafts, lacquer ware etc.
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