Jinnah Supermarket, Islamabad
This area is a somewhat upmarket shopping district in Islamabad. The Saeed Book Bank is excellent, you can get some real bargains and the books are the real deal, not the cheap copies available at most booksellers in Pakistan- they have a great range of art books, a large textbook section, fiction and a reasonably big Urdu language section, plus you get store credit coupons if you make a large purchase. The Hayee cosmetics shop across the street sells some Western brands as well as perfumes, shampoo etc. (genuine Mac cosmetics too!). There are a few cafes and a Pizza Hut too. There is a plethora of gold jewelry shops in this area selling both traditional styles (big jhumkis and chintaaks) and more modern stuff. You can also have items made to your own specifications. There's a large music/DVD store that also sells 'trendy' clothes and accessories, though all the DVDs are copies or bootlegs. There are several shops selling designer menswear or fashionable gear. However if you're looking for unstitched garments, more formal wear or bargains this isn't the place for it. There's a large covered area if you wish to say Namaz, and there is a fantastic Afghan restaurant and some grocery stores with imported products a few blocks drive. There is very little available parking as it seems to be perpetually busy, and some rather persistent beggars stalk this area.
Jinnah Supermarket is located in Islamabad Sector F7, in the north-central part of the city. This shopping area has a wide variety of shops large and small including those selling rugs, leather goods, fabrics, flowers, books, music and videos. We stopped in a Hindu rug and scarf shop in the Jinnah Super that overlooked a prayer area that is popular at dusk. While here we also looked in a shoe store and a few other small shops. I eventually purchased a woven blanket and a cashmere scarf, together just 1,500 Rupees (about $18 US). The scarf alone might have cost me $40 to $50 in the U.S. and the woven wool blanket might run $100 or more.
Islamabad is most expensive city of country. Twin city of Rawalpindi is better option for shopping. Most of the residents go to Rawalpindi for shopping while those who can afford like to do it in Islamabad. Jinnah Super market is the most popular spot for shopping and hangout. Many restaurants and cafes are also located in this market. Trendy guys in branded outfit, sports bikes or brand new expensive cars keep hanging around to make friends with girls. Many girls also come here with families and friends for shopping.
What to buy: There are antique shops, book stores, super markets, open air cafes, imported men n women garments, sports items, home furnishings, flower shops, mobile shops, computer and electronic shops, gift stores, music shops, departmental stores, imported and local shoes stores, fashion garments, branded clothes outlets and a lot more within this market. Some of popular shops are:
Off Beat: Selling lates music cds and much much more. If you are looking for good music or any latest album, this is the place!
Saeed Book Bank: Great collection of books
Florists:Specializing in fresh flowers arrangements.
Traditions: Leather products of all kinds.
Hang Ten: Branded store for ladies, gents and kids garments.
Chen One: Pakistani version of IKEA. Selling garments and household items under one roof.
Maria B's: Boutique specializes in expensive ladies dresses.
Amer Adnan and Junaid Jamshed's: Branded boutique outlets selling much expensive branded traditional Pakistani dresses for men.
Levis store: Your choice fore latest levis collection
GQ: Latest imported branded fashionware for guys.
What to pay: At some places prices are fixed. But at most of places you need to bargain hard.
shop is located in this college road, nasr chambers lower ground floor, jinnah super market. Shop is ideal for those looking for varieties of china silks, some gifts item or souvenirs, and china antiques. Mostly item here are from China and the price for the silks clothes are very cheap and one can find a huge varieties of colour and pattern here..... a must visit shop..
What to buy: China silks, Antiques, Precious stone like ruby and emerald, carpet, shawl, cotton cloth for shalwar kameez
What to pay: china silk, very cheap here (sorry i cannot remember how much hahaha), china antiques vase, small and medium size about rupees 400.
::: F-7s sprawling Jinnah market is not as old as its counterpart in F-6 but it offers a wider range of goods and services with an emphasis perhaps on wants rather then needs. If you have any electrical items that need repairing, Jinnah market is well served with repair shops. There are several music shops as well.
LIST OF FAMOUS SHOPS........
:::Y-Sat, Blue Bells, Skill, Libby's, Electro Services
Deal in electrical items, satellite instalation, general repair and stock everyday items such as doorbells, plugs, extensions and even security cameras.
Provides a fair selection of pirates and Pulse Global prints and will be decent enough to tell you if a print is particularly unwatchable as most pirate transfers tend to be. They also have a growing number of DVDs for rent.
You'll find a fair selection of mainstream Western music and of course the latest Indian Film stuff as well though some perversion has meant that most have this horrid electro drum beat added to the vocal track known as "jhankar beat" which is best avoided.
For more generic reading material and stationery. Not the best selection of books and containing a selection of magazines with an almost unhealthy fascination with body building and computers.
Good leather store which specialises in bags, wallets and briefcases. Leather is cheap in Pakistan and while the quality and finish may not be of the highest standard, it is more than presentable. Designs are generally copied from foreign designers.
A multi purpose 'fabric' store which has a very reasonably priced range of bed-sheets, covers, duvets, bathroom towels and mats.. They also stock a less impressive range of clothing.
Opposite the main entrance to Jinnah market you will also find a line of florists all providing much the same variety of seasonal flowers at pretty much the same prices. There are ranges of bouquets as well...
Islamabad's most populatr place for shopping or hangout is Jinnah Super Market. Islamabad is one of Pakistan's most expensive cities. So middle and working class usually prefer to do shopping from sister city Rawalpindi. But elites, and all those who can afford usually come to Jinnah Super where many fashion shops, brand outlets are located.
Prices of ladies and gents clothes may start from Rs. 1,000 ($ 18 appox). No wonder you may even find price tag of Rs. 8,000 ($ 138 appox) for branded clothes.
Jinnah Super is hot spot for Isloo's cool dudes looking for girls to hang out . Dudes from higher class families with sports bikes and brand new sports cars move around in Jinnah Super to "impress" girls.
Many youngsters come here just for enjoyment and window shopping. So you must admit , Jinnah Super is Isloo's "Hot Spot" ;-)
What to buy: Some of most popular shops/oulets in Jinnah Super Market are:
Off Beat selling lates music cds and much much more. Off Beat chain has other outlets in Lahore and Karachi. If you are looking for good music or any latest album., Off Beat is the right choice.
Book Fair offers you great varities in books .
Florists is one of oldest but popular shop in this market specializing in fresh flowers arrangements.
Traditions is ideal for leather products of all kinds.
Hang Ten is the branded store for ladies, gents and kids garments.
Chen One is huge store selling garments and as well house hold items under one roof. You may call it Pakistani version of IKEA.
Amer Adnan and Junaid Jamshed's are outlets selling expensive branded traditional Pakistani dresses for men which may cost you even Rs 20,000 ( $345 appox).
Maria B's boutique specializes in expensive ladies dresses.
Levis store is also there where girls or guys can buy latest jeanswear.
GQ specializes in latest fashion ware for guys. You can find all latest and in-fashion branded wear here.
For more shops and outlets you must visit Jinnah Super Market.
What to pay: Every thing is expensive here but you must try to bargain. But keep it mind that these would be expensive even after bargain or discounts.
The Jinnah Supermarket is one of the biggest markets in Islamabad. When I first heard about it, I was confused as I was expecting a Grocery store. What it is though is a collection of many different stores in one place, which makes it easy to find things. From restaurants to books to electronics, you can basically find anything here. It's also located not too far from the Faisal Mosque. I have some good memories of wandering around the market since my Uncle used to live across the street from it.
What to buy: Anything
What to pay: Standard Pakistani prices