Anarkali Bazar, Lahore
Anarkali is the oldest bazaar of South Asia and is named after legendary girl “Anarkali” who was buried alive in 1599 by the Mughal Emperor Akbar for falling in love with the Prince Jahangir. See my travelogue on Lahore page.
The bazaar is in front of Lahore Museum and on the side of Punjab University Old Campus. Spanning from Mall Road on one side to the “Lohari” Gate of the ancient walled city of Lahore at the other end. Here one can find a number of sub markets of men and women wear. It is a famous shopping area for girls and women, prices are reasonable and bargaining is must.
The name of the shop is "MOON GARMENTS". The shop is located not far from the entrance of new Anarkali bazaar. This is the best shop to buy Salwar Kameez for a cheap price with better quality because most of their clothes comes direct from factory. Latest designs and lots of choices. Please ask for variety and they will bring it in from the store not far from the shop.
What to buy: Salwar Kameez
What to pay: The price starts from 450 rupees to 800 rupees.
The name of the shop is " Babar Handicraft Centre ". It looks like a small shop from outside view but when you enter inside they are much bigger then expected. The antiques are cheap and good quality. They also sell good range of wood and marble products with excellent hand finishing.
What to buy: Antiques, wood and marble products
What to pay: Starts from 300 rupees
Anarkali Bazar is a treasure trove, selling virtually everything from handicrafts to trnsistor Radios, tin saucepans to refigerators. It is a maze of lanes & and alleys streching northwards from the central museum end of the Mall to the corner of the old city near Lahori gate. Shopping is more fun here than in the shops along the Mall, and the prices are lower. Bargain Hard. This is a good place to look for costume jewellery, and cheap cotton clothes, especially in Bano Bazar, as Anarkali's ladies-only bazaar is called.
What to buy: You can buy anything from clothings to nearly every household thing.
The Bazaar within the wall is wonderful and dazzling. You'll see anything here. A good place to get some souvenirs. It is very crowded and some alleys are very narrow, but there is a good atmosphere. When you buy don't forget to bargain!
What to buy: Pakistan has some beautifully decorated muslim hats.
What to pay: Bargain hard!