I had an impression about Gul Plaza that it is an expensive place & only decoration items are sold there. But when I went there I've found that its not as expensive as I thought and also you can shop dozens of household items besides gift items.
On first & second floor you can find Household appliances, kids toys, imported Crockery (Specially Glassware) & other Decorative stuff.
On ground floor you can buy clothes, imitation jewelry
There is an air-conditioned shopping area in the basement. You can buy Jewelry, clothes and kids items there.
As it is situated in a busy, congested area of Saddar, M.A. Jinnah Road. Therefore you might get a little problem for reaching / getting out of there. But shopping is worthy.
What to buy: Gift Items,
What to pay: Different Prices for different items. A little bargain is acceptable.
Portia Fabric is one of the leading stores in Women's Clothing. They sell UNSTITCHED FABRIC of all the leading Brands like:
AL KARAM (3 piece suit @ 2200/- plus)
ASIM JOFA (3 piece suit @ 5000/- plus)
BONANZA (3 piece suit @ 2450/- onward)
GUL AHMED ((3 piece suit @ 2300/- onward)
VANEEZA & MANY OTHER LATEST BRANDS.
As they sell mostly Branded & Designer Clothes. Therefore Prices are Higher than Average.
Store's main branch is in Bahadurabad. Other two outlets are in Clifton & Hydri.
What to buy: Seasonal Women's wear. 3 piece suits of Cotton or Lawn in colorful prints of AL KARAM, GUL AHMED, BONANZA or any Other Brand wihich you like.
What to pay: 3 Piece Unstiched Suite Starts from Rs. 2200/- onwards.
Ranchore Lines is one of the densely populated area of Karachi & Ranchore Lines Bazaar isone of the busiest shopping areas in Karachi. Besides local & neighbouring community people (specially ladies) come from all over karachi to shop here. As it said the budget bazaar.
One can buy women's fabric, children wear, Bangles, imitaion jewellary, all kind of household items, meat, vegetables, fruits etc.
Going from Saeed Manzil M.A. Jinnah Road, this bazaar is situated at the end of Jameela Street. On the way comes Jubilee Cloth Market & Hoti Market. When you Just pass Hoti Market, the bazar starts but main shopping street (where vehicles are not allowed) is at the last corner of Jameela Street.
As I said this is a densly populated area and low budget people come to shop. So envirenment is not very clean & clear. But if you want to see the real Karachi people & real crowd then must visit Ranchore Lines Bazaar.
What to buy: Women's fabric, Bangles, Imitation Jewelary, embroidary shops, household items
What to pay: Prices are not fixed. Bargain as you can.
Tariq Road is one of Karachi's coolest shopping areas, This Road is lined by an array of most modern shopping malls where most people like to go for garments, footwear, jewellery and household stuff. This area is a particular favorite of Pakistan ladies because of the nature of the goods available.
Great Malls stand on the both side of road. Seperate shops for Mens' Wear, Women and Children. Great Jewellary Shops and Boutiques are located in this area.
Starts from McDonald's (Famous American fast food restuarant) comes SNOOPY ICECREAM both on the right side. After Snoopy are some famous footwear shops like:
ENGLISH BOOT HOSE,
MOD SHOES AND BATA (2 on right side)
Traffic is one way to avoid rush. Then are some Kids Wear Shops like ZUBAIDA'S and MOTHERCARE Baby Shop. Jewellary shops continue throughout the Market. Then comes Liberty Signal where Allama Iqbal Road crosses Tariq Road.
After Liberty are some more shoe stores then start the huge Malls. Mens' are on right side of road while Women shopping could be done on Left side Malls. Name of some shopping markets are:
After these great shopping centres are some Optical Shops then Main Tariq Road ends and comes Bahadur Abad area on the same road. Here are some famous Departmental Stores such as WARDROBE, NEXIS, CITY CENTRE.
but visit in a hurry and you may well miss the best at Tariq road.
What to buy: All kind of Garments, Jewellary, footwear, Leather goods, perfumes, Makeup Items.
English Boot House is famous Footwear Shop.
Dolmance Centre is exclusive for Gents Clothes Specially Jeans and Cotton Pants and T-Shirts of Good quality are sold here.
What to pay: Some Shops have fixed prices. Sometimes a little bargain. Overall nominal prices..
Did you ever went to a party where your acquaintances were showing off or parading in their Cartier, Rolexes, Tag Heur, Omegas, , etc etc. Well now you can do the same and impress your friends, but at a much lesser price.
You can purchase genuine fake watches, claimed to be No. 1 copies, for Rs. 1,500-2,000. Depending on the make, etc. No one will ever know the difference.
Now makes you wonder if those acquaintances are wearing genuine watches or genuine fake watches…hmmmmmmmm.
BTW..I do not wear fake stuff
What to buy: Prestige, status, higher stature….and off course fake watches
What to pay: Rs. 1500-2000
A paradise for book lovers who want to purchase cheap books. By cheap it means pirated (photcopied). Originals are also available. All subjects imaginable are avaialble. An original that is priced at USD 100 can be bought for at USD 2. Cosidering the quality is not the same.
With so much emphasis given on education in Pakistan, most students are unable to purchase original books, and have to rely on pirated copies to supplement their studies.
Because the prices of original books are so expensive, students storm to this bazar to find copies. Government has somewhat clamped down on such markets, but the business prosper as demand exceed supplies, and prices comparred to original are very low.
Simple economics...black marketers crops up!
What to buy: Books on any subject
What to pay: Negotiate
One must try Karachi's Traditional Sweets and bring them as Gift Item to their loved ones.
Dilpasand Sweet Mart is one of the oldest & busiest Sweet shops in Karachi. Their sweets are famous all over the country and abroad. Their sweets are made up of quality ingredients in hygienic atmosphere. They also make sweets on order for special occasions like weddings, birthdays etc.
People going to any other city or abroad take these sweets with them as Souvenir of Karachi. Its a local custom of distributing sweets at the birth of child, passing exams, engagemet, wedding etc.
Dilpasand Sweet is also a Night Life Spot for locals as locals come to enjoy their chilled sweets & Ice Cream after dinner. There is a long row of chairs in front of the shop. Even after midnight you can see families sitting there and enjoying.
What to buy: Sohan Halwa, Habshi Halwa, Cham Cham, Qalaqand for take away.
Ice Cream, Faluda & Ras Malai for eating at the spot.
What to pay: Prices are fixed according to rate list provided.
A Multi Story Non Airconditioned Building full of shops selling Fabrics of all kinds and the Prices are lot lot cheaper then anywhere in Pakistan.
Tariq Road shopping area is streacthed to Aprx 2 km on the both side of the road and adjecent streets there are shops, malls and stalls selling Garments (Male, Felame, Casual, Formal, Bridal) Fabrics, Fashion Accessoroes, Cosmatics, Footware, Leather goods, Travel Bags, Hands Bags and Gold/Silver Jewellery.
A Place to buy virtually everything at reasonable price, lot lower then anywhere in Pakistan.
Open at or after 11.00 AM untill 8.30 to 9.00 PM (Jewellers untill 6.00 PM) Sunday closed, although some stalls are open for business from 10.00 till evening, watchout some time they have little defective fabrics.
What to buy: Printed Cotton (Called Lawn) for Summer wear, most famous are Sitara and Gul Ahmed Lawn with wide range of colors and prints
Pashmisa, Silk, Raw Silk, Hand made embroidid, Hand Painted, Georget etc etc etc its a never ending list
What to pay: Knowledge of fabric is a must and best if accompanied by a local, Bargaining start from 30% to 40% of asking price
Karachi is one of the best place to buy Cellular Phones at cheapest price, Electronics Market is the place located in the center (Saddar) Cluster of over 3000 shops scatered all over, selling New, Used and Refurbished Cell Phones, NOKIA, LG and MOTOROLA is the most selling brands. Prices are very reasonable and almost same at all shops.
Flat Screen TV, Music System, DVD Player, All kinds of home appliances are also been sold in this market.
What to buy: NOKIA N95 Aprx Rs.36000.00 (US$600.00)
www.mobilezone.com.pk to check the prices
What to pay: Rs. 250 to Rs. 500 less then the prices given on above mentioned website.
You'll need to bargain anywhere in Karachi. I've found this to be a hassle and unless you dont mind paying what you'd pay in any other city in the world (ie average to high prices), then you'll have to bragain. If you dont mind paying the upper end of prices, shop only in zamzamah area. It's near Clifton. Otherwise, pls bargain ruthlessly. It's like u have to go half of what the shopkeeper has said. Otherwise know that you're still getting ripped off.
What to buy: Clothes, bags, shoes, jewelry... all worth buys.
What to pay: average - between US$5-US$50. on most decent items.
The main bicycle market (wholesalers, retailers) is situated in Saddar. If you want mountain bikes, racers, general bikes, children bikes, trainer bikes, etc., this is the market for you. However majority of the bikes being sold are either Pakistani or Chinese. The reason they do not carry other kinds is because of cost, and most people do not prefer to spend too much on branded bikes. But still the prices are much less if you go to a bike shop in the main shopping areas.
What to buy: Chinese and local assembled mountain bikes, racers, children bikes
What to pay: Negotiate...Ask for final price, visit 3-4 different shops and then make up your mind
There are starving artists, and then there are starving collectors. Starving artists will display their ware at various shops around the city, and starving collectors can get a good price for their collection. If you are an art connoisseur, and wants some local touch in your collection, go to small shops around the city and purchase paintings. Major art gallery will have paintings ranging from Rs. 12000-Rs. 200,000 (USD 200 to 3500), but these small art shops will carry from Rs. 1200-Rs. 30,000 (USD 20 to 500). The pictures displayed here were all Rs. 4,000 (without frame). Always ask for price without frame.
What to buy: Painintgs, pen sketches, other art work
What to pay: Ask for price without frame, and negotiate.
Handicrafts made out of anything or everything coming out of the sea is available (lampshades, necklaces, earrings, starfish, wall hangings, etc). You can also purchase corals depending how much they weigh (Rs 245/kg). But not sure if you can take with you.
What to buy: Sea stuff
What to pay: Negotiate
If you want Pakistani, Afghani, Persian, Central Asian, Tibet, etc carpets or tribal rugs, this is the place. All this available under one roof.
With sofa setting, you will enjoy different carpets, as per your taste, displayed in front of you. Select the one you would like to consider and ask them to remove others. At the end you will have a nice selection to make. General rule is to negotiate, and you can get almost a 1/3 discount.
What to buy: Carpets, tribal rugs, kilns, wall hangings
What to pay: 20-33% less then what was quoted
For over 4 generations, Jaffer Jee is an exclusive name in leather products, blending fine leather and refined accessories. The store offers exquisite leather goods from wallets, briefcases, trolley bags, laptop bags, purses, key chains, jackets, belts, saddle, folders, etc. for her as well as him. The prices are steep but the quality is superb. Well worth some investment if you are into leather products.
They have three store in Karachi (none in other parts of Pakistan), and you can also order through their website.
There 3 stores addresses:
4-5 SHOPPING ARCADE MEHRAN HEIGHTS
GC-1 KEHKASHAN BLOCK 8, CLIFTON,
KARACHI - 75600 PAKISTAN.
TEL: +92-21-5865482 - 5838143
22, PARK PLAZA TARIQ ROAD,
BLOCK - 2, P.E.C.H.S.
TEL: +92-21- 4538790 - 4538791
LEVEL 2, PARK TOWERS
TEL: +92-21- 5862432 & 5862643
What to pay: Expensive, superb quality, and prices are not negotiable.
Accepts all major credit cards and cash
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