Shopping malls in Bangalore are bouncing off the walls. Yet they can’t take away the fun and the satisfaction of bargain shopping at a street market and in the Garden City, those are plentiful. Whether you’ve just moved to the city or are planning a trip, our list of 10 awesome street shopping destinations is going to give you a fair idea of what to expect.
1. Brigade Road near MG Road, Bangalore
Filled with big brand showrooms and high-end boutiques, MG Road really is for window shopping most of the time. But explore a bit and you’ll hit Brigade Road in the heart of CBD, just off MG Road. Walk in and you immediately realize you’ve found the best place for street shopping in Bangalore. One look around will tell you that you’ve come to one of the best places for street shopping in Bangalore. Hole-in-the-wall retailers peddle export surplus clothing, affordable shoes and trendy jewelry. But don’t be fooled by their small shops; they’ll bargain you for every rupee so go prepared. All this shopping is bound to get you hungry or Hangry if you can’t find a restaurant quickly! Luckily Brigade Road is dotted with quick eating places like KFC and Starbucks. The area also has its fair share of pubs like Pecos and Guzzlers’ Inn should you have a sudden hankering for beer.
- Where: Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru
- When: 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
- What: Great bargains on apparel and accessories
FabHotels Protip: The popular Dubai Plaza is right in the middle of Brigade Road Market. Skip this and you’ve missed out on great deals on chic shoes, bags and dresses. Also check out the Tibetan Plaza in the basement for some eclectic clothing and accessories.
2. Commercial Street, Bangalore
Fondly called ‘Comm Street’, this is one of our favorite destinations for street shopping in Bangalore. Commercial Street is where you’d find everything from embroidered bridal blouses, gowns and dress material to stylish western wear, jewelry, books and shoes on the adjacent Shoe Lane. This mishmash of lanes and by-lanes has many surprises in store and you could find a pair of awesome jeans at the very popular Vashi’s House of Jeans or slightly eccentric but fun clothing at Fusion Vicky’s.
- Where: Tasker Town, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru
- When: 10.30 am – 8.00 pm
- What: Apparel, unstitched fabric, jewelry
FabHotels Protip: The area also has a couple of smaller malls – Hi-Street Mall and Mahaveer Mall – that you must visit for a wide range of cosmetics and home furnishings.
3. Jayanagar 4th Block, Bangalore.
If you want to change your wardrobe but keep most of your money, head to the buzzing market at Jayanagar’s 4th Block Market. Not as famous as its cousin, the Commercial Street, Jayanagar’s 4th Block Market is very popular with shoppers looking for garments (you’ll find them in heaps outside the market complex’s building, going for as little as Rs. 100 in some cases) and accessories. One of the oldest markets in Bengaluru, Jayanagar’s 4th Block Market is the place to go to for stylish season-ready apparel and a huge array of shoes; sliders, juttis or strappy sandals, among others. Great for you wallet’s health, the market is also a good place to buy all kinds of funky jewelry, artwork, spice and pottery.
- Where: 4th Block, Jayanagar, Bengaluru
- When: 10 am – 1.30 pm, 4.00 pm – 8.30 pm
- What: Clothing and shoes
FabHotels Protip: Explore the market a little to find out retailers selling fabric accessories like buttons, ribbons and lace to embellish your outfits.
4. Jyoti Nivas College, Bangalore
No you can’t buy anything inside this popular girl’s college. But the streets around it are filled with every type of clothes shops, gift shops, shoe stalls and quick-eats (and by that we mean street food). Did we mention everything’s on a budget? Look out for cotton kurtis at Scintilla, the chic-est outfits, usually one-of-a-kind, at Uniquera and casual fashions at Two Monks Studio. Stores at the Tibet Mall nearby offer a quirk-fest like you’ve never seen before. What’s not to like?
- Where: Jyoti Nivas College Road, 5th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru
- When: 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
- What: Apparel, jewelry, footwear
FabHotels Protip: Look for Psybaba that sells awesome boho-chic clothing.
5. Chickpet Market, Bangalore
This is a 400-year-old market and is still one of the best places for street shopping in Bangalore! Chickpet is literally ‘the’ oldest shopping area in Bangalore and famous for its huge variety of sarees – opulent Kanjeevarams, Mysore silks, Benarsis, tussars and even breezy crepes and chiffons. If there’s a wedding or a special occasion in the family coming up, you need to head to the Chickpet Market for a day’s shopping spree. This is also one of the best places to get pre-stitched anarkalis, designer lehengas and rich dress material.
- Where: Chickpet
- When: 10.00am – 9.00 pm
- What: Sarees, festive outfits
FabHotels Protip: Bangalore’s famed antiques store Balaji’s Antiques and Collectibles is just a short distance from Chickpet and you must visit it to discover amazing finds like vintage gramophones, old hand-painted figurines and more.
6. Shivajinagar, Bangalore
Shivajinagar is street shopping in Bangalore at its best. Why? Because there is a wider variety of goods here than anywhere else and it’s all at the most rock-bottom rates. Take a walk on OPH Road for all kinds of apparel and home furnishings (cheap), get awesome kolhapuris at Shoe Lane (cheap), and antique porcelain jewelry and furniture at Gujri Market near the Taj Hotel (really cheap, as Gujri in Kannada means ‘scrap’!) At Cane Centre on the nearby MK Street you can get cane furniture and home décor pieces (cheap! A cushioned stool at just Rs. 2500?)
- Where: Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru
- When: 7.00 am – 11.00 pm
- What: Furniture and home furnishings, quirky antiques for home accents, shoes
FabHotels Protip: Since the market starts early, get here at opening time for really good bargains.
7. Majestic Market, Bangalore
Looking for some imported electronic gadgets, perfumes, clothes and shoes? Your best option for this kind of street shopping in Bangalore is the Majestic Market. Filled up to the brim with local and imported perfumes, footwear and gadgets like mobile phones, cameras and tablets, Majestic Market along with the nearby National Market are perfect for budget-friendly street shopping in Bangalore.
- Where: Near Hong Kong Market, Bangalore
- When: 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
- What: Imported electronics, footwear and novelty clothing
FabHotels Protip: Take out time to explore the nearby Burma Bazaar & HongKong Market for imported perfumes and bags.
8. Avenue Street, Bangalore
Street shopping in Bangalore doesn’t always mean buying clothes and bags. Really! You could also buy books! And for that you need to go to Avenue Street. A seemingly endless number of books are displayed in street-side bookstalls and bookshops and you can find nearly any fiction or non-fiction title you want here. A variety of books across genres and languages is available at Avenue Street to delight the bookworms and you could spend an entire day here.
- Where: Avenue Road, Bengaluru
- When: Morning till evening
- What: Old books, Xeroxed college notes (bet you didn’t know that!)
FabHotels Protip: Some roadside stalls and shops sell rare and old books and hard to find titles. Hunt them down!
9. Residency Road, Bangalore
In the middle of the urban jungle that Bangalore is and in stark contrast with its many glitzy malls lie the Residency market with its offering of exquisite handicrafts. Hand-carved wood artifacts, traditional jewelry, brassware for your home and of course iconic textiles from every state in the country can be had at the various government-run emporiums. A pleasant change from cookie-cutter branded products, the wares at Residency Market will wow you and make for great gifts to take back home with you.
- Where: Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru
- When: 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
- What: Handcrafted products
FabHotels Protip: Don’t forget to check out Utkalika emporium for precious work from Orissa.
10. Malleswaram Market, Bangalore
Like a breath of fresh air, Malleswaram Market greets you early in the morning with tons of fresh flowers. We recommend going here for a unique experience while street shopping in Bangalore. Fat coils of marigolds, roses, mogra and chrysanthemums please the eyes and the fragrance fills you up. Buy flowers for a puja, to offer in a temple, or just for yourself.
- Where: Sampige Rd, Malleshwaram West, Bengaluru
- When: 7.00 am – 10.00 pm
- What: Flowers!
FabHotels Protip: Visit the Kadu Malleswara Temple, after which the market is named, to witness some amazing musical performances.
Shopping is one of our favorite activities and Bangalore offers so much more than these. Some other awesome destinations for street shopping in Bangalore are the SP Road for electronics, Gandhi Bazaar for fresh produce, spices and condiments and Marathahalli for factory outlets selling everything from sports goods and leather accessories to shoes. Do you know of a little known market for street shopping in Bangalore? Tell us about it in the comments.