Shopping in India has transformed and evolved over the last couple of decades. Indian shoppers have gone from open-air ‘haats’ to sophisticated and air-conditioned shopping malls. The retail sector of India has evolved to embrace malls and this has given rise to a ‘mall culture’. One of the reasons that malls are preferred by the public over the iconic markets in India is because they offer much more than just shopping. Not just the number of malls but also the design, quality, and size of the malls have improved in India. It is one of the prime reasons that premium brands now housed in some of the best malls.

Top 14 Malls in India

1. Lulu International Shopping Mall – Kochi

Lulu International Shopping Mall – Kochi

Lulu International Shopping Mall – Kochi

Lulu International Shopping Mall is not your typical South Indian shopping mall. Located in the city of Kochi, Kerala, it has five floors and is home to some of the biggest brands in not just the nation but the world. It has 3 restaurants in addition to a food court along with outlets of biggest fast-food restaurant chains such as Burger King, McDonald’s and KFC. In terms of entertainment, there are a plethora of arcade games, rides, a party hall, bowling alley, 5D cinema, and nine screens of PVR Cinemas Multiplex. It also has many other facilities such as ATMs of multiple Indian banks and a few foreign exchange counters as well. Getting to the mall is also hassle free as it has a direct walkway to the Edapally Metro Station.

2. World Trade Park – Jaipur

World Trade Park – Jaipur

World Trade Park – Jaipur

The second biggest shopping mall in India is the World Trade Park. Located on JLN Marg in Malivya Nagar of the Pink City, the total gross leasable area of the mall is 2.4 million sq ft. The design of the mall is futuristic and it won the Mall of the year award in 2012. It has eleven floors and a parking capacity of 1100 cars. There are a number of high-end brands in the mall, such as Nakshtra, Rado Switzerland, Tag Heuer, and Junarose among others.

3. DLF Mall of India – Noida

 DLF Mall of India – Noida

DLF Mall of India – Noida

Located in Sector 18, Noida, the DLF Mall of India is the third largest shopping mall in the country. It is also one of the most popular shopping malls in Delhi. The mall has seven floors divided into five zones; with each zone dedicated to a particular category, for example, ‘Family World’ is the third zone. Thus, the mall provides easy access and convenience to the shoppers. Operational since February 2016, the mall houses over a hundred fashion brands and more than 50 dining outlets. The mall also houses some of the finest restaurants in Delhi such as Chili’s Grill & Bar, Big Chill and Mamagoto. Additionally, the seating capacity of the food court is of 1000 people. A special feature of the mall is that it is a LEED Gold certified mall which means it is highly energy efficient.

4. Phoenix Market City – Bangalore

Phoenix Market City – Bangalore

Phoenix Market City – Bangalore

The largest mall in Bangalore is also the fourth largest mall in India. The gross leasable area of the mall is 1.4 million sq ft. It is located on Whitefield Main Road and is home to nine screen PVR Cinemas. The mall has more than 250 stores and a food court. As you all might have experienced, parking in malls is a huge hassle, but the Phoenix Marketcity has a parking for up to 1700 cars. 

5. Elante Mall – Chandigarh

Elante Mall – Chandigarh

Elante Mall – Chandigarh

Elante Mall, Chandigarh is one of the biggest malls in India. Operational since April 2013; the mall has become the go-to-place for shopping lovers in Chandigarh. It houses some of the best international brands such as Vero Moda, Forever New, Promod, Da Milano, and United Colors of Benetton among others. For entertainment, there is a section called Funcity, a leisure junction by Landmark Group. Shoppers can relax and have fun by engaging in any of the activities such as Nail Art, Balloon Sculpture, Puppet Show, and Caricature among others.

6. Esplanade One – Bhubaneswar

Esplanade One – Bhubaneswar

Esplanade One – Bhubaneswar

Esplanade One, in Bhubaneswar, is among the best shopping hubs of the city. This nine-storied mall has been operational since July 2018. It houses a number of famous food & beverage brands such as KFC, Subway, Pizza Hut and Burger King among others. Additionally, the mall has almost one-fourth of a million sq ft space of luxury offices. It became an instant hit among the shopping population of Bhubaneswar because of the number of premium brands including Apple, Rado Switzerland, Blackberry, U.S. Polo Assn and many more.

7. Phoenix Market City – Chennai

Phoenix Market City – Chennai

Phoenix Market City – Chennai

The seventh largest shopping mall in India is the Phoenix Marketcity in Chennai. The mall is home to eleven-screen Luxe Cinemas that show a wide range of movies. The mall has more than 300 retail outlets belonging to a multitude of national and international brands. Additionally, it also offers around 30 boutique hotel rooms. The facilities of the mall boast multi-level car parking to accommodate the heavy rush of weekends, and it also has some foreign exchange counters.

8. Mantri Square Mall – Bangalore

Mantri Square Mall – Bangalore

Mantri Square Mall – Bangalore

The Mantri Square Mall is the second largest mall in Bangalore. It has a large food court with 39 outlets for food & beverages. To ensure convenience of the visitors, the mall has a parking capacity of 1800 cars in addition to 550 two-wheelers. A six-screen Inox Multiplex serves as the primary source of visual entertainment, while Amoeba bowling alley and gaming center provides a different flavor of fun. Retail outlets such as Reliance Trends, Pantaloons, and Shoppers Stop ensure that the shopping population of Bangalore is satisfied.

9. Orion Mall – Bangalore

Orion Mall – Bangalore

Orion Mall – Bangalore

Orion mall is one of the best places in Bangalore to not just shop but, have fun too. The mall houses an eleven-screen PVR Cinemas multiplex that has a combined seating capacity of 2800. Additionally, the multiplex has 144 Gold Class seats as well. The facilities of the mall include 2 levels of car parking with a total capacity of 1600 cars. The mall is part of Brigade Gateway which houses Sheraton Grand Hotel, Columbia Asia Hospital, and World Trade Center, which has an additional multi-level car parking, with a capacity of 3600 cars. The food court, Sauce Pan, is spread over 60,000 sq ft and houses numerous brands such as McDonald’s, KFC, Kailash Prabhat, Subway, and more. It also has a bowling alley and gaming zones for entertainment.

The element of convenience offered by malls amplifies the shopping experience of the public. Even when it comes to food, some of the best restaurants in the city are located in malls. For example, some of the best restaurants in Mumbai are located within the biggest shopping malls in Mumbai. Modern malls of India indeed provide a wholesome experience to travelers, shoppers, foodies, movie-goers, and explorers alike.

10. Ambience Mall – Gurgaon

Ambience Mall – Gurgaon

Ambience Mall – Gurgaon

The Ambience Mall in Gurgaon is one of the most popular shopping malls in the NCR. The mall offers everything from shopping to entertainment. It is home to numerous international brands such as Calvin Klein, Giovani, Gili, Hush Puppies, and more. When it comes to entertainment, Ambience Mall leaves no stone unturned. Every bowling lover in Gurgaon should visit the bowling alley Smaaash while those wishing for something more exciting should visit iSkate, the ice-skating zone. It is designed to offer the best experience to every shopper. Therefore, it offers numerous services such as a baby feeding room, currency exchange, etc. Not to mention parking capacity for 4000 cars with a car-wash facility. Ambience Mall also houses PVR Cinemas, with a single IMAX screen, making your movie experience a memorable one.

11. Pacific Mall – Subhash Nagar, Delhi

Pacific Mall – Subhash Nagar, Delhi

Pacific Mall – Subhash Nagar, Delhi

The Pacific Mall in Subhash Nagar, Delhi is a fun place to visit for the entire family. There are a number of Indian and international brands for clothing, apparels, and electronics. The Pacific Mall also has a food court and PVR Cinemas multiplex theatre. However, the best features of the mall include the Gaming Zone and a miniature outdoor amusement park for kids. It is no secret that kids do not enjoy shopping as much as adults and often get bored or sulky. But, at the Pacific Mall, the children have something to look forward to. Getting to the mall is very convenient as it is very close to the Subhash Nagar Metro Station.

12. The Great India Place (GIP) – Noida

The Great India Place (GIP) – Noida

The Great India Place (GIP) – Noida

The Great India Place mall in Noida is affectionately known as the GIP Mall. Operational since 2007, it is one of the largest malls in the state of UP. It houses a plethora of brands such as Shopper’s Stop, Woodland, Nike, Adidas, Pantaloons, and many more to offer a wide range of quality products to the shoppers. For entertainment, BIG Cinemas multiplex offers a seating capacity of 1220 divided between six screens. Placing prime importance on the convenience of the shoppers, the mall is divided into various zones. Reaching the mall shouldn’t be a big hassle as it is adjacent to Noida Sector 18 Metro Station.

13. Ambience Mall – Vasant Kunj, Delhi

Ambience Mall – Vasant Kunj, Delhi

Ambience Mall – Vasant Kunj, Delhi

The Ambience Mall in Vasant Kunj Delhi is one of the fanciest malls in Delhi. In addition to shopping in any of the 200+retail outlets of various Indian and international brands, the mall is also famous for entertainment and recreation. The mall has a four-screen multiplex theater, discotheque, beer garden, kids play zone, a family entertainment center, a recreation and fitness center, and more. It also has Smaaash that offers bowling, arcade games, sports bars, and organizes numerous events. One of the highlights of the mall is the Disney store that offers a memorable shopping experience for kids, and adults too.

14. The Forum – Bangalore

The Forum – Bangalore

The Forum – Bangalore

The Forum mall in Koramangala, Bangalore is one of the oldest malls in the city. It has an eleven-screen PVR Cinemas multiplex for entertainment which includes an IMAX screen. The five-storied mall provides a horde of shopping choices for every type of shopper.

Fun fact: The Forum is home to the first McDonald’s in South India. The mall also a multi-storey book store, making it a must visit place for every bibliophile in the city. 

The element of convenience offered by malls amplifies the shopping experience of the public. Even when it comes to food, some of the best restaurants in the city are located in malls. For example, some of the best restaurants in Mumbai are located within the biggest shopping malls in Mumbai. Modern malls of India indeed provide a wholesome experience to travelers, shoppers, foodies, movie-goers, and explorers alike.