Shopping in AhmedabadAhmedabad often referred to as ‘Manchester of the East’ is not just the business capital of Gujarat but is also a paradise for shopping enthusiasts. Also referred as the textile hub of India, Ahmedabad has got lots of things on the list for shopping lovers. Ahmedabad has got everything including embroidered fabrics, furniture, antiques, handicrafts and many more. From swanky malls to street shopping, posh departmental stores and retail outlets the city has a plethora of shopping options and is a colorful place especially during the Navaratri season. Most important shopping places and streets in Ahmedabad include Teen Darwaja, Manek Chowk, Ratan Pole, C.G. Road, Dhalgarwad, Law Garden and Sarkhej. The shopping streets are full of people and sellers and would be livelier during the evenings.
Teen DarwazaOne of the busiest, bustling and crowded market place, Teen Darwaja is really a paradise for shoppers and attracts people from all over the world. Anything you name it and you can get it here. This street market is also an ideal place for shoppers looking for antiques and furniture. Antique jewelry resembling Harappans made of brass and shell resembling the third millennium BC are also be available here for the shoppers and especially for women.
Dal GarwadAnother shopping place located in the Heart of Ahmedabad is Dhal Garwad and is an open street market. With huge number of lanes and by lanes shoppers can easily get lost in the market. Exclusive for traditional fabrics and ethnic Indian wear shoppers get ready-made garments, dupattas, dress materials and the famous Silk Patola Saris.
CG MarketCG Market is another place for endless shopping with all the glitter and glamour. With branded stores, gift shops and antique shops this place is the best to buy some gifts for the near and dear ones.
Law Garden Evening MarketShoppers should reserve a night for shopping at the Law Garden evening market. The open market is famous for its embroidered ethnic fabrics and mirror wall hangings. This market is often flocked by foreign tourist for shopping. The uniqueness of this market is that the artisans themselves sell their goods and is a best place to bargain. Law Garden is more busy and flocked by people especially in the evening times.
Apart from shopping Law Garden is also a place for mouthwatering snacks like Panipuri, Bhel, Dhokla, Samosa and other Guajarati varieties.
Handicraft EmporiumsApart from street shopping and swanky malls there are also shopping places being run by state and self-employed societies. Some of them are Gurjari, Hansiba and Banascraft. Hansiba is a not-for-profit organization started by Self-Employed Women’s Association, where 30% of the products are exported. Shoppers can find beautifully knitted apparels and textiles at Hansiba. Products from Hansiba are also put on display in international museums and also displayed at New York fashion week and Madrid fashion weeks. Gurjari, the Gujrat State Handicrafts Emporium is best place to shop for mirror worked dress materials, bedsheets, hand-woven carpets, durries and colorful quilts.
The thumb rule for all these street shops is to bargain as much as you can for the best price.
Shopping MallsApart from street shopping, Ahmedabad also has some swanky shopping malls like ‘The 10 Acres’ Shopping Mall, Alpha One Mall, Reliance/ISKON, Himalaya Mall which also includes multiplexes and eating joints. All these shopping streets in Ahmedabad put together brings of a beautiful and pleasant shopping experience for shoppers.
Overall the shopping experience in Ahmedabad would be unique and most memorable for the shopping enthusiasts.