Even with the higher levels of sophistication that brands bring to the whole idea of shopping-with customization and world class shopping centres, there’s something about street shopping in Hyderabad that makes it truly unique, with its own charm.
The only escalators you find here are the voices of the vendors that escalate in pitch. And there are no baggage counters for you to drop your stuff. But, perhaps it’s aspects like these that make street shopping so ‘involving’, so exciting-the challenge to find what you are looking for in the hubbub. Here are nine super-awesome places for street shopping in Hyderabad.
Laad Bazar is situated next to the Charminar. Here, you will find shops that sell excellent perfumes, jewellery and garments.
Not too far from the Charminar, situated between Laad Bazaar and Moti Chowk is the Perfume Market. As the name suggest, it’s perfumes and more perfumes that you find here-ittar, or regionally produced perfumes that come in beautiful glass vials.
From clothing to electronics, the shops in Abids Street offer something for everyone. A very popular shopping destination, you can also find some quality traditional craft-works on sale here.
Mozzam Jahi Market
It used to be popular as a fruit market, but now the Mozzam Jahi Market is more that a fruit bazaar. You will find delectable sweets, fresh flowers, pottery products and groceries here. And, oh, did we mention arms and ammunitions? But the buck doesn’t stop there, for it’s also a wholesale market for ittar and hookahs.
Koti Sultan Bazar
One of the oldest shopping regions in Hyderabad-with an existential pedigree of about 200 years, Koti Sultan Bazaar is the one-stop destination for the latest trends in women’s fashion, though that’s not the only thing that you’d find here. Not by a long shot.
If you are looking for antique items , this is the place to go. From quaint chandeliers to unique crockery, from wooden chests to replicas of monuments, you’d find all the unique and antique items in Antique Market. You can find these shops near Murgi Chowk, close to the Charminar.
Rich both in history and the collection of goods that are sold, Begum Bazar is a must-visit for a shopping spree in Hyderabad. From tobacco to house hold goods and everything in between, this bazar that traces its history back to about 150 years wouldn’t let you down with any of your needs.
Nampally is a prominent shopping area in Hyderabad that can’t be missed if you want your shopping to be diverse. The annually held Numisha-one of the biggest exhibitions of Indian produces-has its home in Nampally. And if you visit the region during that time(1st Jan to 15th Feb) you’ll find just about any conceivable products to buy. And for the rest of the year, well, there are still lot of awesomeness to be bought from here.
This market in Secunderabad is a hub for jewellery-both real and artificial-as also vegetables and garments.
It’s said that culture-even though a high brow term to use-has it’s beginning in the streets. And it is to the streets and not to facebook that we ought to go when we have to be truly social. For there, in the bazars are people-in the flesh-and the exchanges are more than just monetary, they’re also cultural. People from different socio-economic backgrounds interacting with each other, if only for a brief while, if for nothing else but for a bangle to shift from the seller to the buyer. And these places for street shopping in Hyderabad would be the ideal places to enjoy that and much more.