10 Local Street Shopping Destinations in Hyderabad
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Hyderabad is the city of Sultans famous for its cuisine i.e. biryani. It is the capital of the southern Indian state of Telangana, situated along the banks of the Musi River. The Old City of Hyderabad is famous for Islamic architecture and heritage. The new Hyderabad on the other side is far younger and west of the center with – its Hi-Tech City, or 'Cyberabad', and other districts like Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills are incomplete with glittery malls, multiplexes, clubs, pubs and sleek restaurants.
Hyderabad has been the heart of India’s commercial hub for centuries now. What’s even better is that if you’re hunting for the local stuff, in any of the shopping destinations in Hyderabad you can engage in the time-honored tradition of bargaining. What you think is cheap can even be bought cheaper, if you’re a good enough in negotiating. Let’s have a look at the most visited shopping places within the city. These locations are as follows:
- Shilparamam: If you like hand-crafted kinds of stuff, head straight to the Shilparamam crafts village in Hitec City. It is a partly rural museum and partly arts village.There are several periodic fairs which bring in craftsmen and sellers from across the country.Here you will get Chanderi saris and dress materials from Indore, Madhubani paintings from Patna, Ikat fabric from Pochampally from Andhra Pradesh among others. One small section of this ground portrays about ceramic ware with beautiful collections of hand-painted pottery. Other attractions include food courts, an art gallery, a rock museum, a sculpture park and boating in a lake surrounded by plantations. It also has a lively night bazaar called Ship Sandhya Vedika with stalls and food.
- Mozzamjahi Market: It was built by the last Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan in the early 1900s. It was originally a fruit market; fruits from here were sent to the Falaknuma Palace for the Nizams and their guests.Besides fruits, there were other shops that sold arms and ammunition, paan, earthen ware and even groceries. People still swarm this market for the Karachi Bakery and the Famous Ice Cream which is also said to have been set up when the market was built.Ikat weaving is another local tradition, and an array of items on sale are exhibited this attractive design.
- Secunderabad General Bazaar, M.G Road: This is where one can buy traditional handmade jewellery.Here the gold market is for 150 years. The area is dotted with Zari/Kanchi Saree shops and wedding shops. You can also go through colorful imitation jewellery and hair accessories sold on the street or pick out footwear at small-time shops. You can also find stores that sell party decorations at throwaway prices.
- Sunday Book Bazaar, Abids: Here you would find rare edition or an out-of-print book. The books here are essentially second-hand original copies or pirated versions. You can also sell your old books here. Of course, do negotiate well for a good price whether you are buying or selling.
- Laad Bazaar (Or Chudi Bazaar): It is next to Charminar. Hyderabadi lac bangles are famous not just in the city but in chic boutiques abroad too. Their flamboyant shades and lusture make them special gifts as well. Here, you will find shops that sell excellent perfumes, jewellery and garments also.
- Jummeraat Bazaar (Chor Bazaar): Jummeraat, which literally means the eve of Friday, is the name given to this flea market that is set up every Thursday near the Muslim Jung bridge area near Begum Bazaar. This one begins just before sunrise and items sold here is said to be stolen, which is why the market is informally also called Chor Bazaar.There is no limit to what you might find here-from imitation jewellery to torches, nails, and hammers, new and second-hand cycles, new and second-hand clothing etc.
- Antique Market, Murgi Chowk: Crockeries from the time immoral of the Nizams to quaint chandeliers that are replicas made to look like the original pieces, wooden chests, ornate mirrors, picture frames; every stuff in a shop supposedly seems to have a history. Apart from buying antiques, you could also sell something from your collection here.
- Gudimalkapur Flower Market: There are more than a hundred varieties of flowers sold in the open, this place opens as early as four in the morning and is on till about seven in the evening. A kilo of asters is available at a cheap rate, while roses with different namesake can be priced lesser besides being sold are orchids and lilies.
- Charminar Bazaar: It is famous for its elegant pearls, which are often decorated with gold and silver. Basra Pearl is the most popular pearl, in terms of hue and sheen.The colors and flavors of this part of Hyderabad are plainly different from the newer parts of the city. This teeming market visitors have lots to choose from when it comes to clothing-especially ethnic saris, Sherwin’s, and traditional Hyderabadi khadi dupatta that is worn for weddings and dress materials.Everything here is pretty high priced, be it the fancy decorated fabric or glittering imitation jewellery and accessories. There are shops that exclusively sell accessories-shiny motifs, spangled laces, and sparkling beads. Fashion designers and boutique owners flock this market to buy ornamentation. You could even pick out small knick knacks off the avenue like little plastic toys for children, surma or kohl vials, glass and lac bangles as well as mehendi cones and sachets.
- Koti Sultan Bazaar: If you are looking for latest fashion in women’s wear or are a silver-junkie, then this is the right place for you. Sultan Bazar is one of the oldest shopping zones of Hyderabad and dates back as far as 200 years. During the British Raj, this market was known as Residency Market. This busy commercial focal point covers the entire variety of shopping, from dazzling showrooms selling modern goods, to elementary street side sellers offering everything from silk to sweets.