Previously Bangalore, and now officially known as Bengaluru, is the capital of Karnataka and silicon valley or IT City of India. It is located on the Deccan Plateau at a average height of around 900 meters from sea-level. It is famous for its pleasant climate throughout the year and that is because of its elevation i.e. highest among the large cities in the country. Though this is not entirely true now. Starting March its get hotter and remains hot till mid-May. Post that rainy season starts and once again it becomes pleasant. Nonetheless I love Namma Bengaluru :)
In late 1980s it was too evident that the growth of urbanization was spilling over the current broader and now the city is the second fastest-growing major metropolis in India. The spell and richness of Namma Bengaluru, and things people cherish about Bangalore are some of its collectibles, memorabilia and souvenirs.
The city has something for everyone – right from exclusive boutiques and international brands to street side sellers. Today there are so many exquisite Malls across the city and for bargain hunters there are arcades on K.G.Road, Malleshwaram, Chickpet, Basavanagudi, Jayanagar 4th Block, Shivajinagar, Basaveshwar Nagar, Rajajinagar, Marathahalli etc.
Paintings, Arts and Crafts
One can easily go for bargaining and negotiation in these shops. It is better to decide beforehand what to buy.
Indian Sarees and other ethnic dress wear
Where to buy
Majestic / City Bus Stand area, Chickpet and MG Road are the famous for shops for Saree and craft materials. Residency Road is also famous for its exquisite handicraft shops. Alankar Plaza in KG Road, near the City Railway Station has shops that sell clothes at almost half the price of those sold in big retain malls. The whole area is always crowded and it seems something like a shopping carnival is going on. Stroll around during an evening and shop from everything from clothes to counterfeit watches and the latest electronics.
MG Road, Brigade Road and Commercial Street are located at the downtown streets and highly famous for shopping, restaurants and leisure activities. A number of big-brand stores and smaller chains can be found here easily from where tourists and travelers can have wide options based on their budget.
Electronic and electrical, and perfumes and watches
In Bangalore is considered as the IT capital of the country, and is famous for latest IT related devise and gadgets. Across the city there are many computer stores where one can buy computers and accessories. But the most famous area for electronics and computers is SP Road and SJP Road. These roads are near City Market (Russell Market) and are full of shops dealing with computer and electronic goods. They sell at almost 25% less than the market value. Here from numerous stores one can get an assembled desktop in a couple of hours. While SP Road houses mostly computer related shops, SJP Road is famous for a lot of electronics stores, hardware (nuts and bolts) and a horde of electrical accessories. Computer Warehouse in Barton Center, MG road is another shop selling assembled and branded computers at rates similar to those found on SP road.
In National Market complex at Gandhinagar (Near City Railway Station and Bus Stand) there are numerous shops where one can get everything from Rolex watches replicas to expensive imported perfumes, electronics, clothes and anything else for the fancy buying.
Other complexes similar to National Market include SukhSagar Mall, Bajaj Mall, Burma Bazaar, Hajee Janaas and Bngkok Plaza.
Sweets and sweetshops
Indian sweets are famous for its varieties of taste and look; it can please all kinds taste buds. Bangalore is no different than the other big cities of the country in having rich tradition of variety of sweets and sweetshops. These shops offer the most appetizing and delicious sweets at affordable prices. Some of the most famous sweets of the city are Badam Halwa / Almond Halwa Sweets, Manganem (goanchana dal sweet dish), Pineapple(annasipazham) kesari, Carrot apple muffins, Kharabhaath, Choco nutty bars (no bake and no egg), Malpua with sinful special rabdi, Gulabi Halwa, Dry Fruit Burfi, Kesar Burfi, Cadbury Roll, Kesar Roll, Kesariya Dollar, Mava Paan, Badam Bhog, Choco Mava Roll, Anjeer Mawa Burfi, Gulkand Roll, Ajmeri Kalakand, Santra Kalakand etc.
Here are a couple of places suggested to visit:
Anand Sweets and Savories is famous for its hand-crafted Indian sweets. It started in Commercial Street; Anand Sweets now has expanded to 5 specialty stores in the city. Bengali sweets such as Rajbhog, Sandesh, KheerKadam, Dry Fruit Srikhand, Mango Srikhand, Rasgulla, Malai Gulla, Rasmalai and more are made exclusively by their Moiras. It is premium Indian sweets and the first of its kind sweet shop. They offer a very wide range of products for every person.
Good quality of Almond, Pistachio, Cashewnut and Fig collection are also available here for gift purposes. Other equally famous stores are Sri Venkateshwara Sweetmeat Stall, Kanti Sweets, Sri Krishna Sweets, Adyar AnandaBhavan etc.
Books – new and old (Avenue Road)
Avenue Road is the den for bargain-hunters for book shopping in Bangalore. It is adjacent to KG road near the City central railway station and bus-stand. One can find from management to the latest fiction novels. Moreover, old books of all kinds are also available here. One can sell or exchange books in the shops here. Strand Book Stall - Conducts bargain book fairs and sells second-hand books, Manipal Centre, Dickenson Road, Sapna Book House,Thunga Complex, Gandhi Nagar.
Shopping is categorized to the varied list of items that the consumers wishes to buy. From food and clothes to books, every place is famous for such type of shopping joint. Whenever you are in the city of Bangalore, be sure to check out the mentioned shops and streets to find out the things that you are looking for. These shops are simply a great experience to visit, regardless of whether you want to buy the stuffs or not. We, people are so hungry for new things that every day of our life can be easily spend in shopping without every getting bored from the concept.