Bangalore’s shopping scene is diverse and vibrant, catering to every style, budget, and need. If you’re up for some high-end fashion and unique luxury experience, hit up the swanky malls and boutiques that stock the best national and international brands. But, if you’re a budget-conscious shopper, then walk around the local markets that not only sell wares at affordable prices, but also offers a fantastic snapshot of the local life and culture. There is literally something for everyone in India’s Silicon Valley. Here’s our best guide to shopping in Bangalore, India, from bargain hotspots to trendy shopping malls and independent stores.
1. UB City
The UB City is the first luxury mall in India and mostly preferred by Bangalore’s more affluent shoppers. The lower three levels of UB City, called The Collection contains high-end fashion and retail brands, including Canali, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Prada (to name but a few). In addition to a multitude of shops, the mall also has a spa, an amphitheater, nightclubs, and upscale cafes and restaurants. It doesn’t get busy, making it ideal for a leisurely stroll or just window shopping.
Address: 24, Vittal Mallya Rd, KG Halli, D’ Souza Layout, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
Website: UB City
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 9pm; Sat - Sun: 11am - 10pm
2. MG Road - Brigade Road
MG Road is one of the finest attractions of Bangalore, and for a good reason. It offers an eclectic range of stores selling everything from clothes to jewelry, shoes, souvenirs, traditional handicrafts, and much more. The popular stores around this area include Cauvery Emporium for handicrafts, Prasiddhi and Deepam Silks for silk sarees, and Jamals for crockery. Bibliophiles must head straight to Higginbothams, which is perhaps the oldest existing bookstore in India. Want to buy trendy clothes? Make your way over to the 1MG-Lido Mall, which is equipped with many Indian and international brands. Just off MG Road lies Brigade Road, which is essentially a straight road with rows of showrooms selling clothes, accessories, footwear, and electronics. The must-visit spot here is the Dubai Plaza. You’ll also find many cafes, pubs, and bars where you can take a break and watch people stroll by.
Address: MG Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
3. Commercial Street
Commercial Street is a regular haunt for Bangalore’s budget-conscious fashionistas. It is dotted with street-side hawkers and shops that sell everything imaginable. From apparels, knock-off designer bags and accessories to antiques and books, there’s everything you need and more here. Also, there is a range of eateries here, so do sneak a refreshment break amidst your shopping trip.
Pro tip: Do not agree to the first price point offered by the vendor; bargaining is part and parcel of this street.
Address: Tasker Town, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
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4. Phoenix Marketcity
With more than 270 stores to explore, plus a sizeable food court, dining outlets, a spa, a gaming zone, and a nine-screen PVR Cinemas - not to mention the frequent events and shows it organizes, there really is something for everyone at Phoenix Marketcity. Electronics, clothes, beauty products, footwear, and fashion accessories from brands such as ZARA, Sephora, MAC, Apple iStore, Steve Madden, Lacoste, and U.S. Polo Assn fill the mall’s four levels, offering a unique shopping experience to visitors.
Address: Whitefield Main Road, Mahadevpura, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560048
Website: Phoenix Marketcity
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10:30am - 10pm; Sat - Sun: 10:30am - 11pm
5. Orion Mall
The Orion Mall is an upscale, four-story retail outlet that is equipped with a balanced combination of high-end international and local brands. For fashion-conscious shoppers, Orion offers the likes of Gap, Aéropostale, Calvin Klein, and Zara. Among the mall’s many amenities are a gaming zone, bowling alley, and an 11-screen PVR Cinema multiplex. Expansive food court, fine-dining establishments, and cafes are also available to meet the refreshment needs of all. Adding an extra dose of excitement to the already interesting mix, the mall hosts exciting events and live performances regularly.
Address: A Block, Brigade Gateway, Dr Rajkumar Rd, Malleshwaram West, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560055
Website: Orion Mall
Opening hours: 10am - 10:30pm
6. The Forum Mall
From apparel, bags, and accessories, to kitchenware, electronics, home furnishings, health and beauty, baby care, sportswear, books, and even a hypermarket on the ground floor, if you want to kill 20 birds with one stone, the Forum is your best ally. Some of the best stores include Aeropostale, Calvin Klein, Bose, Mac, Nike, Sephora and Westside (to name but a few). Aside from shopping, there’s a huge food court, several restaurants and cinema halls to keep you lingering longer than expected.
The Forum Mall
Address: No. 21, Hosur Road, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560095
Website: The Forum Mall
Opening hours: 10am - 10pm
7. Gandhi Bazaar
Gandhi Bazaar, with its old-world charm and rows of retail outlets and street-side shops, attracts heaps of shoppers come rain or shine. This bazaar is particularly renowned for its condiment hawker shops and flower vendors. Once you’re done wandering around and shopping, make sure to drop by Vidyarthi Bhavan for authentic South Indian fare - we recommend the Benne Masala Dosa (butter dosa).
Address: Basavangudi, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Opening hours: 6am - 9pm
8. Malleswaram Market
Malleswaram is lined with street hawkers and shops selling everything you could think of, from junk jewelry and bric-a-brac to electronic gadgets, bags, watches, clothes, bedspreads, handicrafts, and even flowers, spices, and vegetables. Haggling is the name of the game here, so hone your skills. Even if you do not buy anything, a visit to this place will definitely be a remarkable experience.
Address: Sampige Rd, Malleshwaram West, Bengaluru, Karnataka 56000
Opening hours: 7am - 10pm
9. Jayanagar 4th Block
Jayanagar 4th Block is another destination that is perfect for anyone looking to indulge in street shopping and yet have easy access to high-end showrooms and stores. Household goods, textiles, clothes, jewelry, artwork, sculptures, confectionery items, flowers and more, there are a lot of choices for those who want to buy a little token from Bangalore or add a South Indian-style garment to their wardrobe. The market picks up pace after 11 am, and it does get busy. If you need a respite, there are restaurants and street food stalls where you can rest and recuperate.
Jayanagar 4th Block
Address: Jayanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560041
10. Feet Road
From 9 am until 1 am, 100 Feet Road is buzzing with activity. There’s a good mix of independent boutiques and international brand name stores here, including the likes of Van Heusen, Wrangler, Guess, Celio and Vera Moda. There are also a plethora of vendors selling bags, clothes, shoes, accessories, and books, among other items. Several bars and pubs, restaurants and cafes complete the picture. Toit Brewpub is a fantastic spot to grab a beer when you need a breather.
100 Feet Road
Address: 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka
With roots dating back to the 16th century, Chickpet is a legendary market with a widespread appeal. It is a sprawling maze of shops and vendors trading in household goods, textiles, clothes, gold and silver jewelry, musical instruments, and more. It is particularly known for its silk saree showrooms. Stop by Mysore Silk Emporium or Kalamandir and pick up some traditional silk sarees. It gets extremely crowded, so don’t be put off if you need to elbow your way through the throngs. If you need a pit-stop, there are food stalls and eateries to restore your energy. While you’re here, make sure to visit the nearby KR Market, which is one of the largest flower markets in Asia. Located just off NR Road, locals come here to buy fresh flowers, while tourists wander around and take photographs.
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Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
A shopper's paradise
With high-end shopping malls, independent boutiques and bustling bazaars, Bangalore offers abundant options for anyone looking to indulge in some retail therapy. Check out this FAQ Bangalore page for everything you need to know about the city!
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