Hyderabad, the city of pearls is not just famous for its pearls or biryani, but also quite popular for street shopping scenes. Shopping runs in every Hyderabadi’s blood as much as devouring a plateful of biryani. And when it comes to women, Hyderabadi women are luckiest of all.
Hyderabad has everything on offer for every kind of woman. Means, you can find things that are most branded and also come across shops that sell things at dirt cheap prices. So, women can shop to their heart’s content without having to pinch their pockets ( or purses ).
Though there are plenty of malls mushrooming all over the city, the joy of street shopping for any girl is unmatched. The city is a haven for shopaholics, and today we are going to explore the street shopping in Hyderabad. The city is flooded with various places that are frequented by most of the ladies for various things that they need. Here are a few of them
1. Abids Market
This one market is one of the oldest markets, but have a variety of goods and clothes on display. Expanded all over the Abids area, this area is very famous with women folks as it offers a wide range of Kurtis, tops, readymade dresses, sarees, etc at very affordable prices. Starting from the Abid Road, i.e, the GPO ( General Post Office ) and goes on till interiors like Chirag Ali lane, a lane that offers an array of electronic gadgets and accessories at extremely reasonable prices. All in all, this area has everything for everyone of any age.
Pro Tip – Walk/ drive a few more miles and you will end up in Nampally. this also is a great place for shopping where you get bags, footwear, dresses at affordable prices. The yearly exhibition that is held every year known as Industrial Exhibition from January to February has all the items under the sun at extremely reasonable prices with lip-smacking food to goge n while you indulge in retail therapy.
Timings- 10 AM to 9 PM ( most of the shops )
2. Koti Market
Located in the heart of the city, this has been a go-to place for many of the public. Right from affordable dresses, kids wear, upholstery, or even crockery. This place has everything for everyone. Most middle class people frequent this place for affordable stuff, yet qualitative.
Koti market is spread across Sultan Bazar, Koti and also stretched towards Badi Chowdi. Though Badi Chowdi has a little more pricey stuff, Sultan Bazar has the most affordable goods at dirt cheap prices.
Timings- 10 AM to 8 PM
3 General Bazar
This market is situated in Secunderabad. More specifically, it is situated at M.G Road. Though the entry to this lane may look quite narrow, dont be dceived by the looks of it. It has as many as 300 shops in the by lanes of the market that cater to the needs of women mostly. Right from various fabrics like chiffon, georgette, silk, pochampalli etc.
You will find every kind of kurti, top, pallazos here. It has everything for a woman of any age. Right from upholstery, toileteries, cosmetics to kids wear, this place serves all. be ready to spend a bomb, when you visit here as so many things on display will definitely want you to splurge on as many things possible.
Timings – 11 AM to 10 PM
4. Begum Bazar
This has to be undoubtedly one of the all-purpose shopping centers of Hyderabad. In the sense, it has everything that we need, then just clothes or accessories. You get household items, crockery, grocery, dry fruits, upholstery, daily essentials, perfumes, imported chocolates and whatnot here.
This is a haven for shoppers. But, generally, these shops deal in wholesale and retail. Though some of them specifically deal in wholesale only and are a best bet when you want to buy in bulk.
Pro Tip – Planning to throw a party? Then head to Aziz Plaza where you can get party supplies, return gifts, etc at really reasonable prices.
Timings – 10 AM to 10 PM
5. Charminar Market
If you want to experience heritage with retail therapy, then the Charminar market is just for you. Surrounded by hundreds of shops and small street vendors, Charminar
is not just a treat to shop, but all that glitter makes it a treat to watch too.
Especially during the season of Ramzan, there are a plethora of vendors selling various imitation jewelry, bangles, and even other regular stuff at really very cheap prices. You can also find a lot of street food that is yummy and pocket-friendly while you shop in this market.
Be ready to bargain, and enjoy the local Hyderabadi language spoken by most of the people here. Do not miss to sip on a cup of Irani chai to make your experience more memorable.
Timings – 10 AM – 9 PM
6. Lad Bazar
When you have Charminar market shopping in your itinerary, march a bit farther, and you will see a lane that is full of bangles made of lac. The glitz of this lane is unmatched in the evenings when the shops are flooded with hordes of ladies flocking the market for bangles. Not just bangles, you will also get footwear, embedded clutches and imitation jewelry at affordable prices.
Timings – 11 AM to 10 PM
7. Pot Market
This one is quite specific. But it has a variety too. Mostly known for the silverware, it has a reputation of its own when it comes to anything that is gold and silver. People flock this market for a variety of silverware and gold ornaments. Go a little farther, and you will end up in Monda Market. This market is a wholesale market famous for its household items, kitchen supplies and also vegetable market.
Timings – 10.30 AM to 8 PM