Shopping in Hyderabad: The city of Hyderabad along with umpteen numbers of sightseeing options also offers interesting shopping options. The city is known for shopping for pearls, handicrafts along with various apparels, leather goods and traditional jewelry. From high end malls offering all kinds of international brands to local bazaar and roadside stalls, the city of Hyderabad presents its visitors with an ultimate shopping experience.
Some of the common shopping area of Hyderabad are Abids, Basheer Bagh, Nampally, Begum Bazar, Laad Bazaar and MG Road. At these places, you will find both shopping malls as well as stores for good.
Abids has been one of the prime commercial centre of Hyderabad since 90s. And at Nampally, you have the annual festival Hyderabad Numaish which is also known as All-India Industrial Exhibition and attracts merchants as well as visitors from not just entire country but also from continent nearby. For handicrafts and handloom items, one can go to the handicrafts centre at Ravindra Bharati opened by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism. One can also find handloom houses at places such as Kalanjali in Nampally, Lepakshi in Tank Bund, Central Cottage Industries Emporium in S.D.Road Secunderabad, etc.
Some of the prominent shopping areas of Hyderabad are:
The art and craft village, Shilparamam offers visitors with wide variety of handicrafts not just from Andhra Pradesh or Hyderabad but from all over the country. One can have handlooms, textiles, carpets as well as traditional decorative items like brassware, Nirmal paintings, Kondapalli toys and Bidri ware. The place is good for sightseeing as well and has good options of eateries as well.
Located close to the historic Charminar, Laad Bazaar has been popular centre of trade since the era of Nizams, since the Qutub Shahis. The place still showcases a touch of history in the way trade is done here. Popular for bangles, Laad Bazaar also offers zari and embroidery works, sarees, various traditional clothing stuff along with pearls and semi precious stones. The place is a popular tourist spot with almost 500-600 foreign tourists visiting every day.
Koti Bazaar also presents interesting shopping opportunities. From traditional wear to handicrafts to colorful bangles to jewelry to pearls jewelry to whole sale items. The products are very moderately priced at Koti Bazaar. However, having some good bargaining skills can always be helpful.
Begum Bazaar and James Street are two other interesting shopping places in Hyderabad.