Shopping in Prayagraj
It is not the classy malls, but the winding, busy lanes of old Allahabad that are considered as shopaholics’ paradise. If you are a true shopaholic with an innate ability to catch the diamond among black coals, then you might just hit the jackpot and be the owner of some exquisite valuables from among the bustling street markets of Allahabad.
Where to Shop in Allahabad
To make your shopping spree easier and more comfortable, we have listed some of the best places to shop in Allahabad:
Katra, Chowk and Civil Lines are the three major shopping areas in Allahabad. These areas are a must visit if you have an artistic bend of mind and has a knack for anything traditional and ethnic. Allahpur is another favourite area to shop, if you have a soft spot for handlooms and handicrafts. These bazaars evoke a warm rustic feel that is long lost in the hip-and-happening malls of big cities.
Prayagraj tourism has also taken several initiatives to bring out the real India through its shopping destinations. Today, Allahabad’s name is considered among top ten ethnic shopping destinations of India.
If you are looking for branded items, check out Big Bazaar and Salalsar.
Things to Buy in Allahabad
Forget brands and ultra-chic valuables when in Allahabad. Instead, look for those soul and element that India is made of. Here is a list of all the valuable items you should look for when shopping in Allahabad:
Northern India simply loves their fries and chips and Allahabad is no exception. The city makes some of the best namkeens and gathiyas in the state. Also famous are its papris, bhujia, saigo chaats, and gazak. Check out Chandra Sweets, Sulakis, New Green Sweet House, Netram Moolchand Agarwal and Chappan Bhog for some mouth watering savouries.
Allahabad is one of the divine destinations of India and thousands of devotee throng to the city to pay homage to their Gods and purge themselves of their sins. It is here one can understand and realize Hinduism at its best. Array of shops selling spiritual curios, religious books, varieties of incense sticks, vermillion, camphor, books on Hindu mythology, idols of different Hindu gods and goddesses can be found. Even if you are not in a mood to buy religious paraphernalia, just stop over at Civil Lines and experience the ecstatic pleasure of window shopping.
Allahabad was once been exalted as the centre of academics and learning. The city is still a home to some of the best institutes of the country. Books are the lifeline of Allahabad and the city is absolutely incomplete without them. There are book stores in every corner of the streets of Allahabad. Wheeler’s Book Shop and Allahabad Book Centre in MG Marg, Bharat Book Depot on Vivekananda Marg, Universal Book Centre in Civil Lines are some of the popular book houses in the city. Don’t miss to buy a book when in Allahabad, even if it’s just a souvenir.
Handlooms and Handicraft Shopping in Allahabad
What better place to buy ethnic pieces than the traditional city of Allahabad. Kitsch handicrafts, beautifully embroidered handlooms are a speciality of Allahabad. Try out Rainbow International in George Town, Asian Crafts in Katra Road and Bhuali Crafts in ADA Colony for some exquisite handicraft and handloom collections.