Shopping malls might provide air conditioned comfort and a huge collections of brands under one roof, but to really get the feel of a city, a walk around the old-world shopping areas is just the thing. All tastes and budgets will find something to buy in the markets of Ahmedabad. Most shoppers in Ahmedabad fall in love with stunning traditional fabrics like bandhej, tie-and-dye, bandhni or plain printed cotton. While shopping at Ahmedabad, don’t miss out on the intricate embroidery and zari work. Go crazy picking from the myriad varieties of pottery and terracotta items, dhurries, carpets, blankets and rugs.
Teen Darwaja is for those who appreciate old-world charm. Check out this grand collection of antiques, furniture and trendy accessories like cowbell wind chimes, mirror studded wall hangings and Kutchi embroidered tablecloths. The bustling marketplace is also immensely popular for beautiful jewellery made of precious and semi-precious stones – necklaces, earrings, bangles and brooches. Be ready to bargain to get the price down. While here, look for colourful chania cholis to be worn during Navratri.
The bustling market place of Dhal Garwad houses merchandise that is colorful, varied and extremely attractive. Shops line both sides of the road and the bylanes are a maze that any enthusiastic shopper will love to get lost in. This is the best place to pick up traditional bandhej fabric in Ahmedabad and silk patola saris that the city is famous for. Go with your entire family for a day of fun, choose from a wide range of dress materials, saris, bedcovers and dupattas. The prices here are lower that you’ll find compared to most other markets in the city.
C.G Market is also a must-visit shopping area. Attractive pottery, patola saris, terracotta toys, wall hangings and lots more. Look for items to add a special touch to your house or gift to someone. The patola silk saris here will demand attention silk saris woven in different hues and patterns are valued for their softness and shine. Available in two types namely the Rajkot Patola and Patan Patola, these saris are the pride of Ahmedabad.
This river-side flea market of Ravivari is a traditional market that many urban-dwellers would very likely have not seen. A sea of animals, music, crockery, clothing and gadgets is what you get into here. The market is crowded and bustling, so come prepared to elbow and be elbowed as you make your way around.You can buy anything from aluminium and plastic wares to recycled saris for unbelievable prices. If you’re looking for furniture for your home, cosmetic, bags, toys, kitchenware, old magazines and books and almost everything under the sun, get to Ravivari and you won’t be disappointed.
If your still haven’t had your fill of shopping old-style in Ahmedabad, don’t miss Law Garden. This is an evening market and has stalls that sell wares from Kutch and Saurashtra. For festive wear – mirror-work cholis and richly decorated chaniyas, look no further. The shops here also sell embroidered wall hangings, costume jewellery and lots more.