Originals: If you have been looking for the ultimate black mirrorwork ghagra with multihued embroidery, this is your stop.
You will find some stunning pieces in a couple of otherwise nondescript stores.
Koshe Kosha and Gol Bari at the Shyambazar five-point crossing are other options. Cox Town Market, Bengaluru The vibe: Legend describes it as the best source of fish in the city, but as noteworthy are Lakshmi General Stores, Thomsons bakery, St Peter’s Church, and the rain trees on either side of the road that arch over to keep the sun out.
Curiosity shop: A couple of shops at the northern end of Bidhan Sarani stock spectacles that are a throwback to the early 1900s. Shop: The fresh produce, especially the seafood, attracts people from well beyond the neighbourhood.
With distinct sections for meat and fish, household items, fruits, vegetables and spices, it is a great place to shop for things when you know exactly what you want.
Frequented by locals, it is also a site for tourists to buy cashew nuts, port wine (outside the main market area) and other souvenirs. Chowk Market, Lucknow The vibe: The market begins at the majestic Rumi Darwaza, built in 1784.
Ethnic potlis and jholas, embroidered and decorated with buttons, beads, sequins, and appliqué, can be found in abundance here, as can indigenous leather products like stylish thread-worked chappals (slippers).
Ask for old pieces but don’t fall for the “antique” line—it is never so easy to find an authentic antique. Eat/drink: There is Gujarati street food everywhere: ice chuskis, gathiya-fafda and dabeli.
Pandit Raja Thandai can put you over the moon for 4-60), and intricate silverwork paan-daans and hand-fans here.The best ones sit simultaneously on the must-visit lists of tourists and service the local householder. They are the earliest adopters of new trends: People go to an Irla Market in Mumbai or a Karol Bagh in New Delhi to discover new things and seek out the best bargains.We scoured the streets of Srinagar, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Imphal, Kohima, Darjeeling, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Mumbai and New Delhi, as well as Goa, for the most complete shopping experience—the markets with the greatest vibe, the best buys, the yummiest food and the quirkiest stores. Wednesday Flea Market, Goa When people refer to a Goan flea market, they hark back to this market—the original one started by hippies in the 1960s.Built with shanty scaffolding in Anjuna, this seasonal market still functions in much the same way today.There’s junk jewellery, bohemian clothes, spices, trance music, tobacco and odd bits and bobs. Arpora Saturday Night Market, Goa More a tourist destination than a market for locals, this is a hub for food, drink, dance and music.Shop: For great bargains and sari designs, head to Padma Stores, Pubali Stores and Radha Gobinda Bastralaya.