If you’re anything like me, shopping ranks high on your must-do list when you visit places. I mean those are legit mementos for heaven's sake! You might think that Causeway and Sarojini Nagar might be the only shopping havens in India but you’ll be surprised to know that there a ton of places in other cities where you can shop till you drop while looking your fashionable best.
Clover Center, Pune
No trip of mine is complete in this city without a mandatory hop over to Clover Center which is situated at MG Road. You can get everything from clothes, costume jewellery, footwear, makeup & beauty products, fabric and silver jewellery there. Housed across 2 floors, you can choose from long skirts to off-shoulders, loafers in different colours and the trendiest bags. There are fabric stores in the basement and tailors right next to them. Clover is literally a one-stop shop for all your needs. Super cost-effective, super recommended.
Sacha’s Shop, Goa
If you’re fond of one-of-a-kind eclectic items then besides the much talked about Saturday Night Market and the shops at Baaga and Anjuna, you can find Sacha’s Shop in Panjim. After working as a writer and fashion stylist with ELLE and GQ, Sacha went back to Goa and started her resort wear store. Sacha curates everything in the store and retails brands like Savio Jon, Eka and People Tree. If you love handmade collectibles or are in need of super stylish resort wear, then Sacha’s Shop should be the perfect destination.
M.G. Road, Cochin
Probably the best place to pick up handicrafts, curios, spices and nuts while also treating yourself to the best silk saris Kerala has to offer. You’ll also find numerous boutiques and high-street stores here. Interested in jewellery? Fret not! Jewel Junction houses shops selling jewellery - costume and real. M.G. Road is where all the locals shop as it’s located in the heart of the city so it’ll be cheaper than most of the touristy spots. Check out Kairali Emporium for their handicrafts and Jayalakshmi Silks for their beautiful range of saris.
Kuilapalayam village, Auroville
This town might be known for its quaint cafe’s, great food and sustainable living, but fashion plays an important part too. Head to Kuilapalayam village near Auroville where you can get custom made leather shoes at throwaway prices. They can also make designer knock-offs if you can give them a picture. A pair of leather sandals will only set you back by 300 bucks.
Johari and Bapu Bazaar, Jaipur
If you’re getting married then making a trip to Jaipur might just be the best thing on your wedding check list. I’ve known of a couple of friends who’ve actually gone all the way to Jaipur to purchase fabric and make their own wedding lehengas. Head over to Johari and Bapu Bazaar to pick up the traditional bandhanis
and batik prints. You can also find exquisite gold, silver, costume and lac jewellery.