So often my response to the question, ‘where did you find that?’ has been ‘at the Commercial Street, Bangalore!’ Whether you are just browsing for inspiration or looking for a fabulous dress for less, you will find that Commercial Street has lanes of style to tempt you. I totally enjoy the thrill of the hunt, unearthing a priceless necklace or buying a dress for just Rs.300 and trust me, it can be one of life’s joys.
However, shopping at Commercial Street can also be tricky and, frankly, overwhelming. So I decided to take you guys on a tour with me on the blog and demystify this market to those of you who have eluded it until now. I’m sharing the GPS locations of some great shops in this post.This is hard found wisdom fellow fashionistas. Use it well. 🙂
5 Tips Before you Shop
- When to go: In general, the earlier you arrive, the greater the selection. Mornings are good to browse at a slower pace too. The later you go, the better the bargain as the closing time gives you a slight bargaining advantage.
- Cash Rules: Most shops do not accept credit cards so make sure that you have enough cash before you start shopping. Remember to carry change.
- Set a Budget: It’s also smart to set a budget before you hit the market, or set price limits for certain items so you don’t overspend.
- Bargain:Try bargaining every time you shop; you may get a great price reduction and enjoy the fun and pleasure of shopping.
- When you really like It: If you see an item you absolutely must have, go slow with point4. Maybe it’s worth that extra 100 bucks.
5 Shops to Watch Out
1. Silver Jewellery
Shop Name: Sri Suryanarayan Art Jewellers
Location: Map Link
Price Point: Rs. 200 – Rs. 45,000
If you are looking for a silver lining in your jewllery box, this is the place. This shop has a great selection of mainly sterling silver pieces like rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Their collection is very ethnic yet contemporary . Every piece that I have ever bought from this shop is still much-loved. The store Is very clean, well presented but small so you need to make special effort to not miss it. Though I feel the prices are a little towards the higher side, but it’s totally worth it for the unique designs that they have.
2. Kohlapuri chappals
Shop Name: Shirdi Footwear
Location : Map Link
Price Point: Rs.200-400
The traditional Kolhapuri chappals are costlier than the ones with modern designs. The variety of Kolhapuri chappals is almost endless and the cost differs according to the quality of leather used and the intricacy of designs. The quality of the chappals found on Commercial Street is not all that great but they will last you for a couple of months easy peasy! As I love my Kohlapuri Chappals and do not have access to Kohlapur 😉 I keep picking them from this shop and dispose them off in few months. Don’t you like the one I’m wearing? It’s just for Rs.250 🙂
3. Antique Pieces
Shop Name: The Qurio City Antiques Shop
Location: Map Link
Price Point: Rs.300- 15000
Who wouldn’t want the treasured things this Antique store holds. On the wide lanes of commercial street, this store will certainly catch your attention. As I am still in the phase 4 of setting up my house which involves beautifying the living room , this little store offers one of kind vintage brass pieces that you wouldn’t think twice before buying. The Old uncle who sells these items may initially look stern but is quite open to bargaining. The ammunition is cash, an experienced eye and some wheeling and dealing.
4. Fashion Accessories
Shop Name: Various small shops
Location: Trust me you will find it your self 🙂
Price Point: 50-400
Fashion accessories are among the popular buys here. So for there are umpteen small shops where you can buy pretty much everything, including earrings, rings, necklaces, belts, sunglasses & even belly rings starting from as low as Rs.50
Sometimes you don’t want to pay a high price for jewelry or various accessories. In fact, sometimes we don’t want to pay more than even 200 bucks because we know that it won’t last for long. So this is your place for guilt-free indulgence.
Shop Name: Naughtee
Location: Map Link
Price Point: Rs.250- Rs.450
There couldn’t be a cheaper way to bulk buy outfits. Every piece of clothing priced between Rs. 300-450 this store stocks a lot of tops, skirts, dresses which are either brand rejects or export surplus. The mantra to shop here is to have patience, you need to spend crazy amount of time going through each item in order to find your steal. Whats even cooler is the fact that if what you like does not fit you well, there is a tailor inside the shop to alter it for you in 10 mins. Isn’t that cool?
Now that you know about these places what are you waiting for? Get out there and explore this wonderful street, I’ve not even mentioned the yummy street food including Bhel Puri, Lassi and Cut Mango!
Take a day off and unwind in this chaotic home of small and big finds.
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