Apart from its temples and copious historical attractions, Bhubaneswar is wadded with myriad shopping destinations and marketplaces that sells almost everything, right from local crafts to swanky souvenirs to interesting curios and lots more. The souvenirs of this place proudly showcases the rich artistic heritage of the land. Some of the most popular picks of the place that are worth splurging in are appliqué works, locally known as Chandua, sculptures of gods and goddesses, silk fabrics, 'ikat' weaves, handcrafted items and more. Bhubaneswar city has its fair share of swanky malls and street stalls. Though the malls and huge shopping centers are good for hanging out and browsing along, it's the quaint little stalls and well-maintained emporiums that remains mostly crowded. During the peak tourist seasons and warm evenings, the shopping places become jam-packed with foreigners and curios shoppers. Though Bhubaneswar can be visited round the year, the ideal time to hit this place is between October and February when the weather is more gratifying. To know the best shopping places in Bhubaneswar, scroll down the article further.
Shopping Places In Bhubaneshwar
Utkalika, situated near Sahid Nagar, is a one-stop shop for buying genuine and exotic Orissa handicrafts and artifacts. A wide array of gorgeous and delicate looking products such as appliqué works, palm leaf engravings, stone carvings, tribal jewelries, pattachitras, masks and toys of papier mache can be found and purchased from here. The other popular handicraft emporiums to be visited in Bhubaneswar are Chakadola Handicrafts Co Op Society Ltd, U P State Handlooms Corporation, Orissa Handicrafts Corpn Ltd, Nibedite Beauty and Handicraft among others.
To buy silk and cotton textiles, head out to shops like Mahalakshmi Textiles that is stocked with interesting apparels. Both men and women can shop here for T shirts, saris, pants, salwar suits and other related items. Situated near Sambit Palace, Ashok Nagar, Mahalkashmi Textiles is open on all the days. Also, check out the other sari shops like Bindu Saree Shop, Gayatri Garment, Mahak Saree Collection and Mahalaxmi Saree Mahal.
Haryana Handloom that is located in Ashok Nagar is a must visit place for every shopaholic. Furnishing items like draperies, pillows, cushions, carpets, rugs, curtain clothes and lots more are on display here. Not just tourists, even local people often flock here to buy these items. What makes Haryana Handlooms different from other places is the unique design and quality of the fabric used in creating the products.
Orissa Art And Craft
Orissa Art and Craft located near Panth Nivas, Lewis Road is good place to browse through the valuable collection of metallic works and silver filigree products that are locally known as Tarakashi. Usually, silver filigree products are tad bit expensive as they are made mostly from pure silver. Also, besides these, there are eye-catching appliqué works that are hot favorite among tourists.
Konark Wood Products
Konark Wood Products located in Acharya Vihar is filled with enticing wooden products such as wood sculptures, image of gods and goddesses, wood work of various animals like horses, elephants and peacocks etc.. Also, housed here are articles like toys masks, and carved boxes. These items are perfect for gifting your loved ones and make for perfect souvenirs.
Ekamra Haat that can be found in the heart of the Bhubaneswar city is a great place to buy some authentic Orissa handicrafts like Patta Chitra, Sambalpuri Sari, Chandua of Pipli, sand art, metal work, stone carvings and many more. The ambience and surroundings near Ekamra Haat is interesting and a good place to hang around with friends. If you feel worn out after exhaustive shopping, there are food stalls lined up here that serve traditional foods like chakuli pitha, chhenna poda and mutton curry. Ekamra Haat (the craft village) is open on all the week-days from 10 AM to 10 PM.