The Best Markets in Hyderabad, India
Charminar Bazaar | © Ryan / Flickr
With plenty of historic markets, Hyderabad is a unique and rewarding destination for shopping. Whether you are looking to give your wardrobe a boost with some traditional clothing or for steal deals on electronics, the city’s markets have got you covered. We’ve compiled this list of the seven must-visit markets in Hyderabad for all of your shopping needs.
Also known as Choodi (bangles) Bazaar, this historic market right by the Charminar is one of Hyderabad’s prime attractions. A one-kilometre long stretch lined with vendors trading in bangles, imitation jewellery as well as traditional attire, Laad Bazaar is an absolutely rewarding destination for fashion lovers and thrift shoppers alike. Made from a variety of materials ranging from glass to plastic, the traditional bangle collections of this bazaar are its prime highlight.
Located in Hyderabad’s historic Madina neighbourhood, this commercial hub is packed with stores that sell everything from footwear to electronic items. A favourite among wholesale buyers, this market is often the point of origin for clothing that is then shipped to the Middle East, Pakistan, Bangladesh and parts of Africa and Europe.
Gudimalkapur Flower Market
Among India’s largest wholesale flower markets, Gudimalkapur is a sight unlike any other. With organised rows of vendors trading in all sorts of colourful flowers sourced from around the country, the market opens as early as 4 am – when the bulk of wholesale deals take place. Besides flowers sold en masse, you will also find bouquets and various floral arrangements at Gudimalkapur.
This small, planned arts and crafts village is among Hyderabad’s finest shopping destinations for traditional handicrafts and other items. Founded in 1998, Shilparamam spans across 65 acres and includes a bustling market with plenty of decor items, textiles, clothing, accessories, imitation jewellery and traditional souvenirs. The complex also includes a museum and an art gallery that exhibits an impressive collection of traditional artworks.
Spread across the area surrounding the historic Charminar, this market is the city’s most known. With hundreds of stores selling all sorts of items ranging from traditional clothing and accessories to fresh produce and poultry, the Charminar Market area is packed with thousands of visitors on a daily basis. Make sure to explore the bustling street food scene in the area while seeking a break from shopping.
Moazzam Jahi Market
Constructed in 1935 under the supervision of the last Nizam of Hyderabad, Moazzam Jahi was initially meant to be a fruit market, though today, you can find a whole range of items here, such as vegetables, flowers, groceries, textiles and more. The market area hosts several dessert and ice cream parlours, bakeries and eateries including the popular Karachi Bakery, which has been selling some of India’s favourite biscuits since 1953.
Abids Book Bazaar
Hyderabad’s commercial neighbourhood of Abids is home to quite a few noteworthy markets, but none are as popular as the Sunday Book Bazaar. Spanning across a kilometre-long road, hundreds of pop-up book stalls offer reads for every occasion, from textbooks to rare fiction. Known for its incomparably low prices as much as it is for its rich collection, this book market should feature as a top priority on every book lover’s Hyderabad itinerary.