Gulberg being the cultural and commercial hub of Lahore is one of the oldest areas in the city. Ranging from numerous shopping outlets to dining areas and the commercial activity centres, the place is a combination of fun, entertainment and money making innovations. From small vendors to large scale designer shops, classy hangout cafes and restaurants to small ice cream parlours, the place serves the purpose right for both fun filled and professional life. A huge banking area, hospitals, clinics, post offices, courier agents, bookshops, small offices and what not, Gulberg Lahore is the epicentre of commercial activities and entertainment.
While turning right from the famous Kalma Chowk towards the Main Boulevard, you’ll witness neat clean and polished roads, well trimmed green belts and trees as green as ever. The main boulevard would have been incomplete had there been no greenery and no wide roads. As you keep driving towards the Liberty Roundabout, you will see thousands of flickering lights at night that will make the drive more enjoyable. Catch a glimpse of the buildings on the left or the right - there will not be any chance that you see a vacant patch anywhere. Numerous buildings do not make the area look overcrowded. The reason is that they have been designed by architectural professionals and are, above all, in a symmetrical order. Besides, government takes strict notice of the maintenance of the roads and the area.
Drop by at Liberty Market and you will keep shopping till your wallet weighs less. Stylo, ECS, Metro will keep you happy with their comfortable and classy footwear. Moreover, the shops also offer trendy and chic handbags and purses. Ladies would love it at Liberty. Cloth shopping has become more fun since the Pathans have taken over the market. Mix and match of lawn prints, classy embroidery and vibrant colours add a life to the area. Find a formal wear from an expensive designer shop or settle the rate with a shopkeeper just sitting outside, either ways, your clothing would look gorgeous. Enjoy a crispy spicy treat of dahi bhallas, gol gappas
or have full fledged yummy dinner at the famous BBQ restaurants within the market and you will love every bit of it.
Moving towards the famous MM Alam Road, you will find yourself amidst an ocean of restaurants and cafes, designer shops for clothing and shoes and huge malls. Vogue Towers is the latest addition to the list of towers. Within a very short period of time the place has won the hearts of many in terms of shopping. Shopaholics can also drop by at Hajra Hayat, Nikki and Nina, Lark and Finch, Levis, Stone Age or Shoe Planet.
For foodie people there is a whole list of restaurant and cafes chains in the area, such as Pizza Hut, Hardees, KFC, McDonald’s, Freddy’s, Noodle House, California Grill, Café Zouk etc. People with young blood can sit for a relaxing evening at Espresso, CTC, Jamming Java, Tutti Fruitty or Café Aylanto or Café Kaps. People looking for Japanese, Chinese, French and Italian cuisine can visit the International chains such as the Fujiyama, Cosa Nostra, Yum and Veranda Bistro, they will definitely serve your taste buds right.
As we drive towards the Main Market, a relatively old area of Lahore is 24/7 crowded with ladies, men and children alike. Women definitely end up at the well known Origa/Auriga Centre for cloth shopping. Children can be seen at the stationery shops, Anees Book Corner and the Iqbal Book Corner, shopping excitingly for new books and other colourful stationery. Men would be seen involved in a more business oriented deal. Thousands of offices and small scale entrepreneur centres are a common way of earning a living in this vicinity. Hence, the business does not ever stop at Gulberg, making it a vital part of Lahore real estate sector.
Residents or visitors would most probably end up happy in these streets. Unfortunately, residential area is becoming less in proportion to the commercial centres. However, in some parts of Gulberg, people still live peacefully. They are fortunate enough that anything they need is just nearby and they can grab it within a couple of minutes drive. Overall the area is perfect for living and entertainment both.