Being a megacity, Karachi offers a vibrant lifestyle. It is a major hub of many different businesses and commercial activities taking place in the country. The city is so vast that every particular area has its own market and commercial centre, usually tens of miles apart from one another.
People from almost every corner of the country are fond of visiting and exploring Karachi mainly because of its lively culture. The shopping scene in the city has its own charm. While shopping in Karachi, you’ll have tonnes of options to explore and make the most of your experience.
List of Best Places to Go Shopping in Karachi
For your convenience, we have put together a list of shopping destinations that are immensely popular among Karachiites. Have a look:
Zamzama Commercial Area in DHA Karachi
Calling it the poshest retail destination in the city wouldn’t be an exaggeration. Close to Do Talwar (2 Swords), one of the most recognisable landmarks in Clifton, Zamzama Commercial Area is located in Phase 5 of DHA Karachi.
Since the shopping destination is frequented by the elite of the city, it has retail outlets of many well-known local and international brands, cafes, bakeries, and restaurants among many other types of recreational spots. Zamzama Mall is another famous place people usually visit for leisure and shopping.
Imtiaz Supermarket, which is one of the top hypermarkets in Karachi, has recently opened its huge outlet in Zamzama named “Imtiaz Mega”. It is also within walking distance from the main Zamzama Boulevard.
Zamzama Park is also a noteworthy recreational facility in the area, which can be visited by people who want to indulge in different kinds of outdoor fitness activities like walking and jogging as well as those who are looking for some fun and recreation.
On a side note if you want to learn more about Zamzama Commercial Area, click on the highlighted text to read our detailed guide on it.
Gulf Way Shopping Centre
Gulf Way Shopping Centre, commonly known as ‘Gulf’, is located near Teen Talwar Clifton on main Khayaban-e-Iqbal Road. From bangles to fancy dresses and jewelry, this is undoubtedly the place that women of all ages want to visit again and again. It has different types of shops dealing in clothes, fashionwear, accessories and pieces of jewelry. Being one of the most popular shopping centres in Karachi, it is visited by thousands of people visit on a regular basis, especially on weekends and holidays when the whole place gets extremely crowded.
Zainab Market and Cooperative Market in Saddar
To explore a wide range of outfits, mostly Western, people head over to Zainab Market in Saddar Town, which is one of the most popular markets in Karachi. It is situated near the intersection of Aiwan-e-Saddar Road and Abdullah Haroon. Its popularity remains unrivaled when it comes to shirts, t-shirts, jeans, pants, and a lot of other related clothing items.
Formals, casuals, sportswear, accessories, and footwear — you will find almost everything here. People while shopping at Zainab Market can also enjoy street food such as Chana Chat and Bun Kabab that are available on the roadside. Karachi’s very famous Atrium Mall is also in the immediate vicinity of Zainab Market.
If you travel a bit further onto Abdullah Haroon Road, you’ll come across the Cooperative Market in Saddar. It is very famous for traditional ensembles like Shalwar Kameez and Sherwanis, widely worn by Pakistani grooms on the wedding day.
You’ll also see many small shops and kiosks selling and repairing watches around the building of the Cooperative Market. It is located right before Regal Chowk, a place highly popular among people looking to buy electronics and home appliances in the city.
Tariq Road in PECHS Block 2
Located in the area of Block 2, PECHS, the shopping destination of Tariq Road needs no introduction. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular places to go shopping in Karachi not only among Karachiites but also among people visiting from other parts of the country. The proximity to Tariq Road is also considered one of the biggest perks of living in the neighbourhood of PECHS.
From footwear and jewellery to clothes and many other types of fashion accessories, you can buy a variety of items upon your visit to Tariq road. Places like Dolmen Mall, Dolmen Centre, Lavish Mall, Zain Mobile Mall, Bahria Town Tower are some of the most famous shopping landmarks in the area.
Street foods like creamy fruit chaat, chana chaat, and kachori are available here. The very famous Zahid Nihari is also a part of the food scene at Tariq Road. Other than that, you can also find restaurants serving Arabic, Chinese, and Pan Asian cuisines in the vicinity.
Tariq Road starts from the intersection of Shahrah-e-Quaideen and goes all the way to Shaheed-e-Millat Road. The route will further lead you to Bahadurabad, which is yet another popular area to visit in Karachi for shopping.
Now, we’ll explore the area of Bahadurabad. In recent years, it has also become one of the city’s most popular shopping destinations. The most central and famous landmark of the area is Char Minar Chowrangi, formerly known as Bahadurabad Chowrangi. It has been constructed at the intersection of Alamgir Road and Bahadur Shah Zafar Road.
Like other popular retail hubs in the city, Bahadurabad is now home to many popular shopping outlets and food spots. Upon your visit to this major shopping destination, you can buy a variety of products including clothing items, fashion accessories, and footwear. It is also famous for its electronic market mainly dealing in PCs, laptops, mobiles and other related accessories.
While shopping, if you ever feel hungry, you can choose from many lip-smacking snacks available at roadside eateries, desi and continental cuisines, and fast-food restaurants.
Hyderi Market in Nazimabad
Ideally a part of the most central area in Nazimabad, Hyderi Market is one of the most popular shopping destinations in Karachi. The market is located on Shershah Suri Road, which makes it conveniently accessible from many other popular neighbourhoods in the city. It is only a 2-minute drive from the Five Star Chowrangi Flyover.
In recent years, Hyderi Market has evolved into an extensive retail hub and is now home to some of the city’s top shopping malls, commercial centres, and supermarkets. Dolmen Mall Hyderi is yet another prominent landmark in this regard. Upon your visit to this shopping destination in Karachi, you’ll also come across many popular roadside eateries and high-end restaurants in the vicinity.
Located in Karimabad, Meena Bazaar is probably one of the oldest and best-known places for shopping in Karachi. The market was founded in the 1970s and since then it has been serving the local people as well as tourists visiting from other parts of the country.
As the name of this commercial centre suggests, it is a female-centric market, which is frequented by people mostly during the pre-Eid season. It is because here you’d find some of the best and most creative mehndi artists in the city. Some of the most common shopping essentials available at Meena Bazaar that attract women include bangles, cosmetics, and jewellery.
There’s also an amazing variety of footwear available including the traditionally worn khussas and kolapuris, a local fashion that is famous all over the world. Like any other marketplace in the city, Meena Bazaar also remains crowded till late at night, especially on Chandraat (the night before Eid).
Well, this was our pick of the best places to go shopping in Karachi. We are pretty sure that upon visiting the aforementioned shopping destinations, you’ll be delighted by the vibrance and liveliness of Pakistan’s largest city.
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