When it comes to travel and tourism shopping gets priority on the must-to-do list.
Pune, a flourishing shopper's paradise, serves to the needs of the visitors. Pune offers innumerous options for the shopaholics. Tulsi Baug, Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar or Deccan Gymkhana, Juna Bazaar, Laxmi Road, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fashion Street, the Hong Kong Market Lane and J. M. Road are some of the markets which are a hit among the visitors as well as the locals.
If you want to explore the effervescent charm of Pune and love bargaining, then following shopping areas are a must visit destinations:
Laxmi Road Market is among the busiest commercial streets of Pune. Apart from narrow side streets, the market has numerous clothes shops and jewellery stores. Famous publishing houses like Nirali and Manali Prakashan are also in Laxmi Road Market. The market is also known for its variety of readymade shops. There would be hardly any Punekar who doesn't visit Laxmi Road to buy things at affordable prices, especially during festivals and family occasions.
Mahatma Gandhi Road (M.G. Road)
Mahatma Gandhi Road or M.G. Road, as it is more popularly known, houses several branded shops of clothes, footwears, jewellery, household items and so on. It is one of the oldest and richest areas of Pune. Apart from shops, this road is also very famous for restaurants and bakeries.
Fashion Street is one of the posh markets of Pune, developed on the lines of Mumbai's Fashion Street. There are as many as 450 stalls at Pune's Fashion Street which serve a multitude of shopping needs, right from clothes to footwear.
The Hong Kong Market Lane
The Hong Kong Market Lane is a must visit place of Pune which is located near the Garware Bridge. The lane offers a unique collection of bags, clothes, accessories, books and footwears.
Tulsi Baug is the most preferred shopping area among the middle class due to the availability of all household items including clothes, footwears at low and affordable prices. It is located as an extension of Bajirao Road near Maharashtra Bank.
Bajirao Road is known mainly for its numerous furniture shops in Pune. But you can also find garments shops and shops selling presentation articles.
Juna Bazaar or Old Market is best known for its unique antique items such as old coins, rare books, stamps, old contemporary jewellery, among others. It is located near Pune Railway Station. The market is the oldest street market of the city and is the main source of antiques, used, second hand and duplicate products apart from the new items. The market is held every Wednesday and Sunday on the street.
You can find majority of Punekars flocking Phule Market on weekends and holidays to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. With more than 500 stalls, this market exists since the pre-Independence era and is still quite popular among the residents.
Junglee Maharaj Road (J.M. Road)
Named after famous spiritual guru Jangali Maharaj, J.M. Road is another famous shopping avenue in Pune, especially among youths. You can find several international brand showrooms, posh restaurants and roadside eateries at J.M. Road in Pune.
Fergusson College Road (F.C. Road)
As the name suggests, F.C. Road is mainly frequented by the college students of Pune. Apart from commercial shopping complexes and offices, almost every retail chain of fast food and beverages like Subway, Cafe Coffee Day and Barista etc are at F.C. Road.
Koregaon Park was and is primarily a residential area of the rich in Pune. It has gained attention on international map due to presence of Osho International Meditation Resort and 2010 bomb blast. With a host of world class hotels, lounges, eateries and boutique shops, Koregaon Park has emerged as the most happening shopping street in Pune.