Chickpet Market, Bangalore: A Shopper’s Guide

One of Bangalores oldest commercial areas, Chickpet market is a shoppers dream come true. Historically known for supplying fine silk sarees to the royalty, this place houses a number of shops dealing in silk sarees, textiles, gold and silver as well as steel and brassware. Here’s how to make the most of this goldmine of a market.

Things you can buy

Chickpet market is a  paradise for those who seek innovation and creativity. You can get clothes across price  ranges and varieties, but you need to have the patience to look for it.  Haggling is a  mandatory skill for  this market. An entire wardrobe can be  bought  for Rs. 300, a pair of denims for Rs. 150 and a tee for a mere Rs. 40.

You can also buy electronics, home dcor items, garments, blankets and other stuff with minimum damage to your pocket.

You can pick  cheap gym wear  from here, and some solid gym accessories at throwaway prices, such as  a  dumbbell for as little as Rs. 75. Want some music? Buy a  music system for a mere Rs. 1,000. Want to pick up some utensils? You  can  buy  a  kilo for Rs. 160 and a mixer Rs. 700. (Unbelievable, we know!)

Silk sarees

With several saree stores, Chickpet is the right place to head to if you are planning to buy some beautiful silk embroidered sarees. Kanjivaram, Poochampalli or Banaras silk, your wish is their command.  It is the ultimate go-to shopping place to buy wedding trousseau that fits your budget perfectly!  The quality of the silk sarees is not compromised on and they are priced quite reasonably.
Prices: Starting Rs 500
Where to buy: There are several saree shops in Chickpet, but Sudarshan Silks and Kanchi Co-Shrinidhi Silk host some of the best saree designs.
Tip: Bargain till the end of time (or till they drop prices).

Jewellery

If buying some affordable gold and silverware is what you have on mind, a visit to the Chickpet market will not disappoint you. For the budget-conscious, a number of shops also deal in beautiful gold-plated ornaments.
Prices: Starting Rs 500 (gold-plated and silver ornaments)
Where to buy: Sudarshan Jewellers (for gold and silver), Prabhat Fancy Store (for artificial jewellery)
Tip: Do buy some trinkets on your way back from Chickpet. Boy are they cheap!

Steel and brassware

For those who have just moved into a new accommodation, this place is godsend you can buy stainless steel utensils at wholesale prices here. Besides, a number of stores also deal with a wide array of handicrafts and other brassware.
Prices: Starting Rs 50
Where to buy: Ganeshmal Tejraj and Kiran Metal House (steel items), Mutha Mukan Chand Parasmal and Abhishek Metals (brassware and other handicrafts)

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Highlights

Fancy Store

One of the most beloved stores of the ladies, it caters to the needs of every middle-class female. Even the most basic necessities like bindis, safety pins, bangles and rubber bands can be found here (all adhering to the latest fashion trends, mind you). You get the perfect imitation of branded nail colours and gun-metal jewellery  here at throwaway prices. Everything that belongs in a womans closet and dressing table is available here. Also,  to prevent your little kids from getting into the way of your shopping spree, they keep games, bats and balls too.

This is one place where women can enjoy the sweet pleasures of a hearty haggle. You get the perfect replicas of brands like MAC and Lakme here,  at a  tenth of the price (also some of their very own brands like Beebok and Adibas). For women who are tired of the mercilessly priced big brands with sky high prices, this is the store to visit!

Timings

Most shops in Chickpet remain open from 10 am to 9 pm every day.  We would suggest that you leave early to avoid the crowd and the heat. You can,  however,  get good bargaining rates during closing time.  

How to reach

Take a bus till the Majestic bus stop. The market is walking distance from there.  It  is also  in close proximity  of the  Bengaluru City railway station.

Tip: Do not take your car as parking space is really limited.  (Also,  the streets are so narrow that it is almost impossible to navigate by car.)

Temples in Chickpet

The market has a number of temples in its vicinity. In the narrow lanes of the busy Chickpet area, the pristine white Jain temple belonging to the Shwethambara sect stands out amidst the crammed concrete structures. The Adinath temple, which was earlier made of wood, is now all marble. The shrine has ornamental detailing and designing ranging from floral paneling in the beading works to the traditional Rajasthani Sangeri motifs on the main pillars. Constructed in 1878, this temple is known for its fine Jain architecture.

Food options

Since a quick bite is integral to a successful shopping trip, here is the lowdown on the eating-out options around Chickpet market.

Gokul Restaurant

Their special Masala Dosa is one thing you should not miss. This place is always full and getting a place to sit can be a  task though.
Cost for two: Rs 150

Shree Basaveshwara Tiffin Centre

Come here to try their Signature thali. It is absolutely lip-smacking.
Cost for two: Rs 200

Cane Crush

Exhausted after a long day out shopping? Recharge yourself with some delicious fresh juice here at Cane Crush.
Cost for two: Rs 100

Lakshmi Natraja Refreshments

Enjoy some authentic South Indian treats here, such as the  Purina Dosa and Masala Dosa.
Price for two: Rs 250

Roll N Biryani

Just as the name suggests, youll be rolling with joy after eating their Biryani. They serve other North Indian delicacies as well.
Price for two: Rs 300

Banks

Run out of cash after your shopping frenzy? Here is a list of ATMs in and around Chickpet Market you can use.

Yes Bank

Canara Bank

Karnataka Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

ICICI Bank

About the Author: Meenakshi Nagdeve loves trekking, travelling, food, entrepreneurship and technology. Passionate about writing, she write to share her experiences with the world. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Listening music is her hobby and she can spend hours listening classical songs.

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