Nestled among the lofty Himalayan Ranges, Shimla is a charming city where tourists have enough reasons to cherish and enjoy themselves. The city has its name originated from “Shyamala Devi”, a form of Goddess Kali. Shimla has many interesting places to visit including heritage sites, religious places, markets, hills, lakes etc. There are hordes of adventure activities in Shimla that keep attracting people to it. Shimla has everything for the shopping freaks.
Right from food to the home décor items, shops in various parts of the city ensures quality items at affordable rates can be given to the buyers. Shimla is a shopping paradise for tourists of all ages and genres. The city is not only loved for its picturesque beauty and different types of tourist places but also for opportunities of shopping in places like the Mall, Lakkar Bazaar, The Tibetan Market , Lower Bazaar and others.
Shimla is no more restricted to the locally made handlooms and handicraft items but it has opened up opportunities to buy branded items too. Wood crafts, silver jewelry, woolen stuffs, beads jewelry, metal showpieces etc. are the specialty of Shimla. Fresh bakery products like cakes, biscuit, breads, sandwiches are also bought in huge amount from various outlets of Shimla especially by those who come from nearby areas or cities.
Jewelry Shopping in Shimla
Women and jewelry are integral parts. Nowadays even men have grown affinity for jewelry items like bracelets, necklaces, rings, ear stubs. Shimla jewelry shops have huge collection of classic and antique jewelry items made of gold, silver and diamond. Even costume jewelries of different types are quite popular in Shimla. Shimla has jewelry shops located at the Mall, the Lower Bazaar and even in surrounding places of the town like Kurfi, Kasumpti, Sanjauli etc. The Tibetan Market, Lakkar Bazaar, the Mall, and the Lower Bazaar have many shops that sell jewelry items made of precious metals and also the costume and fashion jewelry items made of beads, stones and woods. Prices are reasonable and items are of great quality.
Some of the jewelry shops in Shimla are Anant Ram Verma & Sons, Anil Kumar Brothers, Hans Jewellers etc.
Woolen Items Shopping in Shimla
Shopping in Shimla remain incomplete if buyers miss out the colorful Kinnauri and Kullu caps or they do not try out pashmina shawls, one of its kinds woolen item that gets acclamation world wise. Huge array of woolen items are found in markets the Mall, the Tibetan Market, Lakkar Bazar and others. Colorful woolen sweaters, padded jackets, caps, scarves, gloves, mufflers, socks, stoles etc. are some of the woolen items that people prefer to buy from Shimla.
Tibetan carpets and rugs as well as locally made carpets are also in high demands among the travelers.
Handicrafts Shopping in Shimla
Shimla is famous worldwide for its beautifully created and crafted wooden items of huge varieties. Stunningly crafted and innovatively designed walking sticks, toys, figurines, handicrafts, vases, pen stands, decorative pieces, candle stands, chandeliers, lamp shades, key rings, utensils etc are found in different markets of Shimla. Though wooden handicrafts and showpieces are found in almost all markets but Lakkar Bazaar is especially known for them. Lakkar means wood and this market does justice to its name. The items are unique and are reasonably priced. Tourists cannot leave Shimla without them and huge quantities of these items are carried by them as souvenirs and gifts.
Decorative pieces as well as Feng-Shui items of metal are also the specialty of Shimla. Well crafted wooden furniture can also be bought from these markets of Shimla.
Fresh Fruits Shopping in Shimla
Lakkar Bazaar in Shimla remains open till midnight and buyers can buy fresh fruits and different food items made of fruits at their heart’s content. Freshly prepared jams, jelly, squashes, pickles can be bought from various other markets like the Mall, Lower Bazaar in Shimla. Dry fruits are also found in abundance at reasonable price. Here is the list of fresh and dry fruits stores in Shimla. Fruits like apple, peach, plum, cherries etc. in great amount are found in various markets of Shimla. Plenty of juice shops provide freshly prepared fruit juices of all types at an affordable price.
Freshly prepared wines sold at various wine shops and bars in Shimla are reasonably priced. Some of the fresh fruit shops in Shimla are Banwari Lal Devi Chand, AK General Store, Adani Agri Fresh Pvt Ltd etc.
Garment Shopping in Shimla
Shimla is famous for embroidered dress materials. These dress materials are colorful and finely embroidered with threads. Mirror-work is also there in many of these dress materials. The dress materials are made of comfortable fabrics and are durable enough to be used for years. At Lakkar Bazaar, the Mall and the Tibetan Market, dress materials of various colors and design are available. The items range from the simplest and elegant ones for regular users to the most gorgeous ones that are meant for the special occasions. The prices of these items are pocket friendly for almost all the buyers.
Embroidered sarees, un-stitched dress materials and suits are there in different shops of Shimla. Items like Lehenga, dupattas, stoles are also found in abundance in these shops. Special bridal wear shops are there also. Some of the retail shops of Shimla are Bandana Emporium, Family Wear, Madame etc.
Essential Oil Shopping in Shimla
Shimla being a hilly area, forests in Shimla has many trees with therapeutic values. Essential oils and aroma oil is a growing industry in Shimla and tourists flock in shops to get good quality essential oils for body care and to use them as medicines. Cedar wood oil, olive oil, deodar oil, grape fruit oil etc. are some of the essential oils that are preferred by buyers. Honey based beauty products like soap, shampoo; cleaners etc. are also in high demand for their softness and absence of harmful chemicals.
City Center Mall Shimla
Shimla is getting affected by the commercialization and the City Center Mall at Tutikandi, ISBT is the best example of the same. Located on National Highway 22, just about 3 km from Shimla Mall Road, City Center Mall has all types of brands under one roof offering safe and secured shopping from all. There are places to look for items that you need in your daily life, collectibles that you will like to keep in your wardrobe, eateries and coffee shops where you can relax and enjoy with your friends.
Grocery shops, trendy clothes and accessories shops, branded shoes, computer shops etc are there and a 2-screen cinema hall will add more to the entertainment option for the shoppers. Young tourists as well as locals from Shimla and adjoining places will enjoy this shoppingmalls that will have shops with branded goods from Levi’s, Denizen, Café Coffee Day, Provogue, Spykar, Toyota, Flying Machine and others. Ice Bar Longue, revolving restaurants and food courts would offer many types of dining opportunity to the visitors. A banquet Hall of 15000 sq ft that could accommodate about 1500 people is also here for organizing small to big parties.