Known as the Queen of Hill Stations, Shimla is a delight for all kinds of holidaymakers – be it couples, families, culture buffs, or adventure seekers. While there are many places to see in Shimla, people usually go there to experience its cold climate and pure air.
Shopping options in Shimla are limited – obviously one can’t compare it to bigger cities – but this tiny hill station is famous for some things. Shopping enthusiasts would be happy to pick up trinkets from Tibetan Market; wood carvings, metal ware, carpets, Kangra silk scarves, and shawls from Himachal Emporium and Cottage Emporium; souvenirs from Lakkar Bazar and Lower Bazar; and jams and preserves from Minchy’s.
Still confused about where to buy what? Here’s our guide to shopping in Shimla.
1. Tibetan Market
Perched on Shimla’s slopes, just below the Ridge, Tibetan Market is just the place to pick up authentic Tibetan items. You’ll find everything from colourful Tibetan carpets, rugs, bags, boots, and jewellery to woollen clothes (jackets, mufflers, gloves, scarves, and sweaters) here. Much of the jewellery on sale is handcrafted, which means they will make some great gifts for your loved ones back home. Walk through the narrow bylanes and pick up interesting curios and antiques from the little shops and stalls. When all that walking makes you hungry, have some decadent buttered corn with salt and lime.
Timings: 10 am to 10 pm
2. Himachal Emporium
This state-run government crafts enterprise is located on Mall Road and offers locally made curios, handicrafts, shawls, and more. If you’re looking for Kangra silks, Kinnauri shawls, locally designed woollens, pottery items, and jewellery – all in one place – this is the store to visit. Those who aren’t comfortable bargaining will find this shop a welcome relief as prices are fixed and quality and authenticity guaranteed.
Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
3. Cottage Industries Emporium
For some quick shopping in Shimla, this is the place to check out – it is a one-stop shop for wooden tables, traditionally patterned blankets, finely embroidered shawls, handicrafts, and even handmade paper.
Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
4. Lakkar Bazar
As its name suggests, Lakkar Bazar is where you go for sturdy, durable, and good quality wooden products. ‘Lakkar’ means ‘wood’ in these parts; the market got its name from a clutch of Sikh carpenters from Hoshiarpur town who settled here a century ago. The market offers wooden toys, walking sticks, handicrafts, and more. Made of deodar and walnut wood, most products available here are of exceptional quality. Those who are not interested in shopping need not worry; there’s a skating rink and a famous restaurant called Sita Ram that serves delicious aloo tikki and chole bhature.
Timings: 9 am to 7 pm
5. Lower Bazar
Starting from the bus stand in Shimla, just below Mall Road, this is a chaotic bazaar that sells all kinds of products tourists may need. If you’ve run out of anything or want to pick up something quintessentially local, this is the place to visit. Known for its old-world charm, Lower Bazar is what comes to mind for most people when talking of shopping in Shimla.
Timings: 9 am to 7 pm
The Shimla region has an abundant supply of fresh fruits and vegetables that are grown locally. Minchy’s has managed to process them into high-quality gourmet jams, preserves, squashes, and fruit wines. With a manufacturing outlet located in the nearby town of Shoghi, Minchy’s has outlets throughout Shimla where you can pick up their delicious products.
Timings: 9 am to 9 pm
7. The Mall
Located in the heart of the city, Mall Road is the high street equivalent of Shimla. Both tourists and locals throng here to pick up souvenirs, handicrafts, and day-to-day items. There are also movie theatres and restaurants in the area, so there’s plenty to keep you occupied. This is one of the must-visit places in Shimla.
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