Shopping in Pakistan is a marvellous experience, for there is such a wealth of local goods from which the savvy buyer can choose and land a bargain. There are modern shopping malls sporting all sorts of recognisable names from Levis to CK, of course, especially in the big cities, but the real gems here (quite literally) are found in the traditional markets and bazaars. Fortunately, there is no dearth of these in the country. From the famous Anarkali Bazaar of Lahore to the almost-as-renowned Zainab Market of Karachi, you shall be certain to find a good place to look for souvenirs and spend some cash: just ask your local friends and they should be able to point you to the right direction.
This actually brings us to the first tip when shopping in Pakistan: have a local come with you. While most of the vendors shall only be too glad to help a foreigner find his way through their wares, it is still ideal to have a Pakistani friend guide you through your purchases, especially one who has insider knowledge on which vendors have the best goods and what prices certain objects generally fetch. Haggling is common here, after all, and it is easier to pull it off if you have a good benchmark figure for which to aim. [Read more…]