The city of Bangalore in South India is one of those rare tourist cities where visiting retirees typically decide to stay for good. It is so attractive to pensioners that one of its nicknames is “Pensioner’s Paradise”. Shopping in Bangalore is world-class, and one of the reasons why retirees and tourists come coming to the city.
As the capital city of Karnataka State, Bangalore is a bustling modern metropolis that is marked with hi-tech facilities, top international companies and modern shopping centers. Shopping districts, which are the leading places where to shop in Bangalore, are not difficult to find. Tourists and shoppers flock to UB City, Vittal Mallya Road, M.G Road/Brigade Road, Bannerghatta Road, Brigade Road, and Commercial Street areas to purchase top shopping items and visit top international stores such The Collective and Grasshopper, selling top brands such as Armani, Versace, Boss, Canary Blue, Esprit, Tommy Hilfiger, Levis, Nike, and so on. For the tired shoppers, there are also top food outlets such as Pizza Hut, KFC and so on.
Asia is home to many of the world’s largest and most modern shopping centers. This comes as a surprise to most Western tourists traveling to Asia for the first time. The first malls in India opened rather late in 1999, but since then, India had caught up with its neighboring countries, and Bangalore has its share of modern shopping malls in India. The largest and most frequently visited center is Forum Mall, found on Hosur Road in the upscale Koramangla suburb. If you wish to know what to buy in Bangalore, they are all here in Forum Mall. With 60,000 square meters of retail area, there are tons of local and international brands to choose from, such as Tommy Hilfiger, Swarovski Crystals, United Colours of Benetton, William Penn, Nike and the leading local clothing brand, Khadi.
The Forum also has high fashion boutiques, book stores, perfume stores, music shops, cafés, fast food, and restaurants serving Indian, Italian, Chinese, Mexican and Vietnamese cuisine. The most popular Indian restaurant that tourists must check out is the Sahib Sindh Sultan restaurant.
The second largest mall is Garuda Mall, found on the corner of McGrath and Commissariat Roads. Nearby are the two-storey Lifestyle Mall, Bengaluru Central, and Globus, which used to be the most important mall before the newer ones came along, Meanwhile on Infantry Road, people flock to buy the cheapest items at Safina Palace. This shopping area is known by locals as the sale capital of Bangalore, selling the best bargains in the city. Surprisingly, however, there are relatively fewer people here than in the two big malls.
Other places to go shopping in Bangalore are Mantri Square in Malleswaram, Metro Shopping Mall near ISKON Temple, Jayanagar Shopping Complex, Fabmall, Foodworld, Nilgiris, and Gandhi Bazaar, one of the oldest and most beloved malls in the city located near smaller bargain shops, restaurants and local markets, such as the KR Market (also known as City Market). There are also popular shops and kiosks along Sampige Road, Malleswaram 8th Road, and Marathahalli Main Road.