Shopping is undeniably the must-have experience on any vacation. And while you are in the French city of Pondicherry, shopping becomes no exception. With the array of markets, shops and stores, Pondicherry is certainly a shopper’s paradise in Southern India. Being an octroi-free city, the prices for anything you choose to buy here are pretty much affordable. For shopaholics, the beautiful city of Pondicherry boasts a stunning assortment of textiles, leather products, books, potteries, boutiques, handicrafts and much more. With a mixed bag of products, the city assured that no one leaves the place without a bagful of some amazing goods and gifts.
The city also has some bustling markets which one can’t afford to miss out while vacationing in Pondicherry. Apart from an array of products, the glitz and glamour of these markets is something which can lure even a non-shopaholic person. Primarily, Pondicherry is famous for its handcrafted goods that are manufactured by the locals and are sold in the markets. From car to consumer products, the city of Pondicherry is acclaimed for offering a wide range of goods and that too at some amazing prices.
Sunday Market is one of the most extremely popular shopping sites in Pondicherry which is observed on every Sunday on M.G. Road. There are more than 1000 shops selling some amazing stuff in various categories that range from fashion to household to accessories to education. Loaded with stalls and people, the Sunday Market is a true epitome of the ebullient local life of Pondicherry. Mission Street is another much-famed shopping destination in Pondicherry which is dotted with numerous enticing shops, stores and boutiques. In the downtown of the French Quarter, Mission Street houses one of the most popular stores in Pondicherry - Kalki. Here you can buy from a wide option of hand-painted silk clothing, non-leather footwear, ceramics, oils, incense, perfumed candles, handmade paper items, jewelry, and much more. Besides, if you are a fan of brands and Casablanca on Mission Street is the most popular spot to shop some trendy and branded leather goods, home decor items and linen.
You will be amazed to know that Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a popular shopping destination in Pondicherry. The ashram has a small souvenir shop which sells memorabilia, greeting cards and books. A factory outlet is also located near the ashram that offers a range of perfumed candles, incense stick, handmade paper items, and much more. Furthermore, the beautiful town Auroville is also quite popular when it comes to shopping in Pondicherry. The Visitor Centre has many stores that sell a variety of products. From handmade items and handicrafts to soap and perfumes, the shops here sell a range of consumer goods that are worth a purchase.
Jewelry, candles, organic products, clothes and books are some more products that are sold in the shops of Visitor Centre in Auroville. Like Sunday Market, Serenity Beach Bazaar is one of the most happening shopping markets in Pondicherry which is set up on every weekend. Apart from the shops which deal in traditional handicrafts, accessories and ceramics, the market also has numerous eating outlets that are known for selling some tempting snacks and beverages.
Shopping with eating is always a deadly combination which you must try here at Serenity Beach Bazaar. Since entire South India is known for its silk souvenir, hence, your vacation to Pondicherry would be incomplete if you not buying any silk product, especially the sari. And for that, Muthu Silk Plaza in Heritage Town is the best place to shop silk fabrics. Besides, the shop also offers a wide range of designer clothes and handcrafted saris of the best quality.