When you have a girls’ college in your neighbourhood, along with several eating out options, you are also bound to have budget, clothing and accessories shopping available in and around. Keeping true to tradition, the area around Jyoti Nivas College {aka JNC} has a shopping culture of its own. Frequented by a stream of college students on a daily basis, the streets of JNC are alive and bustling with energy plus offers some great options for retail therapy for the stylista on a budget. So, here are our picks from where you can shop for everything from clothes to gadgets and shoes and make up. And all without breaking the bank.

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Scintilla Bangalore

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Scintilla Bangalore

Photo by: Devika Raman

Photo by: Devika Raman

Almost hidden away in one of the by-lanes near JNC, Scintilla Bangalore boasts of stocking 2,000 one-of-a-kind kurtis on any given day {students of colleges nearby with a really strict kurti dress code – are you listening?}. They specialise in cotton kurtas and budget ones at that. Apart from pretty kurtas, these guys also stock palazzos, printed leggings and Jaipur-inspired waist coats. And you know what’s the best part? There’s an in-house tailor who does fittings too, on the spot. Besides that, their sizes go from Small to Extra, Extra Large. Look out for the friendly owner, Sangeetha Shrikanth, who will assist you through your shopping experience here.

Where: 132, KHB Colony, Koramangala 5th Block, near JNC

Price: INR 199 upwards

Contact: 080 41123003

Timings: 10.30am – 8pm

Find them on Facebook here.


Photo by: Devika Raman

Photo by: Devika Raman

If you are on the lookout for fashionable bags but are on a strict budget, you need Dazzle in your life. Dazzle offers clutches, wallets, handbags, sling bags, purses, and backpacks. All their products are imported {possibly from Thailand and China}, which means you are most likely to tote around a bag that is on-trend.

Where: Jyoti Nivas College Road, opposite Jyoti Nivas College, 6th Block, Industrial Layout, Koramangala

Price: INR 300 upwards

Timing: 10am – 10pm

Spice Girls

Photo by: Devika Raman

Photo by: Devika Raman

We know this ain’t the first time you’re hearing about them. Spice Girls is probably the hottest spot to get yourselves kicks in Koramangala. This immensely popular store offers a range of trendy shoes and bags that will get you drooling. They follow global trends and you can get shoes and bags for prices that won’t sink your bank account either. Whether it’s stilettos, boots, sneakers, ballerina flats or sandals – they have got it all, and so many kinds to choose from. Our recommendations: their endless collection of stylish boots and stilettos.

Where: Opposite California Burrito, 1st A Cross Road, 5th Block, Koramangala.

Price: INR 700 upwards

Timing: 9am – 10pm

Fashion Fever

Take your pick here from statement necklaces in styles such as layered, junk, pendants and chokers. Their earrings are eye-catching as well, although our favourite is the supremely affordable {INR 30 only} stylish finger rings. They also do sling bags and boots, but we’d recommend you hop over to Spice Girls for that instead.

Where: Opposite California Burrito, 1st A Cross Road, Near JNC, 5th Block, Koramangala.

Price: INR 30 upwards

Timing: 9am – 10pm

Contact: 080 25568179

Pulp Electronics

Photo by: Devika Raman

Photo by: Devika Raman

From Wearable Bluetooth Speaker Neck Pieces to Cute Tea Infusing Bottles, Pulp Electronics has it all! Slightly kooky in their curation, the folks here offer funky phone covers for iPhones and Androids {graphics and prints galore}. For all the Apple obsessed types, they have original iPhone covers that they claim aren’t available in India, and are imported from the USA {electric pink, sky blue and black ones}. Also, their Leather Tripod Selfie Stand is one-of-a-kind. They also have super stylish headphones and speakers as well.

Where: Opposite California Burrito, 1st A Cross Rd, Near JNC, 5th Block, Koramangala

Price: INR 200 upwards

Timings: 9am – 10pm

Ni Hao

Photo by: Devika Raman

Photo by: Devika Raman

Known for their store in Church Street, the outlet in Koramangala lives up to the expectations of the fashion enthusiasts who are familiar with their style. Expect apparel and accessories from Hong Kong, Taiwan and a smattering of make up from Korea. Looking for a dupe to your favourite pair of shoes or bag, you might just find it here.

Where: 80 Feet Road, Koramangala 7th Block

Price: INR 500 upwards

Contact: 080 41148264

Timings: 10.30am – 9.30pm

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

Raheja Arcade

The apparels and accessories available in Raheja Arcade are absolute steals. While all of their products cannot be highly recommended, they have some ethnic and indie wear that are affordable and fashionable {like the tie-and-dye styles}. They also have earthy jute wallets and few costume jewellery pieces that are worth a dekko.

Where: Siddam Setty Complex, Koramangala Industrial Layout, Adugodi.

Price: INR 100 upwards.

Timings: 10am – 10pm


Look out for this store during the sale season. InMark offers plenty of budget options for women and children. You can find lots of variations within casual, formal, party and ethnic wear for women. The accessories are great as well. Kids’ collections have adorable dresses and skirts that you would want to grab for your little munchkin.

Where: 2, 80 Feet Road, Koramangala 7th Block

Price:  INR 100 upwards.

Timing: 10am – 9.30pm

Check out their website here.

Tibet Mall

If you are looking for some great options as far as lingerie is concerned, then look no further than Tibet Mall. Here you will find pretty bralettes, which can be worn under muscle tees or can even work as a slinky blouse for your sarees. Crop tops, high waisted pants, dungarees, and really cool make up kits {like vanity cases} are all up for grabs here. Looking for make up that doesn’t cost the earth? Tibet Mall will come to your rescue with many of its tiny stores offering mascara, lipsticks, fake eyelashes, blushers, and more. And for any kind of studs you might be looking for: from nose pins to studs for the ears, belly buttons and more, you search will end here.

Where: 47, Koramangala Industrial Layout, next to California Pizza Kitchen, Koramangala

Price: INR 100 upwards

Timings: 11am – 11pm

Featured image by: Devika Raman

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