Best Shops And Lanes: The Ultimate Guide You Need For Acing Shopping At Commercial Street

    Yes, we know Commercial Street is a haven for shopaholics. From the simplest of trinkets to the trendiest of clothes, we bet you will find them all at this place. But, it’s not always easy to navigate this maze of stores to find what you want. We went exploring the area, just to pick out the best spots for you to head to (if you’re new to the city, we suggest you take note). No more hunting, only happy shopping.

    Hi-Street Mall and Mahaveer Mall

    Mahaveer Mall

    Sivanchetti Gardens, Bangalore

    Located next to each other and right below Mysore Saree Udyog, these places are a must-visit if you’re looking for cosmetics. With shops selling imported cosmetics (everything from makeup to shampoos and perfumes to lotions), you get the best of everything at the discounted prices. MAS Collection at Mahaveer Mall has a great collection of cosmetics and while you’re at it, take a look at their snacks and chocolates, too.

    Price: INR 150 upwards

    Praachi’s At Mahaveer Mall

    Praachi`s Designer Home Linen

    Sivanchetti Gardens, Bangalore

    Known for its designer home linen, this store has some of the most charming bedspreads, pillow covers and cushions in a variety of designs, to spruce up your space.

    Price: INR 800 upwards

    LB Prakash

    LB Prakash

    Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore

    Over 15 years old, LB Prakash is who you need to visit in Commercial Street for bridal blouses, gowns, and lehengas. Prices for the blouses start at INR 700 and can go up to around INR 3,000 for the decked up versions. If you love picking up fabric for your kurtas and getting them customised they will be happy to help you out with trendy designs that begin at about INR 750. 

    Price: INR 700 upwards

    Vashi’s House of Jeans

    Vashi's House of Jeans

    Sivanchetti Gardens, Bangalore

    No trip to Commercial Street (OK, Kamaraj Road) is complete without checking in at Vashi’s to get yourself a pair (or two) of denims. Be it skinny fit, straight fit or even linen pants (in some great colours), you’re bound to find a pair that fits you perfectly. Read more about it here.

    Price: INR 1,200 upwards

    Ibrahim Saheb Street

    Running parallel to Commercial Street, this lane has shop after shop showcasing an array of ethnic wear to choose from, be it readymade salwar suits, fabric or saris (starting from INR 175). And, if you’re particularly fond of mixing and matching, there are dupatta centres scattered along the street, offering dupattas of different materials, colours and patterns (INR 70 upwards). The lane is also home to many tailoring shops where you can get your salwars or sari blouses stitched, within an hour (more like 24 hours actually) even! 

    Price: Starting from INR 250.

    The Reliance Stationery Mart

    Having been around since 1948, this stationery store is an artist’s haven. Known for its wide selection of quality painting and art supplies, The Reliance Stationery Mar is a popular haunt for artists from all over the city. But you certainly don’t have to be one to check out this well-known store. Read more about it here.

    Price: INR 300 upwards

    Mecca Life Style

    Mecca Lifestyle

    Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore

    Walk into Mecca Life Style (which has been around for 90 years, says the owner) and you might feel transported to another world, away from the busy shopping area it is actually located in. Surrounded by shelf after shelf of crockery pieces, you’ll be tempted to take your time admiring the exquisite ware. This includes tea sets, dinner sets, mugs, surahis (long-necked jugs) and lanterns in different colours and designs.

    Price: INR 100 to INR 3,500

    Asiatic Arts & Crafts

    Asiatic Arts & Crafts

    Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore

    If you’re in search of interesting handicrafts and antique stores in Commercial Street, look no further than this crammed shop. In fact, there are two separate but similar stores, right next to each other, overflowing with artsy goods. From tiny hand-carved keychains and bells to wall hangings and giant clocks, this place has enough to keep you busy for a while.

    Price: INR 25 upwards

    Gollar Lane

    Gollar Lane

    Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore

    A bylane right next to Anand Sweets, this is where you can score footwear and bags at really low rates. Simple or stylish, sandals or cute flats, whatever kind of footwear you’re looking for, Gollar Lane won’t disappoint you. Adding to the joy of your shopping spree, there are stores selling funky accessories as well. Our favourite here though are shops selling Kolhapuri chappals.

    Price: INR 100 upwards

    V R Plaza

    VR Plaza

    Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore

    This space with its inconspicuous banner saying ‘Elegant Blouses’ has a great collection of readymade sari blouses with intricate embroidery and embellishment on them (starting at INR 500). While some are in colourful greens and reds, black and gold (slightly OTT we say), look out for the simpler cholis stitched out of Ikat and Kalamkari fabrics or those fashioned out of cotton with vintage floral prints on them.

    Price: INR 250 upwards

    Jeweller's Street

    Jewellers Street

    Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore

    This might sound obvious but we just couldn’t talk about Commercial Street and not mention this place. A whole street dedicated to jewellery shops, this is where you can pick up artsy silver jewellery in unique designs. Apart from a few gold and imitation jewellery shops, the lane also has stores where you can get your nose or ear (for the adventurous, belly piercing is also a possibility here) pierced.

    Price: INR 200 upwards

    Murako Clothiers & Outfitters – Textiles & Tailoring

    Mensfolk, Murako is your one-stop shop for perfect fitting suits, jackets, sherwanis and trousers. From minute details like embroidery to customisation of the length and fabric, they take care of it all. Got a festive occasion coming up? They’ll deck you up in achkans, too. Read more about it here.

    Price: INR 3,700 upwards

    Kamaraj Road

    Kamaraj Road

    Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore

    The street perpendicular to Commercial Street, it's a proper lead up to the main shopping hub. But with massive stores for Metro shoes, Westside (this one covers four floors and has kids, men, women, sports, books and home decor under one roof), and a Manyavar too! Of course, this street is best known to have the original Vashi Jeans and good old Mysore Saree Udyog. The recently opened, Koskii has taken over a large space too, so for all our Indian wear, this is where we'll be going. 

    Dispensary Road And Dickenson Road

    Dispensary Road

    Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore

    Ah, where to we begin! We'll skip past Safina Plaza and lead you closer to Commercial Street. From Curtain World for all kinds of amazing curtains (including ones that feature the suits of a pack of cards) and Looking Good Furniture to Sanskruti silks for sarees and designer Manoviraj Khosla's studio, you're sorted for it all! Oh, and if you're out to buy jewellery, pick from Kalyan Jewellers, Malabar Gold & Diamonds, or Jos Alukkas.