Markets in KanpurKanpur is one of the most commercialised cities in Northern India. Buzzing with industrialisation, Kanpur comes across as one of the most unseemly places to shop in. However, there are a number of lanes meant for shopping nestled in the heart of the city. Apart from these shopping lanes, there are markets, shopping malls, stand-alone shops and shopping emporiums that are meant for one sole purpose.
Kanpur is known for its superior quality leather products which include items like belts, shows, wallets, bags and even sporting goods. Leather and leather items is the most sold commodity in this city. Apart from leather, handicrafts and artefacts are the other well-known items for sale. Handmade showpieces, wall decorations and even stationary like files and folders are available in various emporiums that dot the city. Indigenous items of clothing and fabric are some more of the items that this city has to offer as well as jewellery which is available at extremely inexpensive prices. Household implements like utensils, bracelets and items for a trousseau are also things to look out for in Kanpur.
In spite of all the development in Kanpur, local markets remain the most favourite place to shop in. these markets are often crowded with shoppers and pedestrians and vendors plying their goods and often haggling with customers. Markets in Kanpur have their own unique charm and are a delight as far as the local food is also concerned offering the best roadside food in the whole city. Some of the famous market places in Kanpur are as follows.
Naveen Market in Kanpur
The most popular shopping haunt in Kanpur is Naveen Market which also happens to be the largest shopping area in the city. It is named after Balkrishna Sharma Naveen who was a famous Hindi poet. The market is famous for its leather items offering Italian leather and Suede at throw-away prices. Garments like sarees and dupattas are of high-quality and following the trend, very affordable as well. Even items made of cotton are available here. The leather and the cotton as well as the finished products in most cases are locally produced and hence offer superior quality and lasting. Even very good quality chikankari cloth is available here. Some of the most famous shops in Naveen Market are the Heera Panna showroom, Novelty Corner, Parvati Men’s Wear and Abhilasha Garments.
Navin Market is located in Colonel Ganj and is located close to a number of shopping malls the Z Square Malls and Rave3 as well as eateries like Palate which is a multi-cuisine restaurant and Annapurna Restaurant that offers vegetarian fare. This market can be accessed by public transport as well as private vehicles fairly easily. It is located about 2 km away from Kanpur Terminus. Recently, the crowded streets of Naveen Market are set to get a facelift which is all thanks to the most recent proposal put forth by the government. This plan has been put into motion following the successful redevelopment of markets in Lucknow to make it more appealing and attractive to shoppers. This will be achieved by painting the entire market by keeping to a theme and have standard sign – boards for every shop present in the market.
The Mall Road
The Mall Road is the place to go to if one wants to shop for clothes in Kanpur and like the rest of the city, also boasts of some really amazing leather shops. This place has more premium to high-end brands like The Body Shop and Biba and also most of the shopping malls in Kanpur are located on this road hence the name. Post shopping, one can unwind at coffee shops like Cafe Coffee Day and others which are spread over the expanse of the place. The Mall is an upmarket shopping destination promising to give customers the best of the traditional Kanpur city as well as a comfortable shopping experience. The Mall Road is located close to Colonel Ganj and about 10-15 minutes from the railway station and hence it can be very easily accessed from any part of the city.
Other Markets in Kanpur
Although it is Naveen Market and The Mall Road that dominate the shopping scene in Kanpur, many other small and large markets are located around the city that are no less popular with shoppers. Birhana Road which located in General Ganj is very well known for jewellery so is Sisamau Bazaar. Meston Road also known as Bada Chauraha is famous for day-to-day items of use as well as leather products and artefacts made of silver. The famous boutique Khanams is located in the Becon Ganj are and is known for its high quality embroidery, fabric and ready-to-wear and bridal clothes. P. P. N Market and Gumti No. 5 are other places well-known for their clothes. Markets that sell their goods at wholesale prices are located in General Ganj and Navghada. Hatiya is known for cheap utensils, bangles and sarees.
Shopping in Kanpur may not always be a comfortable experience, however, value for money, high quality and first-class craftsmanship are the USP of the markets in Kanpur. The small congested streets of these markets are always thronging with shoppers and tourists alike who are looking for colourful items of souvenirs, taking pictures or gorging on the roadside chaat all of which makes shopping in the markets of Kanpur a delightful time.