Shopping in Asia

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

    Spice Market

    It feels as if little has changed for centuries in Delhi's fabulously atmospheric, labyrinthine spice market, as labourers hustle through the narrow lanes with huge packages of herbs and spices on their heads whilst sunlight pours down through cracks in the hessian sacks hanging overhead for shade. The colours are wonderful – red chillies, yellow turmeric, green cardamons – and there's so much spice in the air, people walk around unable to suppress their sneezes.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Siem Reap

    Artisans Angkor

    On the premises of Les Chantiers Écoles is this beautiful shop, which sells everything from stone and wood reproductions of Angkorian-era statues to household furnishings. It also has a second shop opposite Angkor Wat in the Angkor Cafe building, and outlets at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap international airports.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Lhasa

    Dropenling

    This impressive nonprofit enterprise aims to bolster traditional Tibetan handicrafts in the face of rising Chinese and Nepali imports. Products are unique and of high quality, and they are made using traditional techniques (natural dyes, wool not acrylic etc) updated with contemporary designs. Ask about the two-hour artisan walking tour of Lhasa’s old town (¥50 per person, minimum five people).

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Sunder Nagar, Nizamuddin & Lodi Colony

    Khan Market

    Khan Market is Delhi's most-upmarket shopping enclave, the most expensive place to rent a shop in India, and is favoured by the elite and expats. Its boutiques focus on fashion, books and homewares, and it's also a good place to eat and drink.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Hongkou & North Shanghai

    Spin

    High on creative flair, Spin offers a modern take on Chinese ceramics with oblong teacups, twisted sake sets and all manner of plates, chopstick holders, plus cool little items like ceramic bow ties. Pieces are never overbearing, but lean towards the whimsical, geometric, thoughtful and elegant. All are made by Shanghainese designers in the famous pottery town of Jingdezhen.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in New Delhi

    Central Cottage Industries Emporium

    This government-run multilevel store is a wonderful treasure trove of fixed-price, India-wide handicrafts. Prices are higher than in the state emporiums, but the selection of woodcarvings, jewellery, pottery, papier mâché, stationery, brassware, textiles (including shawls), toys, rugs, beauty products and miniature paintings makes it a glorious one-stop shop for beautiful crafts.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Eastern Singapore

    Jewel

    Located at Changi airport, and directly connected to Terminals 1, 2 and 3, Jewel is a multi-dimensional lifestyle destination jam-packed with food outlets, retail stores and entertainment options – kids will go crazy for the numerous mazes and suspended sky net. However, it's the central 40m indoor waterfall surrounded by a mythical garden that will leave your jaw on the floor.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Mumbai (Bombay)

    Sabyasachi

    It's worth popping in to this high-end traditional garment shop to see the space itself, a gorgeous, cavernous, rose-oil-scented stunner chock-full of owner and designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee's collection of chandeliers, antiques, ceramics, paintings and carpets. As far as retail goes, it's unlike anything you have ever seen.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Dhaka

    Jatra

    Charming folk handicrafts and clothes with a funky modern twist. You'll find the best brightly painted toy rickshaws here, and if you've time to order in advance you can even get yourself inserted into your own lurid Dhallywood film poster like the ones that decorate the counter – a unique souvenir of Bangladesh!

  • Shopping in Solo

    Batik Danar Hadi

    Danar Hadi is an important Solonese batik manufacturer and sells an extensive collection through this beautiful showroom. Styles include traditional Javanese shirts for men, sarongs and exquisite scarves for women and some interesting women's clothing with a more Western cut in batik, or designed in printed silk.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in New Delhi

    Kamala

    Crafts, curios, textiles and homewares from the Crafts Council of India, designed with flair and using traditional techniques but offering some contemporary, out-of-the-ordinary designs.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Yangon

    Bogyoke Aung San Market

    Several hours can easily be spent at this historic covered market, with over 2000 stalls selling everything from gold and diamond jewellery to tattoos. It also offers the largest selection of Myanmar handicrafts and souvenirs you’ll find in one location and is a good place to find tailors.

  • Shopping in Anjuna

    Anjuna Flea Market

    Anjuna’s weekly Wednesday flea market is as much part of the Goan experience as a day on the beach. More than three decades ago, it was conceived and created by hippies smoking jumbo joints, convening to compare experiences on the heady Indian circuit and selling pairs of Levi jeans or handmade jewellery to help fund the rest of their stay.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

    Panjiayuan Market

    A curio hunter's heaven or an Everest of fakery? Panjiayuan is both, and marvellous fun to boot. Picking over the wares of some 4000 dealers, you won't chance upon that priceless dòucǎi stem cup, but you will find Mao busts, Little Red Books, coins, stamps and faded cigarette posters bobbing about in an endless sea of knock-off ceramics, cloisonné, Buddha icons and jade.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Phnom Penh

    Russian Market

    This sweltering bazaar is the one market all visitors should come to at least once during a trip to Phnom Penh. It is the place to shop for souvenirs and discounted name-brand clothing. We can’t vouch for the authenticity of everything, but, along with plenty of knock-offs, you'll find genuine articles stitched in local factories.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Chiang Mai

    Sunday Walking Street

    On Sunday afternoon Th Ratchadamnoen is taken over by the boisterous Sunday Walking Street, which feels even more animated than Th Wualai's Saturday Walking Street because of the energetic food markets that open up in wát courtyards along the route, in addition to the usual selection of handmade items and northern Thai–themed souvenirs.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Shanghai Old City

    Old Street

    This renovated Qing dynasty stretch of Middle Fangbang Rd is lined with specialist tourist shops, spilling forth with shadow puppets, jade jewellery, embroidered fabrics, kites, horn combs, chopsticks, zǐshā teapots, old advertising posters, banknotes, Tibetan jewellery, the usual knock-off Mao memorabilia, reproduction 1930s posters, old illustrated books and calligraphy manuals, and surreal 3D-dazzle kitten photos.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Pavilion KL

    Pavilion sets the gold standard in KL's shopping scene. Amid the many familiar international luxury brands, there are branches of chains including COS, Muji and Zara. For a quick trip to Japan, head to the Tokyo Street of stalls on the 6th floor.

  • Shopping in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    Kedai Bikin

    Managed by home-grown architects and designers, this furniture and home accessories shop turns retro furniture into contemporary showpieces. For example, the famous cord chairs – once staples of Malaysian homes – are given an updated look by adding timber armrests or a rattan weave support. Collaborations with craftspeople from across Malaysia give their products a unique, local touch.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in South Delhi

    Hauz Khas Village

    This arty little enclave has narrow lanes crammed with boutiques selling designer Indian clothing, handicrafts, contemporary ceramics, handmade furniture and old Bollywood posters. Intriguingly, it's located beside numerous 13th- and 14th-century ruins, as well as a forested deer park and a lake. Standout eating and drinking options include Naivedyam and Hauz Khas Social.