Shopping in Bangladesh

  • 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!

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    New Market

    Dhaka’s largest market, and that's saying something. Sells pretty much anything you can imagine. Keen shoppers and browsers could lose a day here (and there are plenty of food concessions to restore flagging spirits).

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    Bashundhara City

    Claiming to be the 12th largest mall in the world, Bashundhara City is worth visiting to experience the middle-class Bangladeshi dream. In the swish surroundings there are something like 2000 shops and restaurants, local and international brands, a multiplex cinema and bowling alley. It's a destination in itself, but the switch from rickshaw-crowded roads to inside can leave you spinning.

  • Shopping in Rajshahi & Rangpur

    RDRS Enterprise

    Run by the same NGO that runs the RDRS Guesthouse next door, this small outlet specialises in satranji mats and rugs, and also stocks some very tasteful cotton and silk saris. All products are sourced from empowerment-oriented workshops that employ women from nearby villages.

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    Kumudini

    Three floors of top-quality traditional Bengali clothing and handicrafts, including some lovely children’s clothes and toys, fabulous embroidery as well as a variety of jute products.

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    Aranya

    Traditional hand-woven Bangladeshi garments of superior quality and design. Certainly not the cheapest, but definitely among the most stylish.

  • Shopping in Srimangal & Around

    M/S Ahmed Tea House

    Ahmed, like many other shops dotting the approach to the train station, sells tea from the surrounding tea estates. It’s mostly Ispahani tea from the Zareen Tea Estate, although you’ll also see Finlays teas. You can buy tea bags as well as loose tea; remember that the quality of loose tea is always superior.

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    Bangshal Rd

    This street in Old Dhaka, and the adjoining Kazi Alauddin Rd, is the place to buy rickshaw parts, rickshaw art or even rickshaws themselves. The art is painted on thin strips of tin (later attached to the back of rickshaws), which can be rolled up to fit nicely inside most suitcases or rucksacks. Expect to pay around Tk 200. Bargaining is required, of course.

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    Boi Bichitra

    Dhaka's best bookstore (with seven outlets across the city) stocks a good range of Asian and international bestsellers. There's a good line of magazines and periodicals (we're talking GQ, Esquire and Harper's Bazaar here), as well as reference books and manuals. The Gulshan outlet also sells toys for kids and some choice stationery.

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    Aarong

    A good place for all your Bangladesh souvenirs under one roof. Aarong is the biggest name in quality Bengali clothing and handicrafts, and is the retail branch of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), which aims to create employment for economically and socially marginalised people through the promotion of traditional Bangladeshi handicrafts.

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    Banga Bazar

    Large, hectic clothing market with seconds, and factory overruns that would otherwise have been heading for European and American brands, providing plenty of scope for bargain hunting for the persistent fashionista.

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    Viator

    The fair-trade handicrafts shop attached to the excellent Viator guesthouse, this place has a selection of trinkets, paintings, textiles and carvings.

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    First Chain Bookshop

    Large bookshop with good range of English-language books, especially kids books, and music CDs. It has a small cafe and juice bar, and free wi-fi. You can buy online, too.

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    Folk International

    A non-profit handicrafts centre, offering a good selection of souvenirs.

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    Aarong

    Mirpur branch of the retail division of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), which aims to create employment for economically and socially marginalised people through the promotion of traditional Bangladeshi handicrafts. Fine quality Bengali clothing and handicrafts.

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    Prabartana

    Helping support women in Bangladesh, this quiet shop and cafe sells colourful Bangladeshi clothing and handicrafts.