Shopping in Karnataka

  • Shopping in Mysuru (Mysore)

    Government Silk-Weaving Factory

    Given that Mysuru’s prized silk is made under its very sheds, this government-run outlet, set up in 1912, is the best and cheapest place to shop for the exclusive textile. Behind the showroom is the factory, where you can drop by to see how the fabric is made. It’s around 2km south of town.

  • Shopping in Mysuru (Mysore)

    Dhatu Organics & Naturals

    Simply outstanding selection of natural products (priced from ₹80), many of them organic, including essential oils and natural cosmetics, fruit and veg, pulses and seeds. Check out its cafe next door while you're here. Located off Adipampa Rd.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

    Mysore Saree Udyog

    A great choice for top-quality silk saris, blouses, fabrics and men’s shirts, this fine store has been in business for over 70 years and has something to suit all budgets. Most garments are made with Mysuru silk. Also stocks 100% pashmina (fine cashmere) shawls.

  • Shopping in Vijapura (Bijapur)

    Sabala Handicrafts

    Fair-trade store selling beautiful handmade textiles, bags, saris, kurtas and accessories. Prices start at ₹800. Profits benefit an NGO that empowers village women. It's 4km southeast of the centre.

  • Shopping in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

    San-Cha Tea Boutique

    Tea-lovers, rejoice: this wonderful store has more than 70 varieties of tea, from grand crus to humble teabags, many personally curated by master tea taster Sanjay Kapur. Prices start at ₹240.

  • Shopping in Anegundi

    Banana Fibre Craft Workshop

    Look on at this small workshop as artisans make a range of handicrafts and accessories using the bark of a banana tree and recycled materials. It's all for sale, too.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

    Goobe’s Book Republic

    Great little bookshop selling new and secondhand, cult and mainstream books and comics. Good for titles on southern India and run by informed, helpful staff.

  • Shopping in Hampi

    Gali Djembe Music Shop

    Run by an amiable musician who teaches djembe (drums) and didgeridoo, this store sells Indian and Western musical instruments at fair prices.

  • Shopping in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

    Forest Essentials

    High-end natural beauty products, including potions and lotions for hair, face and body as well as all-organic ayurvedic essential oils.

  • Shopping in Hampi

    Akash Art Gallery & Bookstore

    Excellent selection of books on Hampi and India, plus secondhand fiction. The owner offers a free Hampi map and sells postcards, too.

  • Shopping in Madikeri (Mercara)

    Choci Coorg

    Opposite the bus stand, Choci Coorg does many varieties of chocolate, lots of fruity and nut combos and a unique betel-nut flavour.

  • Shopping in Gokarna

    Organic & Herbals

    A fine selection of natural beauty products, including handmade soaps, health foods, tea and spices. Prices are very fair.

  • Shopping in Anegundi

    Kishkinda

    Fair-trade shop selling handwoven textiles, banana-fibre products and other crafts made in and around Anegundi village.

  • Shopping in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

    Fabindia

    Hugely successful chain with a range of stylish traditional clothing, homewares and accessories in traditional cotton prints and silks. Quality skincare products, too.

  • Shopping in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

    Chumbak

    This homegrown company specialising in Indian kitsch has spread its wings to a new location at Orion Mall. Find a spark of colour in every corner of the store: apparel, home-decor items, curios and other perfect gifts with a firm stamp of ‘India’ on them.

  • Shopping in Mysuru (Mysore)

    Sumangali Silks

    Exceptionally popular with Indian women, and usually very crowded, this multilevel store sells fine silk saris, with quality of varying degrees depending on how much you want to spend (prices start at ₹150). It's off Gandhi Sq.

  • Shopping in Mysuru (Mysore)

    Sandalwood Oil Factory

    A quality-assured place for sandalwood products including incense, soap, cosmetics and the prohibitively expensive pure sandalwood oil (if in stock). Guided tours are available to show you around the factory.

  • Shopping in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

    Cauvery Arts & Crafts Emporium

    Government-run store famous for its expansive collection of quality sandalwood and rosewood products as well as handmade weavings, silks and bidriware (metallic handicrafts). Fixed prices.

  • Shopping in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

    UB City

    Global haute couture (Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Burberry) and Indian high fashion come to roost at this towering mall in the central district. Also boasts good restaurants, a spa and bars.

  • Shopping in Mysuru (Mysore)

    Forum Centre City Mall

    When you need a dose of air-con and some retail time, this mall fits the bill. Offers a wide range of clothing stores (including H&M and Levi's), cafes and restaurants.