Karnataka shopping

Top Choice Clothing 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. Al…
Top Choice Books 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.
Clothing 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 y…
Health & Wellness 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 he…
Arts & Crafts 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.
Tea 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.
Arts & Crafts 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.
Musical Instruments 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.
Cosmetics 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.
Books 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.