Shopping in Dhaka

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  • by: Nur Mohammad
  • Published: July 14, 2016 - 7:41 am

Bashundhara City
Claiming to be the 12th largest mall in the world. 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.

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!

Jamuna Future Park
The largest shopping-mall of south asia.

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.

Banga Bazar
Banga BazarLarge, 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.

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.

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.

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

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

Words ‘N’ Pages
This place has decent stock of English-language books and magazines, and a nice cafe to relax in after browsing.

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

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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